5 things to do in Okinawa during Summer

5 things to do in summer

Okinawa’s summer is scorching hot – but who can blame the sun when she beautifies the island with her splendid rays? The blue sky, ocean and pristine sand!  Enjoy your summer in Okinawa by indulging in some of the things on this list!


1. Festivals and everything fabulous that comes with it! Eisa! Fireworks! Music!


What is summer without festivals? Throughout Japan, from Hokkaido to Okinawa, there are so many different summer festivals that attract huge crowds! So what is summer in Okinawa without Eisa and fireworks? Here are some amazing summer festivals that you should not miss!

  • Chatan Seaport Carnival (Early July)
  • Peaceful Love Rock Festival (Early July)
  • Ocean Expo Park Summer Festival (Mid July)
  • Urasoe Tedako Festival (Mid July)
  • Zamami Sabani Festival (Late July)
  • Tokashiki Festival (Late July)
  • 10,000 Eisa Dance Parade (Early Aug)
  • Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival (Late Aug)

There are many more festivals! Check out the Okinawa Island Guide and Be Okinawa websites for more fun events!


2. Island-hopping


Summer is the best time to embark on idyllic island adventures. To fully enjoy Okinawa’s summer, visit the multitude of islands that Okinawa is blessed with! From the Kerama islands (Japan’s  31st protected National Park) to the far-flung, fabulous Miyako and Ishigaki, or even small islands like Kudaka and Tsuken, do your summer justice by visiting at least one island! Check out the ferry website for more information!

From Tomari Port 

  • Kerama Islands
    • Zamami Island– Check out this useful website!
    • Aka and Geruma Islands
    • Tokashiki Island
  • Kume Island
  • Aguni Island
  • Daito Archipelago

From Motobu Port: Ie Island

From Unten Port: Izena and Iheya Islands

From Toguchi Port: Minna Island

From Azama Port: Kudaka Island

From Heshikiya Port: Tsuken Island


3. Swim in the waterfalls!

Aha Falls

If you are feeling defeated by Okinawa’s summer heat, recharge in one of the many waterfalls in Okinawa! Plan a day hiking to a waterfall and indulge in the cooling effects of Nature!


4. Be entertained by the Oba rappers


Meet the legendary Oba rappers who rock Sakaemachi market on the last Sunday of the summer months (June to October).

More information here!


5. Star-gazing at the beach

Every August, the Perseid meteor shower adds sparkle to Okinawa’s summer magic. 2015 is a great year to enjoy the most beloved meteor shower in the Northern Hemisphere. The peak is usually in middle of August almost every year. Pack your picnic basket and flashlights and head to a remote beach to enjoy this spectacle!

So what are you waiting for? Spend your next summer in Okinawa!

1-End Pic Summer

An earlier version of this article was published at Ryukyu Star.


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