January in Yanbaru is the Cherry Blossom Festival

Motobu Yaedake
Cherry Blossom Festival

Hitoashi, osakini.
Motobu’s Cherry Blossom Festival is known as the earliest cherry blossom festival in Japan.
The 46th Motobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival will be held at Yaedake Sakuranomori Park in Motobu Town.

A road lined with more than 7,000 okinawan-cherry trees.
You can enjoy it as a driving course since you can view it while riding in your car.

Event period

Saturday, January 20, 2024 – Sunday, February 4, 2024


Yaedake Sakuranomori Park
921 Namizato, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa Prefecture


Motobu Town Festival Executive Committee Secretariat
(Motobu Town Planning, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Division)

Nakijin Gusuku
Cherry Blossom Festival

The cherry blossom festival is recommended for its illumination at night.

Opening Ceremony Saturday, January 20, 2024
Traditional performing arts performance (MC: Hatsukoi Cro-Magnon) Saturday, January 20, 2024
Sakura Marche January 20th (Sat), 21st (Sun), 27th (Sat), 28th (Sun), 2024
Street performance Tamanchu January 20th (Sat) – 28th (Sun), 2024
Uchina hula experience dancing with Kapariri January 21st (Sunday) and 24th (Wednesday), 2024
Guided tour of historic sites in Nakijin January 22nd (Monday), 23rd (Tuesday), 24th (Wednesday), 25th (Thursday), 26th (Friday), 2024
Traditional Performing Arts Monkey Mawashi January 22nd (Monday), 23rd (Tuesday), 24th (Wednesday), 25th (Thursday), 26th (Friday), 2024

Event period

January 20th (Sat) – 28th (Sun), 2024
*Last entry is 20:30
*Light-up is from 18:00 to 21:00


World Heritage Nakijin Castle Ruins
5101 Imadomari, Nakijin Village, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture

Admission fees

Adult 600 yen
Junior and senior high school students 450 yen
Free for elementary school students and younger
*Group rates available

*Temporary parking available on Saturdays and Sundays only.
Kitayama Hospital parking lot, Imadomari ground, Nakijin Village Kanetsugi Elementary School playground. A free shuttle bus will run from the temporary parking lot to the venue. During the Cherry Blossom Festival, the parking lot will be very crowded, so we recommend using public transportation.

When you come to northern Okinawa,
To OkuMasa

OkuMasa, a restaurant using island ingredients, is located in Okuma.
If you want to enjoy the taste of Yanbaru, please make a reservation at OkuMasa for lunch or dinner.

Masataka Arasaki


Masataka Arasaki

Masataka is a chef who lives with two cats.