Okinawa Island Guide

Everything on Okinawa Island from A to Z | From food events to festivals where you can encounter the ‘real’ Okinawa

Okinawa Island Guide

From food events to festivals where you can encounter the ‘real’ Okinawa

Okinawa is known in Japan for its overwhelming number of festivals. In addition to eisa (traditional dancing) and haarii (dragon boat races) events, festivals are held in various cities, towns and villages almost every week, particularly during the summer. Beginning with Okinawa Food Flea, events themed around food where people can spend the whole day are held regularly, with small cafes, restaurants and bakeries all gathering in one place, live music performances and other vendors selling their wares. In particular, cafes and restaurants located deep in the forests of northern Okinawa and villages in southern Okinawa that are hard to find offer the opportunity to experience their specialties at these fairs. Make the time to attend for a chance to mingle, enjoy delicious food and take in the Okinawan atmosphere.

An outdoor event featuring food and craft items that is held four times a year, attracting nearly 10,000 people every time, as visitors can go to various booths to sample food offered by some 50 shops

Okinawa Bread and Sweets Festa
Held twice a year in spring and fall. An event where local bakeries and sweets shops gather to sell seasonal bread and sweets in line with a theme, such as chocolate

Okinawa Octoberfest
Okinawa Octoberfest, a craft beer festival held annually in Chatan, is one of the island’s popular events featuring beer and food vendors.


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