Okinawa, with its mild climate, holds the title for the earliest cherry blossoms in Japan.
The Kanhi Zakura, with its vibrant pink blossoms, begins to bud from the start of the year and reaches full bloom from late January to February. During this time, various “Cherry Blossom Festivals” take place throughout the prefecture, turning Okinawa into a pink wonderland.

Let me introduce you to three of Okinawa’s top cherry blossom spots. Get ready to immerse yourself in the early charm of the pink world🌸!

Yaedake -Motobu

Nestled at an elevation of 453 meters, Yaedake is like a whimsical wonderland adorned with the charm of Ryukyu Kanhi cherry blossoms lining a delightful 4.5-kilometer path to the summit. These enchanting blossoms grace the landscape from mid-January to early February each year, creating a picturesque scene.

For a dash of adorable delight, you can effortlessly ascend to the summit by car, turning your journey into a cherry blossom-filled joyride.

And here’s the sweetest part: until February 4, 2024 (Sunday), a lively festival awaits, featuring delectable treats and entertaining stage events to add an extra layer of cuteness to your Yaedake adventure.

Location: Yaedake Sakura no Mori Park (921 Narizato, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa Prefecture)

Nangusuku Park -Nago

In the beautifully maintained Nago Castle Park in Nago City, Okinawa, the “Kanhi Zakura” blooms with its intense pink petals from late January to mid-February. On January 27 (Saturday) and January 28 (Sunday), the Nago Sakura Festival takes place, centered around Nago Castle Park, featuring a special stage at Sakura Park Festival Square, Nago Crossroads Avenue, and within Nago Fishing Port.
In the beautifully maintained Nago Castle Park in Nago City, Okinawa, the “Kanhi Zakura” blooms with its intense pink petals from late January to mid-February. On January 27 (Saturday) and January 28 (Sunday), the Nago Sakura Festival takes place, centered around Nago Castle Park, featuring a special stage at Sakura Park Festival Square, Nago Crossroads Avenue, and within Nago Fishing Port.

Location : 5511 Nago, Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture

Nakijin Castle -Nakijin

The Kanhi Zakura blossoms at the World Heritage Site of Nakijin Castle Ruins, reaching their peak beauty from late January to mid-February every year. The “Nakijin Gusuku Sakura Festival,” held to coincide with this delightful season, is immensely popular as it brings out the charm of the Nakijin Castle Ruins. In 2023, the festival takes place from January 21 (Saturday) to January 29 (Sunday). During the evenings from 18:00 to 21:00 throughout the event, there will be a mesmerizing illumination to enhance the enchantment.

Location : 5101 Imadomari, Nakijin Village, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture