Okinawa

Best 3 Festivals & Events in Okinawa, June, 2018

Okinawa Prefecture is the prefecture located in the most western part of Japan and consists of many islands including Okinawa Main Island. The charm of Okinawa is beautiful nature. We’ll show you events, a yacht race to be held in the blue sea surrounding Okinawa, Traditional Okinawan sailing boats “”Sabani Sailing Race” and COLD FEST OKINAWA where you can enjoy drinking cold drinks, eating cold and spicy food, buying goods makes you feel cool.

sports events

1. The 41st Zamami yacht race

Saturday, June.30.2018

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The 41th Okinawa's most historic yacht race. It starts from the Okinawa Main Island (Ginowan Marina) and ends at Zamami Island. You see many yachts sailing in the background of the Kerama Islands. Spectacular to see! Many large sized yachts will be gathered at Zamami Island. You can experience a yacht ride (free) on the sea of Kerama. Besides a celebration party will be held at night. Zamami Island is a small island with a population of about 600 people, located about 40km west from Naha city and one of the Kerama islands. The beautiful blue sea is called "Kerama Blue" and attracts divers all over the world. There is untouched nature so that you can enjoy diving and snorkeling in summer and whale watching during the winter. Island where there are lots of nice and impressive views. We’ll recommend you to visit here during this opportunity.

Schedule

・Date Saturday, June.30.2018

Access & address

・Place:Ginowan Marina - Zamami Island
・Access
Nearest bus stopv: Convention Center-mae about 3-minute walk
Travel time from the terminal station of the city:From Naha Airport about 1hour by bus
・Adderss  4-4-1 Mashiki, Ginowan City, Okinawa [Ginowan Marina]
・Map

####Admission & reservation Admission free No reservation required

Official website

http://www.okinawastory.jp/event/600009330

2. The 19th Sabani Hansō (Sailing) Race

Saturday, June.23 .2018– Sunday, June.24.2018
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Traditional Okinawan sailing boats “Sabani “ Sailing Race is a 35 kilometer long competition course at the Kerama Straits from Furuzama beach at Zamami Island to Okinawa Main Island. Lift the sail when the wind blows .When the wind stops, the team row with the force in the ocean under the burning sun. So nature has a big influence on the race. At the starting point of the race, Furuzama beach, you’ll see lots of Sabani. Wonderful moment to see! On June 23, Maririn Cup for a short exhibition style of race between Zamami’s many islands is held. The main Sabani Race takes place the following day on June 24th. Last year, 36 ships joined. This “Sabani Sailing Race” is held annually from the year 2000. The purpose of the event is to focus on the protection and inheritance of traditional marine culture and shipbuilding and ship maneuvering techniques of Sabani which is getting disappearing. The “Hansō” means the Sabani ship maneuvering technique transmitted from ancient times which ride a ship using a paddle (it has a unique shape and it is also used as a rudder when sailing) while manipulating the sails.

Schedule

・Date:Saturday, June.23.2018 – Sunday, June.24.2018
・Time:8:30 - 16:00
Awards ceremony and party 18:00 -

Access & address

・Place:Furuzamami Beach
・Nearest station and travel time from the station
  Zamami- kō (port) 20-minute walk
・Travel time from the terminal station of the city
From Naha Airport to Tomari- kō (port) by bus then to Zamami Island by ferry
about 1 to 1.5 hours
・Address: Zamami, Zamami-son, Shimajiri-gun, Okinawa
・Map:

Admission & reservation

Admission free
No reservation required

Official website

http://www.photowave.jp/sabani_s/

Events with kids

3.COLD FEST OKINAWA 2018 – Sunday ,June,24,2018

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Bagel specialty shop in Urasoe City, Okinawa “coco bagel” offers this summer event. Bagel means eastern European Jewish food and a kind of bread. The purpose of this event is that become healthy by drinking cold drinks and eating cold and spicy foods in the hot summer season. You can buy not only foods but also goods that make you feel cool at the tent style shops or food trucks. Chura sun beach is the closest beach from the airport. Lifeguards are on site. So by that the beach is safe and comfortable to use. Total length of the beach is about 700m. You can enjoy swimming in the beautiful sea, walking in a large garden, playing beach soccer or basketball with your family or friends. The sunset is one of the beautiful spots in Okinawa. You also can enjoy marine sports such as sea kayak, banana boat, snorkeling experience, Big Mable (Screaming marine sports. pulled by the boat, you can enjoy the thrill in various posture, back and forth, left and right by centrifugal force) and more others.

Schedule

・Date June, 24, 2018
The plan will go on rain or shine
Canceled in case of stormy weather
・Time 11:00 – 16:00

Access & address

・Place:Chura sun beach Minami-hama
Tamokuteki hiroba(Multipurpose square)
・From Naha airport about15minutes by taxi
・Address: 5-1 Toyosaki, Tomigusuku-shi, Okinawa
・Map

Admission & reservation

Admission free
No reservation required

Official website

https://coldfestokinawa.localinfo.jp/

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