Just because it’s winter in Okinawa, doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy all the festivals and year-end celebrations! Here are a few things happening on island this week:
If you love nature and haven’t yet been to the Tropical Dream Center at Ocean Expo Park, now’s your chance to go. The Center is featuring a Hawaiian hibiscus exhibition, through January 13. Take in the beautiful sights and smells, and get some pretty photos, too. Hours are 8 am to 5 pm. Adult tickets are ¥670, and children are ¥340.
Also at Expo Park is one of many Illuminations happening on island—see thousands of Christmas lights adorning the park in the Expo Park Winter Fantasy, happening 6 to 9 pm every evening through January 13. Admission is free.
And, don’t miss out on the reenactment of the traditional Royal New Year ceremony at Shurijo CCastle, happening on January 1 and 2 from 10 am to 11:50 pm. The ceremonies present the Ryukyu king and queen, and this year will exhibit live traditional music performances. Photo sessions with the king and queen, and jasmine tea will also be available. Admission to Shurijo castle is ¥800 for adults, and range from ¥300 to ¥600 for kids older than six. Children six and under are free.