If you are thinking of spending a weekend away from the cold, a good destination could be Okinawa. The winter of this tropical paradise is marked by mild temperatures, with a maximum of up to 22ºC and minimums in the range of 17ºC.
In addition to being able to visit the beaches and the numerous tourist spots, you can enjoy the cherry trees already in bloom – since early January 2020 – and also stop by the unmissable Ryukyu Lantern Festival.
It is about a 50-minute drive from Naha, the capital, or 27 minutes from the American Village in Chatan, within easy reach, in the village of Yomitan.
It takes place on the premises of the Ryukyu reign theme park, with reproductions of the castle and other life constructions in the 14th and 15th centuries of Naha. In this immense area, with diverse attractions, one can appreciate the countless lanterns typical of the time, of the reign and also with touches of the other Asian countries.
In addition to them, students created a special gallery with their works, which can be voted on.
Walking among old buildings, to the sound of relaxing music, the visitor forgets all worries and anxieties to plunge into the world of colorful and warm lights.
A relaxing and romantic atmosphere
You can enjoy live music and dance performances. If you feel hungry you can enjoy tea, coffee and treats sold on site.
During the day, take a stroll around the area, where there are beautiful beaches, lighthouse and fort.
琉球 ラ ン タ ン フ ェ ス テ ィ バ ル
- Period: until March 31, 2020
- Opening hours: 18h to 22h
- Tickets: ¥ 1,200 for adults, ¥ 500 for junior high and high school and ¥ 400 for primary students
- Location: Murasaki Mura (む ら 咲 む ら), tap here to open the map
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Photos: Portal Mie