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Free event: Nakijin Gusuku Cherry Blossom Festival

Inscribed as part of the World Heritage by UNESCO, Nakijin Castle is the old headquarters of the king of Hokuzan, who governed the northern part of Okinawa in the 14th century before the unification of the Ryukyu Kingdom. The castle, surrounded by high stone walls, is situated 100 meters above sea level on a hill overlooking northern Okinawa as well as Ihei and Izena islands to the northwest. The best time to see cherry blossoms at the Nakijin Castle Ruins is from late January through early February, when the cherry blossoms add beautiful color to the street stretching from Route 505 to the entrance of the site. In addition, buds on peach trees in the area start swelling during the same period, and you can enjoy both cherry and peach blossoms in one place. The castle is lit up at night, and the path leading to the castle from the gate is lined with candles. Traditional Okinawan entertainment, including dances and drums, is performed on the specially erected stage during the festival.


Date: Saturday, Jan. 18-Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014
Time: (night lighting) 8:00-21:00
Place: Nakijin Castle Ruins (Nakijin Village)
Admission: 400 yen for adults, 300 yen for elementary school students to high school students


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