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Okinawa’s Climate [Sightseeing in Okinawa, from Okinawan Locals]

Okinawa Prefecture is located in the westernmost area of Japan, and it has an almost entirely subtropical climate. Depending on when you visit, it may be tough to decide what sorts of clothes or items to bring along. This article will present monthly average temperatures for Okinawa (from 2016), and I’ll also include some advice for visiting from my personal experience as someone born in Okinawa! Be sure to reference these points when planning your trip to Okinawa!

Geibikei Boat Ride – Kotatsu Boat Service

This service allows passengers to enjoy drifting through the view of Geibikei, designated in 1925 as a scenic spot of natural beauty, from inside of a boat. Called the “Kotatsu Boat,” starting on December 1st this trip takes guests through the valley’s winter beauty, past about 2 kilometers of towering rock cliffs that can reach 100 meters high while the passengers stay warm under the boat’s kotatsu.

Tsuruga Port Illumination 『Miraie』 (To the Future)

The entirety of Kanegasaki Ryokuchi Park, which faces Tsuruga Port, is illuminated during this event. In addition to brick warehouses and former port stations being lit up, the trees lining the roads are also illuminated. Other light attractions include bright corridors of lights and shining train cars!
This retro port town becomes enveloped in a fantastical atmosphere, making it a perfect location for romantic strolls.

White Christmas in Karuizawa

White Christmas in Karuizawa began as a hand-made illumination started and made by several women. That group has since broadened, and now that illumination is the main event of Karuizawa’s Winter Festival!