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Taking place on Chatan’s beautiful Sunset beach this all day and night mid summer festival has it all. The Seaport Chatan Carnival Spans two days and entertains with traditional Okinawa events like Haarii (dragon boat races), Tug-of-war, sporting competitions, and Eisa performances
Prior to the official opening ceremonies an indies music contest takes place giving some local artist a chance to show off their tallent to the attentive crowed. Live music continues through the evening to help keep the energy of the occasion high.
Of course there is the typical Japanese festival street food; corn dogs, takoyaki (fried octopus balls), yakisoba, yakitori, potatoes, corn on the cob, and various other fried foods. This is a true part of Japanese culture and it is highly recommended to sample many of these flavors.
The highlight of the entire event is the spectacular fireworks show taking place on both Friday and Saturday evening right on Sunset Beach. A word of warning traffic can be disastrous should you choose to drive to the fireworks as everyone tries to leave at the same time. If you are staying or living close by, biking or walking is might be your best option. It is also a good idea to get their early as the venue does get rather packed as it is a free show.
Name of Venue: Sunset Beach
Address: 2 Mihama, Chatan Town, Okinawa 904-0115
From Naha Airport Approx. 40 min. by car (via highway)
From Okinawa Expressway : Okinawa Minami I.C: Approx. 25 min.by car (via highway)
From nearest bus stop : Gun Byoin-mae Approx. 15 min.on foot
(Bus No. : 20, 28, 29, 112, 120, 228)