Sanshin Day

shanshin day okinawa tradition music event

If you want to experience some Okinawa music and culture March 4th is the time to be on Okinawa Island. Officially designated Sanshin day, starting at noon all over the most southern Japanese prefecture people start this important cultural celebration of their heritage by dancing the Kagiyadefu, a traditional Okinawa dance accompanied by the daunting melody of the three stringed Sanshin.

In Yomitan Okinawa people celebrate this cultural event all over the village, sometimes in their homes or schools, but the main spot to catch the annual festivities is at the Yomitan cultural center. Performers delight the audience which is usually a fully packed venue with classical, contemporary, and folk tunes on their Sanshins an instrument unique to Okinawa.

From Naha Airport: Approx. 70 min. by car (via highway)
From Okinawa Expressway: Okinawa Minami I.C: Approx. 30 min. by car (via highway)
From nearest bus stop: Zakimi (Yomitan Village) Approx. 10 min. on foot
(Stop for line: 29, 62)

Name of Venue: Yomitan Village Cultural Center
Address: 2901 Zakimi, Yomitan Village, Okinawa 904-0301

 

 

   Central Okinawa Hotels & Accommodations

 Location  Rating  Hotel Name
 Ginowan  5 star Laguna Garden Hotel
 Okinawa  4 star EM Wellness Resort Costa Vista Okinawa Hotel and Spa
 Okinawa  4 star Tokyo Daiichi Hotel Okinawa Grand Mer Resort
 Yomitan  5 star Hotel Nikko Alivila
 Chatan  4 star The Beach Tower Okinawa
 Okinawa  3 star Crown Hotel
 Ishikawa  4 star Coco Garden Resort Okinawa
   
   

 

 

North Okinawa Tours

 JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Northern Okinawa Tour
On this tour visit many of the North Okinawa’s famous sites like Churaumi Aquarium ( the world's third largest aquarium), Ryukyu Mura where you can experience living history, and many more exciting places. Lunch included.
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JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Nakijin-jo Castle World Heritage Bus Tour
On this tour visit many of the North Okinawa’s famous sites like Cape Manza, Churaumi Aquarium ( the world's third largest aquarium), Nakijin-jo Castle, Nago Pineapple Park. Lunch included.
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JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Okinawa Marine Walk from Nago (Departs at 9:00 am)
Enjoy walking underwater through Okinawa's clear ocean by simply putting on a special helmet which draws air from the surface, you can breathe normally even while underwater and explore Okinawa's beautiful coral reefs.
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JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Okinawa Jet Skiing, Banana Boat & Super Mable Tour
Enjoy all 3 of these thrilling marine sports out on the open water. 
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Miyako Islands Hotels & Resorts

 Location  Rating  Hotel Name
 Miyako Is. 4 star hotel Hotel Atoll Emerald Miyakojima
 Miyako Is. 4 star hotel Miyakojima Tokyu Resort 
 Miyako Is. 4 star hotel Hotel Breeze Bay Marina 
 Miyako Is. 5 star hotel Shigira Bayside Suite ALLAMANDA