Because of Okinawa’s warm island climate, Japan’s famous cherry blossoms bloom much earlier than the rest of the country. In fact, Okinawa has its own special cherry blossom variant known as Kanhi cherry blossoms, or Kanhi-zakura. These Okinawa sakura bloom on other tropical islands in Asian as well and bloom in a deep, more vibrant pink hue than what you may be used to in Tokyo.

The beautiful beach views and relaxing atmosphere of Okinawa combined with the stunning cherry blossoms creates an experience that can’t be missed. Here is the ultimate map of cherry blossom spots in Okinawa.

Okinawa Cherry Blossom Map: Yaese Park (八重瀬公園)

八重瀬公園桜

 

Viewing period: End of January to early February

Access: About 60min by car from Naha Airport

Address: Tomori 1607, Yaese-cho, Shimajiri-gun, 901-0402 Okinawa

Ranking: ★★★★☆

Yaese Park in Yaese Town is a favorite cherry blossom viewing spot in Okinawa. The park boasts beautiful views of Southern Okinawa and spectacular lighting that illuminates 500 Okinawa cherry blossoms in the evening. The park is about 60 minutes by car from Naha Airport.  Check out these Okinawa sakura trees from the end of January to early-February.

Okinawa Cherry Blossom Map: Yaedake Sakura-no-mori Park (八重岳桜の森公園)

八重岳桜

Viewing period: End of January to early February

Access: About 120min by car from Naha Airport

Address: 921 Namizato, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun, 905-0222 Okinawa

Ranking: ★★★☆☆

Yaedake Sakura-no-mori Park in Motobu City receives plenty of visitors, especially in the spring, for its over 7,000 Ryukyu Kanhi cherry blossoms that cover the mountain landscape. In addition to the cherry blossom illuminations in the evening, the scenic views overlooking the area and the from Mount Yaedake are certainly worth a visit. Yaedake Sakura-no-mori Park is about 120 minutes away from Naha Airport by car.

Okinawa Cherry Blossom Map: Nakijin Castle Ruins (今帰仁城跡)

Viewing period: End of January to early February

Access: About 90min by car from Naha Airport

Address: 5101 Imadomari, Nakijin, Kunigami-gun, 905-0428 Okinawa

Ranking: ★★★☆☆

Nakijin Castle ruins is a historical site in Okinawa that is just 90 minutes away by car from Naha Airport. This popular Okinawa Kanhi cherry blossom spot also offers stunning ocean views.  

Okinawa Cherry Blossom Map: Nago Central Park (名護中央公園)

Nago Central Park Cherry Blossoms

Viewing period: End of January to early February

Access: About 90min by car from Naha airport

Address: 5511 Nago, Nago-shi, 905-0012 Okinawa

Ranking: ★★★☆☆

Nago Central Park in Nago City, Okinawa is home to 200,000 blooming cherry blossom trees in the spring. Visitors can enjoy these early blooming sakura on a scenic 2-kilometer walk to the nearby castle. It takes about 90 minutes to get to Nago City from Naha Airport. 

Okinawa Cherry Blossom Map: Yogi Park (与儀公園)

Naha Cherry Blossoms Okinawa

Viewing period: End of January to early February

Access: About 20min by car from Naha Airport

Address: 1-1-1 Yorimiya, Naha-shi, 902-0076 Okinawa

Ranking: ★★★★☆

Yogi Park in Naha earns a spot on the ultimate map of cherry blossoms spots in Okinawa for the 400 Hikan cherry blossoms, or Hikan-zakura, along the river. A major advantage is how easily this park can be accessed. It is only about 20 minutes by car from Naga Airport. 

Okinawa Cherry Blossom Map: Darumayama Park (だるま山園地)

Daruma Yama Park

Viewing period: End of January to early February

Access: About 4 hours by ferry from Naha city

Address: Uezu, Kumejima-cho, Shimajiri-gun, 901-3138 Okinawa

Ranking: ★★★☆☆

This park is on a small island called Kumejima in the waters around Okinawa. It takes about 4 hours by ferry to reach the island from Naha City, however, it is well worth the trip! Here you can enjoy sakura and spring flowers surrounded by the beautiful blue waters of Okinawa. 

Okinawa Cherry Blossom Map: Manko Park (漫湖公園)

Manko Park Cherry Blossoms

Viewing period: End of January to early February

Access: About 10min by car from Naha Airport

Address: 3-23-1 Kohagura, Naha-shi, 900-0024 Okinawa

Ranking: ★★★★☆

Manko Park offers colorful views of a large rows of bright pink cherry blossom trees along the river. This popular cherry blossom viewing destination is also located in Naha City, making it very accessible. Additionally, Manko Park is a Japanese wetland, so there are plenty of interesting wildlife and flowers to find. 

Okinawa Cherry Blossom Map: Sueyoshi Park (末吉公園)

Viewing period: End of January to early February

Access: About 20min by car from Naha Airport

Address: Shurisueyoshi-cho 1-3-1, Naha-shi, 903-0801 Okinawa

Ranking: ★★★☆☆

Sueyoshi Park in Naha City offers a different kind of cherry blossom viewing experience. Typically, cherry blossoms bloom in early spring, before the Japanese landscape comes to life with lush greenery. Sueyoshi Park, however, is almost like a jungle that you can hike through while finding bits of pink highlights from cherry blossoms. 

Okinawa Cherry Blossom Map: Kunigami Forest Park (国頭村森林公園)

Okinawa Sakura

Viewing period: End of January to early February

Access: About 120min by car from Naha airport

Address: 1094 Hentona, Kunigami-son, 905-1411 Okinawa

Ranking: ★★★☆☆

This beautiful park in Kunigami Village offers fantastic view from the top of the hill surrounded by cherry blossoms. The village itself is full of charm and is worth a visit any time of year. In fact, it is also popular in the fall.

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