This annual event celebrates many aspects of Okinawan culture — including cuisine, music, dance, traditional arts, and more. In normal years, around 200,000 visitors attend over the five-day period.
A major draw of course are the various food and drink stalls serving up local specialties (like a famed bowl of soba). And don’t forget to wash it all down with some awamori — an alcoholic beverage unique to Okinawa.
Once you’ve satiated your hunger (or you’re just in between meals), the traditional performances are a must-see. In particular, the Okinawan dance Eisa is a surefire crowd-pleaser with plenty of energetic singing, chanting, dancing, and drumming.
For those with some extra yen to spend, there are a few more options to immerse yourself in Okinawan culture, like joining various arts and crafts workshops (for both adults and children) with fees ranging from ¥500 to ¥1,500 per person. To top it all off there’s a film festival and a music festival featuring Okinawa’s top musicians.