6th Uchinanchu Festival

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travel-hints  These tips from June and Tom can help you prepare for the trip to and from Naha.  We hope your travels are pleasant and worry free.

Travel Information Form – Please compete after you have made your airline bookings.
Okinawa needs to know information about your travel plans.

Okinawa Information – Read about part of the history of Okinawa.

Some visitors will spend time in Tokyo. if so you may want to visit the Imperial Palace
on-line application  Apply the first day of the month
before your visit.   Example if you want to visit on Oct 15,   then apply on Sep 1.

Uchinanchu Festival – Cellular Stadium

Wednesday October 26, 2016. Parade on Kokusai Dori Street.  Join 5,000 uchinanchu as they march together and welcome each other back to Okinawa. We will meet each other, wear colorful hats and shirts.  Form up at the Tsuboya school yard.   This is next to the Makishi monorail station.

Thursday October 27, 2016. Opening ceremony at Cellular Stadium.  This is next to the Onoyamakoen monorail station. Enjoy live performances and welcome greetings from the uchinanchu leaders.  You can expect popular entertainers and Eisa dancers.  Past festivals have had dramatic starts with unexpected surprises. This is a time to set together as a group, relax and enjoy the show.  You can arrive by monorail or taxi.  You may also walk across the bridge from downtown Naha.

Cellular Stadium Information

2016 Uchinanchu Festival Info

Friday October 28 stage shows and outdoor events

Saturday October 29 stage shows and outdoor events

Sunday October 30, 2016. Closing Cermony at Celluar Stadium.  Closing performances to be announced.

Group leaders.  If you need additional info call any of these group leaders.

Bill Brett
Karl Kortlandt
June McVey
Hideko Moore
Miyuki Brower

Helpful information – selected sites -Tom McVey

Okinawa sounds and videos enjoy music and videos.

Things to see in Okinawa. Here are some things to see.

Japan Guide Link. Find things to do along with hours of operation for attractions.

Use your bus pass to travel around the island.  Some trips will be all day adventures.  Check the schedules closely so you know which bus to take.

June and I have been to and have enjoyed these sites.

Churaumi Aquarium
Ocean Expo Park
Shuri Castle
Shikinaen Garden
Nakamura Residence
Tsuboya pottery district

Tokyo

Some visitors will spend time in Tokyo. if so you may want to visit these sites.

Imperial Palace – Tokyo  on-line application  Apply the first day of the month
before your visit.   Example if you want to visit on Oct 16,   then apply on Sep 1.
Hotels, private rooms and houses for rent

Plan to spend a few nights in Naha close to Celluar Stadium Onoyamakoen .  You can avoid the need to travel and enjoy more of the festival and night life.

Web site booking.com and hotels.com are convient  ways to search for hotels.  We have used it many times to find hotels to stay in.

Bed and Breakfast link airbnb.com offers condos, apartments  and entire homes for rent.  Consider using and having different locations based on your travels.  Use this site to find private rooms and full houses for rent.

Airfare

To get low cost tickets.

  1. Travel on a Wednesday.
  2. Book tickets on Tuesday after 3pm.
  3. Travel early in the morning – before beakfast.
  4. Book 180 days before you travel starts.
  5. Book on a airline that has ANA as a partner.   United allows you to book all the way to Naha, Japan.
  6. Book trip all the way to Naha.
  7. Use the Experience Japan ticket option to make side trips in Japan.

ANA has 10,800 yen airfares each way.   Link for ANA explore Japan details

Posters

Travel path Cincinnati to Naha Okinawa.

 

Bus in Naha

Use the bus pass to travel in Okinawa.

 

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