Looking to escape the unforgiving heat of Singapore as the peak travel season approaches? With temperature ranging from 16 to 20°C, as well as cheaper flights and accommodations during winter, Okinawa is the perfect destination for you! KKday shows you 6 ways to enjoy Okinawa this winter.
|Diving in Okinawa|
Contrary to popular belief, it is still possible to dive or snorkel at the Blue Cave in Okinawa even during winter! Due to Okinawa's subtropical climate, water temperature in winter is at a comfortable temperature of approximately 23 to 24°C. With lesser tourists, coupled with the seas of Okinawa having the clearest water during winter, it's time to put on a wet suit and dive or snorkel into Okinawa's alluring Blue Cave.
2. Visit the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
|Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (Flickr / pelican)|
Holding 7.5 million litres of water, "Kuroshio Sea" is one of the biggest aquarium tank in the world. Located in the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, this main tank houses whale sharks and manta rays along with many other fish species. You know what they say, if you didn't visit Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, you haven't been to Okinawa!
3. Enjoy High Tea at Yachimun Kissa (やちむん喫茶シーサー園)
|Yachimun Kissa Tea Hut (Flickr / Ippei & Janine Naoi)|
Yachimun Kissa (やちむん喫茶シーサー園) is a cafe located in the mountains of northern Okinawa. The owner, a fan of pottery, placed a substantial amount of shisa statues on the roof of this traditional Japanese old folk house. Pair traditional Okinawan snacks like hirayachi with a glass of freshly squeezed juice, while listening to the chirping of the bird. Sounds like the epitome of enjoying life, isn't it?
4. Discover the Grace and Beauty of Ryukyu Dance
|Traditional Ryukyu Dance Performance|
There is no better way to understand a culture than through its performing arts so don't miss the famed Ryukyu Dance performance while you're in Okinawa! With four different styles of dance — namely Koten-buyo (classical dance), Zo-udui (mixed dance), Sosaku-buyo (created dance) and Minzoku-buyo (folk dance) — you'll definitely be awed by Japan's rich culture.
5. Be Dazzled by the Annual Cherry Blossom Season
|Okinawa Cherry Blossom Season (Flickr / Okinawa Steve)|
Everyone knows Japan's cherry blossom season popular with tourists, but did you know Okinawa is home to the earliest cherry blossom viewings in Japan? Feast your eyes on Okinawa's cherry blossoms, coming in a darker shade of pink that's almost close to red, are different from cherry blossoms found in the rest of Japan that are pale pink, closer to white.
6. Admire the Beauty of Orchids at Okinawa International Orchid Show
|Okinawa International Orchid Show (Flickr / Jonathan Leung)|
The largest-scale annual orchid contest in Japan, Okinawa International Orchid Show opens around February every year. With 10, 000 orchids on display, not only is Okinawa International Orchid Show visually appealing, the sweet aroma of orchids fill your nose as you pace through the exhibition.
If you're looking to escape the sweltering heat of Singapore yet afraid of gloomy winters, Okinawa provides the perfect climate.
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