Things to do / Traditional festivals

Okinawa: Itoman Otsuna-hiki Gyoji

Otsuna-hiki (tug of war) is the main event, using a rope of about 180 meters in length, 1.5 meters in diameter and 10 tons in weight.

Schedule & Key events:
2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Parade of dancing by 1,000 folk dancers
5 p.m.-6 p.m. Otsuna-hiki

Location: street between Itoman Elementary School and Prefectural Road No. 256 (former National Road No. 331), Itoman, Okinawa

From Naha Airport, take Yui Rail (monorail) to Akamine, and then take bus No.89 to Itoman Rotary Bus Stop (25 min.)

Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.