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Nago City

Sister City relationship between Hawai‘i County and Nago City was established in April, 1986. Nago City is located in the northern part of Okinawa Island. It is best known for being the first place in Japan where the cherry blossoms bloom. Crowds flock here each year in late January to take part in the city’s huge Cherry Blossom Festival… similar to Hawai‘i Island’s Cherry Blossom Festival in Waimea.

View of Kouri Ohashi from road

Nago City is a tourist town, with many scenic landscapes, resorts and theme parks.  Pineapple is one of Okinawa’s prize crops, and it is the main focus at Nago’s Pineapple Park. Visitors ride pineapple carts to see pineapples growing along with other fruits and flowers similar to Hawai‘i such as bromeliads and anthuriums. Also featured are activities such as pineapple fruit and wine tasting, as well as a multitude of pineapple related foods. Pineapple souvenirs such as pineapple beauty products, t-shirts, and other trinkets are available at the park’s pineapple gift shop.

Nago City is home to Orion Breweries, the 5th most popular selling beer in Japan. The brewery is one of Nago City’s most popular tourist destination, allowing the visitor to view the entire brewing process ending with a free beer tasting.

The Hilo Haari Boat Race is held annually in August at the Wailoa State Park. Teams from Nago City visit Hilo every year to participate in this race. In 1990, the County of Hawai‘i received three Haari (sabani) boats from then Mayor Tetsuya Higa of Nago City.

Nago cityscape Hinpun Gajumaru Nago celebrates 52nd annual Cherry Blossom Festival 140125-M-ZH183-405

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