Sueyoshi Koen (Park)

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Sueyoshi Koen (Park) l Okinawa Hai!

Sueyoshi Koen is a large park along the southern edge of Urasoe and the northern edge of Naha. It provides a large space for different types of activities, but ultimately, provides a serious break from the nearby congestion.

This park was on my Okinawa bucket list for some time. I actually missed the opportunity to visit there when I was stationed in Okinawa, but had the chance to revisit and take a break here. The park is well worth the visit.

If you are using the main entrance from Prefectural Highway 82, expect most of the park to be downhill from the parking forward. There is a creek in the middle that splits the park into two steep hills. Numerous ramps and stairways lead you into the center to the other side of the park.

Sueyoshi Koen (Park) l Okinawa Hai!

Sueyoshi Koen (Park) l Okinawa Hai!

Inside the park, you will definitely see beautiful tropical plants, palm gardens, and various species of local trees. The place is always quiet with the exception of traffic noise in the distance and the natural sound of wind, water and small animals. There are mixtures of open spaces for the heat as well as shaded areas to cool off.

Sueyoshi Koen (Park) l Okinawa Hai!

Sueyoshi Koen (Park) l Okinawa Hai!

Interesting enough, there in a shrine you can hike to along the northern end of the park.

Sueyoshi Koen (Park) l Okinawa Hai!

Sueyoshi Koen (Park) l Okinawa Hai!

Sueyoshi Koen (Park) l Okinawa Hai!You will find the stone signpost in front of the trail (pictured right).

There were not many locals here except the grounds keeper, but plenty of interesting things to see.

Finally, you can get a nice view of upper Naha from this area. You can sit and watch the Yui monorail trains pass by, see the nearby skyline and rest in the shade.

Sueyoshi Koen (Park) l Okinawa Hai!

Address: 1 Chome-152-27 Shurisueyoshichō, Naha-shi, Okinawa-ken, Japan

Directions: You can drive to this park by using Prefectural Route 82. Look for the small brown sign with the park’s name pointing north. As an alternative, you could also use the monorail. The park is located between Gibo and Shiritsu Byoinmae (Naha City Hospital) stations.

Map Coordinates: 26.226345, 127.713996

Sueyoshi Koen (Park) l Okinawa Hai!


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  • October 17, 2015

    We had a great time venturing through this park today! There are so many meandering paths and stairs going every which way, it was hard to keep track of where we were!

    Streams, ponds, small waterfalls, plenty of benches to rest tired tootsies. Truly an oasis of nature amidst the concrete jungle that is Naha. So beautiful. So peaceful. A great place to spend an afternoon.

    Tammi
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  • January 14, 2015

    I visited Sueyoshi this summer! Couldn’t find the shrine, though 🙁

    Any ideas, coming from the monorail, what might be the best way to walk to get to the shrine?

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    • October 17, 2015

      After you cross the bridge that goes over the stream (near the playground and restrooms), take the stone steps on the left. You’ll bear right and end up at a tree that looks kinda funny sitting at the top of the steps. From there take the dirt path on the right. At the stone marker a short ways up, turn left and continue up a (fairly steep) path until you reach the little info building just before the stone archway (pictured in the main post). Then follow the stone steps up to the temple.

      Tammi
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      • October 25, 2015

        After rereading that, I should clarify… the tree at the top of the steps doesn’t *itself* look funny, I meant it looks out of place. :p Also, the main post has a photo of the stone marker I was talking about – with Japanese writing on it.

        Tammi
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