CONTRIBUTED BY BAMBI CALDWELL

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This garden was beautiful!  The entry fee was free and you just tell the people at the front entrance how many people (at least on the day we went — Adventure Okinawa says it is 300 yen for adults and 100 yen for 10-16 year olds). You can pay 100 Yen at various machines to get food to feed the fish and turtles in the ponds around the gardens.  There were a lot of beautiful gardens and a great place for the kids to run around.  There were rock paths to hike up and over the waterfalls and also a bridge that had a cement statue on every post that was of every Chinese Lunar Calendar creature (Rat, Horse, Snake, Etc) and plenty of places to sit and enjoy the beauty you are surrounded by.

It is peaceful and located in downtown Naha.  The garden is a quick trip if you are chasing a running toddler, but we spent 2 hours there and could have spent longer if the kids weren’t ready for lunch!  The gardens are within walking distance of Kokusai Street (I would say 4-6 blocks) so you could make the trip an all day affair.  We walked to McDonald’s because it is on the same end of Kokusai Street as McD’s.  The gardens are open year-round and closed on Wednesday’s.  The hours are 0900-1600.

Directions to Fukushu-en:

-From Kadena travel toward the airport on 58
-After you pass Hwy 222 (there is a walkover bridge) begin to look for the Blue/White Sign that says Fukusheun Gardens
Turn RIGHT at the light with the Fukushu-en Garden Sign (Route 42 Intersection)
-The gardens will be down on your Left 0.6km
-The gardens will have a large concrete wall surrounding it
-Turn Right at the entrance of the park and you will see a parking lot on your right (free!)

A few landmarks that you will pass on the way:
– Mona Kids, Camp Kinser, both large bridges

Travel time, depending on traffic, at least 30 minutes from Camp Foster.

6 COMMENTS

  1. For this Fukushu-En Garden there is a subsequent article with additional photographs, directions and comments posted August 14, 2009 on Okinawa Hai.
    http://www.okinawahai.com/2009/08/fukushen-gardens.html

    The hours posted above are revised: Open 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closed on Wednesdays. If a Japanese holiday falls on a Wednesday, the garden is open on the holiday and closed on the next day (Thursday). Entry is Free!

  2. I have already visited this garden in june2010.it is a very beautiful $ lovely.I like it.It is agreat comb. of chinese $ japanese culture.

  3. This place was AMAZING!!! Such an adventure for younger kids… the narrow rock paths up to pavillions and around the waterfall are fabulous!! We kept talking about going up the new “treasure trail” to see where it would go… My little kids LOVED it (1 & 3 y.o. — can only imagine how great it would be for 5-7 y.o.’s). And it’s just beautiful. Can’t believe it took me this long to go!! Will definitely put it on the itinerary anytime we head south from now on. Would love to see the blooming trees in the next couple of months. One of the best day trips we’ve taken — liked it THAT much!!

  4. We went to the Fukushu-en Garden this weekend and were blown away with how gorgeous and serene it was inside those concrete walls. Thanks for the directions, we found the place with no problems and it’s usually very uncommon for us to be able to drive directly to a place with out getting lost at least once.

  5. Love this garden! Although it’s not really large, it’s very tranquil and worth the trip. Definitely get some of the fish food. My husband went crazy feeding those monsters!

    If you go further down the street aways there’s a little sandy beach and a grassy park kind of area too.

    And I know that somewhere around the park, I spotted a huge “Ramayana” warehouse. Keep meaning to go back to try to find it, but haven’t yet.

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