Yanbaru Forest Toy Museum

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS

Yanbaru Forest Toy Museum l Okinawa Hai!

Very recently a small, but fun, art museum opened in Kunigami Village, a short drive from Okuma. While I wouldn’t recommend driving all the way up there just for the museum, it’s well worth an hour of your time if you are in the area. We jotted over during a stay at Okuma, and it was well worth it!

Yanbaru Forest Toy Museum l Okinawa Hai!

This museum is very different because you get to play with everything! Everything in the museum is made from the wood of trees found in Japan. A lot of the toys are made from the Ryukyu Pine, Okinawa’s prefectural tree. They only use wood from the Ryukyu Pine that have fallen due to natural causes, like typhoons. The museum is sponsored by a non-profit organization called the Good Toy Association. Unfortunately, none of the products were for sale, as I would have purchased a few! When you arrive, they will ask you to sign in and remove your shoes. Then you proceed into the toy room and play away!

Yanbaru Forest Toy Museum l Okinawa Hai!

While we were there, the adults had just as much fun as the children. In fact, every adult in there was busy playing.

Yanbaru Forest Toy Museum l Okinawa Hai!

Hours: Wednesday-Monday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closed Tuesday.

Cost: Admission is free, for now. Beginning next spring they will begin to charge. How much it will be has yet to be determined, but it would still be worth going even if you have to pay.

Phone: 098-041-5421.

Directions: To get there, take the 58 north until you get to Kumigami Village (where you’d turn to go to Okuma).  Continue on the 58; pass the turn for Hiji Falls, then look for a sign that says “Forest Park”.  Turn right at that sign and look for a wooden sign that says Kunigami Forest Park.  Make a left at that sign and it will guide you to the museum.

2 COMMENTS

  1. My husband and I just took the kids to the toy museum today because we were staying at Okuma, and we all had a great time! They have started charging admission, but the pricing is reasonable and worth it.

    Ages 0-2 is free
    Ages 3 – Jr. High 200 yen
    High school – Adult 400 yen

    A great place to play!

  2. Since we have a toddler we decided to check this out. But we were redirected at the bottom of the mountain. I think there was a road construction. Anyway we found the redirected way was easier. Here is the other way to go to this museum.
    Follow 58 all the way to the Okuma sign that says left arrow for the Okuma and right arrow for the Hiji fall. At that traffic light make a right turn. And then make a first left turn at a small wooden sign about the eye height. It’s written in Japanese. It will say 3 Km and has a bird painting on it. It seems the bird is the symbol of the park. It’s black bird with red legs. After the left turn go about 50 m and you will see a big sign with the bird painting in front of you pointing right upward. You will drive up to the mountain. It says 2.6 (or 2.7???) Km. So drive that far and look for another small wooden sign on your right. That is the drive way to the museum. The building is located on your left.

    Thank you very much for the post. My toddler had an awesome time there. It was totally worth all the trouble.

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