Okinawa World is definitely on the list of places to visit in the Okinawa Prefecture in Japan. Okinawa World is one of the most popular theme parks in Okinawa that presents the local history, culture and nature all in one location. On the whole it is very touristy and commercial because of the places to visit in this park.
Okinawa World is divided into four main attractions, Gyokusendo Caves, Kingdom Village, Habu Museum Park and Gangalanotani.
Okinawa World is suitable for families and children who want to spend a fun day-long adventure. All the main attractions can be explored for almost 1 to 2 hours.
The first destination and the park's number one attraction is the Gyokusendo, the second longest cave in the country which is 5000 meters long but the accessible walkway only runs for about 890 meters. Walking through this cave will take you 30 minutes depending if you stop and take time to observe the amazing features. This cave is full of stalagmites and stalactites.
Next is the Kingdom Village which allows the visitors experience many workshops featuring traditional crafts of Okinawa like pottery, paper making, sugar cane processing, and making of musical instruments. It also features 100 year old houses that are under the care of the Japanese law as official historical objects.
Habu Museum Park features Okinawa’s famous poisonous snake and other creatures. Lastly, Gangalanotani which is a beautiful nature trail where visitors can discover the beauty of the Okinawan forest and see archeological excavation sites of prehistoric man.
From Naha Bus Center, take bus number 83 all the way to its terminal stop, Gyokusendo-mae which may take 60 minutes with the amount of 580 yen. By car, it takes about 40 minutes from central Naha.
The entrance fee for all the attractions is 1650 yen. You can also choose which attraction you want to visit, the fee is
1240 yen for the cave and village only, 620 yen for the village only and 620 yen for the Habu Park only.
Okinawa World is open everyday from 9:00 to 18:00 and entry hours is until 17:00 only.
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