Okinawa Tourism Information:HowtoEnjoytheRainySeasoninOkinawa;ThreeRecommendations(2019)

How to Enjoy the Rainy Season in Okinawa; Three Recommendations (2019)

post : 2019.05.20 08:00



There are a number of sightseeing locations in Okinawa that you can enjoy during the rainy season. In this article, I’ll introduce three of these spots. The first spot is the Yohena Ajisai-En, a hydrangea garden located in Motobu Town where you can enjoy the spectacular hydrangea in full bloom. The garden is on a steep slope and was once an orange grove, and with the beautiful blue blossoms of the hydrangeas along the slope, it’s a sight to behold. The footpath takes you completely around the garden so you can enjoy the scenery as you take a leisurely stroll.



It seems that the blooming season for 2019 is a little later than usual, but the garden opened on May 11 (Sat) and visitors can enjoy its beauty until late June. The admission is 400 yen for adults and 200 yen for elementary, junior high, and high school students.



In some years, the rainy season in Okinawa lasts up to the end of June, but during this season, there are blossoms of lotuses and water lilies that seem all the more beautiful in the rainy weather. To enjoy these flowers, the place to go in Okinawa is the Southeast Botanical Gardens located in Okinawa City. The Gardens boasts vast grounds that stretch to 45,000 tsubo, or close to 150 thousand square meters. The Omoiyari Pond in the grounds is covered with lotuses and is the largest lotus pond in all of Okinawa.



Their Lotus & Water Lily Festival for the year 2019 is set to start on June 15 (Sat) and ends on August 25 (Sun). Admission is 1,500 yen for adults (1,000 yen for high school students, and 500 yen for elementary and junior high school students). Normally, the Gardens opens at 9:00 but during this event, gates will be open from 7:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s best to go early in the morning, since the lotuses, in particular, bloom in the morning hours and are at their height of beauty around 8:00.



The third and final recommendation is to go view fireflies. You may be a little concerned about going into the wilderness at night during your trip here, but worry not. At Bios no Oka (Bios on the Hill), they offer night tours where you can view fireflies and others of interest. The night tours are attended by a guide, so you can enjoy yourself without anything to worry about.


 

The Bios no Oka Night Tours for 2019 starts from May 18 (Sat) to June 30 (Sun) on Saturdays and Sundays. The fee is 1,800 yen for adults (junior high school age and older) and 1,000 yen for children aged four and through elementary school age.

Flowers and night tours during the rainy season offers sights that you can only enjoy during this period, so go ahead and enjoy Okinawa’s nature!

 

Yohena Ajisai-En
Address: 1312 Izumi, Motobu Town, Okinawa
Telephone: 0980-47-2183
Period: May 11 (Sat) to Late June, 2019
*Rates are current as of May 2019.


Southeast Botanical Gardens “Lotus & Water Lily Festival”
Address: 2146 Chibana, Okinawa City, Okinawa
Telephone: 098-939-2555
Period: June 15 (Sat) to August 25 (Sun), 2019
*Rates are current as of May 2019.


Bios no Oka Night Tour 2019
Address: 961-30 Ishikawa Kadekaru, Uruma City, Okinawa
Telephone: 098-965-3400
Period: Saturdays & Sundays from May 18 (Sat) to June 30 (Sun), 2019
*Rates are current as of May 2019.



Okinawa CLIP photo writer, Hiroshi Kuwamura

 

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