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Experience the vast nature and history of Okinawa. It is also Okinawa's best cherry blossom viewing spot. Nago Castle Park in Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture, is a prefectural park that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike while experiencing the vast nature and history of Okinawa. In January, ...

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What is Nago Castle Park?

View from Nago Castle Park

Nago Castle Park is a spacious park that covers the entire area of ​​Mt. Nago in Nago City, and includes everything from play areas to rest areas, an observation deck, and a castle. From the observation deck near the summit, you can see views of Nago city and the beautiful East China Sea. The park is free and open all day, so you can enjoy it without worrying about time. Although the park as a whole is very large, there are many parking lots, each conveniently located in its own area. Location: 5511 Nago, Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture Management: Nago Central Park Management Joint Venture TEL: 0980-52-7434 Opening hours: Open all day (Visitor Center is open from 10:00 to 17:00)

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Four recommended areas in Nago Castle Park

Nago Castle Park is roughly divided into six areas, and you can explore the park by walking up the stairs and mountain paths. The park is quite large, and there are parking lots in each area, so if you have a car, we recommend driving to your desired location. This time, we will introduce four areas that we particularly recommend.

Walking trails in Nago Castle Park

The historical and natural area of ​​Nago Castle Park is home to the ruins of Nago Castle and Nago Shrine, which are designated as sites containing buried cultural properties. After climbing a long flight of stairs and passing through a torii gate, you will arrive at the grounds of Nago Shrine, where the main hall and approach to the shrine continue behind the red-tiled roofed worship hall, and at the top of the walking path you will find the ruins of Nago Castle. The view from the shrine is also beautiful. In addition, the rich nature of Mt. Nago is preserved, and walking paths have been developed where you can observe precious wild birds and plants.

Free visitor center

The visitor center "Subaco" is located at a vantage point overlooking Nago city. As it is a public facility, it can be used as a rest area free of charge. You are welcome to bring your own food and drink, but there is also a cafe on-site that sells sweets and bread from local shops. On the second floor, there is a popular library spot where you can read books freely, allowing you to enjoy a relaxing time. Subaco is also open as a workcation facility, and you can use it for two hours if you order one drink.

Recreation Square: a playground for the whole family

The recreational area is made up of three areas: Umak Square, which has lots of athletic equipment; Ijobar Square, which has a stream for splashing around and a basketball court; and Tall Palm Square, which is recommended for picnics and recreation. This area is extremely popular as a children's playground, and as well as play equipment such as a long roller slide, there is also a spacious area for the whole family to play in, and a spot for splashing around in the water on hot days, so you can have fun to your heart's content. There is also an observation space, making it the perfect place for a picnic on a sunny day.

"Waterside/Experience Area" where you can enjoy playing in the water

The waterfront and experience area is the main place to enjoy playing in the water, with a waterfall and babbling brook using purified sewage water at the top of the square, and the Kochi River flowing at the bottom. There is also a grassy area, toilets, and a parking lot, so it is recommended for playing in the water on hot days. You can also enjoy walking in the park starting from this area.

Recommended spots around Nago Castle Park

From here, we will introduce recommended spots around Nago Castle Park. There are many tourist attractions in the Nago area, so why not visit them as well? Here, we will introduce "Neo Park Okinawa" where you can meet over 100 kinds of animals, and "Nago Pineapple Park" which is a must-see for pineapple lovers.

Neo Park Okinawa

Neo Park Okinawa recreates tropical environments from around the world, such as the Amazon, Africa, and Oceania, in a vast area roughly the size of five Tokyo Domes. The park uses the largest flying cage system in Japan, which allows visitors to get very close to the animals, and there is also an underwater tunnel and a petting plaza, making it a place where visitors will not get bored even if they spend the whole day there. In addition, a locomotive that once ran in Okinawa has been recreated and is operated as a guide locomotive that tours the park. There is a track that is 1.2 km long, and one revolution takes about 20 minutes. Location: 4607-41 Nago, Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture Phone number: 0980-52-6348 Opening hours: 9:30-17:30 (last admission 17:00) Open all year round Admission fee: 900 yen for adults, 500 yen for children (ages 4 to elementary school) Other discount tickets available Parking: 533 spaces available, free

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Nago Pineapple Park

Nago Pineapple Park is a popular tourist spot where you can eat, learn, and enjoy pineapples. You can learn about the history of pineapples in Okinawa, and see pineapple fields, colorful flowers, and tropical plants growing like a jungle up close. There are self-driving carts in the park that go around at a slow speed, so the whole family can enjoy the view at their leisure. You can enjoy a variety of gourmet foods at the pineapple gourmet area "ANANAS KITCHEN". At the cafe, they sell rice burgers, pizza, and pineapple parfaits made with pineapple. At the souvenir shop, you can get original sweets that use the deliciousness of carefully selected fresh pineapples. This is a spot where you can enjoy pineapples to your heart's content. Address: 1195 Tamemata, Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture Phone number: 0980-53-3659 Business hours: 10:00-17:00 (last admission: 16:30) Currently operating with shortened hours Admission fee: Adults (16 years and over) 1,000 yen Children (4-15 years old) 600 yen Free for children under 4 years old Parking: 200 cars available Free

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Access to Nago Castle Park

Finally, we will introduce how to get to Nago Castle Park. This includes access from the airport or Naha city using public transportation, and access from various hotels.

Access by public transport

Access from Naha Airport: Take bus 111 from in front of the domestic passenger terminal (terminus, for international flights) and get off at Sefukei (1 hour 36 minutes). Then, change to bus 77 from Sefukei (to Nago Bus Terminal) and get off at the entrance to Nago Castle (4 minutes). Walk for 36 minutes to reach the visitor center. Access from Naha City: Take bus 111 from Asahibashi/Naha Bus Terminal stop 11. Then follow the same procedure as from Naha Airport above.

Access to Nago Castle Park from Oriental Hotel Okinawa

Access by public transport: 8 minute walk from the hotel, take bus number 120 (towards Nago City) from Inbu and get off at the entrance to Nago Castle (17 minutes), then walk 36 minutes to reach the visitor centre. Access by car: Head north on National Route 58, then continue on Prefectural Route 71 (approximately 25 minutes).

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Oriental Hotel Okinawa Resort & Spa is the first resort hotel of Oriental Hotels & Resorts, and is located in the northern part of Okinawa's main island, at the entrance to Yanbaru, a region of rich subtropical forests and blue seas. It is close to the Kyoda Interchange on the Okinawa Expressway, and is 60 minutes from the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and 20 minutes from Manzamo in Onna Village, making it an ideal hotel for active tourism in Okinawa, with easy access to not only the northern part but also the central and southern parts. Since its opening in 2005, Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa has been used by many domestic and international guests as a pioneer of overseas hotel brands in the Okinawa region, and has been rebranded and reopened as Oriental Hotel Okinawa Resort Spa on Friday, October 1, 2021.

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