Okinawa Southeast Botanical Gardens Illumination 2023–2024

Winter Illumination at Chura Yashi Park Okinawa Southeast Botanical Gardens

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Chura Yashi Park Okinawa Southeast Botanical Gardens (美らヤシパークオキナワ 東南植物楽園) is a large outdoor botanical park located in Okinawa City, Okinawa Prefecture. It’s home to over 50,000 tropical and subtropical plants in 1,300 species including Alexander palms, za baobab, lotus and dragon blood trees. There are also about 50 species of animals such as capybara, squirrel monkeys and birds, and visitors can interact with some of the animals.

Chura Yashi Park Okinawa Southeast Botanical Gardens hosts one of the most spectacular light-up events in Japan every year, Okinawa Tropical Illumination (沖縄南国イルミネーション). It was ranked in the third place of the nationwide illumination award for two years in a row and also chosen as one of three best night views in Okinawa. In 2023–2024 season, this long-running illumination event will be held from 27 October 2023 to 26 May 2024.

The Okinawa Tropical Illumination features approx 4 million colourful LED lights, decorating the venue with the unique botanical garden motifs such as lotus flower, palm tree, hibiscus and jade vines. With the theme of “Shining Tropical Flowers”, it creates the magical world of lights with full of excitement and uniqueness to Okinawa.

Visitors can enjoy watching and walking through the colourful lights displayed in various areas. As the park has been working together with the Flying Pikachu Project, there is a Pokemon-themed illumination area open for a limited time until end of March 2024.

-Chura Yashi Park Okinawa Southeast Botanical Gardens (美らヤシパークオキナワ 東南植物楽園)


Date: 27 October 2023 to 26 May 2024

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Okinawa Tropical Illumination is definitely one of the top attractions in Okinawa in winter! You can purchase online tickets for the event here to save your time and money!

▶ Southeast Botanical Gardens Ticket in Okinawa 

Do you want to check more illumination spots in Japan? Then please check out these articles, too!

▶ Best Winter Illuminations in Japan
▶ Best Winter Illuminations in Western Japan
▶ Best Long-Running Winter Illuminations in Japan

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