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When I was planning my Okinawa trip, I asked my friend who has been to Okinawa before for places that I should visit and the first place she named was Nago Pineapple Park.  During our time in Okinawa, we ate more pineapples during those 5 days than I did in the entire 30+ years before that. No kidding.  So you can imagine, pineapples are a big thing in Okinawa.

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Pineapple Carts

On the whole, Nago Pineapple Park was not particular English-speaking traveller friendly as you would see later on.  But they tried.  Along with our entrance tickets, came a sheet of English instructions.

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To tour the pineapple park, we had to ride one of these pineapple carts.  And each entrance ticket was only entitled to one ride of the pineapple cart.

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The pineapple cart was driver-less, so we did not have to control anything.  We just sat back and let the cart bring us around!

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It felt a bit like taking an amusement park ride, as we were whisked through the various areas of the park in the cart.  Along the way, signs of the plant names were all in Japanese.  Oh well, we kept ourselves amused by checking out the cute pineapple mascots on the signs.

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We passed by rows of baby pineapples.

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The kids were somewhat intrigued by the tiny pineapples.  (So was I actually.)

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After passing through all the baby pineapples, we entered a tropical garden area that reminded me of Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay.

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There were more Japanese signs along the way.

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And even a waterfall!

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Finally we spotted a sign that had English! It was a sign warning us that a camera was up ahead.

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After exiting the tropical garden, we passed by MORE baby pineapples!

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And we came to the end of our cart tour.

Okay.  That was not really what I expected to see at a pineapple park.  I was expecting to see a plantation of big pineapples – the kind that we actually eat? But instead we saw all these baby pineapples.

Frankly, I found the cart moved too fast for us to get a proper view of the pineapples and other plants and fauna available.  And we only got to take the cart once – no second chance.  So I thought it was somewhat lame.  But oh well, the kids had fun.  The same kind of fun as in Disneyland ride kind of fun.  Not visiting a fruit plantation kind of fun that I was expecting.

Shell Gallery

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Okay, this was totally random and weird, but the next thing we saw was a shell gallery.  The gallery mainly showcased sea shells collected from Nago Bay in Northern Okinawa, near where the pineapple park was located.   But hmm.. I was here for pineapples, not sea shells.  So we ended up fooling around with the photo machine that turned us all into pineapple heads!

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Souvenir Shop

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Moving along, comes  my favourite part of visiting any Japanese attraction: The souvenir shop. Where as expected, we were treated to endless samples of pineapple wine, pineapple juice, pineapple chocolates and all kinds of pineapple products you could possibly think of.

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They even sold the baby pineapples we saw earlier! So you could actually buy one to grow at home!

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And the snack kiosk.  Mmmm… I have been looking forward to this since I first entered the park.  Pineapple cream puffs and pineapple ice-creams!

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Here’s the super yummy pineapple cream puff! You just got to eat this when you’re here.

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And the more blah sweet potato cream puff.  Sweet potato products are EVERYWHERE in Okinawa.  But I’m really not a fan of them.

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And the ice-cream.  Don’t be fooled by the kids’ funny expressions.  It was actually very good.

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MF gives his approval for the pineapple soft serve.

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But the one you really should try is the Pineapple Salt ice-cream.  I know the name sounds weird.. Like pineapple and salt? I guess it’s like salted caramel? It was really good, and it even had chunks of pineapples inside!

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There were many other local produce being sold as we exited the park, mostly exclusive to Okinawa.  Just walk around, grab a sample, and buy them if you like them!

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Overall, the cart ride was a bit disappointing, because it moved too fast and we could only ride once.  But the shopping and eating part made up for it.  🙂

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Information on Nago Pineapple Park

Map: Show location on google map

Telephone number: +81 980-53-3659 (key in 0980533659 for GPS)

Map Code (what is this?): 206 716 467

Opening Hours:  9am – 6pm daily

Admission Fees:

  • Adults: 600 Yen
  • Children (elementary school): 300 Yen

Official Website: Homepage

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9Comments

  1. Lydia C. Lee says:

    I don’t really think of Japan as producing pineapples…funny how you don’t know what you don’t know!

  2. The theme of the park is a bit weird to have. :p But those tiny pineapples look cute though. :p

  3. Ruth says:

    Pinnacles are my favorite food in the entire word. I would be eager to make it to the snack and souvenir store.

  4. Do you know why a pineapple park? Is it because the fruit is popular in the region?
    I am allergic to pineapples, but this idea is awesome, so creative! The tiny pineapples are so cute! 😀

    Happy to have you on #MondayEscapes again!

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I think they produce pineapples in Okinawa, that’s why. But the Japanese are just so cute. Just because they produce pineapple, they decide to just build a pineapple park. LOL… But then again, I also visited a Kiwi fruit park (Kiwi 360) before in New Zealand, so it’s not just the Japanese.

  5. Did you know that pineapples actually take a couple of years to grow just one fruit!! Luck y they are delicious. Thanks for joining in #wednesdaywanderlust this week

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Really? Woah… The way they can be found EVERYWHERE in Okinawa and Taiwan, I thought it was super easy to grow them. But then again, not all pineapples are delicious. *shivers at the thought of sour ones*

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