Last week, we visited Nago Pineapple Park in Okinawa. This week, let me bring you on a tour around Okinawa Fruits Land which is right next door to Nago Pineapple Park. Which means you can easily visit these two parks in one day!
Okinawa Fruits Land Mission
At Okinawa Fruits Land, your mission is to walk through a forest in search of fruits, read the information boards about each fruit and admire them.
That would be too boring. The visit to Okinawa Fruits Land revolved around a mission to save the King of the Fruits Land who has been captured by an evil wizard. I kid you not.
Upon entry, you will be presented with a large A3 mission sheet, where you need to go around collecting stamps from stations around the park. But that alone would be too conventional. We need something more challenging and innovative!
So around Okinawa Fruits Land, you will find stations like the one above. Each station has a multiple choice question that you would have to answer. If you do not know the answer, you can
guess until you get the correct answer read the information board near the station. Both the question at the station and the information boards have English translations.. Woohoo!
While you are at it, also look out for the actual fruit being grown there.
Next, you slot the A3 mission sheet into the slot at the station.
Then you press the button of the correct answer. If you got it right, it will make a magical ringing sound. If not, you can try again until you get it. No penalties for wrong answers.
Wait until the magical ringing sound ends, and take your paper out from the slot.
Tada!! You have received the stamp for that station! So cool right? This was WAY more cool than the typical stamp rally at attractions in Japan where you go around in search for stamps and chopping them manually.
There were I think 19 stations (I cannot remember the exact number but I’m basing this on the picture of the mission sheet.. Hah.) altogether – so much to learn! Let me just show you some of the things we learned from the visit.
Around the park, it was not just fruits that you would find. You can also find some birds.
You can also feed some fishes. I love how in Japan, things just operated based on integrity. Visitors were supposed to drop 100 yen into the tin for the fish feed. There was no staff around to monitor.
Moving on.. We also spotted some snails.
There was this interesting exhibit in the middle of the park. It looked like random pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
But if you look through the hole where MF was standing, you would see a complete picture of a colourful bird!
Alright, so we went around the park, collecting our stamps and checking out bird and insects. Finally, we completed all the stations!
We thought that was all. But no no… We were not quite done yet. We haven’t saved the Fruit King, remember? We passed by a little ‘game’ where we had to follow the instructions to find a secret symbol.
Instructions were, once again, thankfully available in English.
And once we figured out what the secret symbol was, we headed into a *AIR-CONDITIONED, THANK GOODNESS* room to rescue the Fruit King!
There were a number of computer terminals inside the room. We keyed in the symbols as instructed and when we were done, we fought the evil wizard and rescued the Fruit King.
End of mission! Now that was more fun than expected.
Okinawa Fruits Land Cafe
No visit to a Japanese tourist attraction is complete without indulging in some yummy snacks. Since this is Okinawa FRUITS Land, you would expect the cafe here to serve fruit-infused items. We went for one of their giant fruits parfait.
Within the cafe, there was a small kids area.
Younger children could play on the little slide available.
While older children busied themselves with the ‘Okinawa Fruits Land’ colouring activity.
I also spotted one of those photo machines that I saw earlier at Nago Pineapple Park, the one that put our faces inside a pineapple. The one here put our faces inside a fruits parfait!
Okinawa Fruits Land Souvenir Shop
The souvenir shop at Okinawa Fruits Land was HUGE. If you have travelled with young children before, you would know that it is not easy to do souvenir shopping with kids in tow. But to give you absolutely no excuse not to buy anything, there was a play area in the middle of the souvenir shop to keep the kids entertained.
Initially, I was worried that Okinawa Fruits Land would not cater well to non-Japanese speaking visitors because they do not have an English website. However, they turned out to be pretty foreigners-friendly with English information boards and instructions for the games in English.
I found Okinawa Fruits Land to be an extemely kids-friendly attraction. The mission was educational and engaging, and I loved that the cafe and shopping areas had play areas set up for kids. Do pop by Okinawa Fruits Land if you are on an Okinawa trip with kids!
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Information on Okinawa Fruits Land
Address: 〒905-0005 沖縄県名護市字為又1220-71
Telephone number: +81 980-52-1568 (key in 0980521568 for GPS)
Map Code (what is this?): 206 716 615
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm daily
- Adults: 1000 Yen
- Children (4 years and above): 500 Yen
Official Website: Homepage
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