Nago Pineapple Park in Okinawa is a pineapple farm and theme park, mainly aimed at families and couples. The park features a small pineapple themed train, and self-driving pineapple carts which take visitors around the large greenhouse filled with exotic plants, including many pineapple species. There is a pineapple theme song, which is highly catchy, and a special exhibition on dinosaurs!
As you enter Nago Pineapple Park, park your car and buy your tickets, you will be let on the small pineapple themed resort train. The train drives a round through some pineapple fields, before heading towards the entrance of the park. At the entrance, you can choose to either line up for the pineapple shaped self-driving carts (recommended), or to walk around the greenhouses on your own. You can also take the cart, and then walk on your own afterwards.
The park consists of a series of huge greenhouses, in which a large quantity of stunningly beautiful exotic plants are kept. As you drive around in the pineapple cart, you will be educated on pineapples and the many species which exist and are kept here.
The facility also has a cafe, where you can enjoy delicious pineapple products, like pineapple ice cream. Before levning, you will have to walk through the enormous souvenir and outlet shop, where you can by all the pineapple products you can ever dream of. Pineapple wine, juices, sweets, snacks, fresh pineapple and pineapple related souvenirs.
The theme song of the Nago Pineapple Park is extremely catchy, and you are almost guaranteed to be humming this simple song for the rest of the day.
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History of pineapple farming in Okinawa
Pineapples are not native to Japan, or Asia in general. They come from South America, where the Europeans discovered them, took them back to Europe and from there the farming of this delicious fruit spread to Asia.
The pineapple is said to have first reached Okinawa in 1866, when a dutch trading ship containing pineapple seedlings wrecked near Ishigaki island. Due to the warm climate, Okinawa is great for pineapple farming, and so farming soon began. By the first half of the 1900’s, the production of Okinawan pineapples was huge. Unfortunately for Okinawa, they got strong competition from other Asian countries which could produce the fruit cheaper. As a result, the amount of pineapples produced in Okinawa has greatly reduced.
Nago Pineapple Park is a succesful attempt to convert Okinawan pineapple farming to a tourist attraction. The park is fun, and educates visitors on Pineapples. There is an enormous souvenir shop, where all sorts of pineapple product can be purchased, including (of course) pineapple, pineapple wine, sweets, juices and much more.
Planning your visit
|Hours||9:00 – 18:00 every day. |
Last entry 17:30.
|Entrance fee||Adults: ¥880|
Highschool student: ¥600
Child below school age: free
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By bus: from Nago Bus Terminal, take bus 70 to the stop “Meio Daigaku Iriguchi” (about 20 minutes). The bus is infrequent, so plan well.
By car: from Naha, take the expressway E58 north. When the expressway ends, continue on route 71/58 north. In Nago, take a left turn from 71 onto route 84. Nago Pineapple Park will be on your right side, after about 1.7km (1mi).