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Vivid red flowers beckon at Begonia Park

Date Posted: 2011-03-31

Kenichiro Gushiken is a man with a mission, and his biggest pleasure is sharing his 100,000 colorful blooming flowers with everyone on Okinawa.

Begonia Park is nestled between hills in Motobu in northern Okinawa, on land initially prepared by Gushiken’s father Bunichi, 44 years ago. Kenichiro stepped in 32 years ago, committed to taking a pair of Begonia roots and dividing them every year, one-by-one, to create a colorful park. He opened Begonia Park in 2007.

The 5,000 square meter Begonia Park has always been Gushiken’s dream. “Opening a begonia garden is a dream from both my father and from me, and finally our dream has come true,” he says. “I hope a lot of people come to see these begonias.” They’ll be in full bloom by the middle of April, with the beauty at its best until the middle of May.

Admission is ¥300 for adults and ¥100 for children. Begonia Park is located in the Izumi area of Motobu in northern Okinawa, not far from Nago City. To visit the Begonia Park, drive past Nago on Highway 58, turning left onto Route 84 toward Motobu and Expo Park. After passing an intersection with a traffic light and a sign pointing right to Nakijin, proceed another 100 meters and turn left at the next traffic light. Follow the narrow road about one kilometer until you see the park on the right.

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