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Interact with Nature at Neo Park Okinawa

By: David Knickerbocker

Date Posted: 2003-05-03

Neo Park Okinawa is a fantastic park up in Nago city that the whole family will surely enjoy! Whether you're young or old, you'll certainly be impressed and excited by the large variety of wildlife freely roaming the park grounds! Neo Park Okinawa is also known as the Nago nature animal and plants park. Since Okinawa's climate is so tropical, plants and animals from Southeast Asia, Australia, and Africa are able to live here. Neo Park has used this fact to its advantage and has brought a great number of foreign plants and animals to Okinawa.


The park has several different points of interest such as an Amazon jungle, Cove of Madagascar, African Savanna, Oceanica flora and fauna, Hornbill forest, Llama hill, Cactus pass, Flamingo lake, Spider Monkey island, Lemur islands, Giant tortoise farm, Yanbaru rescue center, and petting zoo. In each of these areas, you'll see a great variety of plants and animals such as flamingos, goats, a horse, rabbits, sheep, a few different kinds of monkeys, lemurs, storks, a few caged toucans, Amazon river fish, wild boars, kangaroos, giant tortoises, ostriches, and more. Though the park has a special area designated as a petting zoo, the whole park can be considered a petting zoo since most of the animals wander around freely and will even eat out of your hand. There are also a few places at the park where you can buy special bags of food to feed the animals. Hand-feeding the animals is very fun. Don't be shy! If you get pecked once or twice on accident, it doesn't hurt.


The most interesting attraction for me personally as the Giant tortoise farm. Admission to this area costs 300 per person or you can buy a special admission package at the front gate for entrance into the park and the tortoise farm for 800 for adults, 500 for middle and high school students, and 400 for children ages four to twelve. In the giant tortoise farm, you can feed, touch, and even sit on several huge tortoises. The park's website shows that the tortoises are about 120 cm big and weigh up to 150 kg. Most of the park's tortoises are around 40 to 50 years old, but these tortoises can live up to 200 years!


Starting May 1, Neo Park will have a special singing and dancing robot animal show! Admission to the robot show is 1000 for adults, middle school, and high school students, and 600 for children ages 4 to 12 or you can buy a special admission package at the front gate for entrance into the park and robot show for 1200 for adults, middle school, and high school students, and 700 for children ages 4 to 12. If you have a Neo Park family passport, admission to the robot show is 800 for adults, middle school, and high school students, and 500 for children 4 to 12. Family passports cost 1500 and are good for free admission to the park for you and your family for one year. You can buy a passport at Makeman, the Nago Book Box, MCCS Tours Plus, and Kadena ITT, but you can't purchase a passport at the park.


From May 3 to May 11, Neo Park will host an Orchid festival in its parking lot. Here, you can take a class on how to plant orchids. Two separate classes are held. The first starts at 11 a.m., and the second starts at 2 p.m. Classes will be held on May 3, 4, 5, 10, and 11.


There's so much to experience at Neo Park! Wandering the grounds and interacting with the plants and animals was very exciting! If you're looking for something new to see on Okinawa, Neo Park is a fantastic place to go! The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day, but you have to enter the park by 5 p.m. From July 21 to August 31 Neo Park is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. but you have to enter the park by 6:30 p.m. Admission to Neo Park is 630 for adults, 315 for middle school and high school students, and 210 for children ages 4 to 12. If you come with a group of 15 or more people, a 10% discount will be given.

Driving to Neo Park is very easy. Drive north on Highway 58 until you reach Nago city. Keep going straight until you see the new Nago Jusco shopping complex on your left. Drive straight past Jusco and almost immediately, the entrance for Neo Park will be on your left. For more information, check out Neo Park's website at www.yanbaru.ne.jp/~neopark or call them at 098-052-6348.

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