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Enjoy the Nago Pineapple Park

By: David Knickerbocker

Date Posted: 2004-03-25

If you’re ever heading towards the northern end of Okinawa, you should definitely drop by the Nago Pineapple Park. The park is a museum dedicated entirely to pineapples, but there are other interesting displays. While visiting the park, you can eat as much fresh pineapple as you want and drink as much free pineapple wine as you can handle.

As soon as you enter the park and pay your admission, get inside one of the park’s cute pineapple tour cars. The tour is all in Japanese, but the sights are interesting nonetheless. In total, there are about 100 different kinds of pineapples on display at the Nago Pineapple Park and you can see the various stages of pineapple growth.

Also, check out the park’s Annanus Tropical Garden. This garden has about a thousand kinds of tropical plants and flowers, most of which are very colorful. After the pineapple tour, you’ll come to a shell gallery which has over 10,000 shells on display from 32 countries. There is also a small shell shop at the gallery exit where you can buy some of the shells you saw on display.

Next, you’ll enter an area where you can eat as much pineapple as you’d like. There is no limit, and it’s all free! Free pineapple wine is also available. You’ll eventually come to a large shop with many pineapple goods for sale. You can try many sweets here as most of the items have free samples available.

One of the most interesting things you can do in the shop is purchase your own wine bottle with your own picture on it for ¥2,000. Choose the bottle color, photo border, and cork color, and about ten minutes later your bottle will be finished. This is an excellent keep-sake from Okinawa.

The Nago Pineapple Park is definitely worth a visit. They are open everyday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is ¥500 for adults, ¥250 for children, and free for all children ages six and under. Admission includes a tour in a pineapple car, admission to the shell museum, and all the pineapple and pineapple wine you can eat and drink. For more information, call 098-053-3659 or check out their website www.nagopain.com.

Directions: Take Route 58 and head for Nago. Pass Nago and continue straight on highway 58. When you get to route 84, turn left. After turning, you will see the Nago Pineapple Park very soon. Plenty of free parking is available.

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