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Garden tranquility nestles in heart of Naha City

By: Bill Charles

Date Posted: 2004-10-22

The gardens represent the most magnificent elements of the China’s Fuzhou City.

They were created 12 years ago in Naha by representatives of the two cities as they celebrated the tenth anniversary of sister cities status.

Fukushu-En Park is located in Kume, a downtown Naha district with deep ties to China.

The Chinese garden park was designed by Fukushu officials, who brought both technicians and materials to Okinawa to make it authentic. They’ve divided the gardens into three areas: Light, Shadow and Brilliance.

In each, the designs, shrubbery and flowers are established to provide excitement through the changing four seasons.

Visitors walking the pathways experience Chinese sculptures, pagodas and tea pavilions. More importantly, the grassy knolls allow guests a chance to pause from the hectic pace of being a tourist, a businessman or a simple visitor. Relaxation is encouraged by the garden staff, and is fostered by the idyllic atmosphere. Although only a few meters from a busy downtown highway, Fukushu-En Park is peaceful and quiet.

Chinese first came to Naha some 600 years ago from Fujian Province, where they established a community in Kume. Through the years, their skills became of great value to the Ryukyu Kingdom, particularly in the early years of the dynasty.

The Cost

Fukushu-En Park is inexpensive. Entrance fee for adults is ¥300, while children are passed through for ¥100. The park is open daily 9:00am ~ 6:00pm.

Getting There

From the military bases, travel south on Highway 58 into Naha City. Once past Tomari Port on the northern side of the city, look for signs to Kumoji Crossing. Turn right off Highway 58 and follow signs to Fukushu-En, about five minutes drive. A Hot Spar Convenience Store is a good landmark to your left at the intersection. Coming off the Expressway, the park is about 30 minutes drive. Go south to Highway 329 and turn right. At Highway 58 Asahibashi Intersection, turn right and go six blocks north to Kumoji Crossing. Turn left and follow the signs. An even dozen free parking spaces are available outside the Fukushu-En Park grounds.

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