Okinawa’s Southeast Botanical Gardens encompasses more than 100 acres (40 hectares) with 30,000 plant specimens representing 1,300 species. Thanks to Okinawa’s subtropical climate, visitors can see plants and flowers from around the world that won’t grow anywhere else in Japan.
The gardens are divided into two main zones. Closest to the entrance are the botanical gardens, while further on lies a much larger water garden comprising a series of ponds surrounded by wooded hills. For an extra fee, a guided tram ferries visitors around the park and offers a good overview of what you might want to explore on your own later.
Southeast Botanical Gardens is open seven days a week. Kids under six years of age get in free.