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Fukushuen garden

Naha through the eyes of a high school student - 1

During my high school student summer internship, I had the chance to visit the Fukushuen garden. Have you heard of it?

The Fukushuen is a Chinese style garden located in Kume, Naha-city.

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It might not look like a garden from the outside because of its situation in a middle of a plain-looking residential area. I myself had always thought it to be some kind of large private residence.

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But once inside, it turned out to be a splendid Chinese style garden. Koi carps and turtles were swimming in the ponds. You can even buy food for the carps at vending machines.

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Everything had a sense of authentic China about it.

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The Fukushuen opened in 1992 for the 10th anniversary of the friendship agreement between Naha and the city of Fuzhou in China (which reads Fukushu in Japanese). This is why it was entirely made by craftsmen from Fuzhou, from the planning to the actual construction.

Occasions to visit an authentic Chinese garden are rare ; here is one where you can relax while still enjoying the atmosphere of Naha.

Besides, access is really easy; a mere 10 minutes walk from Kencho-mae station. Why not stopping by when you feel like taking some time off?

 

 


Fukushūen garden

Address: 2-29-19 Kume, Naha, Okinawa Prefecture 900-0033
Phone: 098-869-5384

Opening hours: 9AM-6PM (Closed on Wednesdays)
Admission: Adult: ¥200 / Child under 16: ¥100 / Child under 7: free