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Okinawa Kids Discovery Museum

The Okinawa Kids Discovery Museum has enough activities to keep the most inquisitive of children occupied. Facilities in the museum include an interactive space where children can play with the exhibits to create art, a zoo with a petting area, and a reading corner. Last entry is an hour before closing, and the museum closes half an hour earlier from October to March.

Okinawa, Japan
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Okinawa Children's World Zoo & Museum

Okinawa Children's World is also known as the Okinawa Zoo and Museum. The place has mammals, birds, fishes, reptiles and over 200 kinds of animals. Okinawa Children's World is a great way to introduce children to various species. Okinawa Children's World is a place for kids to learn while they enjoy. The zoo also has a few barn animals, the kids are allowed to pet animals like guinea Pigs and chicks. The zoo is mostly packed during holidays and school vacations. The museum hosts various activities for kids to know and believe their potential and capability. The museum lets children explore their world of imagination.

Okinawa, Japan
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Okinawa Athletic Park

When driving on the Okinawa Expressway between Northern and Southern Okinawa, take a break at the Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park to stretch your legs and play with the kids. Offering a view of the azure ocean, the park features a ton of fun for both children and adults. The park houses a water park of sorts, replete with slides and pools. There are also a few walking trails for those who wish to admire the scenery. Other facilities include a mini-golf and tennis courts. Every February, the Okinawa Marathon begins here.

Okinawa, Japan
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Southeast Botanical Gardens & Okinawa Enchanted Forest

Perfect for a relaxing family outing, adults can walk around the gardens admiring the view while kids make crafts like kaleidoscopes and painted figurines to take home as a keepsake. The park as its own currency called the "slow," a product of the ivory-nut palm tree. 500 slows are given to adults upon entry, and more can be purchased at the rate of 1 slow per yen. Slows can be used to buy goods and food in the park.

Okinawa, Japan
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Laguna Garden Hotel

Laguna Garden Hotel houses an outdoor and indoor pool, a fitness centre and karaoke rooms, just a 10-minute walk from the beach. Guests can relax with a massage treatment, browse the hotel’s shops or rent bicycles to explore the surroundings. Rooms feature ocean views, and they are furnished with an LCD TV with satellite channels, a fridge and a safe. The en suite bathroom has a bathtub, a shower and a toilet. Nightwear and toiletries are included. A router can be requested at reception for free Wi-Fi in the room. Garden Hotel Laguna offers a tour desk, drinks vending machines and a charged hot public bath. Currency exchange is provided, and other services include dry cleaning and ironing. Free Wi-Fi is available at the lobby, and in summer barbecue facilities can be rented. Free parking is on-site. A daily breakfast buffet boasts Western and Japanese dishes, and 20 kinds of salads. Restaurant An-non offers Japanese cuisine, while Chinese specialities can be enjoyed at Restaurant Kochuten. International and grill specialities are offered at Restaurant Paseo Garden and Grill Restaurant Rin. Laguna Garden Hotel is a 15-minute drive from the American Village, and a 30-minute drive from Shuri-jo Castle. Yuirail Shintoshin Station is a 20-minute drive, and Naha Airport is a 30-minute drive.

Ginowan, Japan
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Ginowan Seaside Park

This one-of-a-kind, multi-purpose park in Ginowan makes for an excellent outing for the whole family. With the cerulean waters of the ocean bordering the park, one can indulge in as much relaxation as they want, or live it up with a ton of outdoor activities. The park has trails for running and strolling, besides also having an expansive playground where your little ones can frolic around. Monkey bars, swings and slides add to the fun.

Ginowan, Japan
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Bios on the Hill

In Ishikawa near Uruma, visitors can walk through the fern-filled park, kayak, ride in a water buffalo cart, or go on a 25-minute jungle cruise, though tickets for the rides are not included in the entrance fee. The beautiful wild orchids growing in the park and the adjacent Bios on the Hill Garden Center, the largest orchid greenhouse in Japan, provide a perfect backdrop for a romantic outing as well. Wheelchairs and strollers can be rented at the front desk.

Uruma, Japan
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Ryukyu Mura

Take a peek at life as it would have been in Okinawa's celebrated past. The erstwhile kingdom of Ryukyu has intrigued many and this facility gives a fantastic chance to see what it was like. Formed in order to protect Okinawa's ethnic cultural heritage, Ryukyu Mura is an living village that exemplifies the history and traditions of ancient Okinawa. Visitors to the village have a lot on their hands from exploring the sterling structures and watching artisans at work, to partaking in the various festivals and events celebrated here.

Onna, Japan
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Rizzan Sea Park Hotel Tancha Bay

Right on the beach of Okinawa’s west coast with direct access to the stretch of white sands of Rizzan beach, Rizzan Sea Park Hotel offers 2 swimming pools, marine activities, tennis courts and 9 food and beverage options. Spacious rooms have a sea-view balcony and feature free WiFi. The classically furnished rooms at Rizzan Sea Park Hotel Tancha Bay come with a satellite flat-screen TV and tea maker. Each room has a full Western bathroom with bathtub and slippers. The hotel is an 80-minute drive from Naha Airport, and public buses are available to/from the hotel at an extra fee. Ryukyu Mura is a 15-minute drive, while Nago Pineapple Park is a 50-minute drive. At Spa Hamanoyu public baths with ocean views are on offer with an extra charge, or guests can unwind in the sauna or with a massage. Easy fun can be had with minigolf. A coin-operated computer is available in the lobby as well as a kids' room. There is also a fitness centre on site. Sweet pastries and East China Sea views are on offer at Prashanti Lounge. Churahama has al fresco Yakiniku and Mandarin Court has Chinese dishes. Japanese and traditional Okinawan food is available at Shichifuku, while Shimauta serves Japanese Izakaya food and Blue Lagoon has a continental buffet. Coral View Bar boasts floor-to-ceiling windows.

Onna, Japan
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Naha City Museum of Traditional Arts & Crafts

Suited for those who love arts and crafts, this museum not only displays elegant and delicate works of traditional Ryukyuan crafts, but also allows visitors to try to make their own works of art. Artistic tourists can experiment with designing lacquer ware, glass, colorful bingata (a dyeing technique) textiles, and weaving. The gallery itself probably only takes half an hour to go through, and reservations for the workshops are recommended. The museum is closed on Wednesdays, and last admission is half an hour before closing.

Naha, Japan
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Uniqlo

Uniqlo is a Japanese brand that designs and sells a clothing line so versatile, they've got everything from comfortable tees, jeans, trousers and jackets and formals, for men, women and kids, and all the designs are trendy and stylish. They also get together with brands to launch something new every once in a while, say with Disney or Moomins. What's more, the shop, at all its locations, is tax-free for tourists! You should totally barge into Uniqlo to find something new and amazing for your wardrobe.

Naha, Japan
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Okinawa World

Cultural Kingdom, the Gyokusendo Caves and Habu Park comprise Okinawa World, where people can learn about traditional Ryukyuan arts and crafts in the reconstructed Ryukyu village, watch snakes slither in Habu Park, and then take a five-kilometer (3-mile) walk under the massive stalactites in Gyokusendo Caves, the largest cave in Okinawa. Visitors can choose to only enter specific exhibits for a lower ticket price. The park closes half an hour earlier from November to March.

Nanjo, Japan
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