Explore Picture-Perfect Flower Spots
Okinawa is a flower-filled paradise, where visitors can enjoy beautiful blooms all year round
The subtropical climate of Okinawa means that the islands are filled with seasonal blooms throughout the year, from cherry blossoms and azaleas to lilies and sunflowers. While many can be seen out in the wild, visitors should check out these three venues for some flower-filled fun regardless of the season.
Okinawa City’s Southeast Botanical Garden is an expansive complex with more than 1,300 species of tropical and subtropical plants. Stroll down a street lined with tall Alexander palms, venture through groves of baobab and dragon’s blood trees, and admire the lotus-covered pond. Visitors can also enjoy bus tours of the garden, interacting with animals at the petting zoo, or dining in the garden’s restaurant.
2146 Chibana, Okinawa City, Okinawa Prefecture
Part restaurant, part botanical garden, Nanjo City’s Hanasango is a must-visit for fans of fine dining and flowers. The garden itself is free to enter, and visitors can admire some 300 types of flowers and plants. The restaurant specializes in meat and seafood dishes, which are accented with edible flowers.
142 Yakabu, Tamgusuku, Nanjo City, Okinawa Prefecture
An artsy cafe in Naha, DAISY… (*only in Japanese) has a cute and fashionable atmosphere. Enjoy flower-filled dishes and drinks such as lemon-lime flower pizza, french toast, and non-alcohol cocktails at this photogenic cafe. Drinks are also available for takeout.
2-28-24 Ameku, Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture
Last updated 2021/12/20
Text by Yumi Miyoshi
Freelance web editor and writer, born in Kagawa and lives in Okinawa for 6 years. Writes mainly about Okinawa’s sightseeing, gourmet, and economy.