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Okinawa World Bunka Okoku Gyokusendo

1336 Tamagusuku Maekawa, Nanjo, Okinawa Prefecture 901-0616, Japan
+81 98-949-7421
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Ranked #6 of 19 Attractions in Nanjo
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children
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London
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832 reviews 832 reviews
629 attraction reviews
575 helpful votes 575 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We had to be impressed by the layout of what is actually a very touristy theme park. Immediately after entry you walk down and through 850 meters of underground caves. You emerge (only in Japan) via an escalator into a ... shopping/ restaurant area. Next into a traditional Okinawa craft area from which you emerge into a ... shopping/restaurant area.... More

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Okinawa, Japan
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We spent several hours at Okinawa World with our 4 year-old daughter on a very hot and humid day and still had an enjoyable visit. There is plenty of shade and opportunities to buy cold drinks and ice cream. The gift shops are air conditioned, of course. Tip #1 Visit the cave first! We left the cave for later thinking... More

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Hong Kong, China
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

First of all, if you are renting a car with OTS, remember to get the discounted tickets with them! Now, with the easy part out of the way, I had a mixed experience for my visit to Okinawa World. The Gyokusendo Cave is the main highlight for me, as I do enjoy geology. The inside of the cave is very... More

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Perth, Australia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
40 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

The cave was beautiful! This is my first cave of such that has water streaming along and forming beautiful mini "lakes". Other than the cave, the Habu museum was very informative and interesting. We tried to watch the dance but was blocked by inconsiderate tourists as it was crowded. We left early. The Habu curry looked really interesting but the... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Good parts: cave and dance/drum show Bad parts: treatment of snakes was shocking (not just the show, but taping their mouths shut for tourists to pose with them and the absence of habitats in the cages). Also, the walk back from the cave exit is all shops and restaurants, which was annoying and tiresome.

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galveston, texas
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33 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I visited for the caves. My opinion: the caves are definitely worth the trip. One walks on walkways, mostly. Seemed safe to me, as I recall. Not the greatest caves ever, but enjoyable. I liked the local dance and drum show. The show is at various times during the day. Check the times before you walk inside, so you are... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Okinawa world is a mini-cultural theme park based around the 300,000 year old caves, of which 1 kilometer or so is open to the public. The cave was very atmospheric with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites although I would recommend going on off peak times/days as it is far more fun when there isn't a large army of fellow tourists surrounding... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Some of our students at an International School in Japan were very upset by cruelty to a snake at Okinawa World during a recent field trip. Here is how one student described it: "Here's what I saw on our JUMP trip to Okinawa World during the snake show: The act began with the woman talking about the anatomy of the... More

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San Juan Bautista, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

My grandsons couldn't wait to take me to Okinawa World. They love the cave, the dancers and the Habu, the snakes. There is a fabulous snake charming show, gardens with tropical trees and orchids, fuchsias, hibiscus and more. Shopping galore, everything from dried fruits to the beautiful sugar cane dyed green garments and linens. You can take glass blowing, pottery... More

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Sacramento, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

I had the good fortune to check out Okinawa World during a visit with my son and his family in Okinawa.. This was one of their Bucket List items to do before being transferred back to the USA. Walking from the parking lot toward the ticket office, one is transported to a faraway land hundreds of years ago. Re those... More

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