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In Japan, a series of national holidays are concentrated within the period from late April to early May, known as Golden Week. During the Golden Week holidays, a large variety of fun events and festivals are held throughout the country, and Okinawa is no exception. One of the holidays is Children’s Day, May 5, a Japanese holiday dedicated to all children that marks the end of Golden Week, and in conjunction with that, a number of fun events and special programs especially designed for kids and their families are scheduled at various venues around the island. Some of the popular theme parks will also offer free admission for children.

Here are some tips for making the most out of the Golden Week holidays.

 

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BIOS no OKA is an ideal destination at which to relax and unwind, or for families have a picnic lunch in a beautiful natural setting, during the Golden Week holidays. The park offers free admission for children up to elementary school students on the Children’s Day, May 5. A special orchid exhibition is open from April 27 to May 6, and visitors can also buy orchids at bargain prices.

 

BIOS no OKA
961-30 Ishikawa Kadekaru, Uruma City
Tel: 098-965-3400
Hours: 9:00-18:00 *Last entry 17:00
Open daily
General admission: 690 yen for adults (junior high school students and above), 350 yen for ages 4 to elementary school.
Combination admission (boat ride package): 1,200 yen for adults, 700 yen for ages 4 to elementary school

 

 

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If your kids are big superhero fans, Okinawa World will be the ideal place to take them during Golden Week. From May 3-6, Okinawa World will host a special Kyoryuger & Go-Busters show twice each day, at 11:30 and 15:00. Also scheduled are sales of limited-edition Kyoryuger and Go-Busters items and autograph sessions.

 

Okinawa World
1336 Maekawa, Tamagusuku, Nanjo City
Tel: 098-949-7421
Hours: 9:00-18:00 *last entry 17:00
Admission: Open Park Pass (caverns, village, Habu Park) \1,600 for adults, \800 for children aged 4 to junior high school students.

 

 

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Children under 12 years of age will get free entry to the Okinawa Zoo & Museum for four days from May 3-6. In addition, a variety of musical and dance performances and special programs, such as animal feeding experiences, will be on tap throughout Golden Week.

 

Okinawa Zoo & Museum
5-7-1 Goya, Okinawa City
Tel: 098-933-4190
Hours: April-September 9:30-18:00 *Last entry 17:00; October-March 9:30-17:30 *Last entry 16:30
Closed: Tue, Dec. 30-Jan. 1 (open daily during Golden Week and Japanese school holidays)
Admission: ¥500 for adults, ¥200 for junior and senior high school students, ¥100 for ages 4-12 and free for children under 3 years of age.

 

 

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At the Ryukyu Mura theme park, you can see Kamen Rider Fourze May 3 through May 5, at 11:00, 14:00 and 16:40 each day. In addition, children are offered the opportunity to dress in Ryukyu-style kimono and participate in the traditional Okinawan parade that takes place twice a day at 13:00 and 16:00, free of charge (limited to 10 children per day; first come, first served).

 

Ryukyu Mura
1130 Yamada, Onna Village
Tel: 098-965-1234
Hours: 8:30-17:30 *last entry 17:00; July-September 9:00-18:00 *last entry 17:30
Admission: ¥840 for adults, ¥730 for high school and college students, ¥420 for children ages 3 to junior high school students.

 


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