Japan: Okinawa Zoo (Christmas Fantasy)

Given Okinawa’s climate, one would not immediately associate Christmas with the region. But, like the rest of Japan, Christmas is celebrated here in the form of various illumination events.

One such event is the popular Okinawa Zoo Christmas Fantasy celebration, which attracts more than 40,000 visitors to Okinawa City annually. The event began in 1995 and transforms the Okinawa Zoo & Museum into a Christmas wonderland adorned with countless colorful lights and festive decorations. Reminiscent of places like Southern California and Hawaii, the palm trees are lit up with sparkling lights. Snow blowers produce snow in Kodomo-no Kuni allowing children to experience what it is like to make a snowman and have a snowball fight. It snows at the Okinawa Zoo daily at 5:30 PM, 7:25 PM and          8:40 PM! There is also a large snow slide and igloos where children can play (extra fee required).

For adults, Okinawan Eisa-dance performances are given at the main stage. You will also find jugglers, comics and other street performers entertaining the crowd.

At 6:15 PM, 7:50 PM and 9:15 PM there is a Super Laser Show, considered to be the best laser show in Okinawa. It employs various special effects featuring fire, snow and other variations, all designed to amaze and entertain.

Oh, and did I mention the festival food?

The Okinawa Zoo is located in Okinawa City. It is easily accessible by taking the Okinawa Expressway to Exit 4 (Minami Okinawa) then following the signs to the zoo or by driving along Route 330 into central Okinawa City and following the signs from there.










Web Page:      http://xmas-fantasy.com/top_e.htm

Dates:             Christmas week (ends December 28th)

Time:              4:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Admission:    Advance tickets:

¥1,800 yen for adults (aged 12 and over)

¥1,000 yen for children (aged 4 to 12)

Free entry for children 3 and under


Same-day tickets:

¥2,200 yen for adults (aged 13 and over)

¥1,200 yen for children (aged 4 to 12)

Free entry for children 3 and under


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