Illuminations are back at Okinawa Zoo

Photos courtesy of Christmas Fantasy Jikkou Iinkai
Photos courtesy of Christmas Fantasy Jikkou Iinkai

Illuminations are back at Okinawa Zoo

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

Editor’s Note: Please make sure to follow your base’s guidance when traveling off-base. Wear a mask, practice social distancing measures and proper handwashing procedure.

Make plans for a safe and fun holiday while enjoying some festive illuminations near Kadena Air Base.

“Christmas Fantasy” at the Okinawa Zoo will run on certain evenings through Jan. 10 and features laser beam shows, fireworks and more. Visitors will also be treated to a “Park of Snow” where on building snowmen and sleighrides in the subtropical weather is possible.

You’ll find the zoo about a 10-minute drive from Kadena’s Gate 2. The zoo is popular for its many adorable animals like monkeys and elephants, but at night, the area will be vibrant and bright to celebrate the season.

Visitor will be required to wear a mask, maintain social distance measures and sanitize hands at the entrance.

This year has been difficult, so let’s enjoy the holidays in a safe and healthy manner!

Illuminations at Okinawa Zoo & Museum near Kadena Air Base

Date: Dec. 19 – Jan. 10

*The venue will be closed on Dec. 21-23, Dec. 28, Jan. 1, and Jan. 5-8.

Time: 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. (8 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Dec. 31)

GPS Coordinates: N 26.327100, E 127.804266

Admission (walk-up): 2,200 yen (approx. $21.40, high schoolers and above); 1,200 yen (between 4 years of age and middle schoolers); free admission for 3 years and below

*Advance tickets are available for 1,800 yen (high schoolers and above) and 1,000 yen (between 4 years of age and middle schoolers) at Kadena ITT and MCCS Tours. 

* Some attractions are subject to additional admission fees


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