(Shoji Kudaka)

Near Camp Shields, plant lovers and those who appreciate greenery will enjoy Tonan Shokubutsu Rakuen, or the Southeast Botanical Gardens. The spacious grounds boast 1,300 kinds of plants and trees, including rare varieties like King Palm, Baobab trees, and Dragon’s Blood trees.

In the wintertime, the botanical gardens also have impressive award-winning illuminations.

Visitors can also feed a variety of animals on the grounds including funny capybara, ducks and more.

Spend a fun-filled day and bright evening at the gardens!

Getting there GPS Coordinates: 26.375523, 127.806571 Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (for daytime attractions), 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. (for illuminations) Admission Fees (daytime attraction): 1,540 yen (approx. $10.75, 18 years old and above), 1,050 yen (ages between 13 and 17), 600 yen (ages between 4 and 12)

*Admission Fees for illumination will be 2,150 yen, 1,250 yen, and 750 yen respectively for each age category.

*For those who are planning on enjoying both the daytime attractions and the illuminations, the best option would be 1-Day ticket, which costs 2,800 yen, 1,500 yen, and 1,000 yen respectively.

*Illuminations will continue until May 26.

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