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Okinawa Children's Parks & Playgrounds

Parks & Playgrounds are HUGE in Okinawa - popular, plentiful, unique, and FUN!  You have not seen slides, jungle gyms, or play areas like this - and for FREE!  Seriously, you have got to check these out. 

Why in the world do they have so many parks?  Great question.  Most likely this stems from the fact that Okinawan homes do not traditionally have large yards or grassy play areas.  This - and the reality of the destructive power of typhoons - means that their parks are larger and very heavy duty. 

Forewarning on rollerslides - if you try one of these (they are quite fun), be sure to bring a large piece of cardboard. . .the slide is faster this way.  If you forget it, you will get a nice (rug burn like) surprise on your bum.

Don't see your favorite park here?  Heard of an even better one?  Let us know.

Mona Kid's Entrance

Junglegym area

 

Eating / Sitting Area

  Mona Kids Jungle 
  • Great humid or rainy weather option for the kiddos to let off some energy!!!
  • What is it?  Indoor, air-conditioned jungle gym with a rollerslide, hug ball pit, tons of tunnels and a smaller play structure for the super-little ones
  • What does it cost?  18mos-35mos (500yen);  3yrs-12yrs old (600yen, 900yen on weekends); adult (100yen)
  • How much play time does that buy us? Admission covers 3 hours (weekdays) and 2 hours (weekends)
  • Don't forget?  Socks must be worn; no outside food to be brought in (they have a snack bar/restaurant type area for purchase)
  • Downsides?  Driving time to get here.  Can be quite crowded, esp on weekends.
  • Kid's party location?  Yes - they've got a party room you can rent. . .
  • Hours?  10 AM - 7 PM; closed occasionally on Tuesdays.
  • Phone #?  098-875-3665
  • Distance from Foster/Kadena - 20 / 40 mins, South of MCAS Futenma, next to Camp Kinser.
  • Directions?  Next to Camp Kinser!
    • South on 58 towards Naha (past Camp Lester, Camp Foster, & MCAS Futenma)
    • Passing MCAS Futenma - stay in middle or right lane (to go over overpass)
    • A KFC & Makeman (the monkey-sign handyman store) will both pass on your right.  Get in the right-hand lane!
    • Get into the first right-hand turn lane AFTER the San-A sign (yellow with 3 red triangles) passes on your right.  Make a U-turn here and head back Northbound.
      • IF you miss the u-turn (or your car is too big for the u-turn), go to the next light instead and loop back around.
    • After u-turn, keep eyes out for a yellow sign with blue picture or for the building as shown in top picture to the left. 
 

Parking Entrance to left of blue sign

Games for adults/older kids (above)

  Yu Kids Island?  Scandia?
  • Great humid or rainy weather option for the kiddos to let off some energy!!!
  • Is that the real name?  Frankly, we don't really know the correct name for this place.  But it is in a black building with a sphinx outside (see picture to the left).  Odd, but a good landmark.
  • Distance from Foster/Kadena - 30 / 15 mins.
  • What is it?  A 3-story family fun building
    • 1st floor:  check-in area, food, billiards (pool tables)
    • 2nd floor: like Mona-Kids jungle - an indoor, air-conditioned (though not ice cold by any means) padded play area with a ball pit, tunnels, play structures for the little ones with an arcade (video games, ping-pong, foosball, air hockey, all included with admissions price)
    • 3rd floor:  outdoor covered play area (though still hot in summer obviously), and batting cages
  • What does it cost?  A bit complex :-(.  Check-in at the desk on level above parking - no guarantees on English being spoken.  Initial (one-time only) membership fee of 315yen (they'll have you sign a membership card).  Then a fee per time limit, with several payment options depending on how long you plan on staying:  105yen per 15 minutes, 1000yen for unlimited Mon-Fri (11-8), 1500 yen unlimited Mon-Fri (5pm-closing).  Weekends - 1000yen for 3 hours.
  • What ages do they charge?  Not sure.  We did not get charged for a 2 or a 4 year old, only for the adults. 
  • Downsides?   No guarantees on music playing over their sound system (may be more adult in nature).  Not much English spoken.
  • Hours?  11AM-2AM (weekdays); 10AM-2AM (weekends) .
  • Phone #?  098-939-5777
  • Directions?  EASY!!!  From Kadena Gate 2:
    • Straight out gate 2 onto Route 20. 
    • Turn LEFT onto 330 (at Koza Music Town)
    • Turn RIGHT onto 329
    • 1/2 block later is the building - black with the sphinx as depicted to the left
    • Parking - it is IN the buiding...2 lanes going into the building parking, stay to the right and park on main level.
 
  Kadena Air Base Gate 5 Park
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  Civic Center Park
  • About 1 mile from Kadena AB Gate 2
  • Off of Highway 23
  • Great rollerslide, drop slide, and kid's
  • More information coming soon

 

 
   

Okinawa Comprehensive Park
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