Tucked away in the middle of busy Naha City we found the beauty that is known as Fukushen Park. I was a bit surprised of its location, it’s a little easy to miss. We had initially read that the entrance was free; its not. It was only ¥200 though, they only accept yen but we didn’t have any and had to drive elsewhere to get some. We lost about 35 minutes just looking for an ATM. Other then that minor setback we parked and were ready to explore!
Fukushen is a Chinese-style courtyard that was built using unique and traditional methods from the region of Fuzhou in China. The Chinese influence can be seen throughout the garden starting with the roof tiles all the way to the last building featuring the traditional Chinese hexagonal roof.
The first thing we saw when we walked in, was the screen wall made of granite and Jusengan Rock. We didn’t realize that views of the waterfall were right behind the screen wall! I would definitely recommend saving the view for last.
One of my favorite parts of the garden, the twin pagodas, The White and Bird Pagoda. Apparently they are the miniature version of Fuzhou’s Twin Pagodas! I can’t imagine how big the original ones are! They’re actually a little different from each other and we didn’t spot the differences until we got closer. The White Pagoda.The Bird Pagoda.
In between the pagodas there is the Dong Ye Hall, which features pillars of carved dragons. I actually didnt notice the dragons until we got closer to the building. The pillars were amazing, the intricacy in the dragons faces was phenomenal. I was obsessing over the floor.
The beautiful Peach Blossom Stream. There are fish in the pond and we fed them for only ¥100!
These entrances reminded me of hobbit doors! Just me? Ok.
This little bridge had Chinese New Years signs!My year; the monkey! Try to figure out how old I am just with that.
At the end of the bridge there is the Pavilion of Spring, the round shape of the pavilion embodies the hope for harmony and well roundness. The ceiling was my favorite part; it was amazing!
The highlight of the park was definitely Mount Ye where the waterfall sits!
Probably the only place we’ve been to that doesn’t have amazing views. Granted, it is in the middle of the city so there isn’t much to look at when we were on the top of the waterfall.One last look before going home.
We really enjoyed the park it was fun to see the Chinese influence throughout the park and learn a little about the relationship between The Ryukyu’s and the Fuzhou Chinese. There is so much more to look at from the pictures I shared. These were just highlights for me.
Things to keep in mind; make sure to take enough yen to pay for the entrance and the parking because since it is in Naha most parking isn’t free. Also there is a cute little restaurant right next to the park which smells delicious, not sure if they only accept yen. We didn’t get to go, maybe next time. Don’t forget to go in between the rocks under the waterfall! Thanks for tuning in everyone.