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Tropical Dream Center

Wander around the greenhouses and experience the delicate aroma and otherworldly beauty of orchids and other tropical flowers in this dreamlike garden.

A vivid paradise beckons in the Tropical Dream Center, the awe-inspiring glasshouse complex in Ocean Expo Park. Exquisite orchids from all over the world can be seen blooming year-round in this tropical Eden. Explore three vast greenhouses and find over 2,000 orchid plants, ranging from miniature ground cover species to flamboyant tropical blossoms. There is also a wide variety of other tropical and subtropical plant species, such as bromeliads, water lilies, palms and fruit trees.

Grab a map on your way into the Tropical Dream Center and begin navigating your way around the leafy garden. The complex’s design incorporates the large glasshouses and a rambling outdoor garden with a pond. You’ll soon be in botanical bliss when you go for a stroll around the park’s paved pathways. See bougainvillea vines blooming orange and pink, as well as pretty camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons.

Enter one of the glasshouses and you’ll immediately be transported to a green oasis rivaling the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. See pretty terracotta pots topped with orchids in tones of blushing pink, yellow and red. Stunning South American varieties crane toward the light with their large blooms, while intricate and rare species can be seen in special pots. Lush epiphytes and ferns overhang the dazzling blooms, creating a wall of vivid foliage. 

Continue to the next greenhouse to see irises and bromeliads. Tall palms tower overhead. Within one glasshouse, you’ll find a tranquil pond dotted with water lilies and other aquatic plants. Rent an audio-guide device to learn more about the plants on display, or join the free guided tour that departs daily from the information desk.

Return to the open lawns and relax on the grass. There is a small pavilion by the outdoor pond, where you can enjoy a wide view of the gardens. Alternatively, make your way to the spiral-shaped brick tower and find the observation platform at the top. Stop by the restaurant or café to have a meal during your visit.

The Tropical Dream Center is located within Ocean Expo Park in the Yamakawa neighborhood of the Kunigami district. Reach the glasshouse complex within a 15-minute walk or 5-minute trolley ride from Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. It is open daily and there is an admission fee.


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Hotel Mahaina Wellness Resort Okinawa

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    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Okinawa Hanasaki Marche and Ocean Expo Memorial Park. Motobu Genki Village and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Centurion Hotel and Resort Vintage Okinawa Churaumi ¥8,635
    Centurion Hotel and Resort Vintage Okinawa Churaumi

    Centurion Hotel and Resort Vintage Okinawa Churaumi

    938, Ishikawa, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Ocean Expo Memorial Park and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Tropical Dream Center and Native Okinawan Village and Omoro Arboretum are also within 10 minutes.

      Hotel Yugaf Inn Bise ¥5,967
      Hotel Yugaf Inn Bise

      Hotel Yugaf Inn Bise

      1147-1, Bise, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Bise, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ocean Expo Memorial Park and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Emerald Beach and Okinawa Hanasaki Marche are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Wisteria Condominium Resort ¥7,187
        Wisteria Condominium Resort

        Wisteria Condominium Resort

        Yamakawa 973, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nestled on the beach, this Motobu apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Ryugujo Butterfly Garden and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Ocean Expo Memorial Park and Oceanic Culture Museum Planetarium are also within 10 minutes.

          Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa ¥16,579
          Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa

          Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa

          148-1 Bise, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Bise, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ocean Expo Memorial Park and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Emerald Beach and Bise Fukugi Tree Road are also within 10 minutes.

            Yukurina Resort Okinawa Umikaji ¥13,426
            Yukurina Resort Okinawa Umikaji

            Yukurina Resort Okinawa Umikaji

            799-2 Ishikawa, Motobu, Okinawa
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this condo building is within a 5-minute walk of Ocean Expo Memorial Park and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Oceanic Culture Museum Planetarium and Native Okinawan Village and Omoro Arboretum are also within 10 minutes.

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              Pine House in Churaumi

              Pine House in Churaumi

              751-5 Ishikawa, Kunigami-gun, Motobu, Okinawa
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Ocean Expo Memorial Park and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Oceanic Culture Museum Planetarium and Native Okinawan Village and Omoro Arboretum are also within 10 minutes.

                Pension SeaShells ¥4,545
                Pension SeaShells

                Pension SeaShells

                Ishikawa 801-5, Kunigami-gun, Motobu, Okinawa
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Ocean Expo Memorial Park and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Oceanic Culture Museum Planetarium and Native Okinawan Village and Omoro Arboretum are also within 10 minutes.