Okinawa’s Southeast Botanical Gardens (Tōnan Shokubutsu Rakuen) is a commercial botanical garden that boasts over 2,000 plant species, including some 450 species of palms, as well as flowers, fruit trees, a Polynesian Lake with carp, and an insect collection.
Although Okinawa has a sub-tropical temperature of around 20 Celsius over December and no snow, the island loves getting into the Christmas spirit with light and illuminations over the holidays. On November 23 2018, the botanical garden once again opened its doors to its annual Hikarino Sanpo Michi (Promenade of Light) with a theme of “Nostalgic Illumination” and officially started the season of romantic illuminations on the island. Working with MK Illumination Japan and other local partners, the garden’s iconic spots were lit up with strings of lights and 3D light art sculptures to offer visitors a unique nighttime perspective of the attraction. The number of lights points doubled in 2018, making the event even more spectacular than before and filling visitors with holiday cheer.