The playground at the Peace Prayer Park is huge and continues to get bigger. There are two main areas, an older area with lots of unique playground equipment and a newer area with the more standard combination playground setup. Something I really like about this park is the little kid area has a small fence, which keeps it safe from older kids playing tag or kicking a ball around.
The shishimai at this park is so realistic they even included the human feet hidden under the shishi. The stairs on the inside lead up the slide. This park is off the beaten path but where else can you play on a giant shishimai?!
Gusuku Road Park has a large playground and a giant roller slide. The park is big so there is also lots of room to run around or ride a bike. At the bottom there is a tarzan rope and climbing ropes.
Baten is very unique, with its half sunken ship and giant whale. From the lookout you can see the nearby ocean. The beach connects with the park so check out both!
If you go to the Agarihama area you’ll have to stop here and see the giant t-rex in the middle of Dinosaur Park. The inside of the dinosaur is the main draw but there are swings and a decent size slide next to the t-rex.
Shisa Park is overshadowed by Dolphin Park and Dinosaur Park but when I go to the Agarihama area this is my first stop. There is a lot of playground equipment for different ages spread out over a wide area so no one thing gets too crowded. Plus, in the summer there is usually someone selling shaved ice.
Motobu is actually a very old park and the original cement slide is still there. Recently, new playground equipment has been added and this park gets busy on the weekends. The tubes and bridges can get crowded and there is a lot of stuff crammed into a relatively small area, but what better to teach kids patience and sharing, not to mention it’s easy to keep an eye on them.
Miyagusuku is fairly new and very popular. For the little kids there is a train and swings, and on the other side a bigger playground with hechima, a local vegetable, adorning the tops of the park. The big slide is not too fast and accommodates a wide age group.
This park is not as big as the Prefectural Comprehensive Park in Okinawa City but is plenty big and located right off an expressway exit. Several playground areas are spread out so there is plenty of space for everyone to play. All around the playgrounds are nice shade trees that keep the park cool.
Gibo is the area and “niko niko” means smile, which you will definitely be doing if you visit this park. There are roller slides, tube slides, tarzan ropes, and plenty of playground equipment for kids of all ages.