Region
Kyushu
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Ryukyu Islands
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Naha
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Habu Encounter at Okinawa World

Get up close and personal with Okinawa’s most dangerous snake.

Beneath Okinawa’s paradisal surface creeps an infamous and deadly resident: the habu snake. Aggressive and lethally venomous, they are most commonly seen submerged in bottles of awamori (island sake) lining the walls of tourist shops along the main street of Kokusai Dori. However, one attraction offers visitors the chance to come face-to-face with these sinister serpents while they are still very much alive.

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Habu snakes in jars of Okinawa’s potent local liquor, awamori.

Habu Museum Park

Located inside the popular Okinawa World theme park, just south of the prefecture’s capital city of Naha, lies the Habu Museum Park. Part museum and part zoo, it aims to educate visitors about habu as well as entertain, in the hope that learning more about these animals will enable people to better coexist with them.

Inside you can explore numerous snake-themed exhibits – most of which are in both English and Japanese – and learn more about the ecology and history of several of Okinawa’s local species of snakes and reptiles. They also hold daily events for visitors, which feature cobras and mongooses alongside the habu. And for those brave souls who would like a closer look, you can try the daily Habu Encounter program.

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At the Habu Museum Park in Okinawa World, get to know Okinawa’s most deadly resident.

Habu Encounter

This unique attraction, now available in English as well as Japanese, enables visitors to get closer to habu than ever before through four separate habu-related activities. First, you can try holding a Habu Dome, which is a transparent container with a live habu inside. This enables you to safely see the snake up close from all angles, from where you can admire its distinctive black and yellow markings and peer into its red and gold eyes.

After getting acquainted with the viper you will have the chance to feed one of them, and then try catching one with a special tool known as a snake hook. Finally, you can meet and touch a live habu outside of its enclosure, and have your photo taken with it for posterity – and as proof!

For more information visit the Habu Park Museum’s official website and check out its cute PR video below:

This article is sponsored by Okinawa World.

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Things To Know

Reservations

Reservations are required for the Habu Encounter, and can be made online or by telephone on 098-948-3222 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)

Hours

The Habu Encounter starts at 2.40 p.m., and lasts about 40 minutes.

Price

¥2,500 plus tax for both adults and children. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Entry to the Habu Museum Park is a separate ¥620 for adults and ¥310 for children.

How To Get There

Address

Maekawa-1336 Tamagusuku, Nanjō-shi, Okinawa-ken 901-1400, Japan

By bus

From Naha bus terminal (located next to Asahibashi monorail station), take bus 54 (Maekawa line) or bus 83 (Gyokusendo line) and get off at the Gyokusendo-mae bus stop. The journey takes around one hour and costs ¥580.

By car

Okinawa World is located in the south-east of Okinawa’s main island and is about a 30-minute drive from Naha Airport.

Where To Stay

Okinawa Pension Minami
  • Tamagusuku Aza Maekawa 190-1 Nanjo-Shi, Okinawa 901-0616
  • 8.6/10
  • 0.6 km
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Shimanchu Guest House Yuien
  • Tamagusuku Horikawa 570-1 Nanjo-Shi, Okinawa 901-0615
  • 8.6/10
  • 1.6 km
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  • 〒901-1400 OkinawaNanjo-Shi
  • 8.2/10
  • 1.6 km
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goodisland
  • 112 Tamagusuku Ou, Nanjo-Shi, Okinawa 901-0614
  • 9.3/10
  • 2.5 km
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