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Ryukyu Islands
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Ryugujo Butterfly Garden

What does one wear on a date with a butterfly!? Red. Red and lots of perfume...

With fluttering butterflies on spacious grounds and an ocean-view restaurant, Ryugujo Butterfly Garden is a slice of paradise in the northern part of the tropical island of Okinawa.

An Okinawan castle?

The Shuri Castle in Okinawa, Japan was a capital of Ryukyu kingdom.
Ryugujo Butterfly Garden is a couple hours from Naha (Okinawa’s capital city), but if you’re already in the area of Motobu or headed to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (which is well worth a visit), consider taking a side trip to this unique attraction.

The highlight of the garden is its greenhouse of tropical flowers and “paper kite” butterflies, black-and-white gentle giants with a wingspan of up to 15 cm. It’s a great place to hone your still-life and motion photography skills or just snap a few for your Insta feed.

What to wear

It’s said that the butterflies are attracted to red and the scent of perfume, so wear both to make sure you get the perfect photo with butterflies by your side. If you forgot to pack your favorite perfume, don’t worry! Inside the butterfly garden are red baseball caps that you can wear and artificial bouquets scented with sugar water that you can use as props to attract butterflies.

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Ocean-view restaurant

After playing with butterflies, head to the nearby restaurant for a taste of Okinawa.

The restaurant is a large, two-story dining hall featuring an outdoor walkway with spectacular views of the ocean. Note that the restaurant gets up to 1,500 visitors on peak days, but seating is divided into areas for tour groups, families and solo travelers.

Try out local gourmet meals like taco rice and Okinawa soba. The menu also features allergen-free meals. As you exit, stop by the gift shop on the first floor for Okinawan goods, clothing and alcohol.

Definitely worth a visit, this fun spot in Okinawa is just a bus or car ride away.


The Shuri Castle in Okinawa, Japan was a capital of Ryukyu kingdom.

Shuri Castle

The castle of dragons.


Things To Know


Open year-round, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.


Entrance is ¥500.

How To Get There


Japan, 〒905-0205 Okinawa-ken, Kunigami-gun, Motobu-chō, Yamakawa, 390−1, 琉宮城蝶々園

By bus

From Kencho-Mae station in Naha, go five stops to Furujima station. Walk about two minutes to Furujimaekimae bus stop and take the Naha-Airport Limousine Bus toward Untenko for about 1 hour and 140 minutes until the Hotel Mahaina Wellness Resort stop. Walk about five minutes from there. (Check the local bus schedule listings from other locations.)


By car

120 minutes’ drive from Naha Airport.

Where To Stay

Sunset Resort Canphou
  • 1011 Yamakawa, Kunigami-gun Motobu-cho, Okinawa, 905-0205 Japan
  • ¥24,310 - ¥116,160
  • 4.67/5 (31 reviews)
  • 0.1 km
Hotel Mahaina Wellness Resort Okinawa
  • 1456 Yamakawa, Kunigami-gun Motobu-cho, Okinawa, 905-0205 Japan
  • ¥10,080 - ¥102,600
  • 3.85/5 (1,160 reviews)
  • 0.3 km
Wisteria Condominium Resort
  • 973 Yamakawa, Kunigami-gun Motobu-cho, Okinawa, 905-0205 Japan
  • ¥19,950 - ¥77,900
  • 3.92/5 (61 reviews)
  • 0.3 km
Ala Mahaina Condo Hotel
  • 1421-1 Yamakawa, Kunigami-gun Motobu-cho, Okinawa, 905-0205 Japan
  • ¥32,220 - ¥175,320
  • 4.73/5 (351 reviews)
  • 0.4 km
Churaumi Village
  • 241-1 Toyohara, Kunigami-gun Motobu-cho, Okinawa, 905-0204 Japan
  • ¥13,000 - ¥21,800
  • 4.91/5 (149 reviews)
  • 0.8 km