Yambaru Wildlife Conservation Center Ufugi Nature Museum will be renovated into “Yambaru World Heritage Conservation Center Ufugi Nature Museum”.

The center will be closed from May 6, 2024 (Mon.) for renovation.

The reopening date will be announced later.

Contact us


● Finding an injured animal

Q What should I do if I find an injured or dead animal?

First, please contact us at the museum. Do not touch it directly with your hands as it could cause infection or injury to you.
Depending on the situation, we may ask the person who found the animal to help (such as by moving it to the side of the road or transporting it to the museum or a veterinary hospital.) In this case, we ask for your cooperation.
Yambaru Wildlife Conservation Center Tel: 0980-50-1025 (Available 8:30 – 17:15)
Rail Dial: 090-6857-8917

●Visiting the museum

Q When are you open?

10:00 – 16:30
The museum is closed on Mondays, national holidays (except Greenery Day and Children’s Day), Okinawa Memorial Day (June 23), and New Year’s holiday (December 29 – January 3)

For details, see Opening times.

Q Is there parking available?

There are parking spaces for 42 standard size cars (including 2 wheelchair-accessible parking spaces) and 2 large buses.

Q How much is admission?

Admission is free.

Q How can I get there and how long does it take?

We recommend that you use a car or local bus.
It takes about two hours from Naha and about 40 minutes from Nago.

For details, see Getting here.

Q Where is the nearest bus stop?

The nearest bus stop is “Okuma Beach Iriguchi” in front of Road Station Yuiyui Kunigami.
The museum is a 15-minute walk from there.

Q Can groups visit?

Yes, groups are welcome.
For details, see Booking.

Q How long does it take to go around the museum?

It takes about 30 minutes.
We recommend watching the 7-minute video that summarizes the nature, history, and culture of Yambaru.

Q Can I take photos inside the museum?

Photography is allowed.
For media coverage, please contact us in advance.

Q Is there someone to explain the exhibits?

Only Japanese explanations are possible.

For details, see Museum information.

Q Can I visit the outdoor facilities?

No, you cannot. Only the museum is available.

Q Is there a multi-purpose restroom?

Yes, there is.
The restroom includes a baby chair and diaper changing station.

Q Is there somewhere to throw away my trash?

No, there isn’t. We ask you to please take your trash home.

Q Are there vending machines nearby?

No, there aren’t.

Q Can I buy merchandise of Yambaru wildlife?

We give out commemorative gifts such as magnets and illustrated books in exchange for a donation toward our promotional and educational activities related to the conservation of Yambaru’s natural environment.

For details, see About the Yambaru Nature Experience Activity Council.

Q Will I be able to see live Okinawa rails?

No, you will not be able to observe them.
Live creatures can be observed at the Ada Kuina Fureai Park (an Okinawa rail ecological exhibition and learning facility). Due to the high number of wildlife traffic accidents on Prefectural Route 2 and Prefectural Route 70, we ask you to please drive safely and obey the speed limit signs.

●Learning and enjoying Yambaru

Q Are there any other places near the museum where I can enjoy nature?

You can enjoy Hiji Waterfall, Kunigami Forest Park, and climbing Mount Yonaha with a guide.

*Please do not use our parking area for visiting the Okuma River or any other purpose other than visiting the Ufugi Nature Museum.

For details, see Highlights.

Q Where can I find wild Okinawa rails and Okinawa woodpeckers?

To protect these species, we do not disclose information about their habitats.
If you happen to see them on your way, please observe them quietly.