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Yambaru National Park

Highlights

Below are some of the highlights of Yambaru National Park.

For details of activities and model courses that let you enjoy the nature of Yambaru, .

HedoPoint

Located at the northernmost tip of the main island of Okinawa, the cliff of the uplifted coral reef offers a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and the East China Sea. On a clear day, you can see Yoron Island and Okinoerabu Island in Kagoshima Prefecture.

Getting here

Approximately 30 minutes (22 km) by car from Yambaru Wildlife Conservation Center Ufugi Nature Museum via National Route 58

Daisekirinzan

Located in karst terrain formed by the uplifting of limestone layers 250 million years ago, the area offers trekking, observation of subtropical plants such as banyan trees, and magnificent scenery.

Getting here

Approximately 30 minutes (20km) by car from Yambaru Wildlife Conservation Center Ufugi Nature Museum via National Route 58

Kunigami-son Environmental Education Center – Yambaru Learning Forest

Surrounded by an evergreen forest, here you can observe wild animals and plants, and feel the lushness of the Yambaru forest. A variety of activities are offered, including guided walks on nature trails, canoeing tours, and bird watching tours.

Getting here

Approximately 30 minutes (20 km) by car from Yambaru Wildlife Conservation Center Ufugi Nature Museum via National Route 58 and Prefectural Route 2

HijiWaterfall

This waterfall has the highest drop on Okinawa’s main island On the hike to the waterfall, you can see subtropical vegetation such as flying spider-monkey tree ferns and irukanda plants, as well as Okinawa woodpeckers and Ryukyu robins.

Getting here

Approximately 5 minutes (2 km) by car from Yambaru Wildlife Conservation Center Ufugi Nature Museum to the trail entrance  

MountYonaha

As you follow the relatively gentle trail upward, you can feel the beauty of Yambaru forest and the diversity of its wildlife. It is recommended that you be accompanied by a guide.

Getting here

Approximately 17 minutes (6 km) by car from Yambaru Wildlife Conservation Center Ufugi Nature Museum to the trailhead  

ShioyaBay

This scenic spot has been selected as one of the Eight Views of Okinawa. The Ungami Sea Festival, held in Shioya Bay to pray for a good harvest and fishing catch, was designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan in 1997.

Getting here

Approximately 15 minutes (12 km) by car from Yambaru Wildlife Conservation Center Ufugi Nature Museum via National Route 58 and National Route 331

TaWaterfall

Located upstream on the Henan River, this waterfall has a drop of about 10 meters. You can see ferns and other plants unique to the subtropical zone, as well as many creatures such as Ryuku damselflies and freshwater prawns.

Getting here

Approximately 30 minutes (18 km) by car from Yambaru Wildlife Conservation Center Ufugi Nature Museum to the trail entrance via National Route 58

GesashiBay’s Mangrove Forest

This is the largest mangrove forest on the main island of Okinawa, covering about 10 hectares at the mouth of the Gesashi River. You can observe the mangroves while hiking, or go canoeing.

Getting here

Approximately 35 minutes (24 km) by car from Yambaru Wildlife Conservation Center Ufugi Nature Museum via National Route 58 and National Route 331