Yambaru National Park

Japan has a thing for national parks and these can be found in almost every region of the country. Okinawa is no exception and Yambaru National Park is number 33 on the long list of parks. Yambaru's subtropical forest expands over 13,000 hectares on the northern end of Okinawa Island, and is home to a wide range of wildlife and a rich history. With such a vast area, Yambaru National Park is actual several travel destinations within one, below will give you our favourites and let you choose from there.

  • Yambaru National Park

    Yambaru National Park

    To explore deep into the forest, take a break from the heat, and refresh your mind, we recommend a hike to Hiji Waterfall. From the Yuiyuikunigami Rest Area, drive 2 km to the park gate, and after a small fee, a 1.5 km hike will take you in close proximity to the tranquil and refreshing waterfall. The trail is steep in some sections and will make you work up a sweat, but is easy enough for hikers of all levels.

    Yambaru National Park

    Yambaru National Park

    At the tip of Yambaru National Park and the most northern tip of Okinawa Island you'll find the beautiful rock formations of Cape Hedo. While here, wander around the rocks (please mind the sharp areas), and take in the view of the open ocean in front of you. On clear days you can see Yoron Island on the horizon so keep an eye out.

    Yambaru National Park

    Yambaru National Park

    Down the road from Cape Hedo, you'll run into what is probably the most important tourist spot inside Yambaru National Park. Daisekirinzan, a natural park recently created in Okinawa, is home to Ashimui, the oldest sacred place where the royals of the Ryukyu Dynasty are said to have prayed for prosperity, good harvest, and the safety of their people. At Daisekirinzan, you can get right up close to ancient limestone rocks, visit sacred sites, and come face-to-face with Japan's biggest mangrove tree.

    Yambaru National Park

    Yambaru National Park

    Before you leave Yambaru Park, and to get a view of the pristine forest but this time from the water, we recommend you make a stop at the Gesashi Bay Mangrove Forest. Here, hire a guided tour and set off on a river kayak to explore Okinawa's largest mangrove forest and one of the national treasures of the former Ryukyu Kingdom.

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    Okinawa Prefecture Kunigami-gun Kotohira Village, Ogimi village and Higashimura

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