Okinawa Island Guide

Everything on Okinawa Island from A to Z | Parks & nature attractions

Okinawa Island Guide
比地大滝

Hiji Falls

781-1 Hiji, Kunigami Village
Tel: 0980-41-3636
Hours: 9:00-18:00 *Last entry 16:00; Nov-Mar until 17:30 *Last entry 15:00
Admission: Adults ¥500, ages 6-15 ¥300

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オクマプライベートビーチ & リゾート

Okuma Private Beach & Resort

Tel: 0980-41-2222

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国頭村森林公園

Kunigami Village Forest Park

1094 Hentona, Kunigami Village
Tel: 0980-50-1022

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やんばる学びの森

Yanbaru Discovery Forest

1301-7 Aha, Kunigami Village
Tel: 0980-41-7979
Canoe up a river on a subtropical jungle tour: Departure: 1st: 9:30-13:00 / 2nd:
13:30-17:00
Price: Adults ¥6,800 / ages 4-12 ¥4,500
Admission: Adults ¥300, ages 6-12 ¥200, ages 4-5 ¥100

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やんばる国立公園

Mount Yonaha trail

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エメラルドビーチ

Emerald Beach

424 Ishikawa, Motobu Town
Tel: 098-048-2741
Swimming season: April-September 8:30-19:00; October 8:30-17:30

With its beautiful white coral sand and shallow, crystal-clear water, this uniquely shaped beach is located in the northern corner of Ocean Expo Park, which is home to the popular Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. The beach is large enough to accommodate over 3,000 people at a time. This is said to be the only beach in the country that is surrounded by a lagoon.

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古宇利オーシャンタワー

Kouri Ocean Tower

538 Kouri, Nakijin Village
Tel: 0980-56-1616
Hours: 9:00-18:00
Open daily
Admission: 800 yen for adults, 300 yen for ages 6-12, free for under 6
Barrier-free accessibility *Except carts and observation deck

A scenic view site newly opened on Kouri Island in November 2013. Journey through a beautiful garden with ease by electric cart, viewing the subtropical vegetation and a waterfall, with the final destination a stunning view at the top of the observation tower. There are restaurants and a shell museum that exhibits more than 10,000 shells.

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海洋博公園

Ocean Expo Park

424 Ishikawa, Motobu Town
Tel: 0980-48-2741
Hours: 8:00-18:00; Mar-Sep 8:00-19:30
Closed: The first Wednesday and the following day of December for maintenance
Barrier-free accessibility

Admission: 1,850 yen for adults, 1,230 yen for high school students, 610 yen for elementary and junior high school students, free for children under 6./Annual Passport: 3,700 yen for adults, 2,460 yen for high school students, 1,220 yen for elementary and junior high school students.

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ガンガラーの谷

Valley of Gangala

202 Maekawa, Tamagusuku, Nanjo City
Tel: 098-948-4192
Hours: 9:00-18:00
Open daily
Admission: Adults ¥2,200, ages 15-18 ¥1,700* Free for children under 14 accompanied by a parent
*Free for parent-accompanied elementary school students and under.
Tour departures: 10:00 / 12:00 / 14:00 / 16:00 Reservations required by phone or online the previous day (but tour possible on the same day if space available)

The Valley of Gangala was created by limestone erosion hundreds of thousands of years ago. Live events and photo exhibitions take place at the adjoining Cave Café, which is the departure point for tours to the valley.

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熱帯ドリームセンター

Tropical Dream Center

424 Ishikawa, Motobu-cho
Tel: 0980-48-2741
Hours: 8:30-17:30 *Last entry 17:00; Mar-Sep 8:30-19:00 *Last entry 18:30
Admission: Age 16 and over ¥690, ages 6-15 ¥350, under 6 free
*A half-price entry discount is offered to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ticket holders.
*Free audio guide is available in English, Korean and Chinese at the reception desk.
Barrier-free accessibility

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オキちゃんイルカショー

Okichan Theater

424 Ishikawa, Motobu-cho
Tel: 0980-48-2741
Admission: Free
Dolphin show (approximately 20 min): 11:00 / 13:00 / 14:30 / 16:00 / 17:30 (*Apr-Sep only)
Barrier-free accessibility

With the East China Sea and Ie Island in the background, Oki-chan Theater features dolphin performances by park idol Oki-chan and her friends. The show’s playful stars entertain audiences with their high jumps and dance routines. The theater is located just across from the aquarium building, surrounded by Dolphin Lagoon, the Sea Turtle Pool and the Manatee Pool.

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夕陽の広場(海洋博公園内)

Sunset Square (located in Ocean Expo Park)

424 Ishikawa, Motobu Town
Hours: March-September 8:00-19:30; October-February 8:00-18:00
Closed: 1st Wednesday and the following day of December
Admission: Free (playground equipment for ages 3-12 only)

This is an open-air recreation facility located on the premises of Ocean Expo Park. Sunset Square, as its name implies, affords an amazing view of the sun setting over the East China Sea, beautifully turning the sky and ocean red. There is no admission required for Sunset Square. (Admission to Ocean Expo Park is free, too.) After parking your car, you can get around the park on foot or by shuttle bus (fee).

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