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Visiting Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and the natural "Yanbaru" scenery

2nights,3Days Departure from Region(Naha)

"Yanbaru" means "region of mountain ranges and rich forests", and refers to the northern part of Okinawa Island. The rich subtropical forests are inhabited by many indigenous birds such as the Okinawa rail and Okinawa woodpecker. Go visit the great outdoors and wild animals starting at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, where you can see schools of whale sharks!

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Fukugi Tree Road

[Traveling]

Naha Airport -- <about 120 mins. by express bus> -- Nago Bus Terminal -- <60 mins. by bus> -- Kinen Koen-mae -- [Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium] -- [Tropical Dream Center] -- <20 mins. by walk> -- [Bise Fukugi Tree Road] -- Kinen Koen-mae <60 mins. by bus> -- Nago Bus Terminal

*The times required with public transportation are approximate.

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

The huge tank boasting 7,500 square meters in size contains whale sharks and Alfred mantas that can only be seen here, as well as schools of various kinds of fish. There are also corners featuring creatures that live in the rivers of Okinawa and those with deep-water fish on display.

Tropical Dream Center

As with the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, it is a facility located in the Ocean Expo Park. Many rare types of plant life such as flowers and tropical fruits that can only be found in the subtropical areas of Okinawa are grown and exhibited here. Visitors can enjoy various events such as the "lotus riding experience", where you ride on a huge lotus that floats on the water.

Bise Fukugi Tree Road

This is a region where old Okinawan homes remain unchanged. The Fukugi (garcinias) that have been planted for protection from storms are lined up for three kilometers. Okinawa is the unique place where you can see such a setting that seems as though time has stopped.

Yanbaru Night Tour

Since you are in the northern part of the island, you do not want to miss the Yanbaru night, which is little-known to most people. The Yanbaru is inhabited by various indigenous birds, reptiles, and amphibians. There are mini tours that can take you to all kinds of places between 7 p.m. and about 9 p.m., which is when these rare creatures are the most active. Your hotel concierge can arrange one for you if you are interested.

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1st Day

Hiji Falls & Trekking, Daiseki Rinzan

[Traveling]

Nago Bus Terminal -- <40 mins. by bus> -- Okuma -- <20 mins. by walk> -- [Hiji Falls and Trekking] -- <20 mins. by walk> -- Okuma Beach Iriguchi -- <5 mins. by bus> -- Hentona Bus Terminal -- <30 mins. by bus> -- Kitakuni Shogakko -- <10 mins. by walk> -- Daiseki Rinzan -- <10 mins. by walk> -- Kitakuni Shogakko -- <30 mins. by bus> -- Hentona Bus Terminal -- <60 mins. by bus> -- Nago Bus Terminal

Hiji Falls

The great waterfall upstream the Hiji River, which flows through the forests of the Yanbaru. Visitors can enjoy the air of the great outdoors while trekking along the upgraded paths here. There is also a campsite nearby.

Daiseki Rinzan

A park in a location considered sacred since the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom (1429 to 1879). It is said that this is the region where people prayed for the prosperity of the Royal House, good harvests, and safety at sea. See the landscape of the many strange-shaped rocks formed by protruding layers of limestone and subtropical trees.

Favorite Okinawan foods

Equally as unique as Yanbaru's great natural environment is Okinawa's food culture. Goya chanpuru, which is goya (bitter gourd) stir-fried with vegetables and meat, and Okinawa soba noodles, which is thick wheat noodles served in fish broth, are favorite staple dishes of Okinawa.

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2nd Day

Neo Park Okinawa, Fureai Hirugi Park

[Traveling]

Nago Bus Terminal -- <5 mins. by bus> -- Okita -- <5 mins. by walk> -- [Neo Park Okinawa] -- <5 mins. by bus> -- Nago Bus Terminal -- <60 mins. by bus> -- Gesashi -- <3 mins. by walk> -- [Higashi-son Fureai Hirugi Park] -- <3 mins. by walk> -- Gesashi -- <60 mins. by bus> -- Nago Bus Terminal -- <120 mins. by express bus> -- Naha Airport

Neo Park Okinawa

A facility where you can get up close with various animals that live in subtropic and tropic zones. There is also a corner that recreates the Amazon jungle and the dryland forests of Oceania.

Higashi-son Fureai Hirugi Park

A park located in a marsh of an "estuarine brackish water region" where seawater and freshwater are mixed together. Here, visitors can observe a woodland mangrove unique to subtropical zones, enjoy canoeing, and more.

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Tips

Sightseeing in the Yanbaru can be enjoyed by bus, but it is more convenient to rent a car. There are rent-a-car offices that are exclusive for visitors from abroad as well as car navigation systems that can provide guidance in multiple languages available. For more information, please contact the Naha Airport Visitor Information Center.

Related Information

JNTO Tourist Information

Official Regional Sites