Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Okinawa with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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over grown
13 days ago

Fun hike, saw a few children and dogs along the way. Would recommend and skill level is appropriate.

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off trail
1 month ago

This trail was really nice. Although I saw people post about how there wasn’t much a view, if you get to the 490m elevation sign and immediately take a left you’ll walk down a narrow trail that puts you right at the side of the mountain. Amazing view. Got lost on the way back so make sure you have a whole day set ahead of you. The boars can scare the hell out of you.

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over grown
1 month ago

Did this hike today. It’s overgrown but was still a good hike. Would do it again for sure.

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over grown
1 month ago

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over grown
1 month ago

I would call this moderate due to slippery and uneven footing. I did an out and back it was about 3 miles round trip. When you get to the observatory at the top don’t be tempted to head down the stairs, just enjoy the view and then head back the way you can.

Prefectural Park. Nice trails, understand the comments about lots of stairs. However, gets you to the top quickly and there are some great views. Family/Kids friends. Enjoy.

This is an open trail that depending on which course you take can be challenging and or kid friendly. There are restrooms at the Education Center and the Campground, not along the trail. No dogs please as there is wildlife in the area if you go early in the morning (small boars can be seen). If you start behind the Education Center and go down to the river, you can do one big loop with some sections paved. If you want a challenge for training, you can easily do each course in loop style sucesion and challenge yourself, just be careful if you choose to go down the 500+ man-made stairs on the North portion. I would strongly suggest going up them instead as some are VERY close (maybe a baby foot wide) and others are almost a full 30" in depth. Kid friendly sections going up towards the summit are near the campground and education center, local schools go trekking here regularly for science and there is an annual kids event. Depending on rainfall, some areas stay muddy, especially the riverbed portion, so step cautiously and watch where others have made mistakes. Bring lots of water, especially if you are training, but there are convenience stores on the way. Hts are a must, and if you are the first on the trails, make sure to carry a stick to clear spiderwebs. Moving quietly (no loud music please) will allow you to possibly see wildlife. Easily able to multi-trek for training, you can link all the courses together and easily hit 10km if you are ambitious. Enjoy yourself in this great area, everyone I see here is always happy!

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muddy
2 months ago

I don’t suggest going after a hard rain. The trails were muddy but fun. There’s some cool tombs to see on this trail and an old stone bridge. Some narrow ledges for sure. A decent view with the tower. I’d do it again.

hiking
3 months ago

This was the first hike we did on island and it was great! There’s a private parking lot for the hike and you need to pay per person to hike. Its not too long at least for myself and kids, the trail is very well kept and the waterfall is beautiful! Only downside is you can’t swim in the pool/waterfall.

hiking
4 months ago

For this trail being an easy trail sure showed me how out of shape I am! Did this in flip flops and with a baby on my back. You have to pay at the trail head just a couple hundred yen per person but they only take yen! Worth the trip for the view at the end.

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bugs
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rocky
6 months ago

Not a bad trail, slippery in spots, stays under cover most of the way until you get to the last two peaks, then you will have some nice views. Watch for snakes and spider webs. Steep in a couple areas.

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bugs
rocky
6 months ago

The ropes are just fence lines, not helper ropes like the trails in Hawaii for example. Lots of forks so it's easy to make a wrong turn. Download your maps ahead of time so you have them because data service is negligible. I wouldn't call this a "hard" trail. Moderate at best. Anyone calling this "hard" doesn't do many trails. Out and back is best. Why do a bunch of asphalt hiking when you don't have to?

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over grown
rocky
6 months ago

This trail provides nice views of the island and ocean from a few of the peaks, but only briefly. Much of the trail was very narrow and nearly overgrown. Wear tall socks or long pants or otherwise accept that brush and grasses will be ankle level. Lots of wildlife: wild pig, crows, snakes, lizards all spotted. Trails are hard to spot. I recommend making sure you have google maps or similar open to make sure you know where you are. Much of the trail to the south is paved. All in all, an ok outing, but nothing incredibly outstanding.

hiking
7 months ago

Parking: two locations to park for the route. One is where the marker is dropped. Second is if you take a left and drive up the hill towards the actual route start point. There is plenty of space and closed down buildings there to park in front of. Bathrooms: One is at start of the route near the top of the first hill. Second is at the base of the second peak. Route: Easily navigated with rope the whole way and plenty of markers to prevent getting lost. A few steep points but not many. This route on AllTrails includes a lot of road starting from the first parking spot. After the highest peak, the return route is also just a cement road. Views: A few good spots to overlook the bay and the ocean. Nice trail. Decently maintained.

hiking
8 months ago

It was nice, quit hard hike for me as/ or I was too tired :) was lost a couples of times due to no internet connection. It took us around four hours to finish the hike up and the way back. If you are with car you can start a bit up from the first viewpoint and leave the car there.

hiking
10 months ago

Do out and back... unless you want to road-march the last 3rd of the hike. :)

hiking
10 months ago

Took this trail a couple weeks back. Loved it. I agree with the other comment that the last third or so is a paved road.

hiking
10 months ago

Loved this trail! Just bought new boots and this was a little break-in hike. If you are more mature or have knee issues, a hiking stick would be a bonus. Dog friendly. Beautiful. And very peaceful on a Sunday in January.

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bugs
over grown
10 months ago

Easy trail. Fun with some nice view points. Weather was nice out so didn’t overheat. Lots of bugs, banana spiders and overgrown paths.

hiking
11 months ago

If you want to actually summit Mt Yonaha, the official track being displayed by All Trails is inaccurate. Look at "other recordings" for a track that will take you to the summit. This is a fun trail that's not too technical, but unfortunately doesn't have any good viewpoints due to vegetation. Lots of side trail options for exploring. 4-6 parking spots at the trail head with plenty of additional street parking along an infrequently travelled road. Clean eco-toilets also available at trailhead. Starts out on an old road bed that hasn't been maintained in a very long time. Several small waterfalls can be seen along the way. About halfway to the summit you'll reach a set of information boards and a large rock monument. From that point the trail turns into a narrow washed out single track that weaves through a bamboo forest. You will climb a summit and then drop down to a right hand turn with a small sign that says 50m. Follow the trail across a saddle to the second summit where the actual benchmark is. At the benchmark you can go three different directions. To make it somewhat of a loop, take the left trail down until you reach a flat riverbed. Follow the riverbed until it turns into a trail again. You will take another left and traverse down a draw until you reach a small cabin where a nice old Japanese man lives. Just above his cabin you'll find the old road bed again. Follow the old road back to where the single track started. From there you'll back track to the trail head. There are lots of trail offshoots but this is a good track for reaching the benchmark with minimal backtracking. When you're done, make sure to check out the Okinawa Rail cafe about a mile down the road from the trail head. You'll be glad you did!

hiking
11 months ago

We did this tour in December. Very fun hike for all ages and skill levels. There is an optional fork in the path near the start of the trail to walk alongside the riverbed instead of the mostly paved, dry path - but you need water shoes for this, not sneakers. The trail takes 1 hour round-trip. Follow the many road signs to get to the trail head, or key in the GPS code 485771741 if you have a rental car. At the trail head, there are wooden cabins (to pay the entrance fee), toilets, wooden cabin and a campsite.

Sat Nov 24 2018

Good hike, waterfall was awesome. Lots of stairs. Didn’t realize it would cost yen, 500 per adult 300 per child.

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Wed Nov 21 2018

We had a good hike up. It had rained 2 days before and trail was slippery in spots. I loved all the different butterflies we saw. We made an error and returned on what looks like a road on the map, but it is years overgrown. We bushwhacked it though and made it out. Don’t get fooled with small blue or red 2x2’s on the ground as they appear to be markers to grave/tombs. I did not see the rocks with the purple arrows mentioned in Alyx’s post.

Sat Nov 17 2018

Waterfall is totally worth it. I even swam in the water which isn’t allowed apparently but seems like every does it any way. Extremely dog friendly and a easy hike. My mother in-law did it with a boot on for a broken foot. She is 50 something, so that should say something besides she is a beast lol

Sun Nov 11 2018

a difficult but rewarding hike

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