Best bird watching trails in Okinawa, Japan

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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.
Map of bird watching trails in Okinawa, Japan
Top trails (12)
#1 - Jawbone Ridge Loop
Yambaru National Park
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 4 h 2 m
Jawbone Ridge Loop (大宜味の石灰岩の山と森周回コース). This trail is traversed with ropes the whole way and there are plenty of markers to prevent getting lost. This trail has several steep points and is generally overgrown on the way to Mount Nekumachiji. After the highest peak, the return route will be just paved road. There are a few good spots to overlook the bay and the ocean.Show more
#2 - Okinawa Resident of Prefectural Forest
Nago, Okinawa, Japan
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 2 h 18 m
Okinawa Resident of Prefectural Forest (沖縄県 県民の森) Okinawa Resident of Prefectural Forest offers a lot to do such as mountain climbing, walking, nature exploration, sports, camping, park golf and other outdoor activities on the promenade in the vast natural forest of Okinawa. There are some nice view spots overlooking the beautiful Mission Beach and the East China Sea. Enjoy the nature with your family, kids and friends!Show more
#3 - Hiji Otaki Falls
Yambaru National Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
Hiji Otaki Falls (比地大滝) is known to be the biggest waterfall in the main island of the Okinawa prefecture. This trail is maintained with stairs and bridges made of wood. Note that there are also many steep slopes. It is a family friendly trail and recommended for people who want to enjoy nature in the subtropical zone.Show more
#4 - Yamadasakugawa-no-Ishibashi - Ishikawa Kougen Observatory
Uruma Shi, Okinawa, Japan
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 58 m
The entrance to this trail is on the way from Nago on Route 58 to Naha. Starting this route from the ancient road, Yamadasakugawa-no-Ishibashi (山田谷川の石矼), and reaches the Ishikawa Kougen Observatory (石川高原展望台), where you can enjoy the gorgeous view of the sea and the nature of Uruma City.Show more
#5 - Mount Yonaha Loop
Yambaru National Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 18 m
Note: Mount Yonaha Summit may be closed due to environmental protection, please check before attempting. This trail takes you to the summit of Mount Yonaha (与那覇岳) through beautiful forest of Yanbaru (the northern region of Okinawa Island). Here you can enjoy the subtropical zones and its environment. Keep an eye out for snakes and other inhabitants that live here. Note that there are many possible routes that connect to this trail in the surrounding area.Show more
#6 - Makiya Dam Loop
Nago, Okinawa, Japan
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 58 m
Makiya Dam Loop (真喜屋ダムループ) This is a paved trail that goes around Makiya Dam which offers you the opportunity to see the nature of Yanbaru.Show more
#7 - Kanna Dam Lakeside Park Loop
Kanna Dam Lakeside Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 51 m
This walking course is connected to Kanna Dam Lakeside Park (漢那ダム湖畔公園), enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife/flowers that this park offers.Show more
#8 - Okinawa Urajirogashi Route
Kunigami, Okinawa, Japan
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 44 m
Okinawa Urajirogashi Route (オキナワウラジロガシルート) An enjoyable hike ending at one of Okinawa's Uraziro Gasi trees which is estimated to be over 300 years old. There are plenty of shade throughout the length of the hike and also some slippery sections if it is wet. You can also enjoy bird-watching through the path.Show more
#9 - Mount Ibu
Kunigami, Okinawa, Japan
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
Mount Ibu (伊部岳) This trail heads to the summit of Mount Ibudake which offers you an experience of the forest of Yanbaru.Show more
#10 - Mount Tedo - Mariyudu-no-taki Falls
Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 6 h 18 m
Mount Tedo - Mariyudu-no-taki Falls (テドウ山 - マリユドゥの滝) This trail heads to Gunkaniwa through Mount Tedo and Mariyudu-no-taki Falls which offers you the opportunity to see wildlife of Iriomote-jima Island and beautiful views of the falls and nature.Show more
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