Explore the most popular Trail Running 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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bugs
muddy
rocky
5 days ago

Hard to find entrance, need to walk into the education centre grounds, through the main building, down the stairs, down the driveway to the rear of the grounds. You’ll then find a large red arrow that points into the forest, follow that. Had to get a local groundskeeper to assist us with finding it. To be clear, the entrance is a bit of a walk down the very back of the education center grounds. Education center being the the large prison looking building next to the castle ruins. Good luck and happy trailing!

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over grown
6 days ago

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bugs
1 month ago

Great views. Flying beetles (I think) were dive bombing us at the top. Ropes were very helpful as it was steep and slippery in spots. Walking stick is handy even if just for web removal.

hiking
1 month ago

I would recommend if you don’t mind small walk ways! I did this one today and the day before but we never actually found the jumping ropes. We made it to the top and saw some amazing views. The map was very confusing and my group and I ended up about 20 mins away when we got out. Maybe that’s on us but it was a lot of fun anyways and we will definitely be returning to do it again!

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bugs
muddy
off trail
rocky
1 month ago

I had so much fun doing it kid friendly if your kid is a brave one. Very slippery a lot to see great views. I did C and it was hard and long but a lot of neat tiny waterfalls. C took us along the river and it gets confusing where the trail is for a bit but it will connect to it just by following the river.. No dogs allowed and I can she why a lot of climbing with ropes and climbing down the rope! Very recomendable to go on this trail.

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rocky
1 month ago

Great hike! Only wish it we're longer! For those looking for the start, walk along the road just down from the parking lot-- the opposite way of the castle. Turn right through the gate and make your way down the drive. You'll pass a section labeled "B" then hit the trail head. Left takes you on one trail that is ok. Right takes you on this one and comes out by the castle. Kids loved it and so did I. Little bit of climbing, some cave areas and lots of rock. Can get slippery so I suggest good shoes.

Fun, beautiful and pretty quick

Did it about a month ago with 4 kiddos, 11, 9, 7, and 10 months (in hiking carrier). Great adventure, with a few tiny crevices made for interesting maneuvering with baby in pack! Getting to the castle ruins and the awesome breeze was a perfect finale!

One of my favorite trails on Okinawa! I keep going back for more! Pretty easy hike and full of pretty scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. I see a lot of people saying it’s more of a park but that all depends on what trail you take. There are three trails here: A, B, and C. We took the C trail (the longest one) and it was awesome! Tons of vertical climbing, trekking up a creek with some small waterfalls, stunning views. If you head to the rope swing area you’ll find more of a park than a hike but still fun! My husband and neighbor wore our kids (both about a year and a half old) with little issues. There were a few spots that were a little overgrown where we had to watch the kiddos heads but not bad. Will for sure be back!

hiking
3 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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muddy
rocky
3 months ago

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bugs
over grown
4 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.

A great hike for me and my wife, twin 11 and a 10 year old boy(s)! My boys liked the rope climbing and going through caves. a nice castle ruin at the end. Bring good treaded shoes or hiking shoes and bug spray. Best to use a camel back or back pack for water, you’ll definitely want to be hands free when trekking through this hike.

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rocky
4 months ago

Loop Trail is a little hard to find but once you are on it, there are markers. There is some minor climbing but we were able to do it with 4 kids (ages 2, 6, 9 and 11) 2 year old was on my back but 6 year old had no problems. Fun short trail.

hiking
4 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
4 months ago

More of a park than a hiking trail. Fairly slippery after the rain. Trail is well-marked and doable for beginners. You get one good scenic view at a mid-point (at the castle-like structure) but no view from the top.

hiking
6 months ago

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.

Cool little trail. Ok to bring kids. Half a mile up and half a mile down. Decently paved trail.

hiking
8 months ago

A lot of snakes this time of year stay on the regular trail. We saw a few cool tree snakes but a lot of poisonous snakes.

hiking
8 months ago

This was such a fun hike. We got a little lost but oriented once we hit the café. I took my 4 & 3 year old to do some bug catching and exploring; it was not disappointing. It was a great hike. Definitely take water and a walking stick for the spider webs.

hiking
11 months ago

A beautiful walk through bamboo and forest. I was able to find the multiple geocache hidden here. I didn’t make is all the way to the far end since the geocache was towards the middle of the hike. Will definitely come back to explore.

trail running
11 months ago

One of my favorite routes to run! We currently have it marked with purple arrow painted rocks (from the Explore Okinawa free group on Facebook) but it’s fairly manageable to find, even if someone swipes a rock! Enjoy the views ! Be sure to take the extra set of stairs closer to Onno no Eki market to get to see more ruins, an amazing view, and a hidden cave! Kids and dogs can conquer this hike even though the full route is around 4 miles, just pack plenty of water for the Okinawa heat!

One of my favorite “easy” trails on Okinawa. Great for kids, and leashed puppies (a rarity that a trail is dog friendly)! Consider your puppies paws first as the rocks are sharp so make sure they are used to hiking! Lots of payoff, for a slightly less than a mile hike, you see a ton of beautiful things including but not limited to, small caves, memorials, a castle ruins, and an amazing tree (you’ll know it when you see it)! Enjoy, be safe, and as always please be respectful! Join the free Facebook group Explore Okinawa to join our hiking expeditions and enjoy an amazing cafe after!

The rope bridge at the very beginning of the trail was really fun although the second part seemed suspect. The trail was well marked and easy to navigate. I also enjoyed the many caves and rock walkthroughs. The birds nest near the end was also a great photo op. Lastly, the castle ruins at the end makes this one of the funnest trails I've completed.

11 months ago

Great trail... great view at the observatory. There are a few narrow spots and a few places where the forest is overgrown a little. We took an 8 year old, a 5 year old and a 2 year old; they all did fine.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

We did this as a family, the day after a typhoon hit Okinawa. It’s an ok outing, but other than some very overgrown parts there wasn’t much to write home about. The children found the crocodile meets that we found fascinating, but were disappointed that there wasn’t anything more interesting on the hike. They definitely enjoyed the waterfalls at Henan River more.

hiking
6 days ago

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14 days ago

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