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Yamada Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Uruma Shi, Okinawa, Japan that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from November until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 659 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Cave

Forest

Wildlife

Muddy

Historic site

Waypoints (6)
  • 1

    Stone bridge

    26.43193, 127.78277

  • 2

    Cafe

    26.43183, 127.78237

  • 3

    Cave entrance 1

    26.43155, 127.78300

  • 4

    Cave entrance 2

    26.43137, 127.78290

  • 5

    Observatory

    26.42145, 127.78839

  • 6

    Parking area

    26.42202, 127.78890

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (50)
Photos (28)
Recordings (32)
Completed (85)
Karina Folkman
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Hiking
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Ethan Willings
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If you start near the highway, its a decent climb through the mountain, which has a well maintained path and is covered by a lot of foliage.

NaCl H2O
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HikingMuddy

It was easy but steep. Must wear hiking boots even 2days after the rain because of all the mud.

Gyov M
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HikingMuddyRocky

Not bad some what slippery! But overall easy!!

Byron Jean
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orlando valdez
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HikingMuddy

Great hiking trail. A bit muddy since it had rained the day before. Nice cave and shrine and stone bridge on the trail.

Shayla Gibson
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Muddy

Great hike if you have kids. If you are coming from the parking area when you get the the Y go right towards stairs and you will see the shrine and cave. Go left to the cafe, down the stairs to the bridge and up towards 58.

Duayne Green
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Carey W.
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

Nice well shade trail. A few muddy spots and a well rutted trail. Some great views going up and at the tower. Some steep sections. A section at the top portion of the trail is not worth going past the cable gate. Trashed area but some old guy lives there.

Kristina Sweeney
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HikingMuddyOver grownRocky

Was a good trail. Started off with a steep incline of rocks (stairs) that were slippery. When you come upon what looks like a house go left. And then you’ll see shrines & caves up ahead and bear right to further trail which leads to observatory tower (seems like you’ll never get to it but just keep pushing along) . Can see a lot from the top. Trail was very overgrown and muddy in some spots. Can say I’ve completed the trail but wouldn’t go back.

Andrew Medina
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Hiking

Nice trail with some cool features and caves. It is slippery at some points, but as long as you have shoes with traction, you should be just fine. Went in January and the weather was great for it. I can imagine it'd be pretty hot and crowded. Only saw one other person on the trail. The only tricky part was parking. if you drive a little further north, there's a parking lot on the right (not the hotel parking) that you can use. Good trail overall, would recommend.

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J.j. Deese
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Hiking

Nice trail that was well traveled. A bit slippery at some points with a good incline going to the Ishikawa Observatory. Excellent view from the top of the mountain. Trek was easily made by my 10 and 8 year old.

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Adam A.
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Hiking

Well maintained but unimproved trail. Very slippery if wet. View from the tower at the top is definitely worth the hike. Turn around at the tower and head back down. We made several attempts to find alternate return routes, but none exist.

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Aaron Huffman
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HikingOver grown

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

Deanna Haxton
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HikingOver grown

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.

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Courtney Walker
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HikingMuddy

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.

C.W. Lockhart
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Hiking

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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Cathy Rangel
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HikingBugsOver grown

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

Pq S
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Hiking

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.

Diego Castro
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Hiking

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.

Randy Banning
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Hiking

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.

Alyx Barnett
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Running

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!

Shana Jackson
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First to Review

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.

Destiny Dempsey
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