Northern area


The northern part of Okinawa is blessed with the stunning allure of subtropical nature. The area, including Kunigami, Ogimi, Higashi and Ginoza villages in particular, is called Yanbaru and is known as one of Japan’s most prominent natural areas. The woods of Yanbaru are filled with plants, insects, birds, amphibians and reptiles, some of which, such as natural treasure the Okinawa rail, a flightless bird endemic to Yanbaru, are rare in any other part of the world. With a number of pristine beaches and various lodging options, including cottages, resort hotels and guesthouses as well as campsites, the Yanbaru area is a paradise for nature and outdoors lovers. On the other hand, Nago City, Motobu Town and Nakijin Village are home to a variety of tourist attractions, including the popular Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Dotting the coast and forest in this area are a number of cafés and restaurants set in great locations that afford views of the emerald green ocean and the lush greenery.