Northern Okinawa Main Island
The Northern Okinawa Main Island is full of rich, beautiful scenery unique to the semitropical ocean climate. Yanbaru, with its mysterious atmosphere, is a semitropical jungle inhabited by rare creatures. Outdoor activities such as camping and eco tours are often held here. Motobu Peninsula has been gaining attention as a popular Okinawa tourism spot. Be sure to visit the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Kouri Bridge, and other must-see sites. Enjoy the luxurious resorts through golf, spas, etc. on the Onna Coast where the crystal clear sea and coral reef seem to go on forever.
“Yanbaru” is a treasure trove of natural greenery. The semitropical old growth forest extends almost to the coastline while the thick evergreen broadleaf forest is home to a unique tropical ecosystem. Precious and rare animals such as the Yanbaru kuina (Okinawan Rail) and the Noguchi-gera (Okinawan woodpecker), which are protected by the national government, are native to Yanbaru. Eco-tours, where the freshness of nature can be felt, such as canoeing at Gesashi Bay as well as trekking and sea kayaking to Hiji Falls, are popular activities. Visiting Yanbaru is truly a great way to experience the magnificence of the jungle.
Motobu Peninsula is a fixture among Okinawan sightseeing destinations. Visit the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and you will meet whale sharks and mantas leisurely swimming in the huge world class water tank, while Nakijin Castle, registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is famous as the largest Gusuku (Gusuku is castle in the Okinawan dialect) in Okinawa Prefecture. The magnificence of its ramparts and the beautiful curves is a masterpiece. Kouri Bridge, which is breathtakingly suspended over the emerald green sea, is recommended for a drive.
The Onna Coast is one of the top resort areas in Okinawa. You can enjoy some spectacular views from Manzamo and Maeda Point, etc. perched atop overwhelming cliffs. At Busena Marine Park, visit the only underwater observatory in Okinawa. Or if you feel like a little privacy, relax and enjoy yourself amidst the breathtaking beauty of Mission Beach. Onna Seaside Park Nabii Beach, a famous diving location featuring many varieties of richly-colored tropical fish swimming around the coral reef, can be enjoyed even if you are beginner-level diver. Finally, there are also many resort hotels and golf courses, etc. in the area to ensure your stay is a relaxing and luxurious one.