Access to Yambaru

Access to the "Yanbaru" area in the northern part of the Okinawa main island.Since public transportation (bus) is rather limited, we recommend renting a car to visit the exhibition facilities.

For persons coming by car

  • Naha Airport-Kyoda IC via Okinawa Expressway

    Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes

  • General roads

    Approximately 3 hours

  • Kyoda IC-Ogimi Village former Shioya Elementary School

    Approximately 35 minutes

  • Kyoda IC-Cape Hedo

    Approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes

Car rental information

Inquiries: 098-857-0100

A wide lineup of vehicles equipped with preventive safety functions!
Conveniently located within 5 minutes by shuttle bus from the airport.

Yanbaru Taxi Companies

Access by Bus



  • Ogimi Village former Shioya Elementary School (Ogimi Utility Center)

    • Address

      538 Shioya, Ogimi Village, Kunigami District,
      Okinawa Prefecture

    • Hours

      11:00 to 17:00

    • Closed

      Every Tuesday

    Its red-roofed gymnasium looking like an ark floating on the blue sea, the former Shioya Elementary School boasts a unique location facing the scenic Shioya Bay.
    The site is also known as the venue for the traditional "Ungami (Sea God Festival)" event, a Nationally Designated Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
    This year it is the main venue for the "Yambaru Art Festival." Visitors are invited to appreciate the works at the Exhibition Section, select Okinawan crafts at the "YAF CRAFT MARKET" at the Craft Section, participate in workshops, and enjoy food made from local ingredients. Please discover the art experience unique to this festival in a special space where you will forget the passage of time.

  • Hentona Shopping Street

    • Address

      Hentona, Kunigami-mura, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa

    • Hours

      From 11:00 to 17:00

    • Closed

      Every Tuesday

    In the center of Kunigami Village, elementary and junior high schools, post office, old-fashioned shops,
    and more line the main street.
    The village, which sits by the entrance to Yambaru Forest and its rich ecosystem, was once crowded with passers-by.
    However, the traffic volume has dropped sharply since the opening of the Hentona Tunnel on National Highway 58. However, in recent years, the "Hentona Odori-kai" has been created, and events that use local resources and ideas are actively held, and the area is regaining its former vibrancy. This year, two works are on exhibition in this remarkable area, attracting artists visiting Yanbaru.

    Hentona Shopping Street MAP
  • Oriental Hotel Okinawa Resort & Spa

    • Address

      1490-1 Kise, Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture

    Oriental Hotel Okinawa Resort & Spa is a resort hotel with one of the largest garden pools in the prefecture.
    All rooms have ocean views adding to an elegant stay in a tropical country. Many services are available specifically for women, such as spas, beauty treatment and nail salons, a well-equipped fitness club, and a breakfast buffet and restaurant to enjoy international cuisine. Please pay attention to how artworks are fused into a healing space where visitors can immerse themselves in the nature and culture of Okinawa.

    Oriental Hotel Okinawa Resort & Spa MAP
  • Okuma Private Beach & Resort

    • Address

      913-1 Okuma, Kunigami-mura, Kunigami-gun,

    Okuma is Yanbaru's longest-established resort that offers a natural white sand beach and beautiful sunsets. You can enjoy the finest relaxation stay with a full dose of Yanbaru, such as cottages scattered in the garden full of greenery and flowers, and breakfast that is particular about local ingredients.
    This time marks the 4th year of a venue of the "Yanbaru Art Festival" at the resort. Encountering artworks in the
    northernmost part of Okinawa is a new pleasure of the Okuma winter stay.

    Okuma Private Beach & Resort MAP
  • Kanucha Resort

    • Address

      156-2-1 Abu, Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture

    Kanucha Resort is a resort hotel facing Oura Bay on the east coast of Nago. The resort has plenty of photogenic spots,
    such as a spectacular view from the lobby, a trolleybus running on its vast grounds, and a lit pool at night. In addition, it has a golf course, relaxation menus, and daily events, so children and adults can enjoy the best stay. This year, two works are exhibited on the premises, and original art adds more flowers to the resort's unique space.

    Kanucha Resort MAP
  • Agu statue in front of Nago City Hall

    • Address

      2-1-1 Minato, Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture

    At "Yanbaru Art Festival 2017-2018," local children planted young trees around the statue of Agu that continue to grow as "Agu Forest." As the work aimed at creating the scenery of Okinawa grows, people keep watching over it from generation to generation.

  • Ogimi Village Office Old Government Building

    • Address

      157 Oganekyu, Ogimi-mura, Kunigami-gun,
      Okinawa Prefecture

    • Hours

      From 11:00 to 17:00

    • Closed

      Every Tuesday / New Year's Day / January 2nd

    Completed in 1925, it is the oldest existing reinforced concrete building in Okinawa. The building has attracted attention as a pioneering example of a town hall building in Japan, and was designated as a tangible cultural property (building) by the Okinawa prefecture in 1997.
    The innovative design by Tsutomu Kiyomura fully takes into account the climate and climate of Okinawa, and has excellent features such as the octagonal plan shape, which is intended to reduce wind pressure from typhoons.This is a building that has survived the war of Okinawa and continues to stand as a symbol of the village. I would like to savor it along with the exhibited works.