Uwaga Jungle Night Trekking at Okinawa World
Take a walk on the wild side.
Immerse yourself in untamed nature and experience a completely different side of Okinawa with a guided night hike through a tropical jungle.
The trek is organized by Okinawa World, a popular theme park just south of the capital city of Naha. It takes place in the Uwaga Jungle, a wild expanse of limestone hills, secluded valleys, hidden caves and flowing creeks. And as you might expect, it’s inhabited by equally wild and interesting creatures, including bats, flying foxes, tree lizards, snakes, turtles and land snails.
In order to show people the beauty of the forest and educate visitors about its value, a portion of this ancient jungle has now been opened to the public for nighttime guided tours only. Experienced staff will lead you through the woodland by torchlight, highlighting the interesting features you pass and helping you to safely get the most out of your journey.
Due to variations in season and weather, no two trips are identical, and there’s always something new and exciting to discover. Beginners are welcome, and no experience is required – just remember to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty!
The Uwaga Jungle trek
The trekking experience starts at a training area called Thiradaki Hill, where you can learn how to safely hike through the jungle in the dark without losing your footing. After that, the real adventure begins!
Flashlight in hand, hikers enter the jungle and follow the route through the rugged Limestone Trail, before crossing a small wooden bridge over Shrimp Stream. In the depths of Uwaga Valley, you will eventually reach the Secret Cave, home to a colony of bats. From here the path swings back beneath the Sky Hole, which gives you a stunning view of the starry night sky – plus the chance to see some flying foxes, also known as the fruit bat, in the Uwaga Jungle.
After passing under a canopy of enormous leaves known as Tubers Tunnel, you’ll catch sight of the Cliff Tree. This giant banyan growing out of the rock face indicates that you’re on the home stretch, with just a short jeep ride between you and civilization!
Protecting the environment
Uwaga Jungle is home to many different animal and plant species. Visitors should keep to the designated trail and take care to be respectful during their visit.
For more information see the Uwaga Jungle Night Trekking official pamphlet and check out the video below!
This article was sponsored by Okinawa World.