KIN AREA

Introduction to Kin-Town
Kin-Town stretches along the east coast in the center of Okinawa Island, and is a town of rich scenery with many rice paddies and Okinawan Taro cultivation areas using the rich spring and river water, and a peaceful rural landscape. There is also a brackish water area in the Okukubi River, where four kinds of mangrove plants grow wild. In particular, the is rare, and Kin-town is the northern most town in Okinawa Island where it grows. The environment in Kin-town is home to a large number of creatures, and is a treasure house for wild birds in particular.

Here are some tours that allow you to observe the birds, plants, and animals of Kin-town’s various environments.

01 OKUKUBI-RIVER SUNRISE CANOE TOUR

水田でのリュウキュウヨシゴイ

While enjoying thesunrise on the Okukubi River in Kin-town on a canoe, a specialist will accompany you to guide you through the mangrove forest and bird watching.

You will be able to see the sunrise from the water, which is a different view from everyday life.

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02 KIN TOWN BIRD WATCHING

水田でのリュウキュウヨシゴイ

A bird expert will guide you.

Kin-town is a resting place for migratory birds, with its peaceful rice fields and Okinawan Taro cultivation areas. Many resident birds can be seen here.

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03 OKUKUBI-RIVER MANGROVE TOUR

マングローブ林

An expert will guide you through the mangrove plants and tidal flat creatures.

Four types of mangroves can be seen in the Okukubi River in Kin- town. One of them is “Lumnitzera racemosa” the northernmost native mangrove in Okinawa Island.

We will also watch water birds in the mudflats, and observe the large schools of soldier crabs that appear at low tide, as well as the large scissors.

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YAMBARU AREA

World Natural Heritage Yambaru

In the summer of 2021, the northern part of the main island of Okinawa, “Yambaru”, was registered as a World Natural Heritage site.
We will take a walk in the Yanbaru forest and observe the creatures that live only in Yanbaru.

04 YAMBARU BIRD WATCHING
A tour of three endemic species in the subtropical forest of Okinawa’s northern main island, Yambaru

ヤンバルのホントウアカヒゲ

We will start early in the morning to observe the Okinawa Rail, the Okinawa woodpecker, the Ryukyu Robin, which lives only in Yambaru in the world.

An expert who has been observing wild birds in Okinawa for more than 40 years will be your guide, so you can learn more about the ecology of wild birds.

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05 YAMBARU FOREST BATHING THERAPY

森林浴セラピー、五感で森を感じよう

Mt. Yonaha (the highest peak on Okinawa Island) in the morning, let’s feel the energy of nature with all five senses while walking slowly along the hiking forest path.

For those who wish to be guided by a plant guide, an expert will be available.

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06 HIJI WATERFALLS TOUR

比地大滝ガイドツアーの川の様子

This trekking tour focuses on observing the flora and fauna found here along the boardwalk to Hiji waterfall, including birds endemic to Yambaru such as the Okinawa woodpecker and the Ryukyu robin and Okinawa rail.

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STAFF

Kenji Takehara
Kenji Takehara
Your tour
SUNRISE CANOE TOURKIN TOWN BIRD WATCHINGYAMBARU BIRD WATCHINGHIJI WATERFALLS TOUR

His life work is bird watching and organizing wild bird records in various places.
Bird photographers & researchers Member of the Ornithological Society of Japan,Okinawan Wildlife Conservation Administrator.
"Revised Birds of Okinawa Prefecture" (Shinsei Publishing), many other books and co-authors.

Kazumasa Ueno
Kazumasa Ueno
Your tour
MANGROVE TOURHIJI WATERFALLS TOUR
Bachelor of Agriculture, University of the Ryukyus.
University of the Ryukyus Faculty of Agriculture Research Student.
After working as a research student at the Faculty of Agriculture in this University, worked for the Northern Forestry Association, Kunigami Forestry Association and Nago Forestry Association.
Currently, Okinawa Prefecture Sharing Nature Association Director, NPO Subtropical Forest Study Group Vice President, Auditor of Okinawa International Mangrove Association.
Main qualifications include Nature Game Instructor, certified by Japan Nature Games Association. Forest Instructor and Recreation Instructor, certified by National Forest Recreation Association.

Ritsuko Tomimori
Ritsuko Tomimori
Your tour
YAMBARU FOREST BATHING THERAPYOKUKUBI-RIVER MANGROVE TOUROKUKUBI-RIVER SUNRISE CANOE TOUR
Coordinator and nature guide
Okinawa Wildlife Conservation Office
Born in Kin Town Okinawa Japan
After graduating from college, she returned to Okinawa from Tokyo.
After that, she moved to Houston, Texas for a while.
she aimed to become a scuba diving instructor.
Currently, she continues to provide information on wild birds in her hometown of Kin town, and also serves as a mangrove guide.
She also continues to take pictures of nature by photographing wild birds and hiking in the mountains of Yambaru (Northern part of Okinawa)

Hajime Igei
Hajime Igei
Your tour
Nature and Marine Life Guide
Born in Kin Town, Churashima Foundation employee
Graduated from Ginoza High School
Graduated from Meiou University and entered graduate school at University of the Ryukyus

After completing graduate school, he went to the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Worked as a keeper for about 10 years.
Engaged in the start-up and maintenance of the aquarium at AEON MALL Okinawa Rycam, from selection of fish species to delivery, feeding, and dive cleaning.
Currently, he is in charge of "Nature and Marine Life Guides" at Okinawa Nature Office in Kin Town.
He specializes in the ecology of marine life (especially shellfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and starfish).
Recently, he has been studying the conservation biology of terrestrial shellfish (snails) on the islands.
Hobbies: snorkeling, reef observation, fishing, visiting geological formations, winter camping, plant observation, etc.

Chief, Utilization Service Section, Administration Division, Aquarium Management Department, Okinawa Churashima Foundation

Ken Kumai
Ken Kumai
Your tour
Nature Photographer and Guide
Nature Photographer and Guide

Born in Yokohama, Kanagawa, 1985

In 2009, he moved from Kanagawa Prefecture to Nakijin Village on the main island of Okinawa. Since then, while working for research institutes, survey companies, and as a nature guide, he has been traveling around the remote islands of the Ryukyu Archipelago, mainly in the Yambaru area of northern Okinawa, documenting the ecology of insects, amphibians, and reptiles living there in photographs, and disseminating his findings through photo exhibitions and a blog. His favorite living creature is the Japanese freshwater crab.

Provided photos for NHK Publishing "Let's go to Morizo and Kikkoro's Forest - An Illustrated Book of Insects You Can Meet", "An Illustrated Book of Creatures Only Found in Japan" by Dorimu-sha, "Handbook of Okinawa Designated Rare Wild Animal and Plant Species" by Okinawa Prefectural Education Agency, TV program "Tetsuwan DASH", etc.

Yanbaru long-armed scarab beetle
Okinawa ishikawa's frog
Kuroiwa's ground gecko

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