Cycling Tour Around Ogimi Village to Experience Okinawa's Nature
- Duration: 180 Minutes (approx.)
- Location: Ogimi-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa
- Product code: EN-OKN-6009-60091
【OUTLINE】A cycling tour through Ogimi Village in the northern part of the main island of Okinawa. As the doorway to a World Natural Heritage site, experience the natural landscape developed by the local ecosystem and the daily ongoings of the villagers.
- A slow and leisurely ride on a mountain bike.
- Get to know the local guide and the daily lives of the villagers.
- You may even get to know some of the elderly members of the village.
Please select your start time in the box on the upper right.
[00:00]Meet-up, register, and travel by van
[00:15] Gear check, pre-check procedure
Locale 1: Kisuga Tabuku
Tabuku means rice paddy in the Okinawan dialect. This will be a quiet bike ride through the rice paddies that have supported the villagers for generations.
Locale 2: Nanataki Waterfall
This waterfall is sacred to the villagers. Many people visit to be healed by nature and to pray for safety.
Locale 3: Himba Forest
This forest has the best view in the village that covers the village and ocean. The sense of accomplishment you get after climbing the 100 steps to the top is priceless!
Locale 4: Kiwaga Store
This convenience store is the heart of the village. Everyone gathers here to take a break from farming, housework, or work. It's a chance to yuntaku (talk) with the old people of the village.
Locale 5: Bashofu Hall
Visit the workshop of Kisuga's Bashofu, a traditional cloth crafted in the village and designated as a National Important Intangible Cultural Asset. You may even get to meet Ms. Toshiko Taira, a living national treasure...!
[03:00] Tour Ends
Ogimi Village is in a region registered as a World Natural Heritage Site called Yanbaru National Park. It is a designated 'Blue Zone', one of five regions in the world said to have extreme longevity among its residents.
The residents are healthy, energetic, and active throughout their lives. They laugh often, sing and dance, and share their happiness and joy with friends. There are many events held at the village, with plenty of nature and an air of mutual support among the community and residents. The Yuimaaru spirit, which consists of a healthy culture and lifestyle, is the core of the village.
In Ogimi, enjoy a leisurely bicycle tour with a local guide through the area of Kishoka, which has retained a unique lifestyle and nature for centuries.
Slow down and enjoy a peaceful time in northern Okinawa.
【THINGS TO NOTE】
- Duration：3 hours
- Meeting point：Ogimi Marugoto Tourism Association Office [MAP]
1357-18 Taminato, Ōgimi, Kunigami District, Okinawa 905-1314
About 90km / about 100 minutes from Naha City (Naha Airport).
About 30km / about 50 minutes From Churaumi Aquarium.
About 20km / about 50 minutes from Nago City (Kyoda IC)
About 100km / about 130 minutes from Itoman City (Peace Memorial Park)
- Language support： Japanese
- Included： Guide fee, Bicycle gear
- Excluded： Food and drink
- Items to bring： Drink, Towels
- Clothes： Comfortable clothes easy to move in
- Participation requirements：
・Not recommended for pregnant travelers.
・Not recommended for travelers with heart problems or other serious medical conditions.
- Special support： Luggage storage is available.
- Free WI-FI： No
- Toilet： Yes (Western-style)
- Other things to note：
Closed: Dec. 29th to Jan. 4th
In the event of cancellation due to weather conditions, like an approaching typhoon, a full refund will be issued.
【HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES】
・Face masks required for travelers in public areas
・Face masks required for guides in public areas
・Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
・Social distancing enforced throughout the experience
・Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
・Gear/equipment sanitized between uses
・Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
・Guides required to regularly wash hands
・Regular temperature checks for staff
・Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
7 to 4 days before the tour date: 40% of the tour price
3 to 2 days before the tour date: 60% of the tour price
The day before the tour date, on the day of the tour: 100% of the tour price
※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation.
※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.