Hiji Falls is a well known waterfall and hiking trail located in northern Yambaru area of Okinawa Honto. It offers a 1.5 kilometer hike from the base camp to the waterfall over a well maintained path that winds along the river.
Hiji Falls is also known as Okinawa's largest waterfall, it is about 26 meters tall. The falls is a good spot for resting after a day of hiking because of its atmosphere and the peaceful sound of the running water.
The trailhead to the falls is 2 kilometers from the mainroad along the island's western coast. The distance between the waterfall from the entrance gate is about 1.5 kilometers.
While walking through the falls, you will cross a suspension bridge that spans across a valley. It towers almost 20 meters above the river that gives a great view of the tree tops.
There is also a campground in the trailhead that offers picnic tables and elevated wooden decks which tents can be set up. It costs 2000 yen per tent and per night.
From Naha, take highway bus number 111 to Nago Bus Terminal then transfer to bus number 67. Get off at Okuma Beach iriguchi. From there, you need to walk 20-25 minute along the road to the trailhead of the falls.
Here's a list of things to remember to visit Hiji Falls;
- Wear comfortable hiking shoes. The trail is consist of dirt paths, dirt steps and wood paths. It is mainly important to have comfortable foot wear.
- Appropriate Clothing - Okinawa is usually hot, so wear clothes that you can comfortably move in.
- Bring plenty of water or any energy food. You will walk in a very long trail.
- Wear sunscreen.
The Hiji Fall entrance gate opens at 9:00AM to 6:00PM. Closing of the entrance gate is until 3PM only.
It is closed depending on the weather in Okinawa.
Entrance fee costs 500 yen only.
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