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Okinawa Nature Retreat: Woodpecker Nakijin
Hello everyone, this is Jessica from the Okinawa Holiday Hackers who is still rewinding back to my outdoor adventures last month.
If you have been to Okinawa, you may see people who cruise along the streets with ‘Mario Karts’ and sometimes I get super envious of them (not having a driving licence has definitely deprived me of lots of fun). But then a recommendation came up, it was the Buggy Ride/ATV (whatever way you like to say) that DOESN’T NEED A DRIVING LICENCE. My heart raced upon hearing this and it immediately triggered off my adventure spirit.
were the words I saw the most online when people wrote about their ATV experience… so I thought why not give it a try?♪
Remember to reserve your place in advance! The Golden Week of Japan (end of April to early May) and Summer are the peak seasons,
so you are advised to book as early as possible; as in some cases all time slots were filled even people attempted to reserve one month ahead.
→Arrival at the reception
A stunning day in Okinawa with good weather (out of expectation as it’s the rainy season here), an amazing opportunity to take in the great outdoor experience!
Therefore I came along with my friends…Roser (from Spain),Joana(from Philippines) and of course my partner in crime Maria (from England)♡
A very international team out here…so you might wonder how did we communicate with the staff?
Although their mother tongue is Japanese, they are very amiable and could speak a bit of English, so don’t be afraid to ask anything~
Registration & Payment
Preparation & Safety Precautions(10-15 mins)
Practice Session(around 30 mins)
Forest Walk (Rest & Refreshments, around 15 mins)
The Jungle Ride (around 15-20 mins)
→Inside the reception
We were asked to sign a consent sheet before joining the tour, do read carefully about the contents and make sure your health conditions meet the requirements!
They provide changing clothing, now we don’t have to worry about our clothes getting dirty! It is also fine if you would like to wear your own ones~
→T-shirt with the Yanbarunture Logo…how cute♡
→Lockers to store my belongings☆
→Changing area and Lockers
→Don’t forget to put your helmet & boot on~
→Choose your stockings, protecting gloves or even some quirky sunglasses to complete your outfit♪
Getting prepared and listening to safety precautions…
Ta-da! Our instructor of the day…Mr Atsushi San, he said his nickname was “Sushi” and that’s how we called him throughout the tour.
→I followed Sushi’s pose~♪
Before going into the forest where major bumpy roads are located, there are practice sessions beforehand, very good for inexperienced riders like me☆
→The circuit is surrounded by exquisite mountains
→Another practice course
Press the blue button
Move the red switch to the right
then press the green button to turn on the engine!
At first, I was a bit nervous and couldn’t let go of my speed. I followed Sushi closely and tried to exercise control over the vehicle.
We practiced for around 30 minutes along the course, the first two times with Sushi. For the third time, he became the photographer and we had to drive the whole course by ourselves.
Though being the lead of the team gave me pressure (especially with Maria screaming out of excitement behind me), I got more familiar with the steer and was able to go faster and speed up~
→My team back there♡with matching tees & sunglasses
→Sushi is explaining our route
Sushi guided us throughout the forest walk which lasted about 15 minutes. He introduced the exotic trees and plants, and telling us a lot of interesting stories and jokes along the way.The funniest one was the “Money Tree”. It was a myth about getting rich in future if you touched the oval-shaped tree rings!
→And therefore I quickly touched them☆
In the middle of the forest walk, we were given olong tea that cooled off our sweat but not our spirit as our jungle ride was about to begin!!
→Don’t get it wrong, it may look like I was drinking beer but it’s olong tea
→A peculiar tree type: The Giant’s Brush
→Holding Maria as she trembled while crossing the bridge~
→Forests filled with towering trees~A perfect group shot ☆
After the relaxing forests walk, we were immediately instructed to follow Sushi on an uphill road by ATV. The sudden slant had caught me off guard and I bumped into a tree (even slightly hit onto Sushi’s ATV a few times…my apologies for out of control).
Fortunately I didn’t bump very hard, and a small bruise was left on my right leg! Always stay alert and keep control of your speed!
→You can see how excited Joana was at the back♪
Despite the rutted roads and swampy grounds that had made us muddy, it was also electrifying driving up and down hill.
“Let’s go!Let’s go!” Sushi kept encouraging us, our shrieks of laughter were resounding in the jungle!
Just as we started to get used to the rugged paths, the jungle ride ended with a steep downward slope (Phew, we made it safely!). All of us were laughing hardly and retelling our favorite moment over the whole ride.
↓Mine was this♡↓
→We made it☆
→The Troublesome Four with Sushi! Special thanks to the humorous Mr Atsushi San for his amazing guide!
before your spot is taken~
|Opening Hours||9AM-6PM. No Closing Days|
|Parking Lots||30 spaces/ free|
|Mapcode||485 241 575|
Okinawa Prefecture, Nago, Yofuke, 1084番地
|Points to Note||1. Children above 4 can join with a guardian
2. Children above 11 can ride by themselves
3. Please arrive 10 mins before your appointed time
4. Bring along changing clothes,wipes,sunscreen etc.
5. You can bring your GoPro for filming
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I was born in Hong Kong, and I have study abroad experience in both the UK and Canada. Love cafes hunting and explore the wildlife of any destinations. My passion for travelling eventually inspired me to spend one year working in Okinawa. The next on my list is to get a scuba diving certification.