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Forest Therapy Experience in Kunigami Village, Okinawa

By Voyagin

Features

Free cancellation available
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Cleanliness and safety

Cleaning and safety practices

Masks required
Vehicles and venues disinfected
Personal safety equipment

Highlights

  • Okinawa’s only certified Forest Therapy Base

  • Try forest therapy, a wellness practice that is popular

  • Mindful walk in the woods — all suited for all ages

  • Learn about local flora and fauna that are rare elsewhere

  • Feel refreshed and rejuvenated spending some time in nature

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What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Forest therapy experience with a certified English-speaking forest therapist

  • What's included

    Accident insurance

  • What's excluded

    Additional admission fees for selected courses (please see Activity Rules for more details)

Know Before You Book

  • This is not an extensive tour of the area's forests; the main purposes of this experience are wellness and relaxation. Although your guide may introduce some local flora and fauna to you, the tour’s main focus is not the local wildlife

  • This tour will push through in the event of light rain, but it may be cancelled due to inclement weather or other conditions. In this case, we will contact you beforehand to refund or reschedule

  • COVID-19 prevention measures are in place, including temperature checks, regular disinfection of hands, and staff wearing masks

  • Infants aged 0–5 may join this activity for free, but please watch over your children. We will not be responsible for any incidents

  • Please choose from the four different courses mentioned in the Description section. When booking this activity, you will be asked before checkout to inform us which course you prefer

What you can expect

Let nature heal you as you try forest therapy — mindfully strolling through a forest trail — with a certified guide in the woods of Kunigami! Located in subtropical Yambaru National Park, this village is Okinawa's only certified Forest Therapy Base.

Forest therapy is a wellness practice and alternative form of therapy that involves mindfully immersing oneself in nature, usually by taking a gentle walk in the woods — an activity called ‘shinrin-yoku’ (forest swimming). As one slowly walks through the forest, they are supposed to take in the sights, sounds, scents, and sensations of the forest: appreciating the surrounding greenery, inhaling the scent of leaves, closing one’s eyes to briefly meditate, touching plants, and so on.

Spending time in the forest as therapy started in Japan, when some therapists and doctors established forest swimming as a form of mental healthcare. Being surrounded by nature is said to help reduce stress and fatigue levels. The Forest Therapy Society designates certain areas of Japan as certified Forest Therapy Bases depending on how conducive they are to forest swimming sessions, and people can train to become certified forest therapy guides. Forest therapy is also becoming increasingly popular elsewhere in the world.

The forest therapy experience is available all year round. All courses last for about 3–4 hours and roughly follow this itinerary:

09:00 — Gather at the meeting point; registration
09:15 — Head for the forest therapy trail
09:30 — Begin forest therapy
12:00 — Forest therapy ends; head back to meeting point
12:15 — Return to meeting point; short break
12:30 — Debriefing
13:00 — Activity ends

Lastly, please note that aside from the Kunigami Forest Park and Mt. Yonaha courses, the other two require additional fees for admission to some facilities on the itinerary. Please see the Activity Rules section for more details.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

  • High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
  • Vehicles and venues cleaned with disinfectants

Safety measures

  • Personal protective equipment worn by staff
  • Temperature checks given to staff
  • Temperature checks available
  • Masks required
  • Hand sanitiser provided
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Location

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Activity Location

  • Kunigami Village
  • Kunigami County Okinawa

Meeting/Redemption Point

    • Kunigami Village (The exact meeting point varies depending on your preferred course; joining instructions to be provided upon confirmation of booking)
    • Kunigami County Okinawa

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