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Friday, October 14, 2011

"A Nice River Stream in Ura"

Looking upstream on a river in Ura.


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A River Stream in Ura

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     N 26 45.025E 128 11.702





A Nice River Stream in Ura

If you like the sound of nature, then this place will bring you a peace of mind. The above photograph was taken at a river stream in Ura of Kunigami Village. It is about a 10-15 minute drive north from the Okuma recreational facility along Highway 58. This is ideal if you are staying at Okuma for a few days and just want to venture off the reservation to see something new. The sound of the flowing river is therapeutic. There is a small picnic area with a shaded rest stop at the very end of the road (see photo album).  

One of the nice things you could do (and unfortunately I didn't at the time) is travel upstream along the stream itself. There may be some trails to the side, but the vegetation was very thick, so it was difficult to tell. It might be safer to travel in the water on foot. It wasn't too deep from what I could tell, and the water was nice and cool  (temperature will vary with the season and water levels will vary based on amount of precipitation at the time). I do plan on making a return trip to travel upstream.  The above picture was taken in October of 2011 and so the scenery may vary in the spring or summer with more vegetation. So it may be worthwhile to revisit it again during a different season.

Getting there. The river is about 10-15 minute drive north from the Okuma Recreational Facility along Highway 58. I posted a landmark of a building with 3 A-frame window frames. You can click on it to see what it looks like. You may want to do a Google 360 Zoom to see exactly where to turn off. It is not too difficult. You will eventually have to get on the right side (south side) of the river when you are going upstream. The road is improved and paved on that side and that is the only way you can get to the rest stop.

Parking. Parking is available at the rest stop. 

What to bring. Proper clothing depending on what you want to do, a camera, umbrella, bug repellant (optional), and water. There are no bathroom facilities there. Please pack out what you pack in.

Other places of interest nearby: Small Kunigami Cave Spring, Yanbaru Wildlife Conservation Center, Iji Shrine and The Cherry Blossom Hill.