The Bise Fukugi Tree Road is a 1 to 2 kilometres located in the northern part of Okinawa, famed for its rows of Fukugi trees (Garcinia subelliptica). There are some 20,000 of these trees, which have been planted by local residents centuries ago to serve as a natural windbreak against typhoons and strong sea winds that the region frequently experiences. The Fukugi grow slowly, and it took about 300 years for the benefits to fully materialize—a clear indication of the villagers' long-term commitment to safeguarding future generations.
According to local lore, they say that visiting the Bise Fukugi Tree Road with your loved one brings lots of harmony in the relationship. Naturally, during our Okinawa itinerary, my husband and I went hand in hand to explore the path. We saw a couple of wedding photoshoots taking place here during our visit too.
The path is lined with tall, leafy Fukugi trees, creating a cool, shaded tunnel that's just perfect for a walk (and photography). The ground is a bit sandy, but not uncomfortable to walk on, and you can easily walk in sandals, flip-flops, or trainers. I didn't come across any creepy crawlies, but I did spot plenty of small geckos darting around, which was pretty cool.
One thing I quickly learned is that while the tree canopy provides relief from the sun, it doesn't keep the mosquitoes at bay. I can't stress enough how important it is to bring along insect repellent. I had a small insect repellent bracelet, which I'd highly recommend for extra protection. Stopping to snap photos is tempting, but that's when the mosquitoes seem to strike, so it's best to stay protected.
Around the area, there are several laid-back cafés and small restaurants, nothing fancy, just simple huts run by locals where you can grab a bite or a drink. It adds to the charm of the place, making you feel like you're part of the local scene. There are also a few places to stay overnight, which looked cozy and inviting.
Where to eat
- okinawasun - Smoothies
- Kokko Shokudo - Homemade traditional Okinawan dishes
- Chanya - Homemade traditional Okinawan dishes and beach views)
You can ride through Fukugi Tree Road in a buffalo cart for a different experience. It costs 2,000 yen for a group of up to 4 people, and the ride lasts about 20 minutes. Remember, this is only available on Saturdays and Sundays, as they're closed on weekdays.
Not far from the Fukugi Tree Road is the Kokuei Okinawakinenkoen Emerald Beach beach, a beautiful spot for sunbathing and water sports. In the evening, the beach becomes a serene place, with people paddleboarding against the backdrop of the setting sun. I'm not great with balancing, especially on water, so I opted for a walk along the beach at sunrise instead. It was just as magical, with the calm waters and soft morning light creating a perfect start to the day.
On the north side of the path, you will find the Bisezaki scenic spot with the Bisezaki lighthouse. Just 20 minutes walk from the Bise Fukugi Tree Road is the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, which is one of the top attractions on the island.
Don't forget to check where to stay in Okinawa in case you wish to be closer to the Fukugi Tree Road.
The Bise Fukugi Tree Road Info
Opening Hours: Always open
Location: Bise, Motobu, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture 905-0207
Bise-Fukugi Tree Road
389 Bise, Motobu📞 Contact
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours