As a family, we try to explore Okinawa as much as we can and spending the night away in a hotel is something we love to do. When images of a newly-opened hotel on the edge of the Yanbaru National Park popped up on my social media I knew we had to check it out.

The Yanbaru Hostel, opened in 2019, is located in the small village of Hentona, just off Route 58 and really close to places like Kunigami Forest Park, Okuma Beach and Hiji Falls. Free parking was available just across the quiet street from the hotel entrance.

We were so impressed as we entered the ground-floor reception – the super-stylish social space was kitted out with a pool table, climbing wall and table tennis so the kids were in their element. And as a lover of photography I was happy taking pictures of all the beautiful details. The staff were friendly and efficient and obviously passionate about the hotel being successful.

Our family of four booked into one of the family suites, which included private bathroom, two double beds, mini-fridge and seating area. All was exceptionally clean and comfortable and cost 14,000 yen per night, payable in cash on arrival. Other rooms are available including twins and dormitories. A shared kitchen and dining space were just below us on the second floor and here we could use the basic amenities such as kettle, microwave and various utensils. After further exploring we came across the rooftop terrace, complete with tables and chairs, barbecue and the most incredible 360 degree views!

My overall impression of the Yanbaru Hostel was great; it is well located for exploring the northern parts of Okinawa, good value for money and so aesthetically inspiring I can’t wait to go back.


1429 Hentona, Kunigami, Kunigami District, Okinawa 905-1411

Email: [email protected]

Check in: 3pm-8pm, check out: 11am

Free parking, free Wi-Fi