【Okinawa Main island|Ishigaki island】World heritage ECO CARSxROAD TRIP

世界自然遺産やんばる エコカーdeドライブ

Amami-Oshima island, Tokunoshima Island,
Northern part of Okinawa Island and Iriomote Island Successfully listed
as World Heritage Sites! !

In July 2021, Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, the Northern part of Okinawa Island and Iriomote, Island were successfully listed as World Heritage Sites ! ! These areas are listed as World Natural Heritage because of their diverse and highly unique ecosystems and their important locations as habitats for endangered species.

Among them, you can use OTS Rent-a-car to go to Yanbaru in the northern part of Okinawa Island.

In addition, although it is not included in this area, you can also use OTS Rent-a-car on the beautiful, nature-rich Ishigaki Island, which is close to Iriomote Island to experience the natural scenery.

Bring it on! Let’s connect with nature, understand them, protect them, and work together to make our environment more beautiful.

What is Yanbaru?

Yanbaru means an area where the mountains are connected and the evergreen subtropical forest is prosperous. It is a term that refersto the northern part of Okinawa Island.

Yanbaru area is characterized by heavy rainfall, high humidity, all-year-round fog around the top of the mountains with constant high humidity.

In such a rich forest, an environment inhabited by many unique creatures such as Okinawa rails and Okinawa woodpeckers has been bred and a distinctive ecosystem was created.

The living creatures of Yanbaru

Okinawa Rail

It lives in the forests of Yanbaru and is the only flightless bird in Japan.
Its length is about 30 to 35 cm with a dark brown back. Its chest to the abdomen is of black and white horizontal stripes and it has red beak and legs.
It mainly feeds on insects and earthworms.

However, roadkill is now becoming a serious issue for Okinawa rails.

Okinawa Woodpecker

This woodpecker only lives in Yanbaru.
In order to be able to dig holes in trees and build nests, forests with large trees over 20cm in diameter are indispensable.

In addition to eating insects and larvae on dead trees, it also preys on insects on the ground.
Due to this reason, the Okinawa woodpeckers are also facing the threat of roadkill.

Ryukyu leaf turtle

Speaking of turtles, there is an impression of them living in rivers and oceans but the Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtle is one that lives in the forest.
In addition to being designated as a National Natural Monument, it is also listed as an endangered species.

The Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtle is also facing the problem of roadkill and poaching.

For more information about other Yanbaru living creatures, please refer to the website of Ministry of the Environment Yanbaru Wildlife Conservation Center.
For those who are interested, don’t miss it.

Ministry of the Environment Yanbaru Wildlife Conservation Center (Ufugi Nature Museum)

Let’s protect the rare species from roadkill!

What is roadkill?

Roadkill refers to the phenomenon of wild animals being hit and killed by vehicles on the road. Simply put, it is actually a car accident that occurs on animals.
Recently, roadkill has become a problem in Yanbaru and the number of rare species such as Okinawa rails being killed by roadkill continues to increase.

The actual number of roadkill is more than what we have seen. In fact, there are many Yanbaru living creatures who were injured after the accident, escaped back to the mountains whereby they eventually died due to their injuries or were attacked by other animals. Thus, there are actually more number of animals died due to roadkill.

How to prevent roadkill

Connecting, experiencing and understanding Yanbaru nature enriches our mind.
At the same time, we should also learn how to protect nature.

First of all, in order to prevent roadkill, we should
・turn on the car lights when driving even during the day
・reduce driving speed
Drive carefully in the manner described above.

If you find an injured Okinawa rail, please contact the following unit immediately.

Rail special hotline(NPO non-profit organization Animal Hospital Okinawa)

Rules and Etiquette for Protecting Nature

No collection of plants and insects

Many organisms and plants in Yanbaru are designated as endangered species.
To protect nature, please do not collect any insects or plants.

No feeding

Random feeding may cause damage to Yanbaru ecosystem and health concerns of the rare organisms.
In order to protect Yanbaru original ecosystem and rare organisms, please keep a proper distance from them while enjoying the nature.

Do not litter

Throwing rubbish in rivers or mountain forests will cause environmental damage.
Please take the trash home and discard it.

Other rules to be followed

  • Except in places where fire is allowed such as campsites, please do not use fire anywhere else.
  • When driving, turn on the car lights, drive slowly and pay attention to wild animals.
  • Please be careful of venomous snakes and poisonous plants in the wild. Do not approach or touch them.
  • Foreign particles will destroy Yanbaru original ecosystem. Please be careful not to bring in seeds attached to shoes or clothes.
  • Please do not enter sacred places such as Utaki and places of worship.


OTSのエコカーで しっかりルールを守って やんばるや石垣をドライブしよう!!

World heritage ECO CARSxROAD TRIP Plan car model and price list

※The price shown includes Collision Damage Waiver (Collision Damage Waiver JPY1,650/24 hours)

Class price list Normal price Promotional price

■HA Class■
【Nissan】Note e-power
【Suzuki】XBEE Hybrid



■SIENTA Class■



■HWB Class
【Toyota】Noah Hybrid



■C-HR Class■



■RA Class■



■HBF Class■
【Toyota】Corolla Fielder W×B



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