Valley of Gangala

Valley of Gangala, Nanjo: Hours, Address, Valley of Gangala Reviews: 4.5/5

Valley of Gangala
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

530 reviews
Very good

Naha, Japan12 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
The Valley used to be a limestone cave, now it’s a large park with small side caves left intact. The visit is with tour guide only, and they provide language support ( audio to listen in your chosen language). It’s is an easy walk and guide took extra care to include the non-Japanese speaker and showed extra info to me on his phone - in English. Tour is about 1:30minutes and starts from a cave cafe.
Written 13 March 2020
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Canada252 contributions
Feb 2020
You have to book a tour to visit this valley. The cave is beautiful where you can have a cup of coffee (35 (san go/coral) coffee), which is made in Okinawa and other drinks while waiting for the tour. (Or you can go there just to have drinks). The tour ends in the property of Okinawa world where you can watch Super Eisa for free if you do the tour of Valley of Gangala, so if you plan to go to Okinawa world as well, I recommend you to do Valley of gangala first, then Okinawa world. *You do have to purchase extra tickets for certain part of Okinawa world. Since this is a review of Valley of Gangala, I will not go into Okinawa world review here, but since I didn't know that I end up in Okinawa world after the tour, I thought it might be a helpful information for some people. I totally recommend a visit to Valley of Gangala!
Written 27 February 2020
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Bassano Del Grappa, Italy20 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Travelled on the bus from central Naha and visited the cave for the first trip in the morning at 10am. We booked the day before. We didn't realise there were English guided trips that also took place at different times - we probably should have done one of those as we did miss out bits as it was all in Japanese and we didn't understand what was being said. We did have an audio guide and written version but there were bits we definitely missed. It's a guided trip and well worth a visit.
Written 25 June 2019
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Singapore, Singapore280 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
Totally relaxing slow tour. The guide explained in Japanese but audio guide was given. Explore the natural caves and the gigantic tree within. We went in Spring and the weather was the best here. If you want to go Okinawa World, you may do so at the tour exit.
Must go!!! Worth the price!
Written 17 March 2019
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Krakow, Poland3 977 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
The only way to visit this attraction is with a guide, entrance fee per person is 2200 JPY. Tour is quite long, over an hour, but it’s very nice in terms of nature and guide is informative. Much less crowded than neighboring cave.
Written 9 September 2018
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Anne H
3 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
Very beautiful place with interesting nature and history. The guided tour is well arranged, and you can have an english audio guide. The staff is very kind and proffesional.
Written 2 September 2018
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North Sydney, Australia3 592 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
After touring so many WW2 sites in Okinawa, it was refreshing to visit a valley where archeologists found a 3000 man in a concrete sarcophagus. There is a great tour that runs for 80 minutes and commences in the Gangala Cave. The cave is a subterranean limestone opening in the earth and is full of stalactites and stalagmites with coloured lights attached. The car parking area contains toilets and there are no others in the park or on the tour. It is nice of them to provide a flask containing Jasmine Tea for all the people who take the tour, but if you drink it, you have to wait at most, 80 minutes for a toilet. I didn't take the flask when offered. It was raining during our tour and I was happy not to have too many extra things to hold on to, while walking on the slippery tracks. I was given an English language explanation of the sites that was one of only a few and needed to be returned after the tour. The tour was interesting. The commentary was especially interesting about that ancestors of the inhabitants of the valley that meet on special anniversaries. I did enquire about people sheltering in the cave during the war and was told that the cave was flooded to the ceiling in those months of the Battle of Okinawa in 1945 and that no-one could shelter there. Well historic, nevertheless. Take the tour, it is highly recommended.
Written 19 July 2018
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Singapore179 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
My family enjoyed the walking tour that started at the Valley of Gangala cave café and ended at the free zone of the Okinawa World.

Getting there and fees: it was a short drive from Naha city to Valley of Gangala (mapcode 232 494 476*25), and we parked free of charge at the car park designated for Valley of Gangala.
I made a online reservation at the website for a 9:20am guided tour 2 days earlier. When my family and I turned up on the actual day, the staff couldn’t find our reservation. Thankfully, there was a guided tour departing at 10am (in fact 4 tours per day at 10am, 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm). We gladly paid ¥2100 per adult (now ¥2200) and then ate and drank at the Cave Café until 10am. Anyway, you could also do telephone reservations which they receive from 9am to 6pm every day.

The Attraction: According to the information, the Valley of Gangala is a sub-tropical forest, which was formed when the limestone cave collapsed hundreds of thousands years ago. The only way to see the forest and the cave is via a guided tour.
The tour was led by a nature guide and was entirely in Japanese, but the guide was most willing to engage my family and I in English in explaining and pointing out the highlights. Furthermore, he gave us a carry-on file binder containing laminated pages of photographs of the sights that we would see in the Valley of Gangala with accompanying English words and phrases. We did not get any audio aid in English but I believe you could obtain these upon request.
Despite our language handicap, the walking tour (nature trail) was always fascinating. We first started with a briefing for the tour group and that’s when the Minatogawa pre-historic man was mentioned. With a tumbler of cold green tea for refreshment and a bug spray to apply, the whole group then walked past an excavation site and began the approximately 80 minute walking tour.

We enjoyed the following sights during the walking tour:
(1) Diverse variety of sub-tropical forest flora competing for sunlight, including huge bamboo trees
(2) Different insects including golden beetles on a leaf
(3) Sound and sight of the Yuuhi River flowing in the forest
(4) Perhaps the biggest attraction of the valley – the magnificent Ufushu Gajumaru, or the Giant Banyan Tree hanging from the top of the 15-meter high walls of the valley and spreading its roots through the ground since the collapse of the cave.
(5) Subterranean cave that has many geologic rock formations and stalactites, including a very special stalactite that looks like a part of the male anatomy.
(6) A large cavern that has been excavated by archaeologists, in which a stone coffin containing the 3,000-year-old Minatogawa Man was discovered here in 2008.

Overall, we had a great time at the Valley of Gangala, made more enjoyable by the cool weather of the morning. While Okinawa Island is renowned for the beaches and the ocean, the Valley of Gangala gives a different perspective of Okinawa. The experience is like passing through time and space to an ancient world.

That’s why this attraction is one of my top 5 ‘must visit’ attractions for Okinawa Island. I would recommend visiting the Valley of Gangala followed by the over-commercialised Okinawa World.
Written 1 May 2018
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Brian Y
Kapaa, HI172 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
Gangala valley is a special experience, the walk through the forest brings us close to nature and the plants that are endemic to this island ecosystem. The limestone caves provide a treasure of prehistoric artifacts and a story of the first humans habitation in this area. The valley is the site of special significance through sacred sites for both woman and man. The trail take you to archaeological sites and also into the forest canopy. A place for couples and families that can enjoy adventure and respect sacred sites. Gangala is located across the road from Okinawa World another great place to visit. In Okinawa World you can travel deep into the caverns of a limestone cave.
Written 16 April 2018
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Okinawa City, Japan3 contributions
Jan 2018 • Family
beautiful cave, we went before walking over to okinawa world. Did not do the tour as we has younger children with us and did not think it would entertain them enough.
Written 24 January 2018
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