■Welcome to Manko
Manko, a Ramsar site, is the place where you can discover diverse ecosystems just near the heart of populouse Naha city. Manko is an important stopover and wintering site for shorebirds, and a home to thousands of benthos and fish. Black-faced Spoonbill, an endangered species, visits Manko in winter.
The wetland itself is small but has various types of habitat. Most part of the wetland is mudflat (47ha), which is appeared at low tide. Mangrove forest distributes along the southern shore, and small patches of reeds are also found.
- For more information: Ramsar Sites in Japan
- You can download our English brochure (PDF, 2.92MB) to know more about Manko. The Brochure are also available in Chinese (小冊 中文繁體字) and Korean (브로셔 한국어) languages.
■Hours and Fees
Close Monday (except national holidays), New Years (from 29-Dec to 03-Jan), and the anniversary of the end of the battle in Okinawa (23-Jun)
■Maps and Directions
The closest monorail station to Manko waterbird and wetland center is “Onoyama-koen Station”. From the station, it is an easy 1.2 km walk, takes about 15 minute.
Another option is to get off at “Tsubogawa Station” and then walk from there along Kokuba river and Manko wetland. A pleasant 1.5km (20min) walk leads you to Manko waterbird and wetland center as you observe birds and other wildlife.
From Downtown Naha, Okinawa Prefectural Office, 15 min
Follow Route 329 toward Yonabaru and take right turn at Toyomioohasi-nishi junction. Then take the first corner right to narrow road and follow. There is a sign before the corner, however it is often covered with trees and not easy to spot. You will find red-roofed building on your right side and that is our wetland center.
From Naha Airport, 20 min
Take route 332 and follow the sign to Naha city center. Turn right at Meijibashi junction and follow route 329 toward Yonabaru. Please refer from the direction from “Downtown Naha” for the rest of the guidance.
Naha airport is just 4 km away from Manko waterbird and wetland center. You can take taxi from the airport (20min, JPY 1,000-1,300), or take monorail to “Onoyama-koen Station”. Direction from “Onoyama-koen Station” is detailed above in the “By monorail” section.
■Attractions at Manko Waterbird and Wetland Center
This small room provides you a comprehensive overview of Manko wetland. Informative exhibitions, including diorama, touch screen database, and exhibit panels, explain you the ecology, history and cultural importance of Manko wetland. Short movie (15min; English and Japanese version available) is screened upon your request, as well as 66x super-telephoto live camera.
A great view of Manko is there just in front of you. You can see the mud flat stretches over Toyomi Bridge, where a hundreds of shorebirds can be seen in winter. 20-60x zoom telescopes will help you to watch the birds from a distance. Black-faced Spoonbill may be spotted, so please check them during their visiting season (Nov-Apr). Field guides and other books are stored next to the observation deck for reference.
The lecture room, with a capacity for 60 people, is the venue for workshops and events. We organize various events, including art and craft workshops, environmental education lectures, and bird walks, in order to raise awareness about conservation issues in and around Manko. This room is also open to the qualified individuals and groups for their environment related activities. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to use the room.
Explore mangrove forest a through a wooden boardwalk. You’ll be able to refresh yourself in the relaxing atmosphere in the mangrove forest, and might forget that you are in the middle of the city. At low tide, various species of crabs feed leaves and detritus while Mud Skippers hop around the mud flats. Waterbirds also can be seen in a close distance, as they feed fish, crabs and sandworms on the mud flats. This board walk will give you an impressive experience of an amazing ecosystem of Manko wetland.
■Wetland Center’s Rules
- Children under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult.
- Do not eat, drink, smoke in the wetland center.
- No pets allowed except guide dogs.
- Do not lean out of the window, and avoid other risky behavior. Please always be cautious to your children when you accompany with them.
- Do not touch the exhibitions unless it is noted.
- Please make sure that your shoes are clean enough before entering the wetland center.
- Do not run around or speak loudly in the wetland center. Please respect other visitors and do not disturb them.
- Please take your garbage with you.
- Please ask our staff before you take photos in the wetland center. Some of our exhibitions are copyrighted, and not allowed to duplicate them without the permission of the copyright owner .
- Do not disturb waterbirds and other wildlife. Please remember that Manko is designated as a special protection zone and protected by law.
- Do not take out or remove crabs, mudskippers and other wildlife from where you found them. If you are planning research activities at Manko, please consult us before you start.
- Okinawa Story — by Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB). This site provides you basic tourist information of Okinawa, including accomodation, transportation, and destination guide in 9 different languages.
- Naha Navi — by Naha City Tourism Assosiation. This site is the source of useful information, such as event guide, acitivities, dinning, and accomodation information , for tourist traveling Naha city. A sightseeing map of Naha city is avaliable in 4 different langages (English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese).
- IBA in Japan — by Wild Bird Society of Japan (WBSJ). This is a database of all the 167 IBA in Japan. The database contains site discription, map, and birds informaton (breeding resident, visitor, etc.).
Manko Waterbird and Wetland Center
Tomigusuku 982, Tomigusuku City, Okinawa prefecture, Japan
TEL: +81-98-840-5121 (Japanese only)
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