Ishikawa Kougen Observatory

CONTRIBUTED BY QUENTIN RICHARDSON

Ishikawa Obs View
Ishikawa Obs View

I found out about this place from the Uruma City offical website. Since I can’t read anything in Japanese, I had a co-worker translate it’s whereabouts for me. Thanks to her help. I set out to find it from work (Kadena).

Ishikawa Obs Up
Ishikawa Obs Up

It literally takes under half an hour to get there. But from the description translated to me, it is over 200 stairs to climb before reaching the top. There are places every 30-40 steps to rest, but the area has not been well maintained and is overgrown.

Ishikawa Obs Platform
Ishikawa Obs Platform

Finally, upon reaching the top, you will see the observation platform and an awesome preview of the breathtaking 360 degree view. From this observatory, you can see parts of Maeda Point, Cape Zanpa, Kin Bay, Ishikawa, and much more. There is a small painting on tiles that explains what you see (in Japanese) in the observatory facing north.

Ishikawa Obs Plaque
Ishikawa Obs Plaque

This spot is located on the same road used to access the entrance to Bios on the Hill and Royal Garden Resort.

Ishikawa Obs Down
Ishikawa Obs Down

Directions:  To get here use Highway 58 north to Pref. Highway 6 at Nakadomari Minami (South) Intersection (past the Renaissance Hotel). Turn left at the Nakadomari Minami and turn right at the next signal afterwards. At the next signal, turn right again (do not follow Pref. Route 73!). When you see the sign for Royal Garden Resort on the right, turn right. Follow this road past Bios on the hill until you see a red top concrete gazebo on your right and a small parking area up a ramp.

Ishikawa Obs Sign
Ishikawa Obs Sign

2 COMMENTS

  1. Beautiful view. Highly recommended. Would benefit if someone could trim trees in direction of Nagahama, Yomitan, which was PARTIALLY obscured with branches. The other 300 degrees of views were fabulous.

    Does anyone know if I wanted to volunteer to trim the trees, would that be ok? If wanted to ask permission, from whom would I do that?

    btw, no spider webs on this visit.

  2. I remember, while still in the Army at Torii, running to this point for morning PT from the Ham processing plant on 58, up a muddy trail along the ridge line from the south of the observation point.

    We’d call it “Jungle Run” and we’d put the new guys up front to catch the spider webs.

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