Iriomote Island Tours

Iriomote Island
Beautiful Iriomote Island is one of the most remote spots in the Japanese archipelago. Not a lot has changed on the island in recent decades, and 90 percent of it remains blanketed in jungle and mangrove forest, the abode of the rare Iriomote wildcat. While the interior of the island, the second largest of the Okinawa Islands, can be explored via kayak, riverboat or trek, the main draw for most of the island’s visitors are the colorful reefs covered in virgin coral that ring the island.

Snorkelers and divers who explore beneath the surface near Iriomote might spot dolphins and manta rays, who school along the aptly named Manta Way during the spring and summer.

Practical Info

Iriomote Island is accessible via high-speed ferry service from Ishigaki Island, located about 12 miles (20 kilometers) away. Many of the island’s resorts and lodges offer free transportation to and from the port. 
Address: Iriomote-jima, Okinawa, Japan
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Iriomote, Yubu and Taketomi Island Tour Including Water Buffalo Cart Ride

Discover a different side of Japan on a full-day tour to three Okinawa Islands: Iriomote, Yubu and Taketomi islands. Part of the Ryukyu Islands chain, the Okinawan islands inspire comparisons to Hawaii or Southeast Asia due to their subtropical climate, natural beauty and distinct culture. Your tour includes a cruise through the mangroves of the Nakama River, a ride in a buffalo cart, tours of a well-preserved Ryukyu village and botanical garden, listening to traditional Okinawan songs and a stop at the famous Star Sand beach on Taketomi.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$145.00
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Taketomi Island Day Trip from Ishigaki with Optional Bike Rental or Kondoi Beach

Experience Okinawa-style beach bliss with this independent day trip to Taketomi, a tiny isle in the Yaeyama island chain. Festooned with Ryūkyū relics and culture, Taketomi also boasts some of the most seductive beaches in Japan, making it an ideal spot for a day trip. Use your time on the island to kick back on Kondoi Beach, or scout out Taketomi’s artisan shops and eateries by bike — motor vehicles are rare on this idyllic atoll. Round-trip ferry transport from Ishigaki is included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$35.00
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Iriomote Island Urauchi River Cruise, Maryudo Falls Trek & Kayak: April-October

Visit Iriomote on a day trip by ferry from Ishigaki, and discover the wilderness of Yaeyama’s largest, yet barely inhabited, island. Mangroves, jungle and unspoiled beaches make up Iriomote attractions, making it a nature lovers’ idyll. Ride a boat along the snaking Urauchi River, hike to the falls of Maryudo and Kanpire, and then paddle into the wilds by kayak on an easy 2-hour tour. The small-group day trip runs with a maximum of 10 people and includes lunch, transport and a guide.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$130.00
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Okinawa Islands Tour: Iriomote, Yubu, Kohama and Taketomi Islands from Ishigaki Island

Check off three of the far-flung Yaeyama islands during a day-long trip from Ishigaki. Visiting the remote outpost of Iriomote plus Yubu and Kohama islands, the experience includes different activities on each isle. Cruise through Iriomote’s mangroves; ride on a water buffalo cart through Yubu, with local ‘sanshin’ music ringing in your ears; and enjoy lunch and a quick island tour of Kohama. Want to see even more? Upgrade to visit nearby Taketomi, where Ryūkyū houses and coral beaches beckon.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Iriomote Island Kayaking Eco-Tour Including Sangara Falls Trek

Hike and kayak your way around Iriomote on this day-long eco tour from Ishigaki. Teeming with unspoiled nature, the island is best seen with a guide. Do just that, and follow a guide on an easy kayak route along the Nishida River. Stop to trek to Sangara Falls, where a bento box lunch awaits. Cool down with a swim, and then kayak back to base. This small-group tour, limited to just 10, lets you learn about the island’s untamed national park and the ongoing efforts to keep it thriving.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Iriomote Island and Yubu Island Tour

Discover the delights of subtropical Japan on a day trip to Iriomote and Yubu islands. After leaving Ishigaki by ferry, dock on Iriomote, the jungle-covered island with dense mangrove forests, ringed by sandy bays. See it all on a cruise along Nakama River, and then cross the shallow waters to neighboring Yubu by water buffalo cart. Here, you’ll visit a botanical garden to learn about the island’s plant life. Lunch and ferry transport are both included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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One day course of Pinaisala Falls

Popular NO, 1 course in Iriomote Island!Leave the mangrove leisurely in the canoe and arrive at the canoe-moor in about 30 to 40 minutes.From there we aim for Takigami with jungle trekking (about 40 minutes).While walking while watching various creatures and plants on the way, a spectacular view from Takigami is in front of you! !You can see Hatoma Island, Baras Island, Hatoyama (Hatobakare) Island. Lunch to eat while watching the blue sea of coral reef is exceptional!After that, trekking aiming for a fallsfall restarted (about 1 hour). Although it is a way to work hard for a while, it is no doubt that the impression when arriving at Falls will be the best memory.Let's swim in the waterfalls or relax and feel nature with the whole body!It is a course that represents the well-balanced Iriomote Island for enjoying the waterfall and the wilderness in mangroves in the jungle ☆
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$102.00
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Iriomote Island · Early morning canoe / Kayak tour 【Sunrise & Sawa · Waterfall play】

【Surprise sunrise】Early rising is a virtue of three or more sentences. A little earlier rising than usual will give us a lot of excitement. Sunrise dyed the sky in the sky, the surprises of the grace of the sun are waiting a lot ◎【Uninhabited Island landing】When the sun rises, a coffee break breaks down on an uninhabited island with a scenery like a planet and an alarm clock. Please have seasonal fruits and homemade treats in the morning ~ ♪【Going to see the sea turtle】When the sun is floating in a clear blue sky, rowing again to the sea, the awkward sea turtle sucks the fresh morning air (?) Comes up for temperature regulation.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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