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Taketomi Island Tours

Taketomi Island
Located just southwest of Ishigaki in the Okinawa Islands, Taketomi Island is at once convenient yet remote. Quiet and charming, the small island has no cars and no chain convenience stores, and the population of only a few hundred still live in traditional coral-walled houses with red-clay tile roofs. Visitors wanting to get the full cultural experience can tour the village on a cart pulled by water buffalo, guided by a local who’ll tell folk takes to the sounds of a local instrument.

The island’s beaches also make it worth a visit. Kondoi Beach on the western shore offers beach facilities with white sand and beautiful teal water. Kaijihama Beach on the southwestern coast and Aiyauhama Beach on the eastern coast are both notable for their star-shaped sand formed by the shells of crustaceans.

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The only way to get to Taketomi Island is by boat. High-speed ferries depart from Ishigaki every 30 minutes throughout the day, and the trip takes about 10 minutes.
Address: Taketomi Island, Okinawa, Japan
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Taketomi Island Water Buffalo Cart & Bike Rental from Ishigaki

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.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
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  • 2 to 8 hours

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Iriomote, Yubu and Taketomi Island-Hopping Day Tour from Ishigaki

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.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

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Iriomote, Yubu, Kohama and Taketomi Island-Hopping Day Tour from Ishigaki

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.
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  • 7 hours
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