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Description

Taketomi, an island just a short ride away from Ishigaki has so much to offer. There are pathways and roads connecting all of the main attractions of the island and the distances are such that all of these can be accessed in a single day's adventure on a bicycle (bike rental is included in the price). The island is included within the Iriomote Ishigaki National Park and has beautifully preserved its Ryukyu heritage. There are 30 utaki (holy places) across the island which are marked by low stones (which should not be entered). The information center near the harbor entrance provides some details on the island's history, the local plants and wildlife and a short informative video. There are two famous beaches on the island, Kaiji Beach, which has fascinating star shaped sand, and Kondoi Beach, with its beautiful white sand reaching down to the turquoise water. On the eastern coast there is another beautiful star shaped sand beach at Aiyaruhama. Inland, the island has retained its local charm, with coral sand roads winding through the central village with its traditional Kawara style, red tiled roofed houses, topped with shiisa, the lion dog figures, to ward off evil spirits. The garden and roadside walls are all made from local rocks and natural building materials are used so as to preserve the island's heritage. The walls and hedgerows abound with plants and wild flowers, and typically the streets are a blaze of color from bougainvillea, hibiscus and wild poinsettias. Within the main village there are tours on carts drawn by water buffalo, with the driver telling traditional folk tales and playing the sanshin, the traditional three stringed instrument local to the area. There is also an observation tower, a small local craft museum demonstrating local weaving and a number of small cafes in the village. A great way to explore the island is by bicycle. This flexible tour allows you the freedom of the island so that you can discover and enjoy these and other points of interest. Your tour includes ferry tickets from Ishigaki to Taketomi, and a full day's bicycle rental.

Highlights

  • See the two beautiful beaches of the island, Kaiji Beach and Kondoi Beach
  • Explore the main attractions like the national park, gardens, beach and traditional village of Taketomi
  • Admire the picturesque look of Taketomi Island from the Observation tower
  • Exciting one-day tour of Taketomi Island by bicycle
  • Demonstration of weaving at the local craft museum
  • Including round trip ferry ride service from port to island

Inclusions

  • Return ferry tickets
  • Bicycle hire

Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off service
  • Lunch
  • English-speaking guide
  • Food and drinks

Know Before You Book

  • Please arrive 20 minutes prior to the tour departure time
  • We do not offer pickups. We meet all travelers at our counter at the Ishigaki Ferry Terminal

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Sightseeing Supermarket was established in February 2015 to cater to the world of travelers around the globe. Our motto is to provide the travelers with once-in-a lifetime experiences through our fantastically designed tours.

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