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Only a short 15-minute ferry ride from Ishigaki Ferry Terminal is the beautiful unspoilt island of Taketomi. The island is actually a raised coral atoll, and is also bordered by a large coral reef, which attracts and maintains a wealth of sea life. The island has preserved 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 to maintain 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, singing and playing the sanshin, the traditional three stringed instrument local to the area. There is also an observation tower, Nagomi no tou, from which they used to look out across the whole village, a local craft museum demonstrating local weaving, and a number of small cafes in the village. On this tour you will be able to experience and participate in some of the main attractions of the island. On arrival at Taketomi we take a tour of the island, taking in Kaiji Beach, with its star shaped sand and Kondoi beach with its fabulous white sands and turquoise sea beyond. The crescent shaped beach is surrounded by a coral reef, and is simply magnificent. At low tide a small island of sand appears about 100 meters from shore, an ideal destination to gently walk to, through the shallow crystal clear water. We then enter Taketomi Village so that you can enjoy a ride on one of the water buffalo drawn carriages. From the vantage point of the carriage you can admire the traditional style houses, natural walls and gardens and the abundance of flowers and flowering shrubs which line the paths and roadways. In the village you can visit the southernmost temple of Japan and the local museum connected to it. Yaeyama is famous for its weaving and materials and Taketomi became well known in the past because of the dyeing skills the islanders had in dyeing Yaeyama cloth, Gunbou and Yaeyama Minsah and Bashoufu. Dyes and materials are cultivated locally and you can see examples of the fabrics produced and sometimes a weaving demonstration in the local folk craft centre not too far away from the templ

Highlights

  • Full day sightseeing tour of Taketomi Island via ferry service
  • Admire the view of traditional houses and gardens from the vantage point
  • See the beautiful Kaiji Beach, which is popular for its star shaped sand
  • Enjoy a ride on a carriage pulled by water buffalo
  • Round trip ferry transport service
  • Visit to the southernmost temple of Japan and local craft museum

Inclusions

  • Museum admission
  • Return ferry tickets
  • Bus tour (including a stop at Kaiji Beach)
  • Water buffalo cart ride

Exclusions

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

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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