Taketomi No-Guide Tour

[1day]TaketomiNoGuide

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Taketomi No-Guide Tour

On this tour you will be able to experience and participate in the main attractions of the island.

Basic rate

Adult (12 and over) 5,700 - 5,700(JPY) per person

Tour information

Departure date Daily (Some dates may not be available or may require availability check)
Departure place Ishigaki Port
Number of travelling days 1
Transportation Ferry / Bus
Minimum passenger count 1 - 30
Meals
Tour escort Tour guide will not be accompanying you on this activity. (See, Remarks section for details.)
Rental car N/A
Hotel N/A
Other What’s included:

Ferry return ticket
Glass-bottom boat tour
Bus tour, including stop at Kaiji Beach
Water buffalo tour
Museum entry

Operated by Hirata Tourism

Features

Description:

Only a short 15 minute ferry ride from Ishigaki Port 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 you can look out across the whole village, a local craft museum demonstrating local weaving, and a number of small cafes in the village.

The first element on the trip is a tour of the nearby corals in a glass bottomed boat. Sightings typically include an array of colorful fish, sea anemone, clams, an occasional sea turtle, and a variety of beautiful corals below.

You will then be taken by bus from the Port at Taketomi to Kaiji Beach, with its star shaped sand. We will stop here for a while for you to admire the beach and sea views, which are stunning. We then take a brief tour of the island and you will be able to see 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 center not too far away from the temple.

We then return by coach to the Port to take the ferry back to Ishigaki Port.

Itinerary

Time 8:00-14:30 (excl. 12:00, 13:00 and 14:00)
Schedule Depart from Ishigaki Port

Glass bottom boat tour

Bus tour of island
(including 15 minute stop at Kaiji Beach)

Water Buffalo carriage ride

Folk craft museum
Meals
Time Flexible
Schedule Depart from Taketomi

Last ferry during April - Sept: 18:15
Last ferry during Oct.- March: 17:45
Meals
Time Flexible
Schedule Arrival at Ishigaki Port

Up to 18:30 (during April - Sept)
Up to 18:00 (during Oct. to March)
Meals

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Remarks

* Tour guide will not be accompanying you during this activity.
English explanation at the beginning of the tour available.
Local staff at each stop / attraction will assist you. (Japanese only)

* Online booking should be made at least 5 DAYS in advance.

Cancellation policy:
* 40% of the price when canceling on the day before the activity start date.
* 50% of the price when canceling before the departure time on the day of the activity start date.
* 100% of the price in case of cancellation or non participation without prior notice after the start of activity.

Inquiries

Tour Number
[1day]TaketomiNoGuide

81-479-857531
Mondays - Fridays: 9:00 - 18:00
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays,
National Holidays and New Year Holidays