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Guided Tour of Iriomote, Yufu, and (Optional) Taketomi Islands

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Explore up to 3 fascinating islands in the Yaeyama Archipelago of Japan on this exciting guided tour. Use innovative modes of transport to get between Iriomote, Yufu, and Taketomi Islands, and find something unique on each of them!

Highlights

  • Traverse between 3 beautiful islands in the Yaeyama Archipelago on this guided tour that takes you through varying landscapes.
  • Travel by ferry from Ishigaki Port to Iriomote Island where you will encounter several natural monuments amidst subtropical jungles, and see the Nakama River mangrove area.
  • Hop on a buffalo cart and cross the shallow waters to Yufu Island, where you will visit the Botanical Garden and stop for lunch.
  • Upgrade your ticket to stop at Taketomi Island, and go sightseeing on a buffalo cart as you admire the white-sand roads and wooden houses of its quaint village.
  • At the end of your tour, catch a boat ride back to Ishigaki Port.

Inclusions

  • Round-trip ferry tickets
  • Local guide
  • Bus fare at Iriomote Island
  • Boat trip on Nakama River
  • Entrance ticket to Yufu Botanical Garden
  • Lunch at Yufu Island
  • Taketomi Island water buffalo cart ride (optional)
  • Itinerary guide in English or Chinese

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 5 days before the experience begins and get a full refund.

At 8:20am, your group will assemble at the Yaeyama Tour Ferry Counter in Ishigaki Port's Outlying Islands Waiting Hall. A local guide will lead you as you depart on a 45-minute boat ride from Ishigaki Port to Ohara Port on Iriomote Island.

Iriomote Island

After arriving at Ohara Port, encounter special natural monuments such as Iriomote lynx, Guduoertou carvings, Xiandao Sumu, and rare plants like palm. Take a boat trip around Iriomote Island to the Nakama River mangrove scenic spot and spend 70 minutes admiring the largest mangrove forest in Japan. Continue along the river to the upper reaches, where you will see Sufangmu, a 400-year-old tree! As the tide ebbs and flows, the outlook from the estuary to the downstream will be very different.

Yufu Island

Next, you will hitch a ride on a buffalo cart and clop on over to Yufu Island. How? The highest point on Yufu island is only 1.5 meters above sea level and 2.15 kilometers in circumference. The depth of the sea between Yufu Island and Iriomote Island is about 1 meter deep at high tide and less than 1 meter in normal times; therefore, water buffalo carts are often used to move between the two islands. Visit the Botanical Garden on this isle, and enjoy a sumptuous lunch.

Taketomi Island

After lunch, you will board a bus back to Ohara Port. If you’ve selected a Half-Day Tour, this is where you get on a speed boat back to Ishigaki Port. If not, you will embark on a 25-minute boat ride to Taketomi Port. Once again you will hop onto a water buffalo cart to roam this island. Visit its northern village, see the wooden houses, and revel in the well-preserved white-sand roads that have stood the test of time. Once you have explored the last island on your itinerary, you will board a ferry back to Ishigaki Port and bid farewell to the Yaeyama Archipelago.

Important Information

  • The itinerary is subject to change depending on sea conditions.

Timings

Half-Day Tour

  • 8:20am to 3:30pm

One-Day Tour

  • 8:20am to 4:30pm
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.
  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.
  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your visit to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your guide at Yaeyama Kanko Ferry Co., Ltd..
  • Address: Yaeyama Kanko Ferry Co., Ltd, Japan, 〒907-0012 Okinawa, Misaki Town, Ishigaki City, Okinawa.
  • Landmark: Okinawa Labour Bank Yaeyama Branch.

Get Directions to the Meeting Point

Getting There

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Ishigaki Port Remote Island Terminal. It is a quick 1-minute walk to the meeting point.
  • Board bus Route 9 Kabira R to get you there.
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