What to do in Taketomi Island, Okinawa

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Taketomi Island is 6.5 km away from Ishigaki Island.

Take a ferry from Ishigaki Port Terminal to Taketomi Island. Buy a boarding ticket at a counter

Adult: 610 yen one way / 1,160 yen round trip
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How to reach Taketomi Island

After purchasing the tickets check the ship terminal on the display.

Ishigaki Island Remote Island Terminal Okinawa

The ferry trip was very pleasant and short considering that the island of Taketomi is
only 10-15 minutes from Ishigaki Island.

Ishigaki Island Remote Island Terminal Okinawa

Once you arrive at Taketomi port, take a shuttle bus that will take you to the information center,
from there you will have easy access to rental bikes and buffalo sightseeing tours.

Buffalo car tour, a unique experience on Taketomi Island

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We preferred the buffalo tour, so we booked.
After the buffalo visit, they will give you star sand and a souvenir photo!

Adult \2,000 Child \ 1,000
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Tour guide and Apa-Kun buffalo!

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We toured the village in a cart pulled by a buffalo while listening to the guide play the Sanshin,
for about 30 minutes. What an experience!

The buffalo is not fast, its speed is comparable to that of a walking person.

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In fact, the duration changes according to the mood and physical condition of the buffalo on that day.

Taketomi Island, Okinawa

On the way, you will notice on the walls and roofs spitting these guardians of Okinawan houses,
half lion and a half-dog called shiisa, who are often in pairs.

The one with an open mouth is to drive away bad spirits, those with a closed mouth to
hold back the good spirits.

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All the houses are built in the same architectural style.
Taketomi Island Village has become a National Conservation Area for important traditional buildings
For this reason, the construction of houses with more than one story is not allowed.

Taketomi Island, Okinawa

During the journey, there were breaks to cool the buffalo due to the excessive heat.

In the Showa period, buffaloes from Taiwan were useful for agriculture.
When they were replaced by machinery, they were used for tourism.

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Nishi-Sanbashi Pier [西桟橋]

From the village, it is about 15 minutes on foot to get to Nishi-Sanbashi Pier

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This west pier was used as a landing point for ships until 1972.

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After that, head to Kondoi Beach, which is about a 15-minute walk from the pier.

Kondoi Beach [コンドイビーチ]

Taketomi Island, Okinawa

Kondoi Beach on the west side of the island is a pure white sand beach with
shallow, clear, and calm waters.
A perfect place to swim also equipped with a shower and toilet

Taketomi Island, Okinawa

As we went in June, during the rainy season, there were not many people and we were
able to enjoy the beach calmly.

Parking near the port of Ishigaki [離島ターミナル付近の駐車場]

Ishigaki Island, Okinawa

There is a parking lot in front of the port, but it’s not that big, it gets full easily.

There is another quite large parking lot and I think it is convenient because it is a 6-minute
walk from the port.

In conclusion

It took us less than four hours to visit Taketomi Island.
The buffalo tour and the beach were the highlights of this island, making it an unforgettable place.

There are places to eat in the village, but I haven’t seen any convenience stores so
I think it’s best to bring some food.

Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to visit Kaiji beach, with its star-shaped sand,
but it would be nice to come back to see it!

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