Okinawa Islands Tour: Iriomote, Yubu, Kohama And Taketomi Islands From Ishigaki Island
OverviewVisit three Okinawa islands in one day Iriomote, Yubu and Kohama with the option of upgrading your tour to include Taketomi Island. Embark on a river cruise through the mangrove forests of Iriomote, take a water buffalo cart ride on Yubu as youre regaled with Okinawan folk music and tour the sights of Kohama by bus. If you choose to ride the ferry to Taketomi, youll pass traditional buildings with red tile roofs and make a stop at Star Sand Beach before returning to Ishigaki.
Know More about this tourMake your own way to the tour office in the morning to pick up ferry tickets and receive a detailed description of your tour. Take the ferry on your own to Iriomote island, where you'll join a Japanese-speaking tour group. Throughout the day, youll be met by different English-speaking assistants who provide limited translation for each activity. In addition, you'll receive a booklet with descriptions of attractions on your tour itinerary.
Settle in and enjoy the 50-minute ferry ride from Ishigaki Port to Iriomote Islands Ohara Port. Upon arrival on Iriomote, you're taken to the Nakama River for a boat tour through Japans largest mangrove forest. During the 70-minute cruise, keep an eye out for wildlife while the guide points out the areas flora and fauna.
Afterward, board a bus and proceed on a short drive to a Mihara, where youll climb into a water buffalo cart waiting to take you on a fun-filled 15-minute ride over shallow ocean waters. Be entertained as your guide plays the sanshin (a traditional Okinawan instrument) and sings traditional Okinawan songs en route. Upon arrival, you have about 25 minutes of free time to admire the islands botanical gardens, after which you will take the water buffalo cart back to Iriomote and the bus back to Ohara Port.
Next, take a ferry to Kohama, a small island with a population of just 500. A guide picks you up at the port and takes you by bus to one of the islands resort hotels, where you can enjoy a delicious Japanese lunch. Following your meal, a short bus tour takes you to see the islands most famous sites, including filming locations for the TV drama Churasan that are representative of the traditional Okinawan countryside; youll pass the locations used for the Sugar Road, Kohama School and a Kohagura residence. Then head back to Kohama Port and ferry back to Ishigaki to end your tour in the afternoon.
If you've opted for an upgrade, visit Taketomi Island (see description in Itinerary below) before ending your tour.
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Inclusions for Okinawa Islands Tour: Iriomote, Yubu, Kohama And Taketomi Islands From Ishigaki Island
- English-speaking assistants
- Round-trip ferry ticket
- River cruise
- Water buffalo cart ride
- Entrance fees
- Tour Booklet (obtained at the tour office)
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
Exclusions for Okinawa Islands Tour: Iriomote, Yubu, Kohama And Taketomi Islands From Ishigaki Island
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Lunch for infants (age 0 to 6)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
Itinerary:Optional Upgrade: Taketomi IslandIf you selected to upgrade your tour upon booking, continue by ferry to Taketomi Island. Enjoy a bus tour of Taketomi with a local guide who shows you the beauty of the island, including its well-preserved, traditional Ryukyu-style buildings with red-tiled roofs. At Star Sand Beach, look for the star-shaped granules for which the beach is known, and learn more about the island at Yugafu-kan, a visitors center. After seeing Taketomi, take the ferry back to Ishigaki, arriving in the late afternoon.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
A moderate amount of walking is involved. Please wear comfortable walking shoes
Please note: at peak times and/or according to the tide, the program and times may change
Children between 0 and 6 must sit on an adults lap, and lunch is not provided
You will receive a booklet with descriptions of the attractions and tour itinerary at the tour office located in the Ishigaki Port ferry terminal
Please note that sightseeing at Taketomi island will not include getting off at Kondoi Beach
Locations from the Churasan TV show on the Kohama bus tour (Sugar Road, Kohama School and Kohagura residence) will be seen from the bus window
Please note: tours begin in Ishigaki and not Okinawa
- If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
- If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
- If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
- Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
- Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.