OverviewTake a round-trip ferry from Ishigaki to Taketomi and experience the islands traditional Okinawan culture at your own pace. After a water buffalo cart ride through sandy streets, you can do one of the following independent activities: spend a relaxing day overlooking turquoise waters at Kondoi Beach, or explore the island's handicraft shops and local eateries by bicycle. Ferries depart and return throughout the day, so you can choose how long you spend on the island.
Know More about this tourIn the morning, make your way to the Ishigaki Port ferry terminal and board a boat to Taketomi Island. Upon arrival, you’re picked up at the port and transferred to the tour office. Take the ferry on your own to Iriomote island, where you'll join a Japanese-speaking tour group. Throughout the day, you are accompanied by an English-speaking assistant who introduces you to each activity. In addition, you can consult a provided booklet for descriptions of attractions on your tour itinerary.
First, hop into a water buffalo cart for a half-hour ride around the village of Taketomi, ambling along sandy paths past the red clay roofs of Ryūkyū-style homes. Listen as the driver plays the sanshin (a traditional Okinawan instrument) and sings traditional Okinawan songs.
Afterward, a bus picks you up for the trip to Kondoi Beach, or you can rent a bicycle to explore the island on your own. See the Important Information tab for pricing and other details.
Option 1: Kondoi BeachIf you’ve chosen this option, a bus picks you up from the water buffalo cart boarding point and takes you to Kondoi Beach, where you can spend free time swimming in the turquoise water and relaxing on the impressive expanse of white sand. Just tell the driver which ferry you plan to take back to Ishigaki Port and you’ll be picked up at the beach in time for your departure. Alternatively, you can decide later and call the driver when you are ready to return to Ishigaki.
Option 2: Rental BikeIf you’ve selected the bike rental option, walk about 3 minutes on foot to the rental office and get fitted with your bicycle. You’ll have access to your bike all day, allowing you to explore the island sights at your own pace. Pedal to the plentiful handicraft shops and watch local artisans weave traditional cloth, take in the views of white-sand beaches or sink your teeth into a sumptuous meal of island-raised shrimp (own expense). After returning the bicycle you will be taken back to the port in time for whichever ferry you would like to take back to Ishigaki.
Please note: A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.
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Inclusions for Taketomi Island Day Trip From Ishigaki With Optional Bike Rental Or Kondoi Beach
- English-speaking assistant
- Round-trip ferry ticket
- Water buffalo cart ride
- Tour Booklet (obtained at the tour office)
- Rental bicycle, if Option A selected
- Round-trip bus ticket to Kondoi beach, if Option B selected
Exclusions for Taketomi Island Day Trip From Ishigaki With Optional Bike Rental Or Kondoi Beach
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks, unless specified
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Age between 0 and 6 must sit on 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
Option A: The size of bicycles are as follows: 45 cm. (18 inch) for children and 68 cm. (27 inches) for adults. Supplementary chairs for infants are available but the number is limited. Contact the local operator for more information
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.