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Taketomi island is 10 min away from Ishigaki island by high-speed boat and the island is about 9 km in circumference. There are roads of coral white sand and houses with red-brick roofs in villages of the island. This area was designated as a Preservation District in Japan. We recommend to see the traditional Okinawan environment on a buffalo carriage. Besides, this is an attractive spot with traditional, historical and natural things such as transparent beauty of a cobalt blue beach, amazing sunset-view spots, and local gourmet.
- Taketomi, Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa
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- About 10 min from Ishigaki island outlier terminal to Taketomi higashi harbor on high-speed boat
- Official Website
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Villages with traditional sceneries of Okinawa
Roads of white sand, red-brick roofs, and the guardian of Okinawa, Shiisa. These all remain in their original form. You can have a panoramic view of the villages from the top of Nagomi-no-tou, a 4.5 m tower built on a small rocky hill in the center of the island.
Buffalo carriage recommended for strolling the island
For seeing the island, it is popular to take a course to go round villages slowly on a famous buffalo carriage. You can sightsee traditional and beautiful views in a relaxed mood with the shamisen sound in the background. If you want to stroll around the neighboring area of the island, it's better to rent a cycle.
Scenic beauty of the beautiful, cobalt blue beach
Kondoi beach in the west side of the island is the most popular beach. Pure white sand with cobalt blue water are definitely scenic. It is forbidden to swim in Kaiji beach but you can get star-shaped sand here and so it is a popular spot among tourists.
Okinawa's specialty dishes
In Taketomi island, many restaurants are scattered to eat a specialty called Yaeyama soba, dishes with Ishigaki beef, Okinawa's specialty sweets "Sata Andagi." The buildings and interior are unique and you can enjoy local dishes in restaurants with a traditional atmosphere.