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Taketomi Island (|x, Taketomijima) is an island just off the coast of Ishigaki Island and the site of a beautifully preserved, traditional Ryukyu village. As Taketomi Island is fairly small, it is often visited as a day trip from Ishigaki.

Thanks to preservation efforts, the small village consists almost entirely of traditional style, one-storied houses, which are surrounded by stone walls, and covered with red tiled roofs and ample lion-like shisa statues to ward of evil spirits. Some of the village's houses serve as minshuku accommodations.

Other traditional homes inside the village are used as restaurants and shops selling local food and crafts. There are no rental cars on Taketomi, and most visitors either walk or rent a bicycle to travel through the village's white sand roads and to the nearby beaches along the western shore of the island.

Attractions

Water Buffalo Cart Rides

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Fee: 2000 yen

Nagominoto Tower

Can currently not be climbed due to its deteriorating state

Beaches

Taketomi Island has both sandy beaches and rocky beaches where you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling. Except for Kondoi Beach, the beaches do not have any public facilities.

When using the beaches always beware of strong currents that can pull you out to sea and poisonous creatures such as Habu Jellyfish, a type of box jellyfish, that are most prevalent from June to October. Signs in English inform about the dangers while some beaches have netted off swimming areas. Although stings are rare, if stung you should pour vinegar over the sting, remove any tentacles, and seek medical help as it may become life threatening.

Kondoi Beach

Kaiji Beach

Getting there and around

Three ferry companies operate high speed ferries and an infrequent car ferry, between Ishigaki Island and Taketomi Island. Boats depart every 30 minutes between 7:30 and 17:30 with a short break around noon. The roundtrip fare is 1160 yen, and the one way trip takes 10 minutes by high speed ferry, and 15 minutes by car ferry. Online reservations can be made through Direct Ferries.

Taketomi Island is small, and it is possible to explore the island entirely on foot or by rental bicycle (500 yen per hour, or 2000 yen per day). Another popular way to tour the village is from a water buffalo drawn cart.

The water buffalo tour operators and bicycle rental companies offer free shuttle service between the ferry terminal and their respective locations (no reservations required). Otherwise, the village can be reached in a 10-15 minute walk from the pier.

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Hotels around Yaeyama Islands

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    • Little Mermaid Hotel Ishigakijima
      Mid-range
      Featuring free WiFi, Little Mermaid Hotel Ishigakijima is situated in Ishigaki Island, 450 metres from Fusaki Beach and 8 km from Yaeyama Museum. The property is around 27 km from Tamatorizaki Observation Point, 5 km from Ishigakijima Astronomical Observatory and 6 km from Ishigaki Yaima Village. The property offers car hire and features a garden and terrace. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a wardrobe, a kettle, a microwave, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a balcony and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Little Mermaid Hotel Ishigakijima rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. An Asian breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. Guests at Little Mermaid Hotel Ishigakijima will be able to enjoy activities in and around Ishigaki Island, like fishing. Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave is 7 km from the hotel, while Ishigaki Public Market is 7 km from the property. The nearest airport is New Ishigaki Airport, 16 km from Little Mermaid Hotel Ishigakijima.
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    • Guesthouse Asibina
      Budget-friendly
      Boasting a terrace, Guesthouse Asibina is a guest house situated in Ishigaki Island, a 15-minute walk from Yaeyama Kanko Ferry Terminal. The guest house with free WiFi is 13 km away from Yonehara Beach and Kabira Bay. Attractions in the area include Sukuji Beach, 15 km away, or Tamatorizaki Observation Point, set 21 km from the property. All guest rooms are fitted with air conditioning. Each dormitory rooms has an electrical outlet and fan. Shared bathrooms have free toiletries. Guests can benefit from a shared kitchen with a fridge and kitchenware. A washing machine and tumble dryer can be used for a fee. Ishigaki Sunset Beach is 28 km from the guest house. The nearest airport is New Ishigaki Airport, 11 km from Guesthouse Asibina.
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    • HOSTEL SunTerrace Ishigaki
      Budget-friendly
      HOSTEL SunTerrace Ishigaki in Ishigaki Island provides adults-only accommodation with a shared lounge, a garden and a terrace. This 1-star hostel offers a shared kitchen and luggage storage space. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. A shared bathroom is provided in the rooms, while certain rooms are equipped with a game console. At the hostel, rooms are fitted with air conditioning and a safety deposit box. Maezato Beach is 2.7 km from HOSTEL SunTerrace Ishigaki, while Yaeyama Museum is 300 metres from the property. The nearest airport is New Ishigaki Airport, 16 km from the accommodation.
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    • Guest House Yun Terrace
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring a terrace, Guest House Yun Terrace is located in Ishigaki Island in the Okinawa region, 2.4 km from Maezato Beach and 600 metres from Yaeyama Museum. With a shared lounge, the 2-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. Private parking is available on site. Tamatorizaki Observation Point is 21 km from the guest house, while Ishigaki Public Market is less than 1 km away. The nearest airport is New Ishigaki Airport, 11 km from Guest House Yun Terrace.
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    • Matsukaze The Guest House Ishigaki
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring free WiFi, Matsukaze The Guest House Ishigaki is located across the street from the bus stop and a supermarket. The property is 1 km from Yaeyama Museum. Property staff can assist guests with creating their travel plans and give advise on nearby areas. Featuring a terrace, this 2-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with a shared bathroom. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen and a shared lounge for guests. The living room features tatami (woven-straw) floors and a seating area where guests can relax. A washing machine is provided for guests during their stay for their comfort, while detergent is available for an additional fee. Guests can rent a bicycle to explore the nearby areas or go snorkeling with a rental snorkeling set available on site. Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal is a 8-minute drive or a 15-minute walk from the guest house. Kabira Bay is 13 km from the guest house, while Yonehara Beach is 13 km away. New Ishigaki Airport is 10 km from the property.
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    • Ishigaki Sunset Cove
      Luxury
      Situated on the secluded West Coast of Central Ishigaki Island, 18km from Ishigaki City, 5km from Yonehara Beach, Ishigaki Sunset Cove is set along the beach and rooms with free WiFi access. Among the various facilities of this property are an outdoor swimming pool and a garden. At the resort, the rooms come with a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Selected rooms here will provide you with a kitchen with a microwave, a toaster and a fridge. The units at Ishigaki Sunset Cove come with a seating area. An alternating Western or Japanese breakfast is available daily at the property. The accommodation offers a sun terrace. The area is popular for cycling, and a limited number of rental cars are available at Ishigaki Sunset Cove. Tamatorizaki Observation Point is 5 km from the resort, while Kabira Bay is 10 km away. The nearest airport is New Ishigaki Airport, 10 km from Ishigaki Sunset Cove.
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    • Shiraho Friends House
      Budget-friendly
      Just a 2-minute walk from Shiraho Beach, Friends House features a free-use kitchen, free parking and free Wi-Fi throughout. Simple air-conditioned private rooms and dormitory-style accommodation are offered. A shuttle service is available from New Ishigaki Airport at a charge. Guests at Shiraho Friends House can enjoy a private room with a TV that looks out on local greenery, or sleep in a bunk bed in a room shared with other guests. All rooms have shared toilets and bathrooms. The property is a 4-minute walk from Shiraho bus stop and within a 5-minute walk from Shiraho Coral Reef Conservation and Research Centre. Guests must reserve in advance to use the chargeable shuttle from New Ishigaki Airport, which is a 5-minute drive away. You can sunbathe or barbecue at the rooftop sun terrace or use the free-use internet PC at the air-conditioned dining room. There is an outdoor weight-lifting area, and the property has a free-use washing machine and a coin-operated dryer. No meals are served.
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    • Alaise De Bale Ishigaki
      Luxury
      Situated in Ishigaki Island, 11 km from Tamatorizaki Observation Point, Alaise De Bale Ishigaki features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar. 23 km from Yaeyama Museum and 22 km from Banna Park, the property offers a garden and a terrace. The accommodation provides room service and free WiFi. At the hotel, the rooms include a wardrobe. Complete with a private bathroom fitted with a bidet and slippers, the rooms at Alaise De Bale Ishigaki have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and certain rooms come with a balcony. At the accommodation rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. Guests at Alaise De Bale Ishigaki can enjoy a continental breakfast. Guests at the hotel will be able to enjoy activities in and around Ishigaki Island, like hiking. Ishigaki Yaima Village is 22 km from Alaise De Bale Ishigaki, while Ishigaki Public Market is 23 km from the property. The nearest airport is New Ishigaki Airport, 12 km from the accommodation.
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    • Lulaliya
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Ishigaki Island, 300 metres from Kabira Bay, Lulaliya features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. The bed and breakfast has a barbecue and sun terrace, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Some units feature a seating area for your convenience. Extras include slippers, free toiletries and a hair dryer. Lulaliya features free WiFi throughout the property. There is a shared lounge at the property. Sukuji Beach is 1.9 km from Lulaliya, while Yonehara Beach is 5 km away. The nearest airport is New Ishigaki Airport, 13 km from Lulaliya.
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    • FUSAKI BEACH RESORT HOTEL & VILLAS
      Luxury
      Just a minute's walk from Fusaki Beach, FUSAKI BEACH RESORT HOTEL & VILLAS features pools, 4 restaurants and aroma healing spa treatments. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The resort provides yoga lessons and various marine activities, such as snorkelling and canoeing, at a surcharge. An on-site gift shop and market is available for guest's convenience. The hotel offers airport shuttle service to and from New Ishigaki Airport free of charge, while free public parking is available at the resort. Rooms at FUSAKI BEACH RESORT HOTEL & VILLAS come with an en suite bathroom with a hairdryer, toothbrush sets and free toiletries. Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, a fridge and electric kettle. Restaurant Ishigaki Bold Kitchen serves buffet dishes including local specialities for breakfast, lunch and dinner. RYUKYU SHINTENCHI offers Okinawan-style Chinese dinner, while dinners at seasonal restaurant BEACHSIDE GRILL Kachi-bai features Ishigaki beef. Guests can also enjoy a drink at THE STAR BAR. Ishigaki Airport is a 35-minute drive from the property, while Ishigaki Harbour is located within a 15-minute driving distance. Kannonzaki Lighthouse can be found within a 6-minute walk.
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