Welcome to Yaeyama Islands


The Yaeyama Islands are one of the most popular destinations in the Southwest Islands. They offer Japan's best snorkelling and diving, and some of the country's last intact subtropical jungles and mangrove swamps (both on Iriomote-jima). Perhaps the best feature of the Yaeyamas is their variety and the ease with which you can explore them: plentiful ferry services run between Ishigaki city and nearby islands such as Iriomote-jima and Taketomi-jima, and you can easily explore three or four ­islands in one trip.


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$34.86 Day Trips & Excursions

Ishigaki to Taketomi Island Day Trip with Kondoi Beach Option

In 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. 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 A: 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. Option B: 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. Click on “ View Additional Info” for the meeting locations.

$129.36 Outdoor Activities

Iriomote Island Urauchi River Cruise, Maryudo Falls Adventure

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPlease check in our office 30 min. before your ferry departure.https://goo.gl/maps/et1HD8o3TSJ2Duration: 20 minutesLocation: Hirata Tourism, Ishigaki, Okinawa PrefectureUrauchi river cruiseDuration: 7 hoursLocation: Iriomote Island, Iriomote-jima, Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa Prefecture

$128.44 Outdoor Activities

Iriomote Island Kayaking Full-Day Tour with Sangara Falls Hike

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productYou will check in and receive your tour ticket here.Duration: 20 minutesLocation: Hirata Tourism, Ishigaki, Okinawa PrefectureYour canoe and trekking tour will be held in Iriomote islandDuration: 5 hoursLocation: Iriomote Island, Iriomote-jima, Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa PrefectureYou will come back to Ishigaki Ferry Terminal. Pass By: Hirata Tourism, Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture

$55.05 Outdoor Activities

-Ishigaki Ocean- Sea Kayak Adventure with English-Speaking Guide

1. Pick-up at Designated Hotels or Check-in at ChulaChula Shop 2. Reception and Departure for Starting Point    Enter the shop and have your reservation checked then receive your free rental equipment for this activity. 3. Arrival at Starting Point and Introduction to Kayak    After a 15-minute car ride to the starting point, learn the basic techniques on rowing a kayak from a licensed instructor. 4. Practice    Start by hopping in your kayak and use your paddle to practice rowing left and right. After getting your balance right, paddle across the shallow shores first before heading further out. 5. Kayak Experience    Set out to the open waters as you let the waves push you along the clear waters of Ishigaki Island. Explore the wonderful wildlife as you enjoy your kayak adventure! 6. Tea Time at a Secret Beach    Follow your instructor and head to a secret beach nearby. Spend a relaxing time on the island with a cup of tea specially prepared for you. 7. Return to the Beach 8. Drop-off at Designated Hotels or Check-out from ChulaChula Shop

$73.40 Outdoor Activities

-Ishigaki Ocean- Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) with English-Speaking Guide

1.  Pick-up at Designated Hotels or Check-in at ChulaChula Shop2. Reception and Departure for Starting Point    Enter the shop and have your reservation checked then receive your free rental equipment for this activity. 3. Arrival at Starting Point and Introduction to Paddle Boarding   After a 15-minute car ride to the starting point, learn the basic techniques on how to balance and row on a SUP from a licensed instructor. 4. Practice   Start by kneeling down on the paddleboard while learning to balance and row along the shores. Once you get used to it, slowly stand up on the board. It may be unstable at first, but once you get the hang of it, you can sail away at ease. 5. SUP Experience   After practicing, go across the shores and paddle along the clear blue waters of Ishigaki. See the wonderful marine life as you take a peek into the world under the sea! 6. Tea Time at a Secret Beach    Follow your instructor and head to a secret beach nearby. Spend a relaxing time on the island with a cup of tea specially prepared for you. 7. Return to the Beach 8. Drop-off at Designated Hotels or Check-out from ChulaChula Shop

$73.40 Outdoor Activities

-Ishigaki Ocean- Sunset View Standup Paddleboarding with English-Speaking Guide

1. Pick-up at Designated Hotels or Check-in at ChulaChula Shop 2. Reception and Departure for Starting Point    Enter the shop and have your reservation checked then receive your free rental equipment for this activity. 3. Arrival at Starting Point and Introduction to Paddle Boarding   After a 15-minute car ride to the starting point, learn the basic techniques on how to balance and row on a SUP from a licensed instructor. 4. Practice   Start by kneeling down on the paddleboard while learning to balance and row along the shores. Once you get used to it, slowly stand up on the board. It may be unstable at first, but once you get the hang of it, you can sail away at ease. 5. SUP Experience   After practicing, cross the shores and paddle along the pristine waters of Ishigaki while you wait for the for the perfect moment to see the sunset. 6. Golden Hour Sunset Viewing   Drop anchor at the best spot and sit astride the board as you witness the exquisite wash of pinks and russets in the sky as the sun sets over the horizon. 7. Return to the Beach 8. Drop-off at Designated Hotels or Check-out from ChulaChula Shop

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