Top things to do

Beach in Taketomi-jima

Kaiji-hama

On the southwest coast is Kaiji-hama, this lovely stretch of beach also happens to be the main hoshi-suna (star sand) hunting ground. If you don't arrive bearing some kind of container for the miniscule treasures, t…
Beach in Taketomi-jima

Kondoi Beach

Kondoi Beach, on the west coast, offers the best swimming on the island, after you've negotiated your way through the gamut of the Kondoi's resident feral cats. At the entrance to the beach you'll find bike parking,…
Noodles in Taketomi-jima

Soba-dokoro Takenoko

This tiny restaurant on the northwest side of the village (look for the blue banner and the umbrellas) serves up sōki-soba (¥800) and Yaeyama soba (¥600) in amazing broth.
Monument in Taketomi-jima

Nagomi-no-tō

Roughly in the centre of the village, this modest lookout tower has good views over the red-tiled roofs of the pancake-flat island.
Shrine in Taketomi-jima

Nishitō Utaki

This shrine is dedicated to a 16th-century ruler of the Yaeyama Islands who was born on Taketomi-jima, and whose tomb lies behind the shrine.
Museum in Taketomi-jima

Kihōin Shūshūkan

At the west of the village, this private museum houses a diverse collection of local folk artefacts.
Gallery in Taketomi-jima

Taketomi Mingei-kan

This is the workshop where the island's woven minsā belts and other textiles are produced.