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Taketomi Island

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Taketomi Island

Taketomi Island is a part of Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park and is located 2.5 miles south of Ishigaki Island as an ideal location for an Okinawan cultural day trip. At the small town of Taketomi, visitors can see the village filled with traditional Ryukyu architecture featuring single story houses with red tiled roofing. The restoration efforts put into this area has sparked the popularity among tourists with traditional stone walls and streets making many feel like strolling back in time. Today, more than 40% of the overall houses have red-tiled roofs, which was a trait forbidden for commoners to use until the abolishment of this rule. Visitors can explore this small area on foot or by rental bicycles. Aside from snorkeling and swimming at the beautiful beaches, experience riding on ox-carts through the village, an activity not offered on the other islands of Yaeyama. For travelers visiting this oasis of Okinawa, be sure to watch out for the wildlife to this natural habitat, some can be poisonous and signs are made visible for guests to notice. The activities on Taketomi Island attract thousands of visitors a year to visit and offers an unforgettable natural experience in Japan.