Ancient Village Customs Alive in Okinawa

Taketomi Island is located just off the coast of Ishigaki Island in Okinawa prefecture – the site of a beautifully preserved, traditional Ryukyu village where ancient customs are still very much alive.

Our program commences with a 15 minute ferry ride from the Ishigaki Ferry Terminal to Taketomi Island. On arrival passengers see the traditional houses with red-tiled roofs and tutelary Sheesaa clay lions on top. The walls are made of coral stones and streets paved with white sand. Such village scenery is now rare and only found in Okinawa.

Other activities to appreciate on the island include an ox-pulled carriage ride through the village streets. Or simply take your time and stroll along the charming lanes, soaking up the atmosphere and profound culture that’s alive in the islanders’ lifestyles. We also leave time to explore Kaijihama Beach, widely known as one of the most beautiful in Japan.

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