Water buffalo

Water buffalo

Even today, water buffalo is the main form of transport on Taketomi Island.

On tiny Taketomi Island where there are no cars, a novel form of transport has been used for centuries. Meet the beautiful water buffalo who pull passengers on carts around the island. Today tourists can be taken on a 30 minute water buffalo cart tour of Taketomi Village accompanied by a guide who plays Okinawan music on a sanshin (Okinawa stringed instrument). 

Taketomi Village is a beautiful preserved ryukyu village characterised by one storey houses with dark red roofs and lots of lion statues believed to ward off evil spirits. Closer to Taiwan and mainland China than Japan, the Okinawa archipelago was once a sovereign state known as the Ryukyu Kingdom until the 17th century.

Water buffalo

located in Taketomi

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Interested in this Experience? It is included in this tour:

  • After soaking up the temples of mainland Japan, add on this 6 night extension to the island of Ishigaki for some subtropical rest and relaxation.

    Ishigaki Beach Extension

    The islands of Okinawa are just a few hours by plane from mainland Japan, and yet it's a world apart. Let us introduce you to the jewel in Okinawa's crown, the southern island of Ishigaki - closer to Taiwan than Tokyo!

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    After soaking up the temples of mainland Japan, add on this 6 night extension to the island of Ishigaki for some subtropical rest and relaxation.

Other Wildlife experiences

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  • Hammerhead sharks

    Hammerhead sharks

    Fancy swimming amid a school of hammerhead sharks?

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  • Manta scramble

    Manta scramble

    Dive off the coast of Ishigaki Island to see huge Pacific manta rays

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  • Wildlife boat cruises

    Wildlife boat cruises

    Take a boat cruise around the shoreline of the Shiretoko Peninsula and experience the diverse wildlife and marine life of this remote wilderness

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