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... 1.000 - 1.500 ¥ for a day. Probably everywhere you can use shower and changing rooms for free. Also public beaches offer you shower and changing room for free. Ultimate experience is Taketomi Jima. Just 6km with the ferry boat from Ishigaki. Every 30min goes another ferry. That makes Taketomi easy to plan for a day trip. On the island rent a bike (just close to the pier), it's cheap and brings you quick to the beautiful beaches and the very ...
... the rest of the day swimming in the clear waters and gazing into the beautiful horizon. Yes I know...it's a tough life ;))) An interesting observation I made in Okinawa is that despite being a tropical island with SE Asia islands to the south, there are no palm/coconut trees here! The ones I have seen are artificially planted along the highways, and not naturally growing in the lush jungles. Instead, there are pine trees that nearly smell like Xmas trees. So ...
... there are a lot of traditional Yaeyama-style houses left in the village.
We arrived at Taketomi Island in the late afternoon of the third day of the trip. A guest house staff picked us up at the ferry port, so my mum didn't walk much for the day. Immediately after we arrived at the guest house, I went out, because I predicted it would rain on the next day. I visited Taketomi Primary and Junior High School, Nagomi Tower and Nishi Sanbashi Pier. I enjoyed strolling in the ...
... So the boat was almost full. Anyway, the guide and driver was funny and we enjoyed the cruise very much. The highlight of the cruise was a visit to the largest sundari tree of Japan. The boat stopped near the tree, which enabled my mum to walk down to the tree. The tree had unique board roots and amazed us. The cruise fare was JPY1,500 and it was not bad at all. After the cruise, we took a ferry to Ishigaki Island and then to Taketomi Island, where we stayed for the night.
... area was small, but nice for a stroll due to the boardwalks. Then we had late lunch in the park restaurant. I tasted Ishigaki beef curry and sea grapes, which were good. After that, we enjoyed Ya-asobi, or Okinawan leisure activities in a house. My mum hesitate to attend it before we went to the house, but she seemingly enjoyed the activity very much. We bought Chinsuko, a speciality sweets of Okinawa at the souvenir shop and left the theme park.