What to Expect
Taketomi Island is one of southern most coral island in Japan. The island is located 6 kilometers west from Ishigaki island, center of Yaeyama islands, Okinawa. In its traditional village, houses must employ the traditional Okinawan red-tiled roof. You'll see shi-sa lion dog on the top of roofs that are quite imaginable. Most of houses have their surrounding walls fashioned of hand-cut coral stone.
The town lanes are of similar construction and are usually festooned with blooming hibiscus, bougainvillea or other plants, Transportation around the island is water buffalo cart or bicycle Taketomi's best beach, Kondaoi-hama, is popular for its snow white fine coral sand.