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Taketomi Island is a tourist spot where you can luxuriously enjoy the old traditional culture and island time of Okinawa!
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Taketomi Island is a tourist spot where you can luxuriously enjoy the old traditional culture and island time of Okinawa!

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Taketomi Island is a must-visit island in Yaeyama Islands. A small island with a population of about 360 people, you can enjoy the old Okinawan traditional culture and a relaxing time on the island. Ishigaki Island⇒Taketomi Island is about 10-15 minutes by ferry, which is one of the attractions. We recommend you to rent a bicycle or a buffalo car to visit Taketomi Island. The island itself has many flat roads, so it is easy to explore by bicycle, but there is little shade, so be sure to take precautions against heatstroke. If you don't want to spend hours biking around shady areas during the hot summer months, a buffalo cart is the way to go. If you want to use a buffalo car or a bicycle, a shop with a price list will be waiting for you at Taketomi Port, so you can talk to the shop's staff and drive to the site. Kondoi Beach (Kondoi Park, Iriomote Ishigaki National Park) Kondoi Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Japan, ranking 3rd to 5th in the best beaches in Japan. The beach is characterized by crystal clear blue sea and white sand, and there is little coral, so it may not be suitable for those who want to see a lot of fish by snorkeling. If you want to enjoy snorkeling, you can go to Nishihama Beach in Hateruma Island I'm writing an article about it so you can refer to it. There are parasols for rent on the beach and, thankfully, shower rooms and toilets, as well as little food and drinks for sale on the buses that stop at the beach.   You can enjoy the island time while looking at the crystal clear blue sea and white sand. Beyond the beautiful blue sea, you can see Kohama Island and Iriomote Island. Kondoi Beach is shallow and it can be difficult to swim at low tide, so it is recommended to check the tide table in advance. Incidentally, at low tide, a small island appears on the left side of the beach with the back of the beach. You can walk to the small island without swimming, but sandals are recommended as there are sea cucumbers and small coral.   Tide table of Ishigaki area   Kaijihama Kaiji Beach" is famous as the beach where star sand is taken in Taketomi Island. I've visited a few times as a kid, and I think there are fewer star sands than there were back then. To collect star sand, press your wet palm against the sand and if you look closely at the sand on your palm, you will find some star sand mixed in with the regular sand. There is also a shop at the entrance to the beach where you can buy star sand and other items.   West Pier The West Pier was built in 1936. Because this island is not suitable for farming, it was used to go to Iriomote Island on the opposite shore by Sabani to do farming. It is now famous as a tourist spot to watch a beautiful sunset, and while it is crowded with people staying on the island during sunset hours, it is also a very quiet place during the daytime, and was registered as a national tangible cultural asset in 2005.   Nagomi Tower overlooking the village's townscape It is also one of the highest points on the flat island, and from the top of the tower you can see a 360-degree view of the village town. Many of the photos of red tiles in Okinawa's pamphlets are taken from this tower. This is a must-see tourist spot when you visit Taketomi Island, as it is a national tangible cultural asset. The stairs to the top of the tower are narrow and steep, so be careful when you step on them.   Garden-Asahi Restaurant This time, we visited "Garden Asahi" which has the most abundant menu in Taketomi Island. It's an air-conditioned restaurant, so I recommend it to take a breather. This time, we had a cold Orion beer and cartilage soki soba. Before stopping by the shop this time, we had been sightseeing on a rental bike for about two hours, so a cold Orion beer in an air-conditioned room is exceptional! The soki is soft and firm, and the Yaeyama soba is surprisingly light and delicious.   Address:163-1 Taketomi, Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa Phone: 0980-85-2388 Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. / 6:00 p.m. to 2100 URL: http://www.garden-asahi.com/   Tourist Map of Taketomi Island Ishigaki & Taketomi Island High Speed Boat Ticket and Flight Status ・Anruei Tourism telephone:0980-82-2691 ・Yaeyama tourism ferry telephone:0980-82-5010 ・Ishigaki Island Dream Sightseeing telephone:0980-84-3178      

Shining Hateruma Blue! Hateruma Island, the southernmost paradise island in Japan
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Shining Hateruma Blue! Hateruma Island, the southernmost paradise island in Japan

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Hateruma Island, the southernmost inhabited island in Japan, is about 60 to 70 minutes by high-speed boat from Ishigaki Port. The word "Hateruma" means "the island of the end of Uruma (coral reef)", and there are various other theories.   The color of the sea in Hateruma that gives off a unique blue glow that cannot be seen anywhere else is called "Hateruma Blue", and Nishihama Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Yaeyama Islands, and it is also a nationally famous beach that is ranked first or second in Japan's best beaches every year.   There is an airport on Hateruma Island, but as of June 2016, there are still no flights in service. Therefore, the only means to go to Hateruma Island is by high speed boat or ferry, but since the south of Iriomote Island is an open sea, the waves are also high, and there are many cases of cancellations due to the influence of the waves, so it is recommended to make a plan with plenty of time to spare. If you get seasick or worry about it, please choose a back seat as much as possible because the front seat shakes. You can't designate a seat on a high-speed boat, so it's best to get in line as soon as possible to secure a seat. Depending on the situation, they will respond with increased flights. You can make a reservation at the website of Anrong Kanko   Let's take a look at the sightseeing spots in Hateruma Island, the southernmost island in Japan!   Hateruma Monument The Hateruma Monument was erected in Takanazaki in 1972 by the Shinto Youth National Council to commemorate the reversion of Okinawa to its homeland, and the walkway, which was built by bringing stones from all over Japan, looks like two snakes intertwined. At the tip of the Hateruma monument, a plaque is attached to it stating the distance to the "Tropic of Cancer".   The Southernmost Peace Monument in Japan It was erected by Taketomi Town in 1995 as a project to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, with the folly of war and a pledge not to fight, calling for anti-war from the southernmost tip of Japan. During the Great War, Hateruma residents were forcibly evacuated to Iriomote Island and many people, including children, contracted malaria and died.   Stargazing Tower There is a planetarium on the second floor of the stargazing tower, where you can see the constellations of spring, summer, autumn and winter at the touch of a button, and automatic computer commentary, and on the rooftop of the third floor, you can see the southernmost coastline (daytime) and (nighttime) the actual constellations (stargazing guide). At the dome, you can observe the craters of the Moon, the stripes of Jupiter, the Great Red Group, and Saturn's rings with a 200mm refractor telescope. It's a great way to get to know each other better.   On the first floor of the building is the southernmost vending machine in Japan. There are only a few vending machines on Hateruma Island, so I like to use them to hydrate myself when I go to places like Takanazaki.   Address:3905 Aza Hateruma, Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa Parking: Available Access: Approximately 55 minutes on foot (4.5km)/15 minutes by carfrom the terminal Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. / 13:00 p.m. - 17:00 p.m. / 19:00 p.m. - 22:00 p.m. *Varies depending on the season Closed: Monday Phone: 0980-85-8112 Admission: Adult 400 yen, Child 200 yen (Adult/high school student or older, Child/elementary school student or junior high school student) Official website: http://haterumajima-hosizora.jp/   Southern-most monument in Japan Hateruma Island is the southernmost inhabited island in Japan, and when you visit Hateruma Island, you must visit the "Japan's Southernmost Monument". This monument was erected by a student who made a trip across Japan from Hokkaido in 1970 and paid for his part-time job. Right next to the monument is a monument dedicated to Seiju, which was erected to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the reign of Emperor Showa.   Address:3905 Aza Hateruma, Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa Parking: Available Access: About 51 minutes on foot (4.1km)/15 minutes by car from the terminal   Takanaaki on the precipice Takanazaki is Japan's southernmost cape (where civilians can visit) with a rough, sheer cliff that stretches for about a kilometer, and the Philippine Islands are far beyond the cape. Also, even when the sea is calm, Takanazaki is a dangerous place where the waves come crashing into the shore, so it is recommended not to go too far to the edge of the shore. Nishihama Beach One of the most popular beaches in Hateruma Island is "Nishihama Beach". It also says "Nishi-hama", but they call it "nishi" for north in Okinawa, and Nishi-hama beach is a bit confusing because it faces north.     Recap We visited Hateruma Island in late June and it was in the middle of the rainy season in the Kanto area, but the rainy season had ended in Okinawa and the temperature was 34 degrees Celsius. The Southern Cross can be observed from December (the second half) to June (the first half).   Tides in Okinawa Prefecture Okinawa Iriomote Island Ishigaki Island Nanjo Miyako Island South Great East Island Nakashiro Bay Port Yonaguni Island  

Hateruma Island, the southernmost island in Japan, encounters a sea turtle at the most beautiful Nishi Beach in Japan!
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Hateruma Island, the southernmost island in Japan, encounters a sea turtle at the most beautiful Nishi Beach in Japan!

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According to the islanders, the only beach in Hateruma Island where you can swim is "Nishihama". In addition to the island, there are other beaches such as Peh beach, Bemuchi beach, Boudumari beach, Mao beach, but I think it is "Nishi beach" if you enjoy swimming and snorkeling because the tide is so fast. Because the beach is shallow, it is recommended to check the time on the tide table beforehand because it is shallow at low tide and there are more places where you cannot swim. Tide Table for Iriomote Area   Hateruma Blue, which can only be seen here As you walk down the hill, you can see your destination, Nishihama Beach, and many people stop and cheer at the view. The indescribable shining blue is Hateruma blue. It's too difficult to take pictures of it, so I'm sorry I can't show you the Hateruma blue in the photos, but it's a beach that's ranked first and second among the best beaches in Japan.   As soon as I entered the sea, I was impressed by the high clarity and white sand. If you want to see clean water and white sand, you can see it in other clean ocean, but as you go to the offshore, you will see a sight that you cannot see in other beaches. The point where it turns from a light blue to a dark blue is so beautiful that it looks like a dragon palace.   Underwater is like a dragon palace I couldn't take a good picture because I'm not very good at taking pictures, but it's actually much clearer and more fantastic. I didn't take a picture, but there are some places with only white and blue coral. We encountered a sea turtle eating seaweed while swimming leisurely! This is the second sea turtle of the day. We found a large anemone. Unfortunately, there were no clownfish... It's hard to understand, but the coral between the anemones has many eggs on it because it was the spawning season. He is surrounded by friendly fishes     Hateruma Island Nishihama Beach Map Access: Approx. 10 minutes walk from the terminal (800m) Address: Hateruma, Taketomi Town, Yaeyama County, Okinawa Prefecture   Recap In front of Nishihama Beach, there is an ocean house where you can have a light meal and rent a camera to take pictures underwater, but if you want to take more beautiful pictures, we recommend you to bring your own camera. The camera I used to shoot underwater was a rental camera.   I have snorkeled in many places in Okinawa, but the number of coral and fish at Nishihama Beach is amazing. There are rocks and coral in some places in the sea, so you need to be prepared with marine shoes. Be sure to wear a life jacket when snorkeling and be aware of the rip currents. There is also a free shower on the beach, but it is not a private room. In the shops that lend you fins near the terminal, there is also a shower for a fee.   Why don't you enjoy this summer at Nishihama Beach, the most beautiful beach in Japan, Hateruma Island, the southernmost island in Japan?   This is a heavenly beach that you must visit once in a lifetime. If you've been to Nishihama Beach, we'd love to hear from you!   Click here for the article on Hateruma Island

West Lake Wild Bird Forest Park - Birdwatching with Mt.
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I went to the Fuji Shiba Cherry Blossom Festival! ~Mossphlox and Mt. Fuji in full bloom
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I went to the Fuji Shiba Cherry Blossom Festival! ~Mossphlox and Mt. Fuji in full bloom

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On May 8, the last day of Golden Week, I went to the Fuji Shiba Cherry Blossom Festival, which was in full bloom. It was the last day of Golden Week, but every lane of the road (139) in front of the Fuji Motosu Lake Resort was jammed! There are a lot of cars waiting for the parking lot, so it is better to use public transportation such as train and bus, and there are also many sightseeing tours.   Depending on the day, there is a temporary parking lot around the Fuji Honsuko Resort, so you can take a bus from there. For temporary parking, please visit the Fujishibazakura Festival official website   I felt that there were a lot of foreign tourists, perhaps due to the World Heritage site of Mt. Three types of pamphlets for the Fuji Shiba Sakura Festival were available in Japanese, English and Chinese.   800,000 "turf cherry" pink lawns! Fuji Shiba-zakura Festival" is a spectacular spot where 800,000 shiba-zakura flowers bloom against the backdrop of World Heritage Site Mt. Fuji, and the "Observation Footbath" where you can enjoy a leisurely footbath while looking at the shiba-zakura and Mt. Flowering time is from mid-April to past mid-May. Please check the official website for current information   The Legend of the Dragon God in Lake Motosu It is said that the dragon that once inhabited Lake Motosu saved the villagers by reporting the eruption of the mountain. The name Motosu is said to come from the fact that the villagers who had evacuated from their original nest were able to return to their original place. The colorful flower patterns at the Fuji Shiba Cherry Blossom Festival site symbolize a giant dragon.   Types of moss phlox McDaniel Mont Blanc OAKINGTON BLUE EYE The flow of Tama Autumn Rose Little Dot   Maimono Festa At the site of the Fuji Shiba Cherry Blossom Festival, there will be a huge gathering of good food "good food "around Mt. You can enjoy local delicacies such as Fujinomiya Yakisoba, which is famous for the B-1 Grand Prix, Yoshida Udon, which is a local dish eaten around Fujiyoshida City, Koshu Fuji Sakura Pork Tonshiru, which uses Yamanashi brand pork, and Koshu Torimotsuni, which is a standard in Yamanashi Prefecture.   Opening period and opening hours Period : Saturday, April 16, 2016 - Sunday, May 29, 2016 Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The period and opening hours are subject to change depending on flowering conditions and other factors. Pets are not allowed to enter the park.   Admission Fee Individuals and groups (15 or more people) Adult (Junior high school students and above) 600yen 500yen Children (3 years and older) 250yen 200yen   Some 1,000 parking spaces (chargeable) Standard car:500yen Large vehicles: 2,000 yen Motorcycles: 300 yen   Access Venue:Fujihonsuko Resort Address:212 Honsu, Fujikawaguchiko-cho, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi