Iriomote Island, Taketomicho Iriomote-jima

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Visit Iriomote Island, a jungle-covered island popular with nature lovers. The population of Okinawa's second-largest island remains relatively small, with just 2,000 permanent inhabitants and nearly 90 percent of the landmass covered in thick, lush jungle and mangrove forests. Attracting outdoor adventurers and nature enthusiasts, the habitats onshore and off support a varied population of animals, including the Iriomote Yamaneko (a wildcat only found on the island), and manta rays swimming around the coral reef. Take a diving trip with one of the many established tour operators, or kayak down the rivers of the island's interior. Put Iriomote Island at the forefront of your travel plans using our Taketomicho Iriomote-jima family vacation planner.
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  • We went there for bufflo ride n we spend an afternoon at the starsand beach. The water was clear and great place for swimming n snokeling  more »
  • Unspoiled island just an hour ferry ride from Ishigaki...I did the jungle river cruise along with some hiking...nothing unique but nice to be away in the jungle  more »
  • Iriomote is very close to Ishigaki, but a very different type of island . It is a real wild place, most jungle and mangroves. There are not many inhabitants, not many roads and only along the coast. T...  more »

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Look to the port areas in the northwest and southeast of Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima to find the largest concentration of places to stay. The resorts here stand as sprawling luxury options, with onsite pools, private villas, and fine-dining restaurants. In the slightly less salubrious parts of the two port towns, you'll find some old guesthouses offering budget-friendly options. Set in former residences, they provide simple rooms, as well as shared kitchens and bathrooms. Generally speaking, the choice of accommodations on Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima is divided between the luxurious and the basic, with little in between.
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