A quick glance at today’s itinerary
There are two different maps as we went to an island called Taketomi and back
We cycled and walk most of the time as you cannot drive the car from Ishigaki to Taketomi. Taketomi is relatively small so a car is not necessary on Taketomi as walking by foot or renting a bicycle is the best options.
We drove to Ishigaki’s port to take the ferry going to Taketomi. Ferries are quite frequent, but do check the ferry timetable before going. It takes only 10-15minutes so you can easily do a half day trip without feeling stressed on time.
Here is the ferry timetable I checked recently.
Once we arrived at the port in Taketomi, we approached the tour buses by the port. There are four different tours ready at the port, they offer bicycles rental and water buffalo cart rides. Whichever you choose you can hop on their mini vans, or buses to the city centre where you can finish off reservations and payment. No worries if you do not want to pay for anything, walking is possible on the island, and walking to the city centre takes only 15 minutes. However walking to the beach will be a good 30 minutes and if you come during summer, you will be burning into flames.
Japan, 〒907-1101 Okinawa-ken, Yaeyama-gun, Taketomi-chō, Taketomi
After arriving at the bicycle rental shop, we made reservation for the water buffalo cart rides for an hour later. We had an hour to have lunch, so I decided to take my family to a restaurant I had before a few years ago. It was a short 8 minutes walk away. We stopped by at the Nagominoto Tower, however we were not able to walk to the top as it was closed off. The view wasn’t as pretty as I remembered.
Taketomi, 竹富町 Taketomi, Yaeyama District, Okinawa Prefecture 907-1101, Japan
We finally made it for lunch at お食事処 かにふ Kanihu and luckily we got a table for ten people. I was telling my family how good this restaurant was when I visited in 2015. We were all so hungry and ready to dig in.
お食事処 かにふ Kanihu
Monday – Sunday
11am – 3pm
6pm – 8pm
We hurried back to the shop to be on time for the Water Buffalo Cart Rides. It was only a short five minutes walk, however we stopped to take pictures and took us nearly ten minutes.
Next stop was going to one of the beach – Kaiji Beach 星砂の浜
Kaiji Beach 星砂の浜
Japan, 〒907-1101 Okinawa-ken, Yaeyama-gun, Taketomi-chō, Taketomi, 竹富町竹富
We then took the ferry back to Ishigaki. We grabbed our car and headed towards my favourite cafe on Ishigaki for some ice cream and burger.
Imori Pasture at Miru Miru ミルミル本舗 -本店-
Japan, 〒907-0024 Okinawa-ken, Ishigaki-shi, Arakawa, １５８３−７４
Monday – Sunday
10am – 8pm
We spent 1.5 hours at the ice cream cafe, so it was time for dinner. We had already ate one meal of Wagyu beef, so it was time for Agu pork and shabu shabu. It was difficult to find a good rating restaurant that do Agu pork shabu shabu that serves a big group (10 of us). So I found this all you can eat shabu shabu place which i did not think it was worth the money. Hardly anyone was there, the pork was definitely not the best quality either. I wouldn’t bother with the all you can eat option, you won’t want another portion of this disgraceful quality of pork.
Ganaha Meat 我那覇豚肉店 石垣島店
Unfortunately that is the end of our short family trip to Okinawa as we were flying back to Hong Kong in the morning of Day 4. Quite sad that the holiday ended so soon, but we all had a great time exploring and being together. It doesn’t matter where you are, as long as you are together with your family to be honest. As this trip was my second time here at Ishigaki and Taketomi, and I did exactly same thing, but I did not mind as I really enjoy being with my family, this is as close as it gets as a ‘family holiday’. Still missing my oldest sister, brother in law and my two nieces, I hope one day all 14 of us can go on a short trip one day. Can you believe I’m 30 and never really been on a family trip? It seems impossible for only 6 of us to go on a holiday since they are all married with their own little family now. My family has always been all over the place ever since I was 10, even before that I was always at home by myself, we don’t even have family dinner together let alone family trips. I do get upset when I think of this, and envious of other families who have had more than a few family holiday. Anyhow, I love my family so much!
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