Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Day trip to Taketomi island from Ishigaki. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan travel blog

 

So it’s possible to get around the Yaeyama Islands by ferry.

 

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Taketomi ferry port. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan travel blog

 

And when you’re staying on Ishigaki Island, a day trip to Taketomi can make for a perfect day!

 

You can make it a part of your 3 days in the Yaeyama Islands:

 

 

Now…

A bit more about taking the ferry from Ishigaki to Taketomi!

 

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Ishigaki ferry port. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan travel blog

 

Where to buy ferry tickets

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Where to buy tickets at ferry port. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

 

So you can buy your ticket from Ishigaki to Taketomi at the ferry port on the day you want to go to Taketomi island.

You’ll go to the ticket counter that sells the tickets to Taketomi.

And here you can get round-trip tickets, from Ishigaki to Taketomi, and from Taketomi to Ishigaki.

 

The cost of the round-trip ticket from Ishigaki to Taketomi (and back) is 1,330 yen (US$12).

 

So you’ll get 2 tickets.

 

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry tickets - cost how much. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

These are “shisa” figurines which you’re sure to see on your trip to Ishigaki! They also make GREAT souvenirs! You will find them at most gift shops.

 

Don’t lose the Taketomi to Ishigaki ticket when you’re exploring Taketomi island!

 

 

What are the ferry timings?

Taketomi Island is one of the (if not THE?) most popular islands to go on a day trip from Ishigaki.

This makes it so that there are a good amount of ferry timings throughout the day.

For ferry timings around the Yaeyama Islands, you can pick up an updated copy of the schedule at the ferry port.

 

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry timings for Ishigaki to Yaeyama islands. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

 

This can tell you ferry timings for getting to different islands in the Yaeyama Islands from the Ishigaki ferry port.

Or, you can also go outside the ferry terminal, port side, and there’s a sign with the ferry timings as well.

 

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry timings for Ishigaki to Yaeyama islands. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

 

 

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry timings (and Taketomi to Ishigaki ferry timings)

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry timings for Ishigaki to Taketomi island. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

Photo taken April 2019. The black star indicates ferry timings for July, August, and September only. The other symbol indicates the boat operator name.

 

So basically…

The left column is Ishigaki to Taketomi timings. The right column is Taketomi to Ishigaki timings.

The first ferry from Ishigaki to Taketomi is at 7:30am.

The last ferry in the opposite direction going back from Taketomi to Ishigaki is at 6:15pm.

 

 

Okay, so you have your ticket…

Getting on the ferry

So once you have your ticket, you can confirm which platform your ferry will depart from at the ticket counter, or by looking at the display board.

 

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry departure timings for Ishigaki to Taketomi island. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

 

There is a waiting area at the ferry terminal, although if you’re getting on the next boat to Taketomi you probably won’t need to use it.

 

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Ferry port waiting area. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

 

There are also coin lockers at the ferry port if you want to leave your luggage behind while you go for a quick trip to Taketomi island before your flight out of Ishigaki in the evening! And there is a bus to the airport that you can catch at the Ishigaki bus terminal across the street from the ferry port. (You probably would only want to do this if the weather is good and there’s no risk of ferry cancellation, though!) 

 

So off to get on the boat you go!

 

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. to platform. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. to platform. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Getting on the boat. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

 

You’ll hand over the Ishigaki to Taketomi ticket before you get on the boat.

 

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry ticket. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

 

Or if you’re unsure of which to give (because it’s in Japanese only), just show the ticket guy both, and he’ll take the correct one!

 

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Getting on the boat. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry seats interior. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry seats interior. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry seats interior. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry seats interior. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

 

Read over the rules that are posted on the back of the seat!

Basically… the seas can be rough, stay seated!

 

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry boat rules. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

 

And then soon enough it’ll be departure time and off to Taketomi Island you go!

The boat will start off slowly as it leave the Ishigaki ferry port.

 

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Departure timings at Ishigaki ferry port. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Departure timings at Ishigaki ferry port. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

 

You’ll pass Japan coast guard boats.

 

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Departure timings at Ishigaki ferry port. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Departure timings at Ishigaki ferry port. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

 

 

And then…

Small boat on the ocean making big waves!

Well, even though the weather was pretty good, the posted rules started making more sense once the boat left the port area!

The ferry started off slowly, and then once it hit the open water…

SPEED!

 

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Speedboat to Taketomi island. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Speedboat to Taketomi island. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Speedboat to Taketomi island. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Speedboat to Taketomi island. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

 

And then soon enough, the ferry will start to slow down as it approaches the Taketomi ferry port.

 

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Arrival timings at Taketomi ferry port. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Arrival timings at Taketomi ferry port. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Arrival timings at Taketomi ferry port. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

 

It’s about a 10-15 minute ferry boat ride from Ishigaki to Taketomi.

 

 

And then…

You’ve arrived at the Taketomi Island ferry port!

 

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Taketomi ferry port arrival timings. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

 

Now what to do?!

 

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. What to do from Taketomi ferry port. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

 

Shuttle bus for bicycle rental

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Bicycle rental in Taketomi. Biking, cycling. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

Yes, TONS of bikes!

 

Cycling around the island is basically the thing to do in Taketomi.

Right after you get off the ferry, you’ll see a row of vehicles.

 

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Bicycle rental shuttle bus at Taketomi ferry port. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Bicycle rental shuttle bus at Taketomi ferry port. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

 

Here you will find shuttle buses that will take you to rent a bicycle.

These shuttles are free (if you’ll be renting a bike), and you don’t need to make any reservations in advance.

You can just show up and get on any bus that looks good to you. (Well, it would be good to confirm the bus you’re getting on is for bicycle rentals!)

But if you need someone to make a decision for you, I got on the maroon-colored shuttle bus. 😉

 

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Bicycle rental shuttle bus at Taketomi ferry port. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

 

Once at the bicycle rental shop the guy seemed really accommodating to English-speakers. (I was pulled aside from the main line to be taken care of.)

 

OR…

Information center

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Taketomi tourist visitors information center. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

 

If you won’t be renting a bicycle, you can make your first stop the main building by the Taketomi ferry port to visit the information center.

This is also something you’ll see right after you get off the ferry.

 

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Taketomi tourist visitors information center. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

 

You’ll be able to get a map of the island here.

You can get a basic English map for free, or a more detailed map in Japanese for 200 yen (US$2).

You’re supposed to return the English map though, which I found to be a bit of a liability. (I was afraid I’d forget to return it!)

If you’re renting a bicycle, you’ll probably be given a (free) map, so I would skip getting the map at the information center.

In the building, you’ll find toilets and coin lockers too.

 

Places to visit during a day trip to Taketomi island

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Best things to do in Taketomi cycling around island. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

 

I’d say Taketomi Island is really more about taking it easy and taking in the views!

 

1. Kondoi Beach

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Best things to do in Taketomi - cycling to Kondoi Beach. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Best things to do in Taketomi - Kondoi Beach. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Best things to do in Taketomi - Kondoi Beach. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

 

2. Kaiji Beach (star-sand beach)

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Best things to do in Taketomi - Kaiji Beach. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Best things to do in Taketomi - Kaiji Beach - search for star-sand. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Best things to do in Taketomi - Kaiji Beach - star-sand beach. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

This is souvenir sand so it’s more in abundance, but this is the type of star-shaped sand you can find at this beach!

 

3. Nishi-sanbashi pier

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Best things to do in Taketomi - Nishi sanbashi pier. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Best things to do in Taketomi - Nishi sanbashi pier. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

 

4. Misashi-on

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Best things to do in Taketomi - misashi on. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Best things to do in Taketomi - misashi on. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan

 

See more of how to spend your days on Ishigaki island with hiking, snorkeling, and another boat ride!

 

Ishigaki to Taketomi ferry. Taketomi ferry port timings. Backpacking Yaeyama islands, Okinawa Japan travel blog

 

HAPPY ISHIGAKI TO TAKETOMI FERRY RIDE!



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