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[Animal Tourism: Cat Island] Japan: Taketomi Island, Okinawa Prefecture

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Taketomi Island is a small island in Okinawa Prefecture. This island is one of the Yaeyama Islands, about 10 minutes by boat from Ishigaki Island, and has become known as a tropical resort. In recent years, this island is not only a resort area, but also because many cats live in it, it is becoming known as a cat island. It is said that about 80 cats live on Taketomi Island today, mainly in the western village and Kondoi beach in the west.

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Location

Taketomi Island is a small island in Okinawa Prefecture.

AddressTaketomi, Yaeyama District, Okinawa 907-1101
Population260
Number of Cats80

History

Taketomi Island has been inhabited since ancient times. Castles began to be built in 1500, forming an economic zone. However, because the island is made of coral reefs, it is not suitable for agriculture and fishing is the main industry. Infrastructure was developed in the 1900s to secure food for the islanders, and the West Pier was registered as a registered tangible cultural property

Climate

Taketomi Island has a subtropical climate. The average temperature throughout the year is around 23 ° C. Winter is a very warm climate.

Language

Japanese is used in Japan.

Security

Taketomi Island is a very peaceful place and you can live very safely.

Race

Most of them are Japanese in Japan.

industry

Taketomi Island is known as a tropical resort, and its main industry is tourism. The island is well-equipped with accommodations, including vacation rentals, hotels and guesthouses. However, many tourists stay on Ishigaki Island and visit the island on a day trip.

religion

Most of the Japanese are atheists.

currency

Japanese yen is used in Japan.

airport

Speaking of big airports, there is Naha Airport in Okinawa Prefecture.

NameNaha Airport
Address150 Kagamizu, ciudad de Naha, Okinawa 901-0142
URLHome Page

The nearest airport to the island is Painushima Ishigaki Airport.

NamePainushima Ishigaki Airport
Address1960-104-1 Shiraho, Ishigaki, Okinawa 907-0242
URLHome Page

access

The only way to get to Taketomi Island is by ferry from Ishigaki Island. Mainly ferry movement without using trains. To get to Ishigaki Island from Naha Airport, take an airplane. You can check the ferry timetable, map, and operation status from the URL.

RoutePlaceVehicleTimeAddressURL
1Painushima Ishigaki Airport

taketomi island
Ferry15min1960-104-1 Shiraho, Ishigaki, Okinawa 907-0242Map

Sightseeing Spot 1: Kondoi Beach

The beauty of the scenery is not the only attraction of Kondoi Beach. There are pretty cats all over the beach. You can play with many cats.

AddressTaketomi, Yaeyama District, Okinawa 907-1101
URL
Open Time

Sightseeing Spot 2: West Pier

It is a bridge registered as a national tangible cultural property. It is now a popular sunset spot and is also a photography spot.

Address207 Taketomi, Yaeyama District, Okinawa 907-1101
URLHome Page
Open Time

Sightseeing spot 3: Buffalo cart sightseeing

You can look around the cityscape of red tiled houses while riding a cow. The guide will sing Okinawan folk songs while playing the sanshin.

AddressYaeyama District, Okinawa 907-1101
URLHome Page
Open Time

Sightseeing Spot 4: Kaiji Beach

Another place to meet cats is here. Swimming is prohibited due to the fast tide.

AddressTaketomi, Yaeyama District, Okinawa 907-1101
URLHome Page
Open Time09:00~17:00

Hotel

Taketomi Island has plenty of accommodation facilities. There are private lodgings, guest houses, and hotels. However, there are not so many, so be sure to make an advance reservation before you go.

Shimajuku Ganjuya

Address2280 Taketomi, Yaeyama District, Okinawa 907-1101
URLHome Page
TimeCheck-in time: 15:00

Minshuku Kohamaso

Address316 Taketomi, Yaeyama District, Okinawa 907-1101
URLHome Page
TimeCheck-in time: 14:00
Check-out time: 10:00

Takana Ryokan

Address499 Taketomi, Yaeyama District, Okinawa 907-1101
URLHome Page
TimeCheck-in time: 15:00
Check-out time: 11:00

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