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Published on 06.28.2016
Iriomote Island is covered by subtropical plants and mangrove, and the water which surrounds the Island is extremely clear. Satoru Yahata, a marine adventurer, sheds some light on the enticement of kayaking and Iriomote Island.
One of the most famous attractions of Iriomote Island is the Nakama river. It is the second largest river of Okinawa located on the southeast side of the Iriomote Island. About an hour drive from Kanpiraso, broad mangrove forest expands around the both sides of the river. A sightseeing boat of Tobo-kotsu is the best way to enjoy the river. Canoeing up Nakama River for about two hours from Nakama Port to arrive at the uppermost reaches with the canoe is equally thrilling.
Kayak River Tours are available on the mangrove lined Urauchi, Nakama, and other smaller Rivers. Usually, a three-hours Kayak tours cost about 6000 yen. Watch this video to learn more about Kayak Tours.
Getting to Iriomote
The Ryukyu Islands’ transportation hub is Naha, popular for the short flights to other islands like Ishigaki, Miyako, Yoron and many others.
According to JapanVisitor.com, frequent direct flights to Naha leave from Tokyo (both Haneda and Narita airports), Osaka, Fukuoka, and Nagoya. Less frequent direct flights leave from many other Japanese cities including Kobe, Sendai, Niigata, Shizuoka, Takamatsu, Hiroshima, Kagoshima, Kumamoto and Nagasaki.
There are also flights from Taiwan and other mainland Asian cities including Seoul. There are direct flights to Miyako Island from Tokyo and Osaka. Flights to Ishigaki Island from Nagoya and Fukuoka go via Naha.