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Iriomote Culture Discovery // Let's dive into Iriomote indigenous culture!

This is a unique and only tour to discover Iriomote culture, history, customs, and local stories.
You will have access to first-hand distinctive knowledge of the indigenous culture that is not available elsewhere. It's a perfect rest between forest hikes and snorkeling. A great introduction to Iriomote island!
We will have a lovely easy walk through one of the oldest villages, Sonai. We will visit a shrine, a traditional house, and historical places. During the walk, I will introduce you to the fascinating little-known history and religion of this beautiful island. I will share some local stories, folk tales, and my own experiences. I've participated in many rituals and events.
After the walk, we will rest by the beach under a shadow and refresh over a cup of locally made tea and sugar snacks. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and see photographs, videos and listen to folk songs.
You will see Iriomote from a different angle than just nature and we will have a great time!

per adult from




80 to 90 minutes


Hotel pickup available


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No tour options available.

  • What's included :
    • Coffee and/or Tea - After our walk we will rest at the meeting point by the beach with an amazing view on the ocean. We will chat over locally made tea from local plant and locally produced sugar snack.
    What's excluded :
    • This is a typical itinerary for this product

      Stop At: 前泊御嶽, Iriomote, Taketomi, Yaeyama District, Okinawa 907-1542, Japan

      We will see an original shrine where people still pray nowadays. I will describe the indigenous religion, religious practices of local people and how the typical shrine is built. Please mind, we cannot go inside due to respect to the locals.

      Duration: 15 minutes

      Stop At: 前泊御嶽, 562-1 Hatoma, Taketomi, Yaeyama District, Okinawa 907-1544, Japan

      Next, we will proceed to see two traditional houses. One is a designated historical monument that we can visit and explore. I will describe how the typical household used to look like, what are the materials used to build traditional houses and local customs of worship within a house. You can find out details about Shisa lions, the household gods or the use of corals and typhoon protection.

      Duration: 15 minutes

      Stop At: 前泊御嶽, Iriomote, Taketomi, Yaeyama District, Okinawa 907-1542, Japan

      Old well and old forest street

      Duration: 20 minutes

    • Departure Point :
      61-4 Iriomote, Taketomi, Yaeyama District, Okinawa 907-1542, Japan
      Traveler pickup is offered
      Pick up service is limited to 3 people and the Westside area of Iriomote island. Needs to be booked in a minimum 1-day advance (if you decide for a pick-up in less than one day prior to the tour, please, contact me, but I cannot guarantee it). If you are a larger group than 3, please, contact me.Ports
      • Densa Terminal, Japan, 〒907-1541 Okinawa, Yaeyama District, Taketomi, Uehara, 竹富町上原553-1
      Return Detail :
      Returns to original departure point
      Hotel Pickup :
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Service animals allowed
      • Most travelers can participate
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
    • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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    Organised by Karola Mech

    Activity ID: V-249342P1

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