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Excursion 'The best of the islands of Irabujima and Shimojishima'

Description

An excursion to appreciate the beautiful landscapes on the island of Irabu - from the Sawada Hama beach to the Toori-ike Pond passing thorough the scenic Irabu Ohashi bridge. A unique natural spectacle!



What we will see
  • Irabu Ohashi bridge
  • Sawada Hama beach
  • Shimoji airport
  • Toori-ike Pond


What we will do
  • The first stop on our tour takes us to the Irabu Ohashi bridge connecting Miyakojima and Irabujima in the Okinawa Prefecture inaugurated in 2016. The bridge is 3,540 metres long in total and is the longest toll-free bridge in Japan. On sunny days, it offers amazing views of the shimmering emerald green seas.
  • Once over the bridge, we stop at the Sawada Hama beach, one of the 100 Best Beaches in Japan offering breathtaking views at sunset.
  • When the ocean water is calm, it is possible to admire the rugged landscape dotted with large rocks that were deposited here during the violent tsunami that hit the area in 1771.
  • We continue with the Shimoji airport on the island of Shimojishima.
  • The airport was originally used to train commercial airline pilots. It was completed in 1971 and opened officially in July 1973.
  • The last stop on our tour is Toori-ike Pond whose mysterious atmosphere attracts many visitors. Thanks to its irresistible uniqueness, it was designated as a “national scenic beauty” and “national natural treasure”.
  • Two large openings on the vast limestone plateau of the Ryūkyū contain tranquil cobalt-blue waters.
  • The dark blue almost black water gives the impression of being surrounded by a mysterious atmosphere that gave life to legends such as that of the “yumainata” (mermaid) and the “stepchild” legend.
When would you like to leave?
Adult US$ 75.00
Child (3-13 old) US$ 56.25
Length 6 hours approximately
Level Moderate Moderate
Type
 
What you need to know
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • We recommend purchasing Japanese Yens on board.
  • Guests with mobility problems and those in wheelchairs will be assisted while getting on and off the coach.
  • Itinerary sequence may vary without prior warning.