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Taketomi-jima is a small island located in the Yaeyama archipelago of Okinawa, Japan. It is one of the smallest inhabited islands in Japan, with a population of just over 500 people. The island is known for its traditional Ryukyu architecture, which is characterized by its white-washed walls and red-tiled roofs. Taketomi-jima is also known for its picturesque beaches and coral reefs, as well as its rich cultural heritage.

Geographically, Taketomi-jima is located in the East China Sea, about 15 kilometers from Ishigaki Island. It is just over 3 kilometers long and 1 kilometer wide, making it one of the smallest inhabited islands in Japan. The island is mostly flat, with a few hills and mountains rising up in the center.

In terms of history, Taketomi-jima has a long and rich history. It was first settled by the Ryukyu people in the 14th century, and was an important trading center for the Ryukyu Kingdom. During the Edo period, the island was a part of the Ryukyu Kingdom, and was heavily influenced by Chinese and Japanese culture. In 1879, the island was annexed by Japan and became part of Okinawa Prefecture.

Today, Taketomi-jima is a popular tourist destination, and is known for its traditional Ryukyu architecture and its beautiful beaches and coral reefs. It is also a popular spot for scuba diving and snorkeling, as well as for its many festivals and cultural events. Visitors to the island can explore its many historical sites, including the ruins of the old castle and the ancient tombs. Taketomi-jima is also home to many unique species of plants and animals, making it a great place to explore and appreciate nature.

Excursion tips for a day in Taketomi-jima

Taketomi-jima is an island off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, and is a popular tourist destination. On a day trip to Taketomi-jima, tourists can enjoy a wide range of activities, from relaxing on the beach to exploring the island's unique culture. Here are some of the activities that tourists can do on Taketomi-jima:

1. Visit the Taketomi-jima Traditional Village, which is a living museum of traditional Ryukyu architecture, featuring red-tiled roofs, stone walls, and narrow streets.

2. Take a boat tour around the island, which offers stunning views of the crystal-clear waters and coral reefs.

3. Relax on the beaches of Taketomi-jima, which are known for their white sand and turquoise waters.

4. Explore the island's unique culture by visiting the Taketomi-jima Folklore Museum, which houses artifacts from the island's history.

5. Go snorkeling or scuba diving in the coral reefs around the island, which are home to a wide variety of marine life.

6. Try the local cuisine, which includes dishes such as goya champuru (bitter melon stir-fry) and rafute (stewed pork).

7. Visit the small islands around Taketomi-jima, such as Kohama-jima and Hateruma-jima, which offer stunning views and unique cultures.

8. Enjoy the nightlife of Taketomi-jima, which features a variety of bars and restaurants.

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The climate in Taketomi-jima

Taketomi-jima in Japan has a subtropical climate with hot and humid summers, mild winters, and year-round sunshine. In summer, temperatures average around 30°C with high humidity and occasional typhoons. In spring and autumn, temperatures are mild, ranging from the low twenties to the mid-thirties. In winter, temperatures are cooler, ranging from the low teens to the mid-twenties. All year round, the island enjoys plenty of sunshine and the occasional rain shower.

Cruise weather for Taketomi-jima

Our weather forecast for Taketomi-jima helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 14th 2024 Jul. 14th 2024 max: 34.0 °C
min: 29 °C
24.1 m/s
26.3 m/s
44.5 %
12.4 m
79.8 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 15th 2024 Jul. 15th 2024 max: 30.5 °C
min: 29.7 °C
27.7 m/s
28.4 m/s
60.6 %
24.1 m
76.0 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 16th 2024 Jul. 16th 2024 max: 30.4 °C
min: 29.5 °C
23.0 m/s
24.8 m/s
9.3 %
23.6 m
75.5 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 30.5 °C
min: 29.9 °C
21.2 m/s
22.0 m/s
13.2 %
24.1 m
76.2 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 30.4 °C
min: 29.4 °C
19.1 m/s
19.8 m/s
4.2 %
23.7 m
77.5 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 30.3 °C
min: 29.7 °C
21.6 m/s
22.4 m/s
15.3 %
24.1 m
76.1 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 30.4 °C
min: 29.7 °C
21.6 m/s
22.7 m/s
12.3 %
24.1 m
76.2 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 30.5 °C
min: 29.7 °C
20.5 m/s
22.0 m/s
10.5 %
24.1 m
75.7 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 30.3 °C
min: 29.5 °C
20.8 m/s
21.1 m/s
4.2 %
23.9 m
75.0 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 30.0 °C
min: 29.4 °C
38.0 m/s
42.0 m/s
79.4 %
20.2 m
81.0 %
999 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 29.8 °C
min: 29.1 °C
60.6 m/s
73.4 m/s
100.0 %
13.7 m
85.1 %
990 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 31.0 °C
min: 28.8 °C
65.9 m/s
81.7 m/s
100.0 %
17.9 m
84.1 %
987 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 30.5 °C
min: 30.2 °C
51.8 m/s
63.4 m/s
99.5 %
22.6 m
85.8 %
992 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 30.3 °C
min: 29.6 °C
41.8 m/s
50.0 m/s
84.5 %
21.3 m
86.0 %
997 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 29.8 °C
min: 29.5 °C
49.7 m/s
59.4 m/s
64.4 %
19.9 m
84.0 %
994 hPa

Cruises to Taketomi-jima

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Scheduled ship calls in Taketomi-jima, Japan
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Oct. 14th 2024 Monday, 14th of Oct. 2024 LE SOLEAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
May 3rd 2025 Saturday, 3rd of May 2025 LE JACQUES CARTIER 12:00 am 12:00 am

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