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Minamidaito Island

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Minamidaito Island

At a glance

Minamidaito Island is located about 400 km to the east of the main island of Okinawa and the sixth largest island in Okinawa Prefecture. The island was formed by the repeated upheaval of corral. In 2007, Minamidaito Island's surrounding cliffs were selected as ""Daito Coral Atoll"" to be one of the 100 most beautiful geological formations in Japan.
The island has long been undeveloped because of its distant location from the main island of Okinawa, which has helped it to develop a unique ecosystem.
Because the island is surrounded by reefs, ships cannot dock at port and instead have to offload people and cargo using a crane, making for a rather unique sight. Historical works cite that the island's culture originated from Hachijo Island, but today most islanders head to the main island of Okinawa for work or shopping and the island's cooking and dialect are also not that much different from the main island of Okinawa.
Minamidaito Island is rather large, so a rental car is a good idea for getting around. The roads are flat with the exception of the access points to the port and the seawater pool, so it might also be a good idea to take it slow with a rental bicycle, if time permits. Check out the island's stalactite cave, said to be Asia's largest, explore the underground lake or swim in the seawater pool dug out from a rock reef. The town has many restaurants which give visitors a chance to taste freshly caught local seafood, including tuna, Japanese Spanish mackerel or deep sea snake mackerel.
There are only two restaurants open for lunch on the island, but visitors also can purchase lunch boxes or prepared foods at the local stores and supermarket. There are also a lot of local guidebooks available, making choosing a place to eat or shop a breeze. The locals are very friendly, so feel free to ask for directions or what to do. The chance to interact with islanders will also make your trip more memorable.

Transportation

● Getting there

By air: Ryukyu Air Commuter (RAC)

Direct flights >
Naha Airport   Minamidaito Airport (about 1 hr 5 min)
Outward: once daily on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; twice daily on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Return: once daily on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; twice daily on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
 
Connecting flights >
Naha Airport

  Kitadaito Airport ⇔ Minamidaito Airport

      (about 1 hr 45 min)

Outward: once daily on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Return: once daily on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
 
Kitadaito Airport   Minamidaito Airport (about 15 min)
Outward: once daily on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Return: once daily on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
 
*Timetables may change, so please check in advance.
JAL website (includes RAC)

By ship:
Ferries depart from Tomari Port or from Naha New Port

●Transportation from Naha Airport to Tomari Port

Taxi >
Naha Airport    Tomari Port (about 12 min, about \1,000)
 
Yui Rail >
Naha Airport Station 

  Miebashi Station (about 14 min, \260,

      Tomari Port is 15 min on foot from the station)

 
Bus >
Naha Airport
Domestic Terminal Bus Stop

  Tomari Takahashi Bus Stop  (No.99 Line: about 21 min,

      \220, Tomari Port is 8 min on foot from the bus stop)

●Transportation from Naha Airport to Naha New Port

Taxi >
Naha Airport    Naha New Port (about 16 min, about \1,400)
 
Yui Rail and Bus >
Naha Airport Station 

  Asahibashi Station (about 11 min, \260,

      Naha Bus Terminal is in front of the station)

Naha Bus Terminal

  Futo Iriguchi Bus Stop

       (No.101 Line: about 21 min, \220)

Ferry Daito:

Tomari Port or Naha New Port

  Minamidaito Island

      (about 15 hr, about 17 hr via Kitadaito Island)

One way: \5,540 for adults, \2,770 for children
Round trip: \10,530 for adults, \5,270 for children
Kitadaito Island    Minamidaito Island (about 1 hr)
One way: \830 for adults, \420 for children
*The ferries operate every five days. Please check departing ports and timetables on Daitoline's website.
*Departing and arrival ports in Minamidaito Island may change depending on the weather.
*The ferry requires advance reservation. Call the office at the departing port to make a reservation and inquire about purchasing tickets.
*The ferries are also freight services, so the number of passengers may be limited depending on the load and also the timetables may change. Please check the schedules and conditions each time.
*Be warned that the voyage to Daito can be rough; be prepared.
*When you get on board at Naha, a berth will be assigned to you. There are priority seats, a changing room and a baby room for women in free space.
 
Daito Kaiun Telephone:+81-98-861-0515
Daito Kaiun Minami Daito Office Telephone:+81-9802-2-2003
Daito Kaiun Kita Daito Office Telephone:+81-9802-3-6062

● Getting around the island

Rental cars:

KM Rent-A-Car Telephone:+81-9802-2-4333

Rental cars / motorcycles/ bicycles:

YS Rent-A-Car(Hotel Yoshizato) Telephone:+81-9802-2-2511

Rental cars / motorcycles:

Okuyama Rent-A-Car Telephone:+81-9802-2-2101

Recommended Itineraries

  • ● Half Day (about 5 hr)
  • Minamidaito Airport
  • 順序4 min by car
  • Kaigunbo
  • 順序7 min by car
  • Rum Distillery
  • 順序8 min by car
  • Hinomaru Observatory
  • 順序7 min by car
  • Shioya Coast
  • 順序8 min by car
  • Hoshino Cave
  • 順序7 min by car
  • Baribarai-iwa Rock
  • 順序5 min by car
  • Minami Daito Fishing Port
  • 順序4 min by car
  • Yuhi no Hiroba
  • 順序6 min by car
  • Nishi Port
  • 順序4 min by car
  • Zaisho area (downtown)

Population / Area / Circumference

  • Population: about 1,300
  • Area: 30.57 k㎡
  • Circumference: 21.2 km

Guidebooks available on the island

Japanese Only
南大東島ガイドブック

Specialty items

  • Daito Sushi / Sea Jerky / Rum / Rum cakes / shell ginger karinto (fried dough cookies) / Daito yokan (sweet jelly of adzuki beans)
  • シージャーキーSea Jerky
  • ラム酒Rum
  • ラム酒ケーキRum cakes
  • 月桃かりんとうShell ginger karinto (fried dough cookies)
  • 大東羊羹Daito yokan (sweet jelly of adzuki beans)

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