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Shimoji Island

At a glance

Shimoji Island is located on the southwest side of Irabu Island, which is connected to the island with six bridges, making getting there easy and convenient. Most of the island has been set aside as a training facility for airline pilots called Shimoji Airport. If you are there at the right time you may be able to see pilots practicing a touch-and-go maneuver. The colorful landing light towers of the runway contrasting with the beautiful blue ocean makes for a pretty unique sight.
The island's west coast has two unique ponds designated as a Natural Monument by Okinawa Prefecture that were formed by erosion. The two ponds, collectively referred to as Tori-ike Pond, can be observed from a trail that passes by. The cave that connects the two ponds to the ocean is also one of Miyako's most famous dive spots.
Visitors should rent a car or hire a tax to explore the island as the rally hilly Irabu Island will need to be crossed to get here. There is no public transit on Shimoji Island and the number of rental cars is limited on Irabu Island, so one option would be to rent a car on Miyako Island and take the ferry. You should also plan to eat and shop on Irabu Island as there are very few stores or restaurants on Shimoji Island.

Transportation

● Getting there

First go to Miyako Island by air, then to Irabu Island by ship, and then move to the island.

Taxi >
Miyako Airport   Hirara Port Marine Terminal (about 11 min)
 
Bus >
No.6 Arazato Miyaguni Line, 4 times daily, \210 for adults
Miyako Airport Terminal-mae

  Kita-kyuyusho-mae (about 10 min,

      18 min to the port on foot after getting off the bus)

Miyako Kyoei Bus Telephone:+81-980-72-2414

By ship:

Hirara Port in Miyako Island   Sarahama Port in Irabu Island
High-speed car ferry (about 10 min): Super Liner Hayate
(11 times daily in the summer season, 10 times daily in the winter season, round trip: \700 for adults, \400 for children)
 
High-speed passenger ship (about 15 min): Upuyu
(12 times daily from April 7 to September 30, 11 times daily from October 1 to April 6, round trip: \780 for adults, \400 for children)
 
Car ferry (about 25 min):
Hayate
(7 times daily, round trip: \600 for adults, \360 for children, \3,000 for a standard-sized car)
Yumutsu
(6 times daily, round trip: \600 for adults, \300 for children, \800 for a bicycle, \3,000 for a standard-sized car)
 
*The ferry cost includes one driver for a standard-sized car. The ferry is on a first-come-first-served basis. Arrive at the port at least 20 min before departure.
Hayate Kaiun Telephone:+81-980-78-3337
Miyako Ferry Telephone:+81-980-72-3263

● Getting around the island

Taxi:

Approximate cost required:
\430 for base fare (1.2 km), \60 for every 375 m
Taxi tour 2 hr course: \6,960
Nikko Taxi Telephone:+81-980-78-3007
Kaihatsu Taxi Telephone:+81-980-78-3774
Irabu Shinyo Taxi Telephone:+81-980-78-3093
Shinsei Taxi Telephone:+81-980-78-3326

Rental cars / motorcycles: 

Sun Rent-A-Car Telephone:+81-980-78-5071
*The number of vehicles is small, so advance reservation is recommended.

Rental bicycles:

Joyful Shop Inakaya Telephone:+81-980-78-6551

Recommended Itineraries

  • ● Half Day: Irabu Island and Shimoji Island (about 3 to 4 hr)
  • Sarahama Port
  • 順序10 min by car
  • Funausagibanata Observatory
  • 順序7 min by car
  • Sawadanohama Beach
  • 順序15 min by car
  • Shimoji Pilot Training Airport
  • 順序5 min by car
  • Tori-ike Pond
  • 順序10 min by car
  • Toguchinohama Beach
  • 順序10 min by car
  • Makiyama Observatory
  • 順序10 min by car
  • Sarahama Port

Population / Area / Circumference

  • Population: about 54
  • Area: 9.54 k㎡
  • Circumference: 17.5 km

Guidebooks available on the island

  • Japanese Only
下地島ガイドブック

Links

Miyako Island Tourist Association
http://www.miyako-guide.net/
Miyakojima City
http://www.city.miyakojima.lg.jp/index.html

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