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Kudakajima Island, Nanjo

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Sometimes referred to as “"the island of the God,"” folklore says that the god Amamikiyo descended on the heavenly Kudakajima Island and introduced multi-grains essential for life. Arriving at the ferry port, you can peruse some gift shops and grab a bite to eat, including the opportunity to sample a local delicacy, the deadly seasnake (hand-captured by the islanders). Consider hiring a bike at the port, a good way to get around the island, but be aware that some areas are sacred and you won't be able to set foot there. Take a map from the ferry to identify the forbidden areas. Plan my Nanjo trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • Lovely little island, easily explored in a few hours either on foot or by bicycle. I did both. After walking around the main village, I decided to rent a bicycle to explore the more rural areas... 
    Lovely little island, easily explored in a few hours either on foot or by bicycle. I did both. After walking around the main village, I decided to rent a bicycle to explore the more rural areas...  more »
  • Old cars, washing machine, refrigerators, plastic waist and much more hiding in the nature. This little Island should be cleaned up and all rubbish should shipped bag to the main island. Look on... 
    Old cars, washing machine, refrigerators, plastic waist and much more hiding in the nature. This little Island should be cleaned up and all rubbish should shipped bag to the main island. Look on...  more »
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  • Kudaka Island was nice
  • Small coral island, about 2 sq km, pop 300, 25 min ferry ride from Nanjo Town, Azama port. Highest point is about 3 m over sea level. Access to/from the ferry on the Okinawa side is fairly inconvenient with infrequent bus service to/from Nanjo city hall and no taxi stand at the port. Taxi can be called at Azama but availability can be limited, forcing a wait for the city bus. There are two ferries, the fast boat (passengers only) and a small car ferry. Fast boat takes 15 min to cross, car ferry 25 min. Tickets can be purchased at both ends, the fast boat is 90 yen supplement each way to the ordinary passenger fare of 1,300 round trip. Most visitors are day tripping to ride rental bikes around the island. Bike rental is cheap from a choice of 3 shops just above the ferry pier. The entire island can be walked in 3 hours, biked in 2 hours depending on how much time sightseeing. The North side of the island has a few ancient water wells along the coast with access from improved stairs that lead to beautiful ocean views. “Romance Road” on the north side has a nice view of Okinawa and is worth visiting. The northern most point, Cape Kaberu has incredible vistas of the off shore reef with lots of sharp coral. The south shore has sandy coral beaches, protected by an off shore reef. There are a few places to eat and drink and vending machines located in the village. Overall worth a visit for a nice day on a remote island. But not too remote.

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