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Taketomi Island Kuramoto Remains, Taketomi-jima

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  • the closest to paradise you'll ever be.
  • I wanted to like it but there are a few small things which add up to an unsatisfactory experience. For example, the beaches are beautiful but rocky so not good for swimming. The water buffalo ride is cute but they literally just take you on a slow ride around the block, it's done in 20 minutes. There are no sights to see. Also, there are vending machines to buy drinks but not enough (it gets HOT in the summer) and almost zero trash cans. I understand the 'take your trash with you' message in theory, but if you're going to take the money from people buying drinks, you have to give them a place to dispose of them, otherwise you get families lugging around massive trash bags all day. The first ferry gets you there at 7:45ish but there is *nothing* open on the island in the morning. Nowhere to buy food at all until lunchtime, and even then only a couple of shacks (half the ones listed on Google didn't bother to open on the day I was there) and nowhere to buy drinks except the aforementioned vending machines. Rental bicycles are the only way to get around the island, but the roads aren't maintained so it's a pain. Also there really isn't anything to "see" or "do" on the island except take the 20 min buffalo tour and sit on a rocky beach, so you probably don't need to get around anyway. Finally, when you arrive you have to pay an extra ¥300 "entrance fee" for the island. What? I've already flown to Okinawa, taken a boat to Taketomi, spending money on overpriced tours, and meals, putting all that money into the local economy - just feels like I'm being nickel and dimed or just ripped off. Another reviewer said you can "feel traditional okinawa" here...if by that they mean "sit on the rocks and stare at the ocean" then I agree. But the old buildings don't seem to have been especially well maintained either. I feel like the local authorities need to decide if they actually want tourists to visit (in which case actually put some standards in place) or just keep it as a "heritage" place (in which case don't offer boring overpriced tours there).

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