CULTURAL WALK

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  • Cultural Walk MorningMorning tour in EnglishStart Time: 09:30Available: 30 seats
  • Cultural Walk AfternoonAfternoon tour in EnglishStart Time: 14:30Available: 30 seats
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Welcome to the one and only culture tour of Iriomote Island, Okinawa.

Let’s walk through the oldest villages on Iriomote Island, Sonai, and Hoshidate, which have an exceptional and old culture with many festivals and rituals throughout the year.
We will visit traditional Okinawan houses and shrines. You will hear many stories about the local people’s way of living, history, customs, and religion of Iriomote Island and the former Ryukyu kingdom. Ryukyuans developed a complex culture with a distinctive language and religion where women have been spiritual leaders.

Iriomote is not only beautiful nature. Secret tradition is still alive.

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Plan

Morning tour (Afternoon tour)

  • 9:30 (14:30) Meeting at the pick-up point. Introduction to Okinawan history and religion, Iriomote dialect.
  • 10:10 (15:10) Viewing local shrine. Introduction to religious practices.
  • 10:30 (15:30) Visiting a traditional thatched-roof house. Learning about Okinawan living style and housing.
  • 11:00 (16:00) Old well and other historical locations. Learning about edible plants.
  • 11:15 (16:15) Tea time. Rest with a sip of Okinawan herbal tea prepared by a shaman. Seeing photographs/videos of local events, banana thread, and paper. Listening to stories, legends, and local songs.
  • 12:10 (17:10) Moving to Hoshidate village to see local shrines and traditional houses. Hearing about specific rituals, and ways of living close to nature.
  • 12:30 (17:30) Tour ends

Practical info

Duration: 3 hours

Cash is not accepted. Please, pay by credit card or PayPal. A 4% payment fee is added during the payment procedure.

Staying in Ishigaki island?

The tour time can be adjusted to the ferry schedule. Information on ferry timetable & public transport. Read more…

Food/Drinks

Herbal blend created by an authentic shaman and candy black sugar, a famous product of Iriomote.

Transport

Pick-up service is available from any location between Shirahama and Uehara/Funaura in Iriomote for up to 3 people. For bigger groups, please, contact us in advance. You can also come by bus from the port or by your own car (see the meeting point on the map below).
Coming from Ishigaki? Please, go to Uehara port and we will pick you up.

The meeting point (if you come by car or bus) is Marumabonsan monument in Sonai village:

Cancellation policy

At least 8 days before the selected date: full refund.
7 days before or less: 50%.
24 hours before or less: 100%.
The company has the right to cancel the tour with a full refund in case of typhoons, heavy storms, ferry suspension, and hospitalization.

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Rutger

Solo Traveller

I tremendously enjoyed Karola’s Cultural Walk on beautiful Iriomote. I found her style engaging: she mixed historical explanations (about for example shamanism) with personal stories based on her process of documenting the island (through artistic photography, interviews with locals, etc.).

Besides the walking and talking, there was enough time to calmly take in the various architectural and spiritual sightings (as well as the nature from which it was born).

I gained a stronger interest in all the communal activities/crafts and mysticism of the island. Thank you Karola.

July 7, 2023

Nancy

Solo Traveller

I had a great time on the Iriomote Cultural Walk tour, Karolina was a great guide and I learned so much about the culture and history of the island! It was really interesting to hear her explanations and stories and to visit a lot of different places in the villages – thank you for a great tour!

June 22, 2023

Kristen

Solo Traveller

One of the best tours I have ever done, what a pleasure to learn about Iriomote local indigenous culture. I work as a writer and photographer in the field of architecture and design. I had the best time. Karo was SO knowledgable, fun, easy to talk to and we had such a great day together. I highly recommend this to anyone who even has the slightest interest in getting to know the unique and rich local indigenous culture of Iriomote Island.

March 5, 2023

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