Water Buffalo Cart Rides (Yubu Island) 由布島の水牛車
Hop over to Yubu Island on a buffalo cart
Traveling between the islands in Okinawa generally means taking a ferry or sometimes a plane. But if you want to get from Iriomote Island to the tiny island of Yubu, the best way is to travel on a cart drawn by a water buffalo.
- The botanical garden on Yubu
- Wild boars and goats inhabiting the subtropical island
How to Get There
The Yubu Island water buffalo cart depot on Iriomote Island is a 22-minute bus ride from Ohara port.
From Ohara, you can also rent a car, motorbike or taxi. Reservations are recommended from Ishigaki Island . There are regular high-speed ferries from Ishigaki Island to Iriomote's two ports. There is also a car ferry that operates a few times a week. The high-speed ferries from Ishigaki take 35-40 minutes to Ohara Port in the south and 45-50 minutes to Uehara Port in the north.
The only way to travel
The island of Yubu has a circumference of only two kilometers and lies just 400 meters off the coast of Iriomote. With plentiful subtropical vegetation and a beautiful botanical garden, it is a great place to spend an hour exploring. Getting there is half the fun. Take the trip in a traditional cart pulled through the shallows by a water buffalo while the guide sings you Okinawan songs accompanied by the sanshin, a traditional three-stringed instrument.