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Water Buffalo Cart Rides (Yubu Island) 由布島の水牛車

Yubu Island on a cow carts Yubu Island on a cow carts
Yubu Island on a cow carts Yubu Island on a cow carts

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, you can ride a water buffalo cart.

Don't Miss

  • 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 about a 20-minute bus ride from Ohara port.

From Ohara, you can also rent a car, motorbike or taxi. Reservations are recommended from Ishigaki Island . Tickets can be reserved for regular high-speed ferries from Ishigaki Island to Iriomote's two ports. 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 (besides walking or driving)

The island of Yubu has a circumference of only 1.5 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 for a leisurely stroll. Getting there is half the fun. Take the trip in a traditional water buffalo cart while the guide sings you Okinawan songs accompanied by the sanshin, a traditional three-stringed instrument.

* The information on this page may be subject to change due to COVID-19.

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