2019-03-07

Iriomote Island Night Tour Nature School

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Located in Okinawa's Yaeyama Islands, Iriomote Island has the most beautiful and unobstructed view of the stars in all of Japan. The nighttime view here features all 21 first-magnitude stars, as well as 84 of the 88 constellations. Whenever a meteor shower approaches, shooting stars will zip across the sky. We invite you to bring that special someone, and experience all the wonders the nights of Iriomote Island have to offer.

  • Night Canoe Tours

    The mangroves at night have an aura all their own. Taking a laid-back ride in a canoe is a great way to enjoy the nighttime view of a sky full of stars, over a soundtrack of bird songs. Here, the glow of sea sparkle algae shines in the wake left by canoers' paddles.
    Whether you want to delight in the Iriomote Island night, see the Milky Way for the first time, or share a new experience with that special someone, this tour is for you.

    Prices
    Adults: ¥7,000 (Children: ¥6,000). Light rental included, tax not included.
    Hours: 7:00–9:00 p.m. (Approximate time; varies due to time of sunset)
    What to Bring: Clothing that can get a bit wet (refer to photo at right), sandals, a towel, a drink, a windbreaker (on chilly nights)

    *The minimum size of the tour group is two people. For parties of one, an additional fee (¥2,000) may apply.
    *If you are staying on the west side of Iriomote Island, we can provide transportation. We cannot provide transportation to or from the Jungle Hotel Painu Maya or La Teada Iriomote Resort on the east side of the island.
    *If canceling two days before your scheduled tour date or later, please be aware that a cancellation fee of 100 percent will apply. (If circumstances have made cancelation unavoidable, please contact us.)
    *Restrictions: A lifejacket must be worn while in the canoe. People who are pregnant, children under the age of 5, people over the age of 65, people weighing over 120 kilograms (265 pounds), people with severe diabetes, people who use a pacemaker, people with tattoos, and people who do not have the full range of limb movement cannot be accommodated. (In cases of epilepsy, high blood pressure, developmental disorders, or other health conditions, please contact us beforehand.)

  • Stargazing Mystery Night Tours

    For this tour, you will travel by car to a secret place with a 360-degree view of the stars. There will also be a chance to take a souvenir photo, so please be sure to bring a camera. We will provide transportation to and from accommodations on the west side of Iriomote Island. Even if the stars are hidden behind the clouds, we will explore the mysteries of Iriomote Island at night.
    Whether you want to relax and recharge in the great outdoors, see shooting stars and the Milky Way for the first time, or have a visit with the wildlife that comes out at night, this tour is for you.

    Prices
    Per Person: ¥3,800 (tax not included)
    *The minimum size of the tour group is two people. For parties of one, an additional fee of ¥2,000 will apply.
    *Regarding clothing, tour participants should wear clothes that are easy to wear. For footwear, sandals are permitted.
    *If you do not have a camera, we will take a picture for you.
    *Lights will be provided.
    *If you are staying on the west side of Iriomote Island, we will pick you up. We cannot provide transportation to or from the Jungle Hotel Painu Maya or La Teada Iriomote Resort on the east side of the island. Instead, please take a rental car to our location near Uehara Port.
    *If canceling two days before your scheduled tour date or later, please be aware that a cancellation fee of 100 percent will apply. (If circumstances have made cancelation unavoidable, please contact us.)

  • Seasonal only: Yaeyama Firefly-Watching Night Tours (late February to late April)

    When the area gets dark, the Yaeyama fireflies ("Yaeyama botaru" in Japanese) fly down from the mountain, flickering as they go. The fireflies' lives are brief, lasting from a week to 10 days. This is a chance to sit back and observe as they fulfil their life's purpose.

    Prices
    Adults: ¥2,800 (adult prices apply to people of middle school age and up)
    Children: ¥2,300 (age 5 and up) Preschoolers: ¥1,300
    *Minimum tour group size is two people. For parties of one, an additional fee of ¥2,000 may apply. Please contact us in advance.
    *The fireflies dislike white light. Please avoid using flashlights, camera flashes, etc.
    *The fireflies will fly close to you, but we ask that you do not try to catch them under any circumstances.
    *Please come with long sleeves, long pants, and shoes that are comfortable to walk in.
    *If you are staying on the west side of Iriomote Island, we will pick you up. We cannot provide transportation to or from the Jungle Hotel Painu Maya or La Teada Iriomote Resort on the east side of the island. Instead, please take a rental car to our location near Uehara Port. We apologize for any inconvenience.
    *If canceling two days before your scheduled tour date or later, please be aware that a cancellation fee of 100 percent will apply. (If circumstances have made cancelation unavoidable, please contact us.)

  • LGBT-Friendly Chartered Night Canoe Tours

    Iriomote Island Nature School is an LGBT-friendly organization. All people of all genders and orientations are welcome to enjoy the wonders of nature with us. We advocate for the idea of nature therapy, and we hope that before you head back home, you will join us for a soothing, restorative experience in the great outdoors. We invite everyone, including all LGBT people, to enjoy our chartered Iriomote Island experience, surrounded by natural splendor and people you can feel comfortable with.

    Charter Prices
    Charters for Up to Four People: ¥30,000 (light rentals and taxes not included)
    Hours: 7:00–9:00 p.m. (Approximate time; varies due to time of sunset)
    What to Bring: Clothing that can get a bit wet (refer to photo at right), sandals, a towel, a drink, a windbreaker (on chilly nights)

    *If you are staying on the west side of Iriomote Island, we will pick you up. We cannot provide transportation to or from the Jungle Hotel Painu Maya or La Teada Iriomote Resort on the east side of the island. Instead, please take a rental car to our location near Uehara Port. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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