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~100 km around the island

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  • There is a tourist information booth close to each port of entry. They sell bus passes.
  • Schedule a pickup to have your luggage delivered from one accommodation to another while you explore the island during the day.
  • Rent rain gear, shoes, and a backpack so you don't have to travel with wet luggage.
  • For hiking outside of Shiratani Unsuikyo Park and Yakusugiland Park, consider making a one-time donation at an information booth.
  • All tap water and mountain streams are drinkable.
  • Consider hiring a guide to make the most of your time.
  • Crafts and factory tours make for good rainy day activities.
  • Many businesses close early and buses stop running early, too.
  • If you're renting a car, don't forget your international permit if needed. There's only one main road around the island, so you shouldn't get too lost, but be aware that just because a street shows up on your GPS map, doesn't mean it's a reliable street to take. Oh, and the optional insurance is worth it.
  • If you're a serious cycler, bring your pedals and check out You Shop and Nangoku in Anbo and Miyanoura. (The owner of You Shop speaks English.)
  • *This is not a theme park. Please use good judgement and hike/swim safely and responsibly so that we can all continue to explore within our personal limits.*

    Content last updated in 2020.

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