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Great experience and Buffalo very well looked after with water stops etc - Taketomi island very picturesque - we booked in advance with One Two Smile OTS (Find them on FB) and got a great price and excellent service
Tour is narrated entirely in Japanese and features traditional song and local legends. Conditions of the animals runs from young and robust with no issues to old with open oozing wounds. I enjoyed myself despite.
On leaving the ferry on arrival at Taketomi port, there are a number of mini buses waiting to take you to the Water Buffalo Carriage pick up. On arrival, we waited just a few minutes before climbing on board to start our journey around what...More
Trying to figure out in ishigaki port how to go bike riding on taketomi, it became clear that getting a package tour was a better thing to do than just take the ferry over then figure things out. So we decided to add the water...More
This is a tourist attraction and the more cynical could question the authenticity of the whole thing but it's well organised and run by the locals, which trumps (hmmm, not sure I like this word any more) the naysayers in my opinion.
We had a...More
Going in to the island with two kids less than 3 years and one infant.. on a rainy day spoilt the spirits.. we were surprised to see that there is 150m to board the shuttle.. our driver was reluctant to pick up from a better...More
An inexpensive tour of the lanes around Taketomi island, on a carriage pulled by a water buffalo. These creatures are very tame, relaxed and clever - they could steer the carriage around tight corners without hitting the coral walls.
I've been to Taketomi island with...More
A ride that was about 20 minutes long down few streets in the island. Disappointing is the fact that we were forced to have a picture in front of the buffalo and almost forced to buy it. At the end we didn't buy anything from...More
We flew to Ishigaki Island then on to Taketomi Island to go on what we thought was an ox and cart ride that went through the water, it looked idyllic we had seen pictures at the airport and over the sides of the monorail in...More