Yaeyama Botaru Tour

The most beautiful firefly in Iriomote Island, also known as Tinkerbell.
For about 30 to 50 minutes after sunset, fireflies flash and shine as quickly and powerfully as Christmas lights, and in the peak season, hundreds of fireflies appear, turning the whole area into a fantastic scenery.

The appearance of fireflies varies from year to year, so if you want to know the best time to visit, please contact us. If you want to know the best time to see fireflies, please contact us and we will tell you the best time to see fireflies.

Watch fireflies on a night jungle tour or mangrove kayak!
In Iriomote Island, we offer limited time firefly tours depending on the season. The most famous firefly in Iriomote Island, the “Yaeyama Firefly Tour” is held from late February in early spring to late April before the rainy season to view wild fireflies. This tour is a walking tour to view fireflies, but you can see some fireflies almost all year round in various places in Iriomote Island. In the quiet night of mangrove forests and forests, wild birds’ singing sounds as background music, and the night sky is full of stars, you can enjoy the unique atmosphere of the night and watch fireflies together. If you join a night jungle tour or a mangrove kayak tour during the season, you may see fireflies, and the sight is fantastic and will surely bring you more excitement.

 

Types of fireflies that can be seen near the mangrove forests of Iriomote Island and in the island
Fireflies that can be seen near the mangrove forests of Iriomote Island and within the island] ●Yaeyama Fireflies: Hundreds of fireflies gather in one place and flash their light, so they are also called “Tinkerbell” or “carpet of light”.
They are also called “Tinkerbell” or “carpet of light.
It has the characteristic of glowing with a green light and shining fantastically and beautifully.
Iriomote Firefly: Iriomote Firefly is an endangered species and very rare firefly in Okinawa Prefecture, inhabiting only Ishigaki Island and Iriomote Island.

  • Departure period

    From late February to late April (subject to change depending on the number of fireflies appearing)

  • Departure time (schedule)

    Tour time: 1 hour and 30 minutes from around 6:45 p.m. (varies according to sunset time)

  • Number of participants

    Minimum number of students: 2

  • Fee

    Adult ¥2,000
    Child ¥1,500
    Infant ¥1,000

    ※What's included in the price
    Red light, boots, transportation

  • Clothing / Preparation

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Sagaribana & Nala Falls

The sagaribana blooms from mid-June to mid-July. It is also called the “phantom flower” because it blooms in the middle reaches of the river where it is not seen by people. It is an overnight flower that starts blooming at dusk and drops off at sunrise in the morning. The characteristic of the overnight flowers is that they must be pollinated overnight, and they give off a strong, sweet smell. It takes about an hour and a half to reach the point by sea kayak, starting before sunrise. By the time you reach the point, the flowers have begun to fall, and at the peak of the season, the mangrove river is covered with the brush-like flowers of the sagaribana, like a flower bath. This is an early morning departure tour for a limited time, and after seeing the show of sagaribana, we will stop at “Secret Nala Waterfall”, have a leisurely breakfast, and then trek and sea kayak back the same way again, finishing around noon. We will return to the same route by trekking and sea kayaking, and finish the tour around noon. This is a tour with many attractions of this season and Iriomote Island.

The best time to see sagaribana varies from year to year, so please contact us if you want to know. If you want to know the best time to see sagaribana, please contact us and we will inform you of the best time to see them and how they are blooming.

  • Departure period

    Late June to late July (subject to change)

  • Departure time (schedule)

    Tour time: about 8 hours

    Tour start time: around 4:30 AM (subject to change)

    Approximate Tour Schedule
    4:30 Pick up → Personal preparation → Lecture, etc.
    5:20 Start kayak tour
    6:45 Arrive at Sagaribana Point and enjoy the view.
    7:45 Arrive at upstream and start trekking
    8:30 Arrive at Nala Falls (rest, breakfast, waterfall play)
    9:30 Departure from Nala Waterfall, start trekking.
    10:15 Arrive upstream, start kayaking
    12:00 End of tour → Clean up
    12:30 Arrive at dismissal point

  • Target

    Junior high school students and above

  • Fee

    Adults ¥13,000 (¥16,000 for single participants only)

    What's included in the price
    Breakfast, backpack, felt shoes, waterproof bag, canoe equipment, transportation

  • Clothing / Preparation

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Sagaribana & Maluud Campilay Kasik Waterfall

After seeing the show of sagaribana, we will stop at three waterfalls, “Maluud, Kampilay, and Kasik waterfalls”, and after having breakfast and spending a leisurely time, we will go back the same way again by trekking and sea kayaking, and finish around noon.

This is a tour with a lot of attractions of this season and Iriomote Island combined.

  • Departure period

    Late June to late July (subject to change)

  • Departure time (schedule)

    Tour time: about 8 hours

    Tour start time: around 4:30 AM (subject to change)

    Approximate Tour Schedule
    4:30 Pick up → Personal preparation → Lecture, etc.
    5:20 Start kayak tour
    6:20 Arrive at Sagaribana Point, after viewing, go to Kasik Falls (may stop by on the way back)
    7:20 Arrive at upstream and start trekking.
    8:00 Arrive at Maluud Waterfall
    9:00 Arrive at Kampilay Waterfall, (rest and breakfast)
    9:40 Departure from Kanpire Falls
    10:30 Arrive upstream, start kayaking
    12:00 End of tour → Clean up
    12:30 Arrive at dismissal point

  • Target

    Junior high school students and above

  • Fee

    Adults ¥13,000 (¥16,000 for single participants only)

    What's included in the fee
    Breakfast, backpack, felt shoes, waterproof bag, canoe equipment, transportation

  • Clothing / Preparation

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Sagaribana Tour

We will meet at 5:15 in the morning (depending on the season), which is relatively slow for a sagaribana tour, and the distance traveled by kayak is relatively short, so this is a course for those who want to enjoy viewing sagaribana easily. Even if you don’t have time or confidence in your physical strength, you can enjoy the beauty and smell of seasonal sagaribana and the splendor of nature along with the mangrove forest. If you are physically strong, you can join the full-day tour after having breakfast at the inn.

Please consult with us if you would like to move up the departure and ending time for your convenience.

Let’s go to see the famous flower of Iriomote Island “Sagaribana” and the fantastic waterfall “Nala Falls”!
Have you ever heard of Iriomote Island in Okinawa Prefecture? In recent years, urban development has been progressing in our cities, and if we look around, we can see modern buildings standing side by side. However, Iriomote Island is a remote island that is popular as a precious island where nature overflowing with primeval nature remains, contrary to the modern cityscape. This time, I would like to introduce “Sagaribana” and “Nala Falls”, which are popular among tourists and can only be found in such Iriomote Island.
The charm of “Sagaribana”, a fantastic flower that blooms only for one night!

<Origin of sagaribana
Sagaribana is a flower that blooms on evergreen trees that grow widely in eastern Africa, Southeast Asia and the southern islands of the Pacific Ocean. In Japan, it grows in Okinawa and the Amami Islands. It is a small tree about 10 meters tall with inflorescences about 60 cm to 1 meter long hanging down from the branches, and is called “sagaribana” from its appearance. It is also known as “Sawa Fuji”.

<Characteristics of sagaribana>.
Sagaribana is a fragile flower that blooms only for one night and falls off in the morning. It starts to bloom in the evening of summer, and blooms beautifully in the night, and at dawn, it falls and covers the surface of the water like a flower bath.
Sagaribana is characterized by light-colored stamens extending innumerable times. It is surprising that so many stamens are contained in a small bud. Moreover, the stamens that grow beautifully as they bloom are truly fantastic. They look like fireworks. (There are three colors of sagaribana in Iriomote Island: white, light pink, and pink.
(There are three colors of sagaribana in Iriomote Island: white, pale pink and pink) Flowering season: From the latter half of June to summer when the rainy season ends in Okinawa.

The charm of “Nala Waterfall” which is called the unexplored waterfall in Iriomote Island!
<What is Nala Waterfall? >A fantastic waterfall “Nala Waterfall” is located deep in Iriomote Island. It has a drop of about 20 meters and flows down in the form of stairs. From Shirahama Port, go along the Nakara River and go jungle trekking for about 35 minutes to get there. The scenery of the waterfall is truly “unexplored”, and its presence has a mysterious atmosphere. The waterfall basin is deep and wide enough that you can play with the waterfall to your heart’s content by hitting the waterfall or jumping into the waterfall basin. You will be able to feel the “Nala Falls” with your whole body, and also feel the blessings of nature with your whole body, and be filled with power.

<The best part of going by kayak
When the tide is good, it takes about one and a half hours, and when it is bad, it takes more than two hours to go by sea kayak. It takes a lot of physical strength, but the experience of paddling a kayak gives you a sense of fulfillment. After kayaking, of course, a jungle trek awaits, which takes about 35 minutes. In the process of kayaking to the Nala waterfall, you will have the fun of paddling by yourselves while interacting with the natural creatures of the mangrove forest, vast river and sea. Once you reach the waterfall, you will feel an indescribable sense of accomplishment and the atmosphere and vitality of the mysterious waterfall will make you forget the fatigue you have been feeling.

Summary of Sagaribana & Nala Waterfall Tour
These two sightseeing spots that we should keep in mind in Iriomote Island are very popular among travelers visiting Iriomote Island. This tour allows you to visit these famous spots in one day, so please try it.

  • Departure period

    Late June to late July (subject to change)

  • Departure time (schedule)

    Tour time: about 3 hours

    Tour start time: around 5:15 AM

    Approximate tour itinerary
    5:15 Pick up → Personal preparation → Lecture, etc.
    5:45 Start kayaking tour
    6:20 Arrive at Sagaribana Point and enjoy the view
    8:00 End of tour → Clean up
    8:15 Arrive at dismissal point

  • Target

    Junior high school students and above

  • Fee

    Adults ¥7,000 (¥10,000 for single participants)

    ※What's included in the price
    Waterproof bag, canoe equipment, transportation

  • Clothing / Preparation

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