Iriomote Island Jungle at Night

You may be able to see coconut crabs and horned owls!
Let’s go to the jungle at night in Iriomote Island with a flashlight to look for creatures at night and observe the starry sky!

A night jungle tour in Iriomote Island, which is too scary to go alone. With a guide, you can enjoy the tour safely and securely.
We’ll look for insects, water creatures, and if we’re lucky, coconut crabs, horned owls, and many other creatures! At night, when there is little moonlight and clouds, you can see the starry sky and enjoy Iriomote Island at night, which shows a different face from daytime.
In summer, you can also see “sagaribana”, an overnight flower that blooms at night and falls off when the sun rises, and enjoy the sweet scent of freshly bloomed flowers!

In the Iriomote Island Jungle Book, we will guide you to the best place depending on the season and the time of year.

  • Recommended period

    All year

  • Departure time (schedule)

    Tour time: about 1 hour and 45 minutes

    Approximate start time
    Approximately 1.5 hours from 19:45 to 21:15 (depending on season and sunset time)

  • Number of participants

    Minimum number of participants: 2

  • Fee

    Adult ¥3,500 (¥4,500 if only one person participates on the day)
    Child (6 years old to under junior high school) ¥3,000
    Infant (3 to 5 years old) ¥2,000
    (Cash payment only on the day of the tour) *No tour for one person only during peak season.

    ※What's included in the price
    Flashlight, boots, transportation

  • Clothing / Preparation

    Long pants are safe. Insect repellent.

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Mangrove Kayaking at Night.

Would you like to try kayaking in a mysterious mangrove forest at night? You may encounter a Yaeyama flying fox or a Ryukyu flying fox that appear at night while paddling a kayak. Iriomote Island is a place where stars can be observed so beautifully that it is designated as a starry sky protection zone, and especially in summer, the clear sky rate is high, and if you look up at the sky, you can see a starry sky, the Milky Way and shooting stars.

Night mangrove kayaking” in Iriomote Island! How to enjoy it and what’s its charm!
In Iriomote Island, night tours are also available. In Iriomote Island, we have a variety of night tours, and one of the activities we would like you to try is “night kayaking”. In night kayaking, you can enjoy the mangrove forests spreading out in Iriomote Island at night and the romantic night view. Here, I will introduce the appeal of the popular night kayaking.

How to enjoy “night mangrove kayaking”!
1) Exploring the mysterious mangrove forests at night.
The inside of a mangrove forest, with its dense growth of plants and trees, is like a jungle to those who have never seen it before. You can enjoy the feeling of adventure while savoring the vast nature of the subtropical region. The most distinctive feature of the mangroves are their strange looking roots that spread out like undulating octopus legs. When kayaking at night, the atmosphere is a little more mysterious and you can see a different scene from the daytime.
In the mangrove forest, you can see animals that live in the subtropical zone, which you can’t normally see, and you can even get up close and personal with them. As the sun goes down and it gets darker, there is a possibility that you will encounter the Yaeyama flying fox and the Ryukyu flying fox, which come out at night while paddling a canoe.
(2) Watching the starry sky spread out across the vast night sky
In April 2018, Iriomote Ishigaki National Park in Okinawa Prefecture became the first national park in Japan to be certified as a “starry sky protection area. In April 2018, the Iriomote Ishigaki National Park in Okinawa Prefecture was certified as a “starry sky protection area” for the first time in Japan, and Iriomote Island is also a designated starry sky protection area where you can observe the beautiful starry sky. When the weather is good, you can see the starry sky, the Milky Way, and if you are lucky, shooting stars while riding a kayak. In this way, you can enjoy both forest bathing and starry sky bathing at night at the same time, which has an outstanding healing effect. You will be able to enjoy the fantastic nature that only Iriomote Island can offer.

Summary of night mangrove kayak tour
Night kayaking in Iriomote Island allows us to enjoy a different atmosphere and scenery from daytime kayaking. The rich nature of Iriomote Island can stimulate our senses, enrich our power, and refresh our body and soul to the fullest. How about enjoying Iriomote Island at night, when its expression changes drastically, by night kayaking to the fullest?

  • Recommended period

    All year

  • Departure time (schedule)

    Tour time: about 1 hour and 30 minutes

    Tour time: Starts 30 minutes before sunset (subject to change)

  • Number of participants

    Minimum number of participants: 1

  • Target

    Over 5 years old

  • Fee

    Adults ¥6,000 (¥8,000 if only one person participates on the day)
    Child ¥5,500
    Infant ¥4,500
    This tour is not available for one person only during peak season.

  • Clothing / Preparation

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You may be able to meet the Iriomote wildcat! "Nyaito Tour"

This is a night tour to see the Iriomote wildcat and other creatures of Iriomote Island at night while taking into consideration their habitat.
Our guides will use thermal night vision (infrared temperature sensing scope) and flashlights that are easy on the eyes of the Iriomote wild cat.

This is a private night tour limited to one group per day. If you are lucky, you may be able to see the Iriomote wildcat!
We will talk about the current situation and ecology of the Iriomote wild cat, which we know only because we live in Iriomote Island, and go around places where the Iriomote wild cat may appear while searching for various creatures at night with our guide. We are collecting information on the habitat and appearance of the Iriomote wild cat on a daily basis, and try to visit places where the encounter rate is as high as possible, but please join us as a night tour to enjoy Iriomote Island at night and “if you are lucky, you may meet the Iriomote wild cat! If you are lucky, you may be able to see the Iriomote wild cat!

In addition, in order to respect the habitat of the Iriomote wild cat and local rules, we will not enter the hunting grounds or jungle unnecessarily, nor will we track the Iriomote wild cat when we encounter it. In order to protect the habitat of the Iriomote wildcat, we ask for your cooperation in some matters when you make your reservation by e-mail. Only those who agree will be allowed to participate.

If we are blessed with good weather, we will be able to see the magic hour at dusk, beautiful starry skies, overnight flowers that can be seen only at that time of the year, fireflies that are popular at night, coconut crabs, short-tailed hawksbills, flying foxes, flying foxes, and many other creatures of the waterside. You may see fireflies, coconut crabs, short-tailed hawks, great crested newts, water creatures, and many other creatures of the night.

Even if you can’t see the Iriomote wild cat, you can observe a lot of night life in Iriomote Island, and it is a private night tour limited to one group per day that can be enjoyed by both children and adults.

  • Departure time (schedule)

    Tour time: about 2 hours and 30 minutes
    19:15- (Start time may change depending on the season)

  • Number of participants

    Minimum number of participants: 1

  • Target

    Elementary school students and above

  • Fee

    Number of participants
    1 person: ¥8,000
    2 persons: ¥12,000
    From the third person: ¥4,000 per person will be added to the fee for two participants. (Payment must be made in cash on the day of the tour)
    The tour is not available for one person during peak season.

    (Cash payment only on the day of the tour.) *We do not offer tours for one person during peak season. (In this case, the fee will be ¥8,000 per person.)

    ※What's included in the price
    Bobcat eye-friendly flashlight, binoculars (max. 2), simple rain gear, boots, transportation

  • Clothing / Preparation

    Sneakers or other shoes, long pants, and long sleeves are safe. Bug spray, if necessary.

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