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“Lovely island..”
Review of Kudakajima Island

Kudakajima Island
Ranked #5 of 50 things to do in Nanjo
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Helsinki, Finland
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Lovely island..”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

Worth a day-trip from Naha. Due to a ban on development, most of it is unspoiled.. you can have whole beaches to yourself. The east side of the island is bordered by a coral reef, creating a very pleasant lagoon. There are bike rental shops and a couple of cafes in the small port village, so you don't need to bring supplies. There is no accommodation on the island per se, but a couple of local houses will take lodgers if you arrange in advance ... the last boat back to the mainland is around 5.00pm, so take care. If you have been to Taketomi near Ishigaki, it is quite similar to Kudaka.

The Japanese themselves don't seem to rate the island very highly as a tourist destination.. the lady in the Naha tourist office displayed an expression of mild concern when I said I wanted to go to Kudaka --- "nani mo nai, yo.." she said ("there's nothing there, you know.."). Well, in one sense she was right, but that is exactly its appeal. The island is meant to be a 'sacred' island to Okinawans, but that is overstating it a bit.. there are no temples, plaques, monuments, or anything like that.. just a few clearings in the woods where you are meant to pray (I guess..). The lack of signage, fencing, or concrete breakwaters is unusual and refreshing for Japan.

Visited July 2013
5 Thank butanixinju
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Milan, Italy
Level 6 Contributor
71 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Island with a lot of view points”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

we made a tour of this island in July, we rent a bicycle and we stayed in the middle of nature, it was so hot!! in the island there are maybe 10 people at all....we take a bath in some bays very small and difficult to reach, but very caratheristic....there is not so much to see, only nature an stillness

Visited July 2013
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Okinawa, Japan
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112 attraction reviews
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“A Must See for the Okinawa History or Worship Enthusiast”
Reviewed November 10, 2011

Kudaka-jima is a small island that you could see, all of, in a one day trip. Included in my attached photos, there is an English translation of the ferry schedule. Sturdy walking shoes would be the best for exploring the island. Bicycle rental shops are available near the port as you leave the ferry. Few people speak English; I met one girl in the gift shop who spoke both Japanese and English and she was very helpful. Wanting to get photos of some sacred sites, she helped point them out on a map amd give distances along with directions. One site called Fubo Utaki (Sign photo included) should not be entered; it is a sacred place only for Okinawan Priestess' may use and there were no warning signs in English. It would be a good idea to have a Japanese speaking person accompany you if you are looking for the sacred sites. The island is relatively flat and only about 7 kilometers long. A history or culture buff would enjoy a stay there but, if someone is looking for beach parties, loud music or water sports, I'd recommend going to some other island; this one is sacred to the Okinawans.

Visited October 2011
7 Thank RyukyuMike
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