Japan, a foodie’s Nirvana!
Kiyoko-san, originally from Sado Island, hosted us for five nights. Full of energy and willingness to help her guests, she is like sunshine on Iriomote! We enjoyed her family-style meals, ate countless small but richly tasted bananas directly harvested from the garden. She felt… Continue Reading “Kiyoko-san, our wonderful host in Iriomote-so”
Our friendly B&B owner Kiyoko-san kindly offered to take us to firefly watching. We got on her mini-van with Japanese, American and Dutch guests and drove to a rice paddy area. It was the last week of the firefly season, Kiyoko-san told us. When… Continue Reading “Firefly spectacle”
Iriomote’s number-one attraction is a boat trip up the Urauchi-gawa (浦内川), a winding brown river reminiscent of a tiny stretch of the Amazon. We rented a kayak from the mouth of the river, Urauchi-gawa Kankō (浦内川観光 ) and paddled up 6 km braving against… Continue Reading “Kayaking to Mariyudō-no-taki waterfalls”
Bus, boat and a walk to a very pretty, remote and quiet beach, Ida-no-Hama. The boat trip leads to a village called Funauki (船浮). This village, only accessible by boat, has no more than 45 inhabitants, two local restaurants, a huge elementary school building… Continue Reading “Ida-no-hama, a day at the Beach”