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Ishigaki Yaima Village Travel Review and Photos


967-1 Nagura, Ishigaki, Okinawa 907-0021

Ishigaki Yaima (Yaeyama) Village. You can experience the traditional Ishigaki life.

Yaima village Ishigaki Okinawa traditional house

There are four large houses and two smaller houses (a farmer's house and a fisherman's house). The orange roof tiles, Shisa, walls made of coral rocks, etc., are truly a taste of Ryukyu culture. I would like to live in a traditional Ryukyu house, even if only for a short period of time.

Personally, I was most interested in the Uminchu (Fisherman) house, even though it was small. There were fishing tools and sea turtle shells.

Yaima village Ishigaki performance

The liquor glass bottle on grandma's head is not a composite photo. Moreover, the grandma is walking around singing folk songs. Seriously, is there anyone other than this grandma who can do this?? To match her dance, there was a live performance of sanshin (Okinawan instrument) by the Okinawan looking bro. Oh, I was so surprised that I forgot to take a video.

In another house, a woman wearing a traditional outfit was playing a sanshin also, and tourists were playing together with castanets looking tools.

Yaima village sanshin

You can rent Ryukyu outfits. It was nice to see tourists walking around wearing it. A sanshin is placed casually inside one of the houses, I wasn't sure if it's ok to touch.

Squirrel Monkey Garden

I don't know why, but there is an area called Squirrel Monkey Garden. I understand that there are buffaloes, but why squirrel monkeys? People were very excited since these monkeys are cute and we can feed them.


If you go to the mangrove passage area, there are lovely mudskippers. They will run away if you make loud noise, so don't talk and walk quietly.

Yaima Village is recommended for both adults and children. Good place to visit when you want to do something other than marine activities.

Please visit my glass jewelry shop from the link below.



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