The Yaeyama islands in Okinawa Prefecture, where the lifestyle that has existed since ancient times is still strong. The trip is filled with discoveries, including the sabani boats of Ishigaki island made from logs, the exquisite scenery of Taketomi island, and a woman who carries on the tradition of minsa fabric. A stop on Hateruma leads to the island’s only school, where kids from kindergarten to junior high study together. Immerse yourself in a 4-day journey through nature and culture.
Chris Wells climb Cycle Around Japan Cycle Around Japan Riding with the Wind in Toyama Cycle climb Hokuriku Shinkansen Michael Rice NHK NHK Cycle Around Japan Okinawa Okinawa Prefecture Okinawa The Tropical Yaeyama Islands Riding with the Wind in Toyama Sea of Japan Taketomi island Tateyama mountains The Tropical Yaeyama Islands Toyama Prefecture UNESCO World Heritage Site