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Okinawa Island Hop – Kudaka Island: The Island of Gods

Nestled in the heart of the Okinawa archipelago, Kudaka Island, known as the “Island of the Gods,” stands as a testament to a unique blend of spirituality and natural beauty. With a rich history dating back to the Ryukyu Kingdom, Kudaka Island has much to offer curious travelers seeking an authentic experience. 🏝️

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🌊 Seamless Access to Serenity

Getting to Kudaka Island is a breeze with daily ferry service departing from Azama Port in Nanjo City. The island’s convenient location means you’re just a short boat ride away from its pristine shores. The ferry ride takes around 25 minutes, while the high-speed boat will have you there in just 15 minutes. 🚢

Azama Port – Where Your Journey Begins

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Ferry Ticket Prize

One Way ➡️Adult680 yen770 yen
Children340 yen390 yen
Round Trip 🔁Adult1,300 yen1,480 yen
Children650 yen750 yen
Refer to the official website for latest ferry price and schedule 👉 (English)
  • “Children” refers to elementary school students. Children under elementary school age travel free of charge at a rate of one child per accompanying adult. For children exceeding the number of adults, the children’s fare will be charged. Middle school students and above pay the adult fare.
  • Additional Fee (High-Speed Surcharge) For passengers who have purchased round-trip tickets for Ferry Kudaka III and wish to use the high-speed boat for their return trip, an additional surcharge of 90 yen, the difference between the high-speed and ferry fares, will be applied.
  • If you have purchased a round-trip ticket for the high-speed boat and wish to return on the ferry, you can board the ferry, but there is no refund of the 30 yen difference.

Ferry Schedule

Departing from Azama Port (Okinawa Main Island)

Boat #Type of BoatDeparture Time
6 Express 17:00 
Refer to the official website for latest ferry price and schedule 👉 (English)

Departing From Kokujin Port (Kudaka Island)

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Boat #Type of BoatDeparture Time
1Express8: 30       
Express 16:00 
 6Ferry 17:00 
Refer to the official website for latest ferry price and schedule 👉 (English)

🚲 Biking Adventures in Paradise

Kudaka Island’s compact size, spanning approximately 8 kilometers in circumference, makes it an ideal destination for cycling enthusiasts. Explore winding roads that offer breathtaking vistas and lush landscapes, an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. 🚴‍♀️

Kudaka Island is an ideal destination for cycling enthusiasts. Rent a bicycle at the Kudaka Ferry Waiting Area (Kokujin Port) and explore the scenic “Romance Road,” a well-loved spot for locals. As you pedal along, you’ll be surrounded by lush subtropical flora and mesmerizing sea views. 🌺

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⛩️ Udunmiya – Where Legends Live

A visit to Udunmiya provides insight into the culture and traditions of Kudaka Island. Known as the “House of the Gods,” it’s the site for a unique ceremony called Izaiho, held once every 12 years, during which island women become priestesses. The history and rituals associated with Udunmiya are rich and captivating. 📜

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🤲 Hatasu and Yaguruga

Hatasu is situated near the center of Kudaka Island. According to a story, when wheat washed up on the island’s shores in the past, it was sown here. You can find Hatasu to the west of Ishikibama, near one of the sacred Utaki sites. The incense placed in the corner of the field suggests that someone uses this place as a holy spot to pray towards the east. Near Hatasu, there is a holy well called Yaguruga, which goddesses used for purification. Yaguruga is located in the middle of the island’s western coast. It is part of the legend of Kudaka Island’s creation. Gods perform a purification ritual here, and people pray for a good harvest.

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🙏 Fubo Utaki – A Place of Sanctity

Discover Fubo Utaki, a sacred site that invites reverence and introspection. The peaceful ambiance and lush surroundings make this a place where one can feel a deep spiritual connection. 🌿

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⛰️ Habyan Cape – A Sacred Beginning

Head to Habyan Cape, where the goddess Amamikiyo, a figure of Ryukyuan creation, is believed to have first set foot. A shell mound dating back 1800 years, located just 200 meters ahead, adds a layer of historical significance to this location. The crystal-clear sea and breathtaking views from the elevated viewpoint evoke a sense of purity and tranquility. 🌞

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🌿Giant Banyan Tree

The Giant Banyan Tree on Kudaka Island, Okinawa, is a majestic natural marvel that captivates visitors with its grandeur. This ancient tree, with its sprawling branches and intricate root system, stands as a testament to the island’s rich biodiversity and deep connection to nature. As you stand beneath its shade, you can’t help but feel a sense of awe and reverence for this magnificent creation.

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🏖️ Ishiki Beach – A Place of Legends

Begin your journey on the island’s eastern side at Ishiki Beach, where sacred rituals once took place. It’s said that this is where the Ryukyuan king and the highest-ranking priestess, Kikoe Okimi, used to visit for lunar calendar ceremonies. Even today, local women continue to visit this site to pray for health and a fruitful harvest. 🙏

The profound history and cultural significance of this place give visitors a deeper understanding of Okinawa’s heritage. 🤝

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🍽️ Savoring Local Delicacies

After exploring the island’s spirituality and heritage, take a break for a local culinary experience. At “Utchiin,” you can savor dishes featuring smoked irabu, a unique island delicacy. The cuisine here is a testament to the island’s cultural traditions, offering a rich, flavorful taste of Okinawa. 😋

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😊 A Warm Farewell

As your visit to Kudaka Island nears its end, you may find it hard to bid farewell. The spiritual aura of the ‘Island of the Gods’ has a way of leaving visitors with a renewed sense of positivity. The pristine natural beauty, along with the warmth of the island’s people, is bound to leave you yearning for a return visit. 💕

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Respect the Local Custom. Read Before You go.

  • Entering “Gaima-dun” is strictly prohibited.
  • Swimming is not allowed at “Ishiki Beach.”
  • Access to “Fubo Gotake” is restricted.
  • Kudaka Island is a place where people live and call home. It’s a unique place, nurtured and protected through a life of gratitude and prayer.
  • During religious ceremonies, access to the northern part of the village is restricted. Please refrain from noisy activities within the community. Walking around the village in swimwear is not allowed. We kindly request safe driving for bicycles and automobiles. As Kudaka Island has narrow roads, please drive carefully to avoid damaging trees and lawns.
  • Taking any form of wildlife or plants from Kudaka Island is strictly prohibited. We ask that you do not take stones from the island. Some visitors have accidentally taken stones and returned them to the island.
  • Be well-prepared for the sun and heat during your stay on Kudaka Island. Don’t forget to check out local souvenirs, which are specialties of Kudaka Island. Please avoid any actions that may disrupt prayers or worship.
  • Do not place offerings in locations without a donation box. Refrain from making offerings such as flowers and incense.
  • Do not miss the last ferry back to Okinawa main island unless you plan to stay on Kudaka island overnight. Give yourself lots of time to get back to Kokujin Port.

📅 Are you ready to embark on a journey to Kudaka Island, where spirituality and natural beauty harmonize seamlessly? The ‘Island of the Gods’ eagerly awaits your arrival! 🌟

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