Sabani Boat Tour at Nakaragawa River with a Local Guide who Knows Iriomote Well

Sabani Boat Tour at Nakaragawa River with a Local Guide who Knows Iriomote Well
  • Duration: 3 Hour(s) (approx.)

  • Location:Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa

    Product code:EN-OKN-6010-60102


This is a tour of the Nakaragawa River located deep in the village, aboard a Sabani boat used for the Kaijin (sea ​​god) Festival, a traditional festival that remains in the Shirahama community. We will all work together to row the Sabani to an area lined with mangrove forests. The only time Sabani floats in the Shirahama Sea is during the Kaijin Festival or when this tour is offered. Now, experience the magnificence of Iriomote's ocean, rivers, and mountains in a traditional Sabani!


  • This is the only tour that allows you to experience a real Sabani boat that you will ride during the traditional Kaijin Festival!
  • Special tours that arrange the course according to the tide of the day.
  • You can enjoy the daily life of Iriomote, guided only by local guides.


Choose from two start times, 8:30 or 13:30.

[08:30 / 13:30] Gathering, tour briefing, and transfer of the Sabani
[08:45 / 13:45] Sabani Tour (Shirahama Port→Nakaragawa River)
[11:30 / 16:30] End


  • Duration:3 hours
  • Meeting point:Shirahama Community Center / Uminchu no Ie
    1499-57 Iriomote, Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa 907-1542[MAP]
  • Access:
    By bus:
    ・About 60 minutes from Iriomote Ohara Port
    ・About 30 minutes from Iriomote Uehara Port
  • Minimum number of participants:6 people
  • Language support:Japanese
  • Included:
    ・Savani Boat Usage Fee
    ・Guide fee
    ・Life jacket rental
  • Excluded:
    ・Transportation to the meeting point
  • Items to bring:
    ・Waterproof Smartphone holder recommended
  • Clothes:Attire that can get wet
  • Participation requirements:
    ・Over 7 years old
    ・If you are deemed unable to participate due to injury or illness, you will not be allowed to participate.
    ・Not recommended for travelers with back problems.
    ・Not recommended for pregnant travelers.
    ・Not recommended for travelers with heart problems or other serious medical conditions.
  • Special support: Luggage storage is available.
  • Free Wi-Fi:No
  • Toilet:Yes (Western-style)
    *Please note that the toilet is not available during the tour.
  • Other things to note:
    1. Please understand that the tour may be canceled or the point of the tour may be changed due to changes in weather or sea conditions on the day of the tour or during the tour in order to ensure the safety of our guests.
    2. No one is allowed to enter the ocean under the influence of alcohol, alcohol poisoning, or in a state of poor health. Also, if swimming, it is prohibited to bring alcoholic beverages on the tour.
    3. For reasons of safe operation and safety management, we may not be able to go to your desired location. The captain will make a comprehensive judgment based on the weather and other factors on the day of the tour, so please understand this in advance.
    4. This plan is only available in Japanese. Please note that an English-speaking guide will not be provided.
    5. If the tour is canceled due to weather or other circumstances, we will notify you by e-mail by 4:00 p.m. the day before the tour.


Until 72 hours before the experience start time: 0%
From 72 hours before the experience start time to start time: 100%
Cancellation after the experience has started or cancellation without contact: 100%
※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation.
※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.