Getting Here and Around in Miyako Islands

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Getting Here and Around

Japan TransOcean Air (part of JAL) and ANK (part of ANA) fly to Miyako-shoto from Naha (45 minutes, 11 flights daily). From the airport to Hirara, a taxi costs about ¥1,300. There are also direct flights with JTA from Tokyo Haneda and Osaka Itami.

Hirara Port, Miyako ferries make short trips to nearby Irabu-jima, Shimoji-jima, Tarama-jima, and Minna-jima. Tickets can be bought in the ferry terminal. Boats generally leave every half hour for the 10-minute trip to Irabu-jima (¥410). Boats to the other islands depart less often.

Buses on Miyako-jima depart from two terminals in Hirara and travel the coastal roads around the island. Buses to the north of the island and Ikema-jima (35 minutes from Hirara) depart from the Yachiyo bus station. Those heading south to Maehama (25 minutes from Hirara) and Cape Higashi-henna (50 minutes from Hirara) depart from the Miyako Kyoei terminal. Buses run every couple of hours from morning to early evening.

Taxis on Miyako-jima are convenient and reasonable. A taxi for the 10-km (6-mile) trip to Maehama Beach should cost no more than ¥5,000. Most drivers speak limited English but will be able to get you to the major sights without any problems.

For car rentals, reserving in advance is essential. Nippon Rent-a-Car and most other companies will pick you up at the airport or ferry terminal. Rates vary, beginning at around ¥3,000 per day. Another option for getting around the island is by scooter (¥3,000 to ¥4,000 per day) or motorbike (¥6,500 per day).

Car Rental

Nippon Rent-a-Car (0120/17–0919. www.nipponrentacar.co.jp/english.)

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