Day Trip to the Urauchi River

The Urauchi River located in Iriomote Island, is Okinawa’s longest river and offers a different side to the prefecture. Less white sandy beaches and more tropical forest and mangroves is what you’ll get when make the trip to the second last island in the prefecture before reaching Taiwan.

Unless you are staying in Iriomote Island, a day trip to the Urauchi River will start bright and early at the Ishigaki Port. A ferry run by Anei Kanko, which moves travelers around the Yaeyama Islands, makes 10 (varies with season) trips a day to Uehara Port starting at 6:50am, with the last trip at 5:30pm. To reach the mouth of the Urauchi River this is the best option which for 2,060 yen also includes the shuttle bus round trip to the river.

Ishigaki Port
Iriomote Island

Once at the Urauchi River and after a short walk into the forest, you are greeted by the staff at Urauchigawa Kanko. This riverside touring company is the only one located on the river and if you want to enjoy it safely and to the fullest, this is the place to contact. With these guys you have a long list of tours packages to explore the Urauchi; The River Jungle Cruise (1,800 yen), Mariyudu and Kanbire Falls Tour (1,800 yen), and the Utara River Half-Day Kayak Tour (4,000 yen), to name a few of the common ones. Alternatively, you can also rent a kayak for 1,500 yen per hour or 8,000 for 7 hours and venture out with your group of friends.

Urauchi River
Jungle Cruise

The guided tours are definitely the best options as they will get you to places that unless you are acquainted with the area, would be difficult to reach otherwise. You also get to see wildlife along the river such as river crabs which populate this waters. To enjoy the more adventurous you’ll need to set aside a few hours, unless all you want to do is take the river cruise. If time is of the essence but you still want to get in the water to navigate the Urauchi, then renting a kayak for a couple of hours and checking out the mangroves of the Utara River is highly recommended.

Jungle Cruise

At a normal pace, one hour will suffice to kayak under the mangroves, to the end of the Utara River and back to the Urauchi River. With an hour to spare, you’ll have time to explore a few hundred meters further up river and check out the rock formations and the small beaches that form on the river side. After all this relaxing fun with nature, you’ll head back to the dock where a slice of fresh pineapple will be waiting.

fresh pineapple

Once you are ready to head back to Ishigaki, you can either coordinate with the shuttle bus that brought you to the river, or take the public bus which runs sporadically around Iriomote. To complete your day trip to the Urauchi River and in Iriomote Island, you can stop by Iriomote No Shonen a rustic cafe serving coffee, fresh fruit juices, taco rice, and drinks in a chillout atmosphere, and conveniently located right in front of the port. Iriomote No Shonen also serves a killer breakfast so you might also want make a stop here at the start of your trip.

Facility Name
Iriomotejima
Address
Okinawa Prefecture Yaeyama-gun, Taketomi-cho
Phone
0980825445
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Urauchigawa Kanko
Address
Okinawa Pref. Yaeyamaguntaketomichou Uebaru 870-3
Phone
0980856154
Fees
[Urauchi Jungle Cruise]
Adults:1,800 yen Children:900 yen
※ [waterfall of Mariyudu-Kanpire] Duration 1 hour

Adults:1,800 yen Children:900 yen
※ and waterfalls of the required time of 3 hours
[Mariyudu canoeing down] 1 person 10,000 yen in the case of yen
8,400
※ required time of 6 hours
Parking Lot
Available 30 places
Introduction
This is a tour company located on Iriomote Island, Okinawa Prefecture that offers trekking and cruises on Urauchi River which boasts of being the longest river in the prefecture. It is good to cruise the river on a sightseeing boat that flows through the center of a subtropical jungle, or it is also good to enjoy jungle trekking and canoeing. In the evenings, there are also tours where you can enjoy the starry sky which can only be seen in this southernmost area of Japan, and you can thoroughly enjoy the Urauchi River in all sorts of situations.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Mariyudu Waterfall
Address
Okinawa Pref. Yaeyamaguntaketomichou Uebaru
Introduction
Mariyudu Waterfall is located upstream of the Urauchi River on Iriomote Island in Okinawa Prefecture, which has been selected as one of the 100 best Japanese waterfalls. Mari means “round” and Yudu means “Stagnation”, and as this name suggests, one of its characteristic is that the basin under the waterfall is round. You will arrive at the waterfall by walking about 40 minutes through the jungle from the sightseeing boat’s upstream docking station, but be careful as it can be slippery.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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    Iriomotejima

    Island
    Okinawa Prefecture Yaeyama-gun, Taketomi-cho
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    Urauchigawa Kanko

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    Okinawa Pref. Yaeyamaguntaketomichou Uebaru 870-3
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    Mariyudu Waterfall

    Waterfall
    Okinawa Pref. Yaeyamaguntaketomichou Uebaru
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