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Day 5 saw us riding another ferry to Taketomi Island, a small island close to Ishigaki. Taketomi is famous for its white sand roads, red-tiled houses, and tall stone walls. We rented bikes and just rode around the island all morning, had lunch then headed back to Ishigaki in the afternoon.

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Another ferry ride, a short 10 minutes this time

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Biking around

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Stone walls, red roofs,

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And white sand. It was nice.

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Morning glory vine?

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This is the flower my sampincha is made from. I wish I could plant it here at home!

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Our first beach stop, Kaiji-hama, or the other beach with star sand on it

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The shop, the beach, and the kitty attached to both!

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We didn’t stay too long, instead we headed to the next beach

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Kondoi was pretty cool… it was super shallow a long way out into the ocean, so there were people walking really far out

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Look over there!

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A soggy sand island, and yet plenty to take pictures of!

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Houses and flowers

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Hey, you look familiar…

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A weaving museum, no weavers because of Golden Week holiday

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The famous lookout at the tallest point, and super steep!

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Picturesque view from the top!

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Passion flowers

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The pier, which just… disappeared into the sea. You felt like there was an under water road all the way out.

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Blue boat

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Proof we were there!

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The museum and its interesting maps. you can see we’re closer to Taiwan than mainland Japan, much less Gunma…

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Ice cream stand before we turned our bikes in and headed back to Ishigaki

Back on Ishigaki, we just walked around the main shopping places and looked at souvenirs. For dinner we had A&W, and I drank a lot of the all-you-could-drink root beer! I wish we had A&W in Gunma! I also found bubble tea after so long!

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Yum!
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