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Tokashiki (渡嘉敷), or Tokashikijima (渡嘉敷島) [1], is an island belonging to the group of Kerama Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The island is popular with tourists from Okinawa and mainland Japan. Tokashiki Island is the largest of Kerama Islands group.

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Two ferries make the trip to Tokashiki daily. The high speed ferry (Marine Liner Tokashiki) leaves Tomari Port in Naha city on Okinawa Island twice daily. The journey takes about 35 minutes and costs about ¥4,200 for a roundtrip ticket.

A second, much slower (70-minute trip) ferry (Ferry Kerama) makes one round trip daily and costs about ¥3,200 roundtrip. This ferry also accommodates vehicles.

More information on these ferries can be found at the village website.

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Local buses and hotel buses meet the ferries at the port and can take you most anywhere on the island for about ¥700 per person round trip. Car, scooter, and bicycle rentals are also available near the port.

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Aharen Beach

Aharen beach surrounded by a lot of stones and rocks on the southwest coast near Aharen Village and Tokashiku beach (or WatariYoshimi Sik beach - favorite place for divers) on the west coast are the two main tourist beaches. Numerous remote beaches are also found on the island.

At least six observatories dot the highest hills on the islands. These observatories can be accessed by hiking trails. Two short hiking trails are found on the island.

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Snorkeling and scuba diving can be done from most any beach. Several dive shops are located in Aharen Village. Snorkel equipment as well as beach umbrellas can also be rented in Aharen Village next to the beach entrance. There are numerous dive and snorkel shops in both Aharen Village and in Tokashiku Village.

Yellow Submarine

The "Yellow Submarine", a glass-bottomed boat, sails around Aharen Bay giving passengers underwater views of the bottom of the bay.

There are numerous festivals throughout the year. Whale-watching is one of the favorite pastimes between January and April.

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