Flowers of Taketomi

Flowers of Taketomi

by Mandy Bartok
Japan Travel

Taketomi is one of the islands in the Yaeyama island chain, the southernmost islands of the Japanese archipelago. While the island is known for its white coral roads, tiled houses and carts pulled by water buffalo, it is also a paradise for flower lovers.

You can find many species here, from the wide-petaled hibiscus (once planted by outhouses to purify the air) to the delicate orchid and many more in between. Despite some serious research, I am lacking the names of some of these so if you’re good with flowers, please leave any corrections in the comments!

As a note to travelers, there is not much in the way of food or diversions once you pass through security. A small ice cream shop, a tiny soba stand and a few racks of magazines are really all that’s available. If you want to stock up on supplies for the plane ride home, make sure you do it in the arrivals hall.

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