Type of ship / how to get on the ship
From Hokkaido to Kyushu and Okinawa, there are many islands scattered in Japan and there are many remote islands that are attractive as sightseeing spots. Islands such as the Okinawa Islands, the Ogasawara Islands, and the Oki Islands are famous.
Although we can go to remote islands using an airplane or a ship, there are places where transportation is only by boat, and there will be scenes of using ships. For example, "Ishigakijima Remote Island Terminal" is located in Ishigaki-jima Island of the Okinawa Islands, and it can cross approximately 8 remote islands with small ferries and jet ferries. If you use a high speed boat, a boat leaves to each island, in which it takes only 15 minutes to Taketomi-jima, the closest island, and it takes one hour to Iriomote Island leaving only by boat from Ishigakijima.
In order to cross over to a remote island, even a small boat may require reservation, so advance confirmation is necessary. If reservation is unnecessary or reservation cannot be made, you will board in order, and you cannot ride when it reaches full capacity. Let 's make a reservation when possible and let' s go to a ferry terminal as soon as possible.
The shipping procedure depends on the shipping company, but receipt of boarding tickets, recording of passenger roster, luggage storage, payment of baggage fee etc. may be necessary. Also, be careful of whether baggage carry-on restrictions exist in the cabin. Considering the time taken for these procedures, especially when purchasing a boarding ticket on the day, it is important to leave early.
It is also necessary to keep in mind that flight cancellation due to bad weather occurs frequently, because the route to the remote island will be on the open sea. The worst scenario is "I got to the nearest airport by plane but there was no place to stay because the scheduled ship was canceled," or "The ship from the island was canceled, so I cannot get on the return flight." If you think that the weather is going to be really bad, take measures early to check the possibility of cancellation, including airline companies. In case of cancellation at the site, you must secure alternative flights or alternative transportation facilities and accommodations. Many typhoons occur from summer to autumn in Japan, and many flights are cancelled by storms in winter. Special attention is required for cruises during these seasons.
There are many people who get seasick in sea routes in the open sea, such as being rocked roughly by rough waves. Because you can easily buy medicine for motion sickness at a drugstore, etc., we recommend that those of you who are anxious take it before boarding.