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Nakama River is the second largest river next to the Urauchi River on Iriomote Island and all of Okinawa Prefecture, stretching for a total length of 17.5km. Located on the East side of Iriomote Island, the banks of this main artery contain a real rain forest that offers all the beauty of the natural world.
The river cuts a path through mangrove forests, large sakishima-suo trees, and thick jungle plants. There is also a wide variety of living creatures that call this area home such as; Mud crabs, Shirenashijimi, and Barred Mud Skippers and of course the famous Iriomote Wild Cat. Near the mouth of the river is the long stretching Nakama-big-bridge. On the other end of the river where is becomes to shallow for even canoes rock pools suitable for swimming can be found, great places to splash around and cool off from the summers heat.
The Nakama River can be traversed a few different ways. The most popular is to take a sightseeing boat up stream on a day tour. The tours usually cost from 1,500yen for cruises only, to 5,000 for a cruise and hiking in the forest. The other popular option is to rent a canoe and paddle up steam. The journey usually takes about 2 hours each way by canoe. This way might be more strenuous but the scenery and tranquility is well worth it. Guided canoe tours cost 10,000yen to 13,000yen. Most tours include a boxed lunch. If you pre-book, free shuttle buses from Ohara Port usually take people to tour assembly spots on the river