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Verified travelerAug 17, 2019
Ishigaki is among the largest islands in the Yaeyama Island archipelago of Japan, with powdery white beaches and undulating mossy hills. Try kitesurfing, surfing and diving off the island’s many beaches backed by magnificent scenery. Learn about its fascinating cultural history and sample traditional crafts.
Explore the mesmerizing coral reef near Shiraho Beach on the island’s southeastern corner. The beach has a relaxing, uncrowded atmosphere with limited amenities. Rent snorkel or scuba gear from tour operators in the quaint village of Shiraho.
On the northern side of the island is the stunning Kabira Bay Beach, which is famed for its clear blue-green water. Spot the shadows of boats on the seafloor and relax on the white, powdery sand. Swimming is prohibited here, but glass-bottomed boats take passengers on trips to see the exotic fish.
Make your way up to Kabira Park, which contains several intriguing shrines between its tall palm trees. Its observation deck offers panoramic views of the beach. Spot the giant Mount Omoto in the distance. Sunbathe on the lawn to thoroughly enjoy the hot summers, which run from June to September. August and September are the wettest months. Winters remain warm.
Visit the various cultural attractions in Ishigaki City on the southern flank of the island. Dine at one of the many restaurants serving some of the island’s unique cuisine. Sample local specialties, such as Tonsuku pigs’ feet and SPAM® meat dishes. Explore the intricate subterranean system in the Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave just north of the city.
The island is west of Okinawa Island in the Yaeyama archipelago, which is east of Taiwan and southwest of Japan. Fly to the New Ishigaki Airport, the largest in the island group, or take a ferry to Ishigaki Port. Travel between cities by bus and get around the villages on foot.
Visit Ishigaki to experience a fascinating culture with a distinctive cuisine and a scenic coastline along an extensive coral network.
Islands, Beaches and Ferries
Explore the waterfront in Ishigaki with a trip to Ishigaki Port. Wander the beaches and waterfront in the area.
Feel the crunch of the glorious white sand on the soles of your feet on this secluded beach where black pearls are cultured.
Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Kabira Bay, a popular beach in Ishigaki. While you're in the area, stroll along the waterfront.
Delve into these mysterious caves to inspect bizarre animals and spectacular living rock formations illuminated in bright and colorful neon lights.
Go diving or snorkeling in the clear, warm water for a glimpse of one of the world’s largest blue coral networks.
If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Yonehara Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Ishigaki. While you're in the area, stroll along the waterfront.
Explore the natural beauty of Taketomi Island with a day of leisure surrounded by rural charm, lush wildlife, and spectacular views. This outing gives you the chance to experience the beautiful setting in whichever way suits your interest, with easy transportation from Ishigaki and plenty of attractions to find.
Explore 3 different sides of Okinawa as you visit the islands of Iriomote, Yubu, and Taketomi on this grand sightseeing tour. From lush forest, rivers, and waterfalls to traditional Ryukyu villages and sandy beaches, you get a chance to experience the best sights these idyllic destinations have to offer.
Explore the islands of Iriomote, Yubu, Kohama, and Taketomi on a self-guided tour as you learn about their geographic distinctions and abundance of natural and cultural beauty. Discover the dense rainforest, sprawling beaches, and even the filming location for a popular Japanese soap opera.
Get to know the waters of Okinawa with a trio of unique snorkeling adventures off the shores of Barasu and Hatoma islands. The vivid seascape of corals and colorful fish makes for a great day and some spectacular sightseeing beneath the waves.
Check out the waters of the Yaeyama Islands with a pair of spectacular tours, which combine the lush interior of Iriomote Island with snorkeling in the open sea. A kayaking trip takes you through mangrove forests along the Nishida River, followed by a dive at the spectacular reefs around Barasu Island.
The forests of Iriomote and the gardens of Yubu await on this journey that lets you explore the islands' natural beauty up close. Admire the mangrove trees and beautiful waterfalls along Okinawa's longest river, as well as the varied plant and animal life clustered along the way.
Verified travelerJun 2, 2019
Very similar to Okinawa, except with a more 'back-country feel'. Although I went there to basically just run the annual ultra marathon, I wish I had allowed for one additional day in order to visit some of the other areas that were not on the route