Love island views, beaches, and coral reefs? Get away to Ishigaki!

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.

Known for

Islands, Beaches and Ferries

Top Hotels in Ishigaki

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel WBF PORTO Ishigakijima
Hotel WBF PORTO Ishigakijima
3 out of 5
Tonoshiro 86, Ishigaki, Okinawa
$37
per night
Oct 31 - Nov 1
4.4/5Excellent! (434 reviews)

"Good location, near the pier in walking distance, but the location is more quite than live around the pier, room is big enough, lobby have a place let you enjoy the free coffee, many great food nearby. Recommend to everyone will going to Ishigaki."…"

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2019

Hotel WBF PORTO Ishigakijima
InterContinental ANA Ishigaki Resort
InterContinental ANA Ishigaki Resort
4.5 out of 5
354-1 Maesato, Ishigaki, Okinawa-ken
$118
per night
Nov 12 - Nov 13
4.5/5Wonderful! (692 reviews)

"Friendly staff ! Free upgrade and birthday cake set offer to mommy! Surprise =)"…"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

InterContinental ANA Ishigaki Resort
Art Hotel Ishigakijima
Art Hotel Ishigakijima
3.5 out of 5
559 Okawa, Ishigaki, Okinawa
$85
per night
Oct 31 - Nov 1
4.4/5Excellent! (523 reviews)

"Larger than we were expecting, the hotel has several cafes and restaurants of its own. We had the buffet dinner one night when in a rush for our plane, and while hardly gourmet it was actually pretty decent. Rooms quite large, the public bus from the airport runs literally to the door every 30 mins. ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2019

Art Hotel Ishigakijima

Popular things to do in Ishigaki

Ishigaki Port
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Ishigaki Port

4.5/5(23 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Ishigaki with a trip to Ishigaki Port. Wander the beaches and waterfront in the area.

Kabira Bay Beach
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Kabira Bay Beach

4.5/5(13 reviews)

Feel the crunch of the glorious white sand on the soles of your feet on this secluded beach where black pearls are cultured.

Kabira Bay
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Kabira Bay

4.5/5(13 reviews)

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.

Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave
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Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave

5/5(4 reviews)

Delve into these mysterious caves to inspect bizarre animals and spectacular living rock formations illuminated in bright and colorful neon lights.

Shiraho Beach
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Shiraho Beach

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Go diving or snorkeling in the clear, warm water for a glimpse of one of the world’s largest blue coral networks.

Yonehara Beach
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Yonehara Beach

4.5/5(9 reviews)

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.

Top activities in Ishigaki

Taketomi Island Tour
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Taketomi Island Tour

$39

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.

Iriomote, Yubu & Taketomi Island Tour
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Iriomote, Yubu & Taketomi Island Tour

$156

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.

4-Island Self-Guided Tour: Iriomote, Yubu, Kohama & Taketomi by Ferry
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4-Island Self-Guided Tour: Iriomote, Yubu, Kohama & Taketomi by Ferry

$166

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.

Barasu & Hatoma Island Snorkeling Tour (with ferry tickets)
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Barasu & Hatoma Island Snorkeling Tour (with ferry tickets)

$155

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.

Sangara Waterfall Kayak & Barasu Island Snorkel with ferry
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Sangara Waterfall Kayak & Barasu Island Snorkel with ferry

$159

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.

Iriomote & Yubu Island Adventure Tour
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Iriomote & Yubu Island Adventure Tour

$139

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.

Reviews of Ishigaki

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 17, 2019

I recommend

4/5 - Good

TravelLover

Aug 12, 2019

A very nice place for holiday :)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 11, 2019

Amazing!! So much to do with little kids and people were so nice!!

5/5 - Excellent

Chris

Aug 5, 2019

Breathtaking view.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 20, 2019

If you love ocean and the view, then you can see such a amazing sea. But the ocean usually doesn’t have much wave so not that exciting if you get in the sea. But it’s still worth swimming and seeing some fish in the sea and it’s fun.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 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