Ishigaki

Travel Guide
Kabira Bay Beach showing boating and a sandy beach

Enjoy exceptional cuisine, dive with colorful exotic fish and coral features and delve into luminous caves filled with gleaming stalactites.

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.

Vessel Hotel Ishigaki Island
Vessel Hotel Ishigaki Island
3.5 out of 5
1-2-7 Hamasakicho, Ishigaki, Okinawa-ken
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $64 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
Situated in Ishigaki, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Torin-ji Temple and Ishigaki Port. Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.
4.4/5Excellent! (514 reviews)
Nice beach hotel
"Convenient location ~ 5 min walk from the ferry terminal (which also has a bus stop for the shuttle bus from the airport). Standard (excellent) breakfast buffet. You can borrow a beach towel, and then just drop it in a bin in the lobby (very helpful for beach trips). Good wifi. Complimentary ice ..."

Reviewed on May 31, 2021

Vessel Hotel Ishigaki Island
ANA InterContinental Ishigaki Resort, an IHG Hotel
ANA InterContinental Ishigaki Resort, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
354-1 Maesato, Ishigaki, Okinawa-ken
The price is $196 per night from Oct 13 to Oct 13
Offering direct access to the beach, this Ishigaki hotel is next to a golf course, 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Maezato Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ishigaki Island ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (994 reviews)
Loved this hotel
"Beautiful hotel and facilities. Staff were great and rooms were very nice. The only caveat I had was that dining in the hotel was very expensive."

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2021

ANA InterContinental Ishigaki Resort, an IHG Hotel
Fusaki Beach Resort Hotel & Villas
Fusaki Beach Resort Hotel & Villas
4 out of 5
1625 Arakawa, Ishigaki, Okinawa-ken
The price is $176 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
Nestled on the beach, this Ishigaki resort is within a 5-minute walk of Fusaki Beach and Tojinbaka. Kannonzaki Lighthouse and Fusaki Kannon-do Temple are also ...
4.4/5Excellent! (360 reviews)

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2021

Fusaki Beach Resort Hotel & Villas
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Mr.KINJO BEACH SIDE KAFU-SHI
Mr.KINJO BEACH SIDE KAFU-SHI
3 out of 5
375-5, Maesato, Ishigaki, Okinawa
The price is $32 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Maezato Beach and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Ishigaki Port. Yaeyama Museum and Miyara Dunchi ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (50 reviews)
"Location is good only if you are self driving. There is an extra charge for parking. The room is big and has a washing machine."

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

Mr.KINJO BEACH SIDE KAFU-SHI
Maruka Ishigakijima
Maruka Ishigakijima
3 out of 5
305-5 Okawa, Ishigaki, Okinawa-ken
The price is $64 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Situated in Ishigaki, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ishigaki Port, Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and Maezato Beach. Fusaki Beach and Shiraho ...
4.3/5Excellent! (30 reviews)
"Good place!"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2019

Maruka Ishigakijima
Daily & Weekly Condominium Blue Ocean Ishigaki
Daily & Weekly Condominium Blue Ocean Ishigaki
3 out of 5
Maesato 186-13, Ishigaki, Okinawa
Situated by the ocean, this condo building is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Maezato Beach and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Ishigaki Port. Nobumoto Ohama Memorial Hall and Southern ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (13 reviews)
"とても清潔で、景色もよく満足でした"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2021

Daily & Weekly Condominium Blue Ocean Ishigaki
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