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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.

Art Hotel Ishigakijima
Art Hotel Ishigakijima
3.5 out of 5
559 Okawa, Ishigaki, Okinawa
The price is ¥7,773 per night from May 24 to May 24
This family-friendly Ishigaki hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ishigaki Port and Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave. Maezato Beach and Ishigakijima Astronomical Observatory ...
4.4/5Excellent! (761 reviews)
"最近できたホテルのようで、内装はとても綺麗でした。大浴場があったのも良かったですが、ビーチからは若干遠いので車で行かなくてはいけません。 短期ステイにはとても良いホテルでした!"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Art Hotel Ishigakijima
InterContinental ANA Ishigaki Resort, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental ANA Ishigaki Resort, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
354-1 Maesato, Ishigaki, Okinawa-ken
The price is ¥29,606 per night from May 20 to May 20
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! (990 reviews)
"the view, hospitality, property it self... everything is spectacular"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

InterContinental ANA Ishigaki Resort, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Miyahira
Hotel Miyahira
3.5 out of 5
4-9, Misaki-cho, Ishigaki, Okinawa
The price is ¥8,208 per night from May 21 to May 21
Situated in Ishigaki, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yaeyama Museum and Ishigaki Port. Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.
4.2/5Excellent! (438 reviews)
Best location
"Amazing location, 1 minute walk to everything, the airport bus, boat terminal and city centre. Room was big and spacious and gave different environmentally friendly cleaning services. Breakfast was average and hotel restaurant staff were rude and unwelcoming."

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2020

Hotel Miyahira
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Mar 17, 2020

Two night is enough.

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Jan 4, 2020

Very pleasant small island experience.

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Aug 17, 2019

I recommend

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Aug 12, 2019

A very nice place for holiday :)

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Aug 11, 2019

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

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Aug 5, 2019

Breathtaking view.

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