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.

Where to stay in Ishigaki

Ishigaki Seaside Hotel
Ishigaki Seaside Hotel
3.5 out of 5
154-12, Kabira, Ishigaki, Okinawa-ken, 907-0453
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The price is ¥8,302 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Ishigaki. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (518 reviews)
"Good hotel to stay a d enjoy marine activities."

Reviewed on May 1, 2022

Ishigaki Seaside Hotel
Fusaki Beach Resort Hotel & Villas
Fusaki Beach Resort Hotel & Villas
4 out of 5
1625 Arakawa, Ishigaki, Okinawa-ken, 907-0024
The price is ¥23,000 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Ishigaki. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (487 reviews)
"The staff were professional with their service."

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2021

Fusaki Beach Resort Hotel & Villas
Grandvrio Resort Ishigakijima
Grandvrio Resort Ishigakijima
3.5 out of 5
2481-1, Arakawa-Funakura, Ishigaki, Okinawa-ken, 907-0024
The price is ¥15,964 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
Stay at this 3.5-star spa resort in Ishigaki. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (275 reviews)
"It has a wonderful location, stunning views, and beautiful grounds. The staff were all wonderfully friendly and helpful. The breakfast was also one of the best with the most food variety I've ever had. The only things I did not like were the beds and pillows. Much too hard. In fact, the pillow felt ..."

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2022

Grandvrio Resort Ishigakijima
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cozystay group hotel ishigakijima2020
cozystay group hotel ishigakijima2020
3 out of 5
Maezato 412-1, Ishigaki, Okinawa, 907-0002
The price is ¥6,091 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Ishigaki. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Ishigaki Port and Maezato Beach are located ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (29 reviews)
"Very clean e many facilities"

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2022

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Daily & Weekly Condominium Blue Ocean Ishigaki
Daily & Weekly Condominium Blue Ocean Ishigaki
3 out of 5
Maesato 186-13, Ishigaki, Okinawa, 907-0002
Stay at this 3-star condo in Ishigaki. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an LCD TV. Popular attractions Ishigaki Port and Southern Gate Bridge are located nearby. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (20 reviews)
"GWに家族3人でお世話になりました。 天気はあまり良くなかったですが、ベランダから一望できる海の色には感動しました。 立地も問題なし!とてもl綺麗な部屋です。 ベランダ用の椅子&テーブルがあれば完璧。 ぜひ次回も利用したくなるホテルです。"

Reviewed on May 5, 2022

Daily & Weekly Condominium Blue Ocean Ishigaki
Maruka Ishigakijima
Maruka Ishigakijima
3 out of 5
305-5 Okawa, Ishigaki, Okinawa-ken, 907-0022
The price is ¥8,523 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this 3-star vacation home in Ishigaki. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Ishigaki Port and Miyara Dunchi are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (42 reviews)
"Good place!"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2019

Maruka Ishigakijima
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