IshigakiJapan

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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.

Top Hotels in Ishigaki

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Art Hotel Ishigakijima
Art Hotel Ishigakijima
3.5 out of 5
559 Okawa, Ishigaki, Okinawa
¥9,955
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27

Situated in Ishigaki, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ishigaki Port and Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave. Maezato Beach and Ishigakijima Astronomical Observatory ...

4.4/5Excellent! (604 reviews)

"Clean, well-equipped, great breakfast and dinner buffet. The staff were great."…"

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019

Art Hotel Ishigakijima
Hotel WBF PORTO Ishigakijima
Hotel WBF PORTO Ishigakijima
3 out of 5
Tonoshiro 86, Ishigaki, Okinawa
¥5,800
per night
Feb 20 - Feb 21

Located in the heart of Ishigaki, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Ishigaki Port and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave and Banna Park. Shiraho ...

4.3/5Excellent! (547 reviews)

"Balcony and very clise to town centre , bus station , ferry porto, and restaurants"…"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2020

Hotel WBF PORTO Ishigakijima
InterContinental ANA Ishigaki Resort
InterContinental ANA Ishigaki Resort
4.5 out of 5
354-1 Maesato, Ishigaki, Okinawa-ken
¥19,308
per night
Feb 20 - Feb 21

Offering direct access to the beach, this Ishigaki resort is next to a golf course, 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Maezato Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ishigaki Island ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (804 reviews)

"Beautiful room, amazing view. Pool was warm enough that kids wanted to swim 2 times every day. The feather pillows were terrible but beyond that no complaints"…"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2020

InterContinental ANA Ishigaki Resort

Popular things to do in Ishigaki

Ishigaki Port
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Ishigaki Port

4/5(26 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(16 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(16 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

4/5(5 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(4 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(12 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

¥4,200

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 a 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

¥15,200

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

¥17,800

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.

Couture Perfume Workshop
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Couture Perfume Workshop

¥12,337

Itinerary You will make your own original perfume with using natural and synthetic ingredients. We have more than 150 materials, including our own extract from local plants.

Iriomote, Yubu & Kohama 3-Island Tour
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Iriomote, Yubu & Kohama 3-Island Tour

¥16,100

The natural beauty of the Yaeyama Islands is waiting for you on this spectacular day of exploration. With each of the 3 islands you visit offering a different environment and a unique set of experiences, this outing gives you the freedom to get to know the sights at your own pace and create a terrific adventure.

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

¥14,900

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

Jan 4, 2020

Very pleasant small island experience.

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.