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IshigakiJapan

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
InterContinental ANA Ishigaki Resort
InterContinental ANA Ishigaki Resort
4.5 out of 5
354-1 Maesato, Ishigaki, Okinawa-ken
The price is ¥10,257 per night

Offering direct access to the beach, this Ishigaki resort 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! (886 reviews)

"Great hotel with friendly staff. The beach wasn’t that appealing and the prices at the restaurants were expensive."…"

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

InterContinental ANA Ishigaki Resort
Hotel Miyahira
Hotel Miyahira
3.5 out of 5
4-9, Misaki-cho, Ishigaki, Okinawa
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥7,900 per night

Situated in Ishigaki, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yaeyama Museum and Ishigaki Port. Nobumoto Ohama Memorial Hall and Miyara Dunchi are also within 10 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (313 reviews)

"Very convenient to access port n bus terminal. Besides, the b’fast is very good except no rice ball of sushi. I will recommend to my friends to stay at this hotel."…"

Reviewed on May 24, 2019

Hotel Miyahira
Hotel WBF PORTO Ishigakijima
Hotel WBF PORTO Ishigakijima
3 out of 5
Tonoshiro 86, Ishigaki, Okinawa
The price is ¥6,294 per night

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! (604 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2020

Hotel WBF PORTO Ishigakijima

Popular places to visit 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 Kabira.

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)

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at Yonehara Beach during your travels in Fukai?

Top things to do in Ishigaki

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

80% of travellers recommend
¥14,900
Per adult
Barasu & Hatoma Island Snorkeling Tour (with ferry tickets)
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Barasu & Hatoma Island Snorkeling Tour (with ferry tickets)

100% of travellers recommend
¥17,500
Per adult
Sangara Waterfall Kayak & Barasu Island Snorkel with ferry
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Sangara Waterfall Kayak & Barasu Island Snorkel with ferry

100% of travellers recommend
¥17,500
Per adult
Iriomote, Yubu & Kohama 3-Island Tour
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Iriomote, Yubu & Kohama 3-Island Tour

100% of travellers recommend
¥16,100
Per adult
Iriomote, Yubu & Taketomi Island Tour
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Iriomote, Yubu & Taketomi Island Tour

94% of travellers recommend
¥15,200
Per adult
Kohama & Taketomi Island Sightseeing Tour
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Kohama & Taketomi Island Sightseeing Tour

80% of travellers recommend
¥13,800
Per adult

Reviews of Ishigaki

4.5

Top Destination

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3 - Okay 7.894736842105263%
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3/5 - Okay

AA

Mar 17, 2020

Two night is enough.

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.

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