Ishigaki Island has the highest mountain in Okinawa. ‘Umutodogi’ stands 526 meters tall. The island sits at the same latitude as Hawaii, and the sun shines all year around. It is a relaxed, sky-scraper free island with fine, soft sandy beaches. Sacrifice the urban atmosphere for the unpretentious Ryukyu lifestyle. Ninety percent of the residents live in Ishigaki City. The houses are built within enclosed walls, to protect residents during typhoon season. The most convenient transport option is to rent a bicycle or car. This will allow you to explore the jungle, mountains and white sand beaches at your leisure.
If you like, you can participate in water sports including snorkeling, diving and canoeing. Other attractions include Tamatorizaki Lookout, Uganzaki Lighthouse and Hirakubu Lighthouse. Go and soak in the views! And make sure you don’t miss Miyara Dunchi Gardens, where there is a Samurai style villa. This villa is the oldest building in Okinawa.
Ishigaki beef is the pride of the island. The famous Japanese wagyu originated here, with the cattle breed on the island. The taste is extraordinary and the meat is extremely tender. It is very popular among locals and tourists. It only takes ten seconds to roast on a coal fire, and will melt in your mouth.
Okinawa's tallest mountain is 525.5 meters (1,724 ft) above sea level. Mount Omoto is the source of two vital rivers, Miyara and Nagura, which provide drinking and agricultural water to the island of Ishigaki. Visitors can hike to the peak, which boasts a view
Considered one of the best spots for snorkeling in Ishigaki, Yonehara Beach is a place with intact coral reefs and many tropical fishes.
A former residence of the nobility and now preserved as a museum, this building and its grounds are symbolic of the architecture and landscape of the Yaeyama Islands. Erected in around 1819 by the local governor of Yaeyama, Miyaradunchi is Okinawa's oldest sta
As the only mangrove forest in a coral reef area in Japan, this unique ecosystem is a designated wildlife protection area. The Nagura Wetlands are surrounded by sandbanks at the mouth of the Nagura River. The area is home to many rare plants and animals. The h
Ishigaki City Yaeyama Museum
Opened in 1972, this museum has over 5,000 artifacts and cultural treasures related to Yaeyama's past. The Ishigaki City Yaeyama Museum has collections related to the island's archaeology, history, art and folk traditions.
Emix Ishigaki is a simple guest house ideally located near the bus terminal and the port of Ishigakijima.
Hitoshi is an izakaya and sushi restaurant on Ishigaki Island which serves fresh seafood. It has a large array of local spirits available.
Located just south of Nosoko town, this river winds its way through a forest of mangroves, which are trees that can grow in salt water. The Fukido River empties into a crescent-shaped bay with a picturesque beach. Visitors can access the beach by crossing the
According to legend, a local girl named "Maapee" climbed the mountain with a broken heart and turned into stone at the summit. For this reason, many locals refer to Mount Nosoko by the name "Nosoko Maapee". Sitting at 285 meters, hikers can reach the distinctl
Ishigakijima Itauchi Bokujou
Ishigakijima Kitauchi Bokujo, which is only a 10 minute drive away from the Ishigaki city center, and around a 30 minute drive away from Ishigaki airport. Ishigaki beef is nothing like you've ever tasted before, so definitely drop by for a taste of this heaven
Kabira Bay on Ishigaki Island in the Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa, is Ishigaki's main tourist draw and is an awe-inspiring and beautiful natural site.
Located a 25-minute drive from Ishigaki City, this park is known for its clear turquoise waters. Kabira Park leads out to Kabira Bay, which is one of the only two black pearl cultivation sites in Japan. Swimming is not allowed in the bay due to fast currents a
Located a 10-minute drive from the city center, this sandy beach is known for its picturesque sunset. Fusaki Beach is open to the public for free and is accessed through the Fusaki Resort Village main entrance. Cold showers are available free of charge. The re
Located close to Kabira Bay, this sandy beach offers swimming and snorkeling opportunities for visitors. Sukuji Beach has shallow waters and a portion of the one-kilometre beach is netted off to protect swimmers from jellyfish. The beach also features faciliti
Club Med Kabira Ishigaki
Located near the tip of Cape Kabiraishi, this all-inclusive resort offers bungalows with an ocean view and a private beach. The beach at Club Med Kabira Ishigaki is a popular snorkeling and diving destination. Additional recreational facilities include tennis
Located a 30-minute drive outside of Ishigaki City, this outlook marks the Sakieda Peninsula's most north-western point. The Uganzaki Lighthouse sits on distinct rock formations on a steep cliff face, which can be seen from the bay at the bottom. The lighthous
Located a 15-minute express boat ride from Ishigaki City, this beach on Taketomi Island is famous for its hoshizuna (star sand). Kaiji Beach is often referred to as Hoshizunahama (Hoshizuna Beach), because of the tiny star-shaped crustaceans that can be found
Sunset Beach (Ishigaki Island)
Sunset Beach, with its white sand, transparent sea and coral reefs, is one of the most popular and beautiful beaches of Ishigaki Island. There are also many marine activities offered here, such as wakeboarding and snorkeling.
This designated national park is located at the Northern tip of Ishigaki Island. Here, the East China Sea lies to the West and the Pacific Ocean to the East. The waters of the two oceans meet at Cape Hirakubo, the Northern tip of the park.
Iriomotejima, otherwise known as Iriomote Island, is part of the Yaeyama Islands in Okinawa. The island is home to the Iriomote cat, an endangered species.
Kanpira-so is a friendly and affordable 16-room bed and breakfast in Iriomote Island open all year round.
Urauchi River Excursion Boat Boarding Point
Iriomote Island has one of the largest subtropical jungles in Japan and the kayak trip allows visitors to see the smaller creeks and the unique nature.
Tsukigahama is a beach in Iriomotejima whose name (literally "Moon Beach") comes from the arc shape which looks like the moon.
Kachibai is a holiday home situated in Ishigaki Island, 9 km from Yaeyama Museum. The holiday home is 12 km from Yonehara Beach. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.
Shiraho Friends House
Just a 2-minute walk from Shiraho Beach, Friends House features a free-use kitchen, free parking and free Wi-Fi throughout. Simple air-conditioned private rooms and dormitory-style accommodation are offered.
Minshuku Irayoi Annex Akagawara
Located 9 km from Yaeyama Museum in Ishigaki Island, this air-conditioned villa features a barbecue. The unit is 13 km from Yonehara Beach. Free private parking is available on site.
Offering a barbecue and terrace, Minshuku Irayoi is situated in Ishigaki Island in the Ishigaki Region. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property and free private parking is available o
Guesthouse Pachira - Female Only
A charming female-only hostel located a 8-minute drive from Ishigaki New Airport and a 15-minute drive from Ishigaki Ferry Terminal. It provides free on-site parking and WiFi in all areas. Complimentary Japanese breakfast is serve
Okinawa EXES Ishigakijima
Boasting outdoor swimming pool, a sauna and a beauty massage salon, Kariyushi Club Hotel Ishigakijima provides spacious guest rooms filled with bright sunshine and tropical air.
Le Lotus Bleu
Located in the heart of traditional Shiraho Village, Le Lotus Blue offers cosy accommodation in a typical Japanese-style house. It is located a 12-minute drive from Ishigaki Airport and a 15-minute drive from the city centre.