Located in the southwest, 303 kilometers from Okinawa and approximately 380 kilometers from Taipei city, is Miyako Island. This beautiful island features coral-limestone, beautiful coral reefs, white sands and clear blue water that shimmers in the sunlight.
Miyako Island is perfect for swimming and relaxing. The coral reefs provide excellent spots for snorkeling and other water sports. From Nishihenna cape in the North, there is an amazing view of the coral reefs and neighboring islands. Agarihennazaki, in the east, is the home to rocky coral reefs and a white lighthouse, standing watch at the end of a meandering trail.
Yonaha Maehama Beach boasts seven kilometers of white sands. It is famous, worldwide, as the home of the swim leg in the Ironman Triathlon. Nearby, the Ueno German Culture Village, Kikunotsuyu and the Makiyami observatory are all worth a visit.
As well as the scenic delights, Miyako Island also offers the chance to listen to ‘Sanshin’ music, while dining on Miyako cattle and momordica. Another local specialty is ‘snow salt’ – you can buy it from a local grocery store or drug store.
Visitors are free to venture to one of the seven small neighboring islands: Ikema Island, Tara Gando Island, Irabu Island, Shimoji Island, Kurima Island, Ogami Island and Minna-jima Island. Bridges curve elegantly, connecting these islands. Rent a car, and make it a road trip.
Miyakojima City Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden of Miyakojima City spans an area of 120,000 square meters and houses over 1600 sorts of plants and animals.
Tuyumya Grave is the grave of Nakasone Toyomiya (or Tuyumya in Okinawan), who ruled over Miyako between the 15th and 16th century.
Ikema Ohashi Bridge
Ikema Ohashi Bridge connects the islands Miyako-jima to Ikema-jima. This 1425-meter long bridge also offers a great view of the sea.
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.
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.
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
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
Ishigakijima, or Ishigaki Island, is part of the Yaeyama Islands in Okinawa. It is a popular spot among divers.
Considered one of the best spots for snorkeling in Ishigaki, Yonehara Beach is a place with intact coral reefs and many tropical fishes.
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
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
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.
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 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
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
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
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.
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
Only a 1-minute drive or a 10-minute walk from Miyako Airport, Light Mother offers simple rooms with free wired internet. It features free-use massage chairs and free-use laundry facilities, while a shuttle is available from the a
Situated in Miyako Island, Primehouse nn offers self-catering accommodation with free WiFi. The holiday home is 5 km from Maehama Beach. Free private parking is available on site.
Miyakojima Weekly Akasakiya
Miyakojima Weekly Akasakiya offers apartment-style accommodations with free wired internet access. Free WiFi is offered in some rooms. Bicycle rentals are available for traveling around the island and free parking is on-site.
Hotel Risingsun Miyakojima
Opened in July 2014, Risingsun Miyakojima is a modern hotel located a 10-minue drive from Miyako Airport. In addition to Western and Japanese dishes, the hotel restaurant prepares Okinawan dishes for breakfast.
Seaside House Nirai
Seaside House Nirai is located in Miyako Island, 3.1 km from Maehama Beach and 4.3 km from Kurima Bridge. Free private parking is available on site. The ocean and the local park is situated within a 2-minute walk.
Guest House Albatoross
Situated in Miyako Island, 6 km from Maehama Beach, Guest House Albatoross features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. Each room includes a flat-screen TV and DVD player. You will find a coffee machine in the room.
Pension Prussian Blue
Situated in the centre of Miyako Island, Pension Prussian Blue is a luxurious log cabin boasting over 8250 m² ground of garden and farm.