Ishigaki Island is Okinawa’s third largest island, featuring many great highlights to be enjoyed. The island offers many spots with beautiful scenery such as the Hirakubozaki Lighthouse, from where you can enjoy stunning views of Kabira Bay —selected as one of the 100 Landscapes of Japan— as well as the Pacific Ocean and the East China Sea. There are lively urban areas such as markets with lines of Yaeyama food stalls, magnificent views of nature including Kabira Bay which has been designated as a best scenery site by the national government, and Tamatorizaki Observatory, with its abundant hibiscus flowers. The roads throughout the island allow you to drive around as you enjoy superb views of the sea, so we would highly recommend using a rental car or taxi to visit all the beautiful spots. Ishigaki Island is the center of the Yaeyama region. Based in Ishigaki Island, discover the unique Islands of Yaeyama region.
Kabira Bay on Ishigaki Island is home to some of the finest views on the island, in an area known for the culturing of black pearls. Its appearance changes with the sunlight and the ebbing and flowing of the tide. The view looks different every time. Because the tide moves quickly, swimming is forbidden, but you can board a glass-bottomed boat to see through to the ocean.
Ishigaki Yaima Mura is a theme park that replicates the old-but-good qualities of the traditional architecture found nestled among the natural backdrop that is Yaeyama. Traditional homes over ninety years old and relocated from the city here are a designated tangible cultural property of Japan. The traditional red-roofed homes are where you will hear the sound of shamisen string instruments being played. There, you can experience traditional Ryukyu clothing, starsand art, Shisa painting, walks through the mangrove forests, and kayaking. Furthermore, there are planetarium and stargazing events at the Star Village.
By airplane: Naha Airport — New Ishigaki Airport (approx. one hour)
*Direct flights available from Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka
Tokyo — Ishigaki approx. 3h 35min
Nagoya — Ishigaki approx. 3h
Osaka — Ishigaki approx. 2h 50min
Fukuoka — Ishigaki 2h 5min
By ferry: None
Area / Population: 222.63km / approx. 48,900 people