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Ishigaki Island is located 400 km south from the mainland of Okinawa. The island is an entrance to the Yaeyama Islands, and it has great access to the remote islands. The island is known for its unspoiled beautiful nature that is recognized by the country and the Michelin Guide as a three-star destination. It offers numerous attractive features, such as crystal clear water, beautiful beaches and gourmet including the famous Ishigaki beef. Visitors from all over the world are drawn to this island.
- Ishigaki-shi, Okinawa
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- About 55 minutes from Naha to Ishigaki Island by plane. Two airlines fly between Naha and ishigaki Island
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The most characteristic feature of Ishigaki Island is the amazing vistas of nature. Kabira Bay has one of the most stunning views that holds a three-star destination of the Michelin Guide, and it is also designated as a National Scenic Beauty. Banna Park, located in the center of the island, is the perfect place to observe birds, butterflies and the stars.
A Blue Ocean that is Perfect for Diving
Ishigaki Island is well known for its beautiful ocean. Yonehara Beach has vast stretches of coral reef, crystal clear water and colorful tropical fish making it a perfect diving spot. The open pristine beach is absolutely beautiful.
This bay is selected as one of the 100 best scenic places in Japan. The stunning view of the white sand, beautiful mountains and the islands floating on the world famous clear water is truly breathtaking. The bay offers a variety of marine activities including glass bottom boats and skeleton canoes.
Cape Uganzaki: A Spot to View the Sunset
Cape Uganzaki is the most popular sunset viewing spot on Ishigaki Island. You don’t want to miss the beautiful contrast of the orange color of the setting sun and the lighthouse. It is also a great place to visit during the daytime to enjoy the blue sky and the ocean.
Fukido River is a tourist destination where you can see mangroves on Ishigaki Island. There is a mangrove jungle tour that you can take via a boat with a guide who grew up on the island. There are also popular snorkeling tours from a boat.
Gourmet Using Local Ingredients
Ishigaki Island is a gourmet island that offers a wide variety of wonderful foods, such as Ishigaki beef, local fresh fish and much more. Ishigaki City Public Market has various island specialties that are perfect for souvenirs. The downtown is full of cafes and restaurants.
Entrance to Yaeyama Islands
Ishigaki Island has great access from the mainland of Okinawa as well as to the remote islands. It is a terminal for ferries to the remote islands, such as Taketomi Island and Kohama Island. You can fly to Miyako Island from here.