On the idyllic islands of Ishigaki and Iriomote, sightings of exotic species await, whether you're exploring by land or sea. Get a closer look during an excursion like scuba diving or take a glass-bottom boat to admire Iriomote's coral reefs. Whatever you choose, you'll have plenty of opportunities to see these islands' lush vegetation and diverse fauna.
More unique experiences include kayaking along the shores of the Miyara River to explore the island and its mangrove forests. Adventurous visitors can hike through Iriomote's tropical jungle, which is home to protected wildcats. Intrepid explorers should opt to climb to the top of Mount Nokoso to admire the panoramic view from its peak.
This archipelago is also home to many rich traditions. We recommend visiting Ishigaki Island's workshops, where local artisans weave colorful fabrics used to make kimonos and table settings.See more