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Ishigaki

Practical information on Ishigaki

  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Island
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • River
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
3 hours by plane from Tokyo
When to go
Mid-March to late October
Minimum stay
3 to 5 days

Reviews of Ishigaki

Marielle Awad Seasoned Traveller
62 written opinions

The main island of the Yaeyama archipelago and the perfect place to enjoy the sea and sun during a trip to Japan.

My suggestion:
Smaller and less touristic (for foreigners) than Okinawa, a beautiful place to enjoy the beach, sea and palm trees. A real picture postcard!
My review

Like most of the islands of Okinawa, Ishigaki is a great place to enjoy turquoise water for swimming, diving and snorkelling. There are many glass-bottomed boats that offer tours to observe the fish and coral in areas where diving is not permitted. Around the month of April there are many manta rays and most of the island's diving centres offer excursions to go and swim with them.

There are a lot of hiking trails available in the heart of the tropical forest and among the palm trees or mangroves. Renting a kayak can be a good way to discover some parts of the island.

On the island, you will see many shops offering shisas, which are the dog-like lions characteristic of Okinawa, in a variety of sizes, colours and materials. Along with Iriomote, Ishigaki is the only place in Japan where black pearls are produced and several jewellery shops offer very beautiful original pearl or mother-of-pearl creations.

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