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Travel Guide

Kabira Bay Beach featuring a beach and boating

Enjoy exceptional cuisine, dive with colorful exotic fish and coral features and delve into luminous caves filled with gleaming stalactites.

Ishigaki is among the largest islands in the Yaeyama Island archipelago of Japan, with powdery white beaches and undulating mossy hills. Try kitesurfing, surfing and diving off the island’s many beaches backed by magnificent scenery. Learn about its fascinating cultural history and sample traditional crafts.

Explore the mesmerizing coral reef near Shiraho Beach on the island’s southeastern corner. The beach has a relaxing, uncrowded atmosphere with limited amenities. Rent snorkel or scuba gear from tour operators in the quaint village of Shiraho.

On the northern side of the island is the stunning Kabira Bay Beach, which is famed for its clear blue-green water. Spot the shadows of boats on the seafloor and relax on the white, powdery sand. Swimming is prohibited here, but glass-bottomed boats take passengers on trips to see the exotic fish.

Make your way up to Kabira Park, which contains several intriguing shrines between its tall palm trees. Its observation deck offers panoramic views of the beach. Spot the giant Mount Omoto in the distance. Sunbathe on the lawn to thoroughly enjoy the hot summers, which run from June to September. August and September are the wettest months. Winters remain warm.

Visit the various cultural attractions in Ishigaki City on the southern flank of the island. Dine at one of the many restaurants serving some of the island’s unique cuisine. Sample local specialties, such as Tonsuku pigs’ feet and SPAM® meat dishes. Explore the intricate subterranean system in the Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave just north of the city.

The island is west of Okinawa Island in the Yaeyama archipelago, which is east of Taiwan and southwest of Japan. Fly to the New Ishigaki Airport, the largest in the island group, or take a ferry to Ishigaki Port. Travel between cities by bus and get around the villages on foot.

Visit Ishigaki to experience a fascinating culture with a distinctive cuisine and a scenic coastline along an extensive coral network.

Art Hotel Ishigakijima
Art Hotel Ishigakijima
3.5 out of 5
559 Okawa, Ishigaki, Okinawa
The price is AU$136 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
This family-friendly Ishigaki hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ishigaki Port and Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave. Maezato Beach and Ishigakijima Astronomical Observatory ...
4.4/5Excellent! (765 reviews)
"最近できたホテルのようで、内装はとても綺麗でした。大浴場があったのも良かったですが、ビーチからは若干遠いので車で行かなくてはいけません。 短期ステイにはとても良いホテルでした!"

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2020

Art Hotel Ishigakijima
Fusaki Beach Resort Hotel & Villas
Fusaki Beach Resort Hotel & Villas
4 out of 5
1625 Arakawa, Ishigaki, Okinawa-ken
The price is AU$403 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Nestled on the beach, this Ishigaki resort is within a 5-minute walk of Fusaki Beach and Tojinbaka. Kannonzaki Lighthouse and Fusaki Kannon-do Temple are also ...
4.4/5Excellent! (310 reviews)
"Excellent! Amazing for kids!"

Reviewed on 8 Jun. 2021

Fusaki Beach Resort Hotel & Villas
Ishigaki Seaside Hotel
Ishigaki Seaside Hotel
3.5 out of 5
154-12, Kabira, Ishigaki, Okinawa-ken
The price is AU$185 per night from 18 Jun. to 18 Jun.
Nestled on the beach, this Ishigaki hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sukuji Beach, Kabira Bay and Kabira Bay Beach. Kabira Park is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.
4.3/5Excellent! (337 reviews)
"Nice hotel with a perfect view."

Reviewed on 31 May 2021

Ishigaki Seaside Hotel
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