Ishigaki Island, Okinawa Japan

 

ishigakijima okinawa japan complete travel guide

Ishigaki-jima is the main island of the Yaeyama Islands and the region's transportation hub. The largest city, Ishigaki City and airport, Ishigaki Airport for the island group are both located on Ishigaki-jima, as well as the area’s most major boat terminal, Ishigaki Port.

Surrounded by coral reefs and small uninhabited islands the wonderful sights and activities on this small piece of paradise are hard to find anywhere else in the world. Picturesque places such as Kabira Bay and other natural beauty in the sea. There are many wonderful places to explore in the mountains or numerous underground caves. Ishigaki Island is also famous for its beautiful beaches offering great snorkeling and SCUBA diving spots for fans of marine activities.

On Ishigaki island there is a thriving culture steeped in ancient traditions alive and well. Like much of Okinawa cultural influences come from a mixture of China, mainland Japan, and the very near by Taiwan as well as other former trading partners in the region dating back to the Ryukyu Kingdom. Regardless of where it comes from the people of Ishigaki are proud of their culture and celebrate it with many festivals and event all throughout the year. Because they are a musical people many of the events feature traditional island songs that can be heard accompanied by the sanshin (traditional Okinawa stringed instrument) even at some of the major sporting events held on Ishigaki like theBG Ishigaki Triathlon World Cup. It is no mystery why Ishigaki Island is one of the most popular destinations for travelers to the Okinawan Islands for visitors.   

 

                                   

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Festivals & Events on Ishigaki Island

Ishigaki Matsuri
Ishigaki Island Marathon
Yaeyama Islands Beach Opening Festival
BG Ishigaki Triathlon World Cup
Ishigaki Triathlon

Orion Beer Festival
Tobarama Song Tournament
Jyuu Roku Nichi Sai (16th Day Festival)
Hari Taikai (Dragon Boat Race)
Kyubon Angama

 

  Sightseeing and Activities on Ishigaki Island

 great sightseeing places in ishigaki okinawa japan

Kabira Bay & Park
Ishigaki Yaima Village
Ishigaki Limestone Caves
Shinei Park World Peace Bell
Miyara Dunchi
Tamatorizaki Observation Point
Banna Park
Tourinji Temple & Gongendo Shrine
Awamori Museum
Municipal Yaeyama Museum
Malaria Memorial Stone
Battle of Okinawa Memorial Stone
Yaeyama Peace Memorial Museum
Ishigaki City Traditional Arts Museum
Yonehara Palm Tree Groves
Tojinbaka
Bilingual War Monument
Kannondo Temple
Minsa Kogei Kan

 

Beaches on Ishigaki Island

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Fusaki Beach
Attached to the Fusaki Resort Village, Fusaki Beach is another beautiful beach on Ishigaki Island where marine sports such as wake boarding can be enjoyed. Fusaki Beach has a netted off swimming area....

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Sukuji Beach
This 1km stretch of white sandy shore is one of the nicest beaches on Ishigaki Island. Sukuji Beach is a popular destination for marine sports enthusiasts and sun bathers. The beach is only a 15 minute walk from Kabira Bay....

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Ishigaki Sunset Beach
A private beach located on the Kuura Coast, the northern peninsula of Ishigaki Island. It is a well kept beach with life guards on duty and a safety net to help keep Habu Jelly fish out of the swimming area.......

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Yonehara Beach
Surrounded by a coral reef alive with thousands of colorful tropical fish. Next to the beach is an extremely popular camp site where many people stay for entire summers. The camp grounds also rents snorkeling equipment to help people get a closer look at the under water eco system in the amazing....

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Maezato Beach
One of the most beautiful man made beaches in Okinawa Japan Maezato Beach is attached to ANA Hotel & Resort. This Ishigaki Island beach is nice and wide allowing for lots of space while relaxing in the sun......

 

North Okinawa Tours

 JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Northern Okinawa Tour
On this tour visit many of the North Okinawa’s famous sites like Churaumi Aquarium ( the world's third largest aquarium), Ryukyu Mura where you can experience living history, and many more exciting places. Lunch included.
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JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Nakijin-jo Castle World Heritage Bus Tour
On this tour visit many of the North Okinawa’s famous sites like Cape Manza, Churaumi Aquarium ( the world's third largest aquarium), Nakijin-jo Castle, Nago Pineapple Park. Lunch included.
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JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Okinawa Marine Walk from Nago (Departs at 9:00 am)
Enjoy walking underwater through Okinawa's clear ocean by simply putting on a special helmet which draws air from the surface, you can breathe normally even while underwater and explore Okinawa's beautiful coral reefs.
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JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Okinawa Jet Skiing, Banana Boat & Super Mable Tour
Enjoy all 3 of these thrilling marine sports out on the open water. 
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Miyako Islands Hotels & Resorts

 Location  Rating  Hotel Name
 Miyako Is. 4 star hotel Hotel Atoll Emerald Miyakojima
 Miyako Is. 4 star hotel Miyakojima Tokyu Resort 
 Miyako Is. 4 star hotel Hotel Breeze Bay Marina 
 Miyako Is. 5 star hotel Shigira Bayside Suite ALLAMANDA