Ishigaki

Travel Guide
Kabira Bay Beach featuring boating and a sandy beach

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.

Vessel Hotel Ishigaki Island
Vessel Hotel Ishigaki Island
3.5 out of 5
1-2-7 Hamasakicho, Ishigaki, Okinawa-ken
The price is HK$484 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
Situated in Ishigaki, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ishigaki Port and Torin-ji Temple. Miyara Dunchi and Yaeyama Museum are also within 15 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (536 reviews)
Nice beach hotel
"Convenient location ~ 5 min walk from the ferry terminal (which also has a bus stop for the shuttle bus from the airport). Standard (excellent) breakfast buffet. You can borrow a beach towel, and then just drop it in a bin in the lobby (very helpful for beach trips). Good wifi. Complimentary ice ..."

Reviewed on 31 May 2021

Vessel Hotel Ishigaki Island
Fusaki Beach Resort Hotel & Villas
Fusaki Beach Resort Hotel & Villas
4 out of 5
1625 Arakawa, Ishigaki, Okinawa-ken
The price is HK$1,430 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
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 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (368 reviews)

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2021

Fusaki Beach Resort Hotel & Villas
ANA InterContinental Ishigaki Resort, an IHG Hotel
ANA InterContinental Ishigaki Resort, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
354-1 Maesato, Ishigaki, Okinawa-ken
The price is HK$1,331 per night from 17 Nov to 17 Nov
Offering direct access to the beach, this Ishigaki hotel is next to a golf course, 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Maezato Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ishigaki Island ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (995 reviews)
"Has private beach and several pool"

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2021

ANA InterContinental Ishigaki Resort, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Mr.KINJO BEACH SIDE KAFU-SHI
Mr.KINJO BEACH SIDE KAFU-SHI
3 out of 5
The price is HK$248 per night from 19 Oct to 19 Oct
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Maezato Beach and within 3 miles (5 km) of Yaeyama Museum and Miyara Dunchi. Nobumoto ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (50 reviews)
"Location is good only if you are self driving. There is an extra charge for parking. The room is big and has a washing machine."

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2019

Mr.KINJO BEACH SIDE KAFU-SHI
Mr.KINJO SUNS ISHIGAKI
Mr.KINJO SUNS ISHIGAKI
3 out of 5
The price is HK$374 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Maezato Beach, Nobumoto Ohama Memorial Hall and Southern Gate Bridge. Yaeyama Museum ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (46 reviews)
Excelent option at ishigaki
"Bed is very comfortable! And it is very convenient that there is a washing machine in the room! Location is also very good near there is a donquijote where you can find everything you need! I have only one suggestions: elevator usually is closed and smelly. It needs some ventilation..."

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2020

Mr.KINJO SUNS ISHIGAKI
Maruka Ishigakijima
Maruka Ishigakijima
3 out of 5
The price is HK$487 per night from 20 Oct to 20 Oct
Situated in Ishigaki, this holiday home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ishigaki Port, Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave and Maezato Beach. Fusaki Beach and Shiraho Beach ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (30 reviews)
"Good place!"

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2019

Maruka Ishigakijima
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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