A few boats on the clear water of Kabira Bay in Ishigaki, Japan

Cruise to Ishigaki, Japan

The most cosmopolitan island in the Yaeyama Island Group of Okinawa, Ishigaki's subtropical climate means it's beach weather all year round here — the island is rimmed with powdery white beaches and sky-blue waters teeming with coral reefs. Cruise to Ishigaki and take the one-hour hike up Okinawa's highest peak, Mt. Otomo, and marvel at the ocean views dotted with neighboring islands. Walk around Ishigaki's small town: Sample freshly caught fish at the Public Market, explore the 19th-century Miyara Dounchi House and Gardens, or channel inner calm at nearby Torinji Zen Temple. Looking for more thrill factor? Head to the mangroves of Nagura Anparu Wetland for a kayaking adventure.
National Language Japanese
Currency Accepted Japanese Yen (JPY)

Things To Do in Ishigaki

Boats along Kabira bay in Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki, Japan Kabira Bay

Sail on Glass

Sail on Glass

Visit Kaibara Bay, where glass-bottom boats fly through striking blue water giving you a rare underwater look. The bay is passionately protected by locals, and swimming is not allowed, but if you'd like to take a dip, head to Sukuji Beach — here, you'll find warm water, jet skis and diving tours.

River with forest mangrove in Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki, Japan River Forest Mangrove

Find Your Own Path

Find Your Own Path

On a clear day, climb up Mt. Otomo — the highest peak in Okinawa — for expansive views of the island and beyond. The mountainous path leads you through dense forest and takes one hour each way. Cruise to Ishigaki, Japan and finish your adventure at Nagura Anparu Wetland with a mystical kayak tour through the impressive Mangroves.

Colorful traditional ryukyu clothing for sale in Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki, Japan Traditional Costumes

Party in the Past

Head to Yaima Village, where you can experience a real-life recreation of the Ryukyu Era. Old structures have been rebuilt and musical shows are put on daily. Have fun trying on Ryuku traditional dress, paint your own Shiisa statuette, or learn to make mouthwatering Sata Andagi donuts.

Yaeyama soba noodle soup from Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki, Japan Yaeyama Soba

Local Cuisine

Head to Sukuji Beach for the island's best restaurants and bars. Try yaeyama soba, a delicious fusion of pork and seafood flavors balanced by Okinawan-style thick wheat noodles. Pair your soba with a glass of awamori, Okinawa's signature liqueur, with earthy, sweet flavors similar to sake or shochu.

Traditional Ryukyu Shisa guardian lion at Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki, Japan Shisa


A visit to Ishigaki's Public Market will fill your bags with great Ishigaki souvenirs during your visit to Japan. Pick up a jar of locally harvested Okinawan sea salt, a bottle of awamori and a small handmade Shiisa statue. Shissa are guardian spirits that look like a mix between a dog and a lion.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Although many tourists visit Ishigaki, learning a few Japanese phrases will make you popular with the locals.
2 There are jellyfish from May to October. Only official beaches are netted and protected, so be careful at more secluded spots.

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