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Things to Do in Ishigaki

Ishigaki, 20 Jul.

Explore these great things to see and do on and around the island of Ishigaki, from diving and snorkeling in the clear tropical waters to learning about the region’s traditional crafts.

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Kabira Bay

Kabira Bay

One of the most famous spots in Ishigaki – and one of the Top 100 Landscapes of Japan – Kabira Bay is truly picture perfect.

Scuba & Snorkeling

Scuba & Snorkeling

The warm tropical waters around the islands of Okinawa make it Japan’s diving paradise.

Tamatorizaki Observatory

Tamatorizaki Observatory

Located at the east coast of Ishigaki, the Tamatorizaki Observatory offers stunning panoramic views of Ibaruma Bay and the Hirakubo Peninsula.

Ishigaki Sunset Beach

Ishigaki Sunset Beach

Get ready for lots of fun watersports at this stunning remote beach on the north-west coast.

Sukuji Bathing Beach

Sukuji Bathing Beach

This family-friendly beach is wide and shallow with gentle waves, and its white sand stretches for nearly a kilometer.

Fusaki Beach

Fusaki Beach

Part of the Fusaki Resort Village, this public beach welcomes all visitors, and offers snorkeling tours and other ocean activities as well as watersport equipment rentals.

Yaeyama Palm Tree Grove

Yaeyama Palm Tree Grove

Found nowhere else in the world but on Ishigaki and Iriomote islands, the endemic Yaeshima Palm Trees are a nationally protected plant species.

Yaeyama Soba

Yaeyama Soba

Okinawa comprises many small islands, each with its own special local dishes made with native ingredients. So when visiting Ishigaki, be sure to try Yaeyama Soba, a hearty noodle soup topped with pork, fish cakes, and green onions.

Cape Hirakubozaki

Cape Hirakubozaki

Ishigaki’s most northern point, Cape Hirakubo (Hirakubozaki in Japanese), is one of the most scenic and untouched areas of the whole island.

Ishigaki Beef

Ishigaki Beef

Ishigaki beef is a type of wagyu beef from Japanese Black cattle raised in the Yaeyama area of Ishigaki Island and fattened for at least 20 months.

Yonehara Beach

Yonehara Beach

This white-sand beach is a popular place to stretch out and enjoy views of the beautiful verdant coastline, Okinawa’s highest peak, Mt. Omoto, and the nearby grove of Yaeyama palms.

Banna Park

Banna Park

Named after 230m-high Mt. Banna, this large, hilly park has something for everyone, with an “Adventure Playground” for children, forested paths and a bird-watching observatory for nature enthusiasts, and several observatories offering expansive views of the island and sea.

Oganzaki Lighthouse

Oganzaki Lighthouse

Take in fantastic sunrises and sunsets from the Oganzaki Lighthouse, on Ishigaki’s west coast.

Tojin-baka (Chinese Tomb)

Tojin-baka (Chinese Tomb)

This Chinese-style tomb built in 1971 memorializes the lives of 120 Chinese laborers who died here in 1852.

Yaima Village

Ishigaki Yaima Village

Step back in time at Ishigaki Yaima Mura, where 100-year-old traditional village houses of Yaeyama have been carefully restored.

Ishigaki Island Festival

Ishigaki Island Festival

The two-day Ishigaki Island Festival is held every autumn in November. There is music and dancing, a large citizens’ parade, and of course lots of food stalls serving up festival favorites. A lovely fireworks display in the evening tops off this exciting event.

Ishigaki-yaki Pottery Studio

Ishigaki-yaki Pottery Studio

Earning international recognition, Ishigaki-yaki pottery is crafted using a very special, innovative technique in which glass is fused with the ceramic material.

Minsah Kogei Museum

Minsah Kogei Museum

This museum and crafts center is dedicated to minsah weaving, a traditional handicraft of Ishigaki and the Yaeyama region that is thought to date back to the 17th or 18th century.

730 COURT

730 COURT

730 Court is a shopping mall catering to all manner of shopping needs, from Okinawa souvenirs to fashion and outdoor clothing.