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. Fireflies can be seen along the “Firefly Trail” between April and June, and an insect museum showcases many of the island’s creepy-crawlies. Segway tours (reservations required) are another fun option for visitors to this popular local park.
Tokyo (Narita) to Banna Park, Ishigaki
3 h 40 min
From 7,480 yen
961-15 Ishigaki, Ishigaki City Okinawa Prefecture
All listed travel times and costs are approximate.