Ishigaki Island ("Ishigakijima" in Japanese) is located about 420 km
southwest of Okinawa Island.
Taiwan is about 270 km west of this island, so it is closer to a
foreign country rather than the prefectual capital.
Around Ishigaki Island, there are Iriomote Island and some
other small islands.
Generally, the group of these islands is called "Yaeyama islands".
Ishigaki Island has the largest population of them.
Ishigaki Island is the third largest island in Okinawa Prefecture,
after Okinawa Island and Iriomote Island.
This island is shaped like a ladle.
The main area is within about 20 km, and a long and narrow peninsula
about 20 km long is attached.
Mount Omoto 526 meters high is in the center of the island, and is the
highest mountain in Okinawa Prefecture.
Ishigaki district on the south coast is the largest town, and is the
only densely-populated area in Yaeyama Islands.
It has Ishigaki Port where the ferries to the other islands depart.
And Ishigaki Airport is right to the east of the district.
This island is surrounded by coral reefs, and have many beautiful
It has beautiful nature richly, so one third part of the island is in a
In Ishigaki Island, we can see the beautiful beaches.
And we can enjoy diving and snorkeling.
There are some resort hotels, and many small minshuku (Japansese style
inn) or resort inns in this island.
Route bus is operated in the island. The buses run from Ishigaki
district to the various places in the island.
They run relatively frequently around Ishigaki district, but in the
other area, they run only some times a day.
You can rent a car, motorbike or bicycle, or use a sightseeing taxi.
Japan : Nice website about Ishigaki island by a resident from
Main spots in
Forests along Miyara River /1/ : Miyara River is the largest river
in Ishigaki Island, and flows to the south through the island.
The mouth is located about 7 km east-northeast of central Ishigaki
district, and thick mangrove forests spread along the river for a
distance of 1.5 kilometers.
It is said that the forests of mangrove is the largest in Japan.
We can see the forests on the bridge of the national road, and canoe
tours on the river are conducted.
- Shiraho Coral
Reefs /2/ : Shiraho is the
district along the southeast coast.
The beach is not so beautiful, but there are great coral reefs in the
sea. The coral reefs is about 10 km long and about 1 km wide.
Over 70 species of coral are known in this coast, and very good
condition has been kept.
Especially, it is said that the great community of blue coral is the
largest in the Northern hemisphere.
- Banna Park
/3/ : The park on Mount
Banna 230 meters high.
It is located about 4 km north of central Ishigaki district.
There are a few observatories in the park, and we can enjoy the nice
view of southern Ishigaki Island and sea.
cemetery /4/ : "Toujinabaka"
means "Cemetery of Chinese people".
In 1852, American ship left from Xiamen on southern China. About 400
Chinese workers (Coolie) were on board.
Because they were treated very hard on board, they raised a riot at
The ship went aground near Ishigaki Island, then 380 Chinese escaped
into the island.
The Ishigaki islanders provided them with housing.
But the American and British navies came to this island twice. And they
searched the fugitives and killed many of them.
After that, by international contact, Ryukyu Kingdom sent the 172
surviving Chinese back to China.
And the tombs for dead 128 Chinese were built here and there.
In 1971, this cemetery was constructed to console the people totally.
- Nagura Anparu
wetland /5/ : A wetland near the
west coast located about 8 km north of Ishigaki district.
It is a wetland surrounded by sandbanks at the mouth of Nagura River.
Mangrove forests, tropical forests, various grasses grow on the
wetland, and various fish and aquatic organism are in the water.
This wetland is inscribed as a registered wetland under the Ramsar
- Cape Uganzaki
/6/ : A cape on the
It is located about 17 km northwest central Ishigaki district.
The coast is deep and has no coral reef, so wild waves pond the coast.
We can see the beautiful sunset.
- Sukuji Beach
/7/ : A beautiful beach
on the west coast.
It is to the west of Kabira Bay.
The beach is filled with white sands and is shoal.
- Kabira Bay
/8/ : The most popular
and beautiful beach in Ishigaki Island.
The scenery of the sea and some small islands is nice, and the changing
color of the sea is beautiful.
But the current in the bay is strong, so it is forbidden to swim.
Instead, we can enjoy the sea by glass-bottom boat.
Beach /9/ : A beautiful beach
located about 5 km east of Kabira Bay.
Beautiful beach spreads, and there is a camping site near this beach.
Forests along Fukidou River /10/ : The large mangrove forests after
There are thick forests and mudlands along the river.
Canoe tours on the river are conducted.
Observatory /11/ : The observatory in the center of
the long peninsula.
We can see the long peninsula and beautiful sea.
Many hibiscus flowers are around this observatory.
- Sunset Beach
/12/ : A beautiful beach
at the north part of the island.
It is a good bathing beach, and the admission fee is 300 yen.
Some facilities are set up.
- Cape Hirakubo
/13/ : The north tip of
A white lighthouse stands, and grass field spread on the cape.
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Park or Garden /
City, Town or Village /
Quarter or Street /
Temple or Shrine /
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Historic place /
World Heritage Site
How to get to here
About 1 hour from Naha Airport.
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