Ishigaki, Japan

The balmy, subtropical climate draws countless visitors to its sandy shores, but Ishigaki offers much more than your typical island getaway. It is the cultural, political and economic center of the Yaeyama Islands, originally founded in 1908 as Yaeyama Village and becoming Ishigaki Town in 1926. Ishigaki was elevated to city status on July 10, 1947. A hilltop Shinto shrine which dates back to 1614 is the perfect place to start your exploration of this lovely town. Noted for its white-sand beaches and turquoise waters to which snorkelers flock for a glimpse of the island's famed manta rays, Ishigaki Island offers many opportunities to commune with nature. Ishigaki has palm forests, mangrove-lined rivers suited for kayaking, and jungle-covered mountains perfect for hiking adventures. Amidst such natural beauty, you'll find an abundance of cultural sites with ties to the island's rich history. The Yaeyama Museum displays historic artifacts as well as traditional cultural items, and a visit to the well-preserved Miyara Dunchi, built in 1819, is a rare example of a samurai-style residence. Be sure to leave time in your busy day to sample some of the sweet island pineapple and to shop for the island's famed black pearls, a most special souvenir.

Note: Ishigaki is an anchorage port. Transportation from ship to shore is via the ship's tender service.

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Points of Interest

  • Kabira Bay
  • Tojin Tomb (Chinese Tomb)
  • Taketomi Island
  • Iriomote Island
  • Tamatorizaki Observatory
  • Local Crafts & Candy
  • Ishigaki Pottery Studio

More about Ishigaki, Japan Points of Interest

  • Kabira Bay

    The beautiful, turquoise waters of Kabira Bay are one of only two cultivation sites of black pearls in Japan. A glass-bottom boat showcases the bay's colorful underwater world and coral reefs.

  • Tojin Tomb (Chinese Tomb)

    Honoring the memory of Chinese laborers killed during a sea mutiny in the mid-1800s, this ornately decorated monument raises awareness of this tragic occurrence, centered off the coast of Ishigaki.

  • Taketomi Island

    Board a ferryboat to this petite island, the site of a perfectly preserved Ryukyu village where traditional red-roofed architecture, local crafts and transportation by water buffalo cart are a way of life.

  • Iriomote Island

    Okinawa's second largest island's dense vegetation, lush mangrove forests and Iriomote National Park welcome outdoor enthusiasts to kayaking, hiking and beach adventures.

  • Tamatorizaki Observatory

    Take in panoramic views of the ocean and colorful reefs, Cape Tamatori, Ibaruma Bay and the majestic hills of Ishigaki's northern peninsula from the observation deck of this popular photo spot.

  • Local Crafts & Candy

    The ingenuity of the Ishigaki people is showcased in their traditional crafts and local delicacies. Create "minsa" textiles, enjoy a sugar cane treat and shop for exquisite black pearl jewelry.

  • Ishigaki Pottery Studio

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Highlights of Ishigaki

4.5 hours | Ishigaki | I S G - 2 0 0
  • Kabira Bay
  • Tojin Tomb (Chinese Tomb)
  • Tamatorizaki Observatory

A delightful assortment of activities introduces you to the wonders of Ishigaki. Visit Tojin Tomb, a memorial to Chinese sailors who perished at sea. Enjoy sparkling Kabira Bay beach and a glass-bottom boat tour. Capture picturesque views from the Tamatorizaki Observatory and savor locally made sugar cane candy.

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Best of Ishigaki

6.5 hours | Ishigaki | I S G - 1 0 0
  • Kabira Bay
  • Tamatorizaki Observatory

See the best of Ishigaki's natural splendor on a sight-filled full-day adventure that makes the most of the island's outdoor activities and highlights. Bring your camera to capture all the beauty from several observation points, visit Yoneko-yaki Pottery to see the variety of Shisa and take in the tranquility of sparkling Kabira Bay.

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Local Products Ishigaki

8 hours | Ishigaki | I S G - 1 1 0
  • Tojin Tomb (Chinese Tomb)
  • Local Crafts & Candy

Showcasing Ishigaki's spirit of ingenuity, this full-day tour introduces you to the island's production of its renowned sugar cane candy and salt products and celebrates the artisans who produce its signature woven textiles and pottery. Lunch, historic sites, shopping for black pearls and homemade ice cream complete the day.

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A Discovery Exclusive - Ultimate Ishigaki

6.5 hours | Ishigaki | I S G - 1 0 5
  • Kabira Bay
  • Tamatorizaki Observatory

Immerse yourself in all the natural highlights of Ishigaki, plus dine on its famed beef at a fine lunch during this ultimate adventure on this lush island. Capture expansive city and sea vistas from several observation points, visit Yoneko-yaki Pottery to see the variety of Shisa, and photograph the crystalline waters of Kabira Bay.

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Iriomote Island & Mangrove Cruise

8 hours | Ishigaki | I S G - 1 1 5
  • Iriomote Island

Step off the beaten track and venture to Iriomote Island, an unspoiled paradise of verdant forests, tranquil rivers, sandy beaches and lush gardens. Your day includes lunch and such highlights as a mangrove cruise, a water buffalo cart ride to Yubu Jima Island, and a camera full of natural wonders.

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