Ishigakijima Travel Guide

Ishigaki-jima (Ishigaki Island) is an island associated with Ishigaki City in Okinawa Prefecture. Among the islands of Okinawa Prefecture it is the one with the third largest surface area, and is home to a population of around 50,000 people.

You can take a plane from Honshu in order to get to Ishigaki-jima. The Ishigaki-jima Airport connects to numerous places, including Honshu, Okinawa, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. To get to Ishigaki Island from Honshu, you can take a plane from Haneda Airport,  Kansai International Airport, Chubu International Airport, or Fukuoka Airport. You can also use Naha Airport on Okinawa Island.

While on the island the most convenient form of transportation is a car. Once you arrive at the airport you can get a rent-a-car. There are also rental bikes and rental bicycles available so if you’ve got enough time you can rent one of those and enjoy traveling around the island at a leisurely pace.

Ishigaki-jima is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs and clear blue seas. You can enjoy a plethora of marine activities at locations such as Kabira Bay, Sunset Beach (Ishigaki-jima), and Yonehara Beach. For people interested in seeing and experiencing the unique culture of this area, formerly known as the Ryukyu Kingdom, we recommend places such as the Ishigaki Municipal Yaeyama Museum and the Ishigaki Yaima Village. For those interested in the island’s nature and environment, you can learn more at the Shiraho Coral Reef Conservation and Research Centre. Ishigaki-jima itself is just 140km in circumference which means that you can travel around the island in one day via car, so if you’re up for it you can visit the whole island in one day.

Ishigaki-jima’s climate is a subtropical oceanic climate, which means there is very little distinction between seasons and no matter what time of year you visit you can enjoy warm temperatures. It also rains a lot but most of the time these storms are short-lived so if you just wait a short while the rain is likely to stop. However, there is one thing you must absolutely be careful about: typhoons. Typhoons are very common from August~September most years, and in the worst case one may arrive during your visit. In this event, you should stay inside for your own safety.

Tourism information: Ishigakijima

Map: Ishigakijima