Getting there & around
Yaeyama Kankō (82-5010) and Anei Kankō (83-0055) run ferries to Ōhara (¥1540, 35 minutes), Uehara (¥2000, 40 minutes) and Funaura (¥2000, 40 minutes) from Ishigaki-jima. Although there are several ferries per day to each of the ports, frequency is dependent on the season and the weather.
A few buses each day run between Ōhara and Shirahama (¥1040, 1¼ hours), though it’s probably worth renting your own set of wheels. Fortunately, there are plenty of rental agencies near each set of ports. The island’s youth hostels also rent out bicycles, motor scooters and cars to guests. With plenty of alternative lifestylers on the island, your thumb is also a quick and easy way of getting around.