Attractions

Top Choice Beach in Ishigaki-jima

Sunset Beach

At the north end of the island, on the west coast, you will find this long strip of sand with a bit of offshore reef. As the name implies, this is one of the island's best spots to watch the sun set into the East Ch…
Top Choice Beach in Ishigaki-jima

Kabira-wan

Kabira-wan is a sheltered bay with white-sand shores and a couple of interesting clumplike islets offshore. Swimming is not allowed in the bay, as pearls are cultivated here, but there's no shortage of glass-bottome…
Beach in Ishigaki-jima

Yonehara Beach

On the north coast along Rte 79, Yonehara Beach is a decent sand beach with a good bit of reef offshore. Hire snorkel gear (¥1000) at any of the shops along the main road, where you'll also find plentiful cafes. Be …
Museum in Ishigaki-jima

Ishigaki City Yaeyama Museum

This modest museum has exhibits on the culture and history of the island, which are quite well presented with English explanations. Notable among the more typical cultural artefacts: a few informational pages about …
Buddhist Temple in Ishigaki-jima

Tōrin-ji

Founded in 1614, the Zen temple of Tōrin-ji, near the intersection of Shimin-kaikan-dōri and Rte 79, is home to the 18th-century guardian statues of Deva kings.
Historic Building in Ishigaki-jima

Miyara Dōnchi

The unique home of a Ryūkyū kingdom official dates from 1819; walk north along Sanbashi-dōri until you see signs in English. The house is still an actual residence, so you can only peer into the open rooms from the …
Shinto Shrine in Ishigaki-jima

Gongen-dō

Adjacent to the temple Tōrin-ji is Gongen-dō, a small shrine rebuilt after being destroyed by a tsunami in 1771.
Landmark in Ishigaki-jima

730 Intersection

From the 730 Intersection landmark, head southwest along the waterfront to get to the ferry terminal.