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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 Izakaya in Ishigaki-jima

Shima-no-tabemonoya Paikaji

This Ishigaki city favourite serves all the Okinawan and Yaeyama standards. The boisterous atmosphere and kitchen get top marks, although smokers detract from the experience. Try the ikasumi chahan (squid-ink fried …
Top Choice Beach in Ishigaki-jima

Kabira Bay

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…
Cafe in Ishigaki-jima

Cafe Taniwha

You can't do better than Cafe Taniwha as a first stop in Ishigaki. Owners and citizens of the world, Kuri and Fusa have created a snug, welcoming space for local eccentrics and international travellers. They sometim…
Japanese in Ishigaki-jima

Ishigakijima Village

A contemporary version of the old-school dining yokochō (alleys) ferreted away in Japanese cities, this new restaurant complex is the perfect place to dine when feeling indecisive. Tiny eateries, each with some culi…
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 …
Soba in Ishigaki-jima

Ishigaki-jima Kids

Tucked into a tiny, tidy space in Euglena Mall, Ishigaki-jima Kids serves good Yaeyama-style cafe fare – sōki-soba, taco rice and the like – all detailed in a picture menu. There's usually a great lunch set of taco …
Noodles in Ishigaki-jima

Oishiisā-gu

This sunlit soba place in Kabira serves local dishes like chilled yomogi-soba (mugwort soba) served in a conch shell, or tebichi soba (Okinawan soba topped with stewed pork trotters). Even better, you can follow you…
Izakaya in Ishigaki-jima

Mori-no-Kokage

This little Ishigaki city izakaya is a friendly refuge true to its name, which means 'the shade of the forest'. Local treats are sliced steak of Ishigaki beef (¥1280) and the microbrew ishigaki-jima-zake (¥500). Loo…
Beach in Ishigaki-jima

Fusaki Beach Aqua Garden

Non-guests of the adjacent resort can pay to enter this massive 'aqua garden' complex with a beachfront pool, bar/restaurant, yoga lessons and a huge range of equipment rental options, from snorkels to stand-up padd…