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Travel to Ishigaki Island, Okinawa on Cheap Flights to Japan

Haisai! (Hello, in Okinawa dialect)

Ishigaki Island is known as the third largest island in Okinawa Prefecture, after the main island of Okinawa and Iriomote Island. It is one of the hottest tourist destinations with visitors of various nationalities on the rise as it is connected by domestic LCC (low cost carrier) flights from the Kansai area, and in the last few years, from other parts of Asia as well. Of course there are also direct flights from major cities within Japan and so it is an island that offers easy access (Some cities only offer direct flights for limited periods during the year).

The main highlights of sightseeing in Ishigaki Island are the great outdoors, but here we would like to introduce some specific must-see areas that offer both senses of “freedom and relaxation”.

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The “Painushima Ishigaki Airport” which was renovated a few years ago, offers a “southern island” feel as the kanji characters in the name indicate. It is about a 40 minute bus ride from the airport into the city and there are also some rental car companies near the airport.

 

Hirakubo Peninsula

平久保崎

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The Hirokubo Peninsula is an area that offers a clear view of paradise-like nature that you will forget you are in Japan. It is a cape located in the northern most point of Ishigaki Island and is about a hour drive from the city. There is a bit of a distance from the city, but it is an area that is well worth the trip. On a clear, sunny day, the Tarama Island, which is located between Ishigaki Island and Miyako Island, can be seen from the Hirakubo Lighthouse.

The panoramic view of the East China Sea from the cape is amazing. It is a popular sightseeing spot and we would hate for you to miss it.

 

Kabira Bay

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The Kabira Bay, with its beautiful cobalt blue bay is a representative tourist destination for Ishigaki Island. It is not open for swimming, but the view itself offers a satisfying and soothing experience.  

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It has been recognized as a 3-star destination in the Michelin guide and recently has been featured often in magazines and other media as one the best views Okinawa has to offer. The clarity of the water is astonishing!

It is about 40 minutes from the city by car or on the public bus. As for the bus, a one-day ride ticket is offered for 1,000 Yen, available for purchase on the bus.

 

Yaima Village

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About a 30 minute car ride from the city is the Yaima Village. Squirrel monkeys as seen in the photo fill the place! The small squirrel monkeys are very cute and offer a peaceful moment.

There are also mangrove trees, traditional Okinawa houses, observatory, and a facility that has gift shops and restaurants.

 

Souvenirs Bought By the Writer

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Writer’s Photo: Goya (Bitter Gourd) Tea

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Writer’s Photo: Raw Sugar Tea (with ginger)

I found some souvenirs that were very specific to Okinawa and Ishigaki Island so I decided to purchase them. Everyone was very pleased to receive these as souvenirs!

 

One of Japan’s less known destinations is this Ishigaki Island. A 2-night 3-day stay would allow you to fully explore the area but there are 8 more islands you could visit from the Ishigaki Island ferry port. If you want to visit the other islands, we suggest you spend 4-nights and 5 days.

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