Vacations to Ishigaki, Japan

Located in the farthest southern reaches of the Japanese archipelago in Okinawa province, Ishigaki is Japan’s answer to the typical island paradise. Featuring the white sand and turquoise water which you would expect from a paradisiacal retreat, paired with typically Japanese flourishes, this is certainly a more off-the-beaten-track coastal retreat. 

With some of the country’s clearest water and fringed by coral reefs, snorkeling or scuba diving are both undoubtedly high up on any visitors’ to do list. There’s a rainbow of tropical fish to look out for, including the cute and iconic Anemone Fish, or Nemo. If you’re lucky you might spot a turtle or a manta ray! May to November is the best time to go, and this is when you’ll see more rays off Manta Point.  

Ishigaki also boasts some of the clearest skies in Southeast Asia, making it perfect for star gazing. Nothing special needed – just a clear night away from any lights! If you’re really interested, you can book a local star guide who will take you on a journey through the visible constellations. 

There are several, smaller islands surrounding Ishigaki Island, including Taketomi and Kohama; each offering a Japanese version of the Maldives and the perfect place to relax, go sea kayaking or paddle boarding. Take a Segway tour or even hop on an ox cart and go for a ride along the beach!

Highlights

  • Go snorkeling in the coral reef to find the cute Anemone fish

  • Book a local star guide for a perfect night of star gazing

  • Relax on the beach of Taketomi or Kohama, Japan’s version of the Maldives

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One of the things I love most about Japan is that it is a country of contrasts. From the vibrant, modern cities bustling with life to the tranquil countryside, interspersed with traditional villages and soothing landscapes. Also, let’s not forget the incredible Japanese cuisine. No matter where you go, the food is delicious! There are so many things that keep me coming back time and time again.

Ishigaki Trip Ideas

Here are some trip ideas that include Ishigaki. All of our trip ideas shown below are examples, and we’ll amend, adapt or start from scratch, until we’ve created the perfect trip for you. See one you like, or have a trip in mind? Call us now to book: 020 3510 5777

Map of Ishigaki