A small island with a minimum population of 50,000 in Japan’s Southwestern Okinawa Region, has lately been compared to that of Hawaii and has been named the top trending travel destination of 2018 by Trip Advisor.
It’s a little island named the world’s trending hottest destination, but many would never have heard of it.
It’s home to beautiful beaches, stunning blue water bodies and has received rave reviews from travelers who have been here and have said to fall in love with it.
Welcome to this little island that’s tipped to be the next big thing in the field of travel: Ishigaki; as beautiful as its appellation.
Over the years, Ishigaki has seen a rise in the number of its visitors. From sandy beaches to mangrove forests and diving spots, all here will leave you mesmerized.
Did you know that Ishigaki’s literal translation in Japanese means “Stone Wall”? A name that comes from the beautiful stone walls that were used to make up the streets of this island.
The main island of the Yaeyama Islands, Ishigaki is one of Okinawa’s most visited destination. No matter you desire to go swimming in the alluring waters of Japan or explore the underwater world or just merely want to soak up the island’s culture and history.
How to get there?
Ishigaki is located 1950 km away from Tokyo but is actually closer to Taiwan (250 Km) than anywhere else in the whole of Japan.
One can reach Ishigaki by its airport that opened in 2013 – New Ishigaki International Airport.
It takes about 3 Hour and 30 mins to get to Ishigaki from Tokyo, and 2 Hours from Osaka.
What to do there?
The Ishigaki island of Okinawa is all about enjoying the outdoor adventures, some of which can be enjoyed without having to take up a tour. You can always enjoy the unforgettable experience of diving with the manta rays or perhaps get yourself charged up for a challenge to hike the top of Okinawa’s tallest mountain.
Places to visit?
Whatever you decide to do, a great vacation is sure to ensure your fun.
- Relax at the Yonehara Beach
There is absolutely no good reason to miss out on such an amazing place and tremendously popular The Yonehara Beach. It boasts some of the best snorkeling and diving opportunities and the beach itself has some amazing features with corals all over the shore.
There are also campsites available for tourists who don’t mind pitching a tent for the night, to sleep under the bed of stars.
- Enjoy the view at The Tamatorizaki Observatory
Apart from the amazing water activities available here, Ishigaki is said to be blessed with tranquil views and magnificent scenery. One of the best places to see within this Observatory is the Cape Tamatori where you can enjoy the cool ocean air while viewing the hilly peninsula and the ocean waters.
- Visit the Yaeyama Museum
Get delved into the history of the fantastic culture of the Yaeyama Islands at the Yaeyama Museum and admire the displays of potteries, household items, and traditional garments, to learn the local’s life of way in the past. Make sure you stop by here to get a true taste of the island’s culture.
- Take a dip at The Sukuji Beach
Featuring a kilometer-long shoreline, Sukuji Beach is the perfect destination for travelers who just want to spend their entire day sunbathing or relaxing in the beach waters. The beach itself has got some of the finest sand granules and an enjoyable stretch of water nested for the swimmers.
- Explore the Limestone Caves
Explore the gorgeous natural wonders of the Ishigaki Limestone Caves and set out on a trail that covers the entire cave. The formation of this cave has taken over 200,000 years and is composed of Ishigaki’s corals, lime alga, sea eggs and much more. After spending a day at the cave, proceed for some souvenir shopping.
If you’re love with this summer getaway and you absolutely love the sun, surf and sand then head to Ishigaki. It’s got beach waterfronts, adventure, gorgeous sights. It’s impossible to not fall in love with it. No matter where you stay or what you do, you’re definitely going to love Ishigaki!