ExploringOKINAWA

Ishigaki Island and the Yaeyama Islands

This will make you fall in love with Okinawa

The Yaeyama Islands are made up of 23 unique islands that are popular for their jungle cruises and diving spots.

From ISHIGAKI AIRPORT to Yubu Island(66min),From ISHIGAKI AIRPORT to Kabira Bay(30min),From ISHIGAKI AIRPORT to Diving(26min),From ISHIGAKI AIRPORT to Taketomi Island Townscape(41min),From ISHIGAKI AIRPORT to Iriomote Island Jungle(71min)
01

Yubu Island (water buffalo cart)

A small island with a circumference of only 2km, the water buffalo cart which connects it to Iriomote Island is famous. Here you can enjoy the sea breeze and the beautiful scenery of Okinawa.

※Taketomi Town is made up of remote islands and has limited electronic payment systems, information signboards, and telecommunications. There are also no convenience stores. On the other hand, this gives you the chance to experience a secluded island lifestyle that you won't find in the city, where nature, lifestyles, and culture have been preserved from long ago.

Address:689 Komi, Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa

From Ishigaki Airport to Ishigaki Port(26min), From Ishigaki Port to Iriomote Island Ohara Port(35-40min)
Yubu Island (water buffalo cart) ©OCVB
02

Kabira Bay

Located in the north-west region of Ishigaki Island, the color of the sea here changes with the ebb and flow of the tides. Glass-bottomed sightseeing boats allow you to see the wonders of the ocean.

Address:1054 Kabira, Ishigaki-shi, Okinawa

From Ishigaki Airport to Kabira Bay(30min)
Kabira Bay ©OCVB
03

Diving (manta rays)

In the sea around Ishigaki Island, there is an ocean corridor called the 'manta ray scramble' where you can see manta rays up close.

Address:Kabira, Ishigaki-shi, Okinawa

From Ishigaki Airport to Diving(26min)
Diving (manta rays)
04

Taketomi Island Townscape

A low-lying island created by an uplifted coral reef, you can feel the early Okinawan vibe in the red tile-roofed houses, coral stone walls, and white sand-covered streets.

※Taketomi Town is made up of remote islands and has limited electronic payment systems, information signboards, and telecommunications. There are also no convenience stores. On the other hand, this gives you the chance to experience a secluded island lifestyle that you won't find in the city, where nature, lifestyles, and culture have been preserved from long ago.

Address:Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa

From Ishigaki Airport to Ishigaki Port(26min), From Ishigaki Port to Taketomi Port(10-15min)
Taketomi Island Townscape ©OCVB
05

Iriomote Island Jungle (Pinaisara Waterfall)

As you trek or canoe through the jungles of Iriomote Island, the narrow 'Pinaisara Waterfall', the highest waterfall in Okinawa, awaits you.

※From April 2020, visitors must be accompanied by accredited guides when exploring Iriomote Island.
※Taketomi Town is made up of remote islands and has limited electronic payment systems, information signboards, and telecommunications. There are also no convenience stores. On the other hand, this gives you the chance to experience a secluded island lifestyle that you won't find in the city, where nature, lifestyles, and culture have been preserved from long ago.

Address:Iriomote, Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa

From Ishigaki Airport to Ishigaki Port(26min), From Ishigaki Port to Iriomote Island Uehara Port(40-45min)
Iriomote Island Jungle (Pinaisara Waterfall) ©OCVB

There are so many
things
to see!

  • 06. Kondoi Beach
    06. Kondoi Beach
    A shallow beach with beautiful white sand and a cobalt blue waters.
    Address: Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa
    ©OCVB
  • 07. Kohama Island
    07. Kohama Island
    Enjoy cycling and marine activities on this small island.
    Address: Kohama, Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa
  • 08. Ishigaki Stalactite Cave
    08. Ishigaki Stalactite Cave
    A beautiful limestone cavern created over 200,000 years ago from the coral reef.
    Address: 1666 Ishigaki, Ishigaki-shi, Okinawa
    ©OCVB
  • 09. Ishigaki-yaki Pottery Studio & Gallery
    09. Ishigaki-yaki Pottery Studio & Gallery
    Purchase Ishigaki-yaki pottery that glitters with the colors of the ocean, and make your own memorable ceramic piece in the pottery class.
    Address: 1356-71 Nagura, Ishigaki-shi, Okinawa
  • 10. Kuro Island
    10. Kuro Island
    Cattle farming is popular on Kuro Island, and a 'Kuro Island Cattle Festival' is held in February every year.
    Address: Kuroshima, Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa
    ©Taketomi Town Tourist Association
  • 11. Ishigakijima Astronomical Observatory
    11. Ishigakijima Astronomical Observatory
    The Milky way and Southern Cross are seen. Observe the planets and more with the largest telescope in the Kyushu and Okinawa areas.
    Address: Arakawa, Ishigaki-shi, Okinawa
    ©Ishigakijima Astronomical Observatory
  • 12. Yonaguni Undersea Ruins
    12. Yonaguni Undersea Ruins
    The rare underwater topography is now popular as an 'undersea ruin' diving spot.
    Address: Yonaguni-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa
    ©OCVB

  • 06. Kondoi Beach
  • 07. Kohama Island
  • 08. Ishigaki Stalactite Cave
  • 09. Ishigaki-yaki Pottery Studio & Gallery
  • 10. Kuro Island
  • 11. Ishigakijima Astronomical Observatory
  • 12. Yonaguni Undersea Ruins