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Overview

Enjoy a beach break on Ishigaki island, Japan’s hidden tropical paradise. Fly from Okinawa to this western island for three days of exploring clear waters, relaxing on undiscovered beaches and experiencing Ishigaki’s charming local character.

Trip Highlights

Okinawan Beach Break

Discover Okinawa’s pristine islands

Travel to Ishigaki, one of the Yaeyama islands, where miles of tropical beaches and clear waters wait to be explored.

Explore Japan’s underwater wonders

Opt for a snorkelling or scuba diving excursion to see schools of manta rays and other exotic marine life.

Experience Ishigaki’s culture

Visit the island’s markets, sample local specialities and enjoy the quiet rhythms of Okinawa’s smaller towns.

Itinerary

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Tokyo or Osaka - Ishigaki

Haneda Airport (HND) to Ishigaki Airport (ISG): 3 h 15 min Kansai Airport (KIX) to Ishigaki Airport (ISG): 2 h 40 min Ishigaki Airport to Ishigaki City (5 km): 15 min

Okinawa is Japan’s southernmost prefecture, which consists of a chain of islands stretching halfway between Japan and Taiwan for over 1,000 km.

During its long history, Okinawa has been both an independent country and a territorial land under the Chinese and U.S. rule, giving it a colourful culture that can be found nowhere else in Japan.

The main island of Okinawa, Okinawa-Honto, is very much developed towards domestic tourism, whereas the smaller islands to the west are less frequented by visitors, making it the perfect getaway for an unexpected beach break in Japan.

The destination today is one of these western islands, Ishigaki. Part of the chain of Yaeyama Islands, Ishigaki is famous for its clear waters, undiscovered beaches, forested interior, and charming local character.

Note: Domestic flights to/from Ishigaki are to be quoted separately. Please see further remarks in the ‘Rates & Conditions’

Upon arrival, transfer directly to the chosen accommodation via taxi (included).

Overnight in Ishigaki

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Ishigaki

Today is a self-guided day. We recommend the following activities:

Enjoy this first day in Ishigaki soaking up the local culture and experiencing what the Okinawan vibe is all about. Ishigaki City is the commercial center of the island and can easily be explored on foot.

Take a wander through the local shopping streets and try some of the local specialties, such as Yaeyama soba (the Ishigaki variety of the popular noodles dish) or Ishigaki beef, known to be very tender and on level to compete with the famous Kobe beef.

In the afternoon, it is possible to rent a car or scooter and explore the beautiful beaches on the west of the island.

Overnight in Ishigaki

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Ishigaki

Today is a self-guided day. We recommend the following activities:

Ishigaki is famous for its beaches, seas and the large schools of manta rays that cover the area.

Ishigaki has many diving possibilities. Diving excursions with the manta rays can be organized, especially during the peak season of June to October, where manta sightings can almost be guaranteed. We can arrange diving lessons and excursions with English-speaking staff (at an additional cost).

Alternatively, Ishigaki also offers some of Japan’s best snorkeling spots.

Overnight in Ishigaki

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Ishigaki

Ishigaki Island to Taketomi Island: 10 min (via high speed ferry) Ishigaki Island to Iriomote Island: 60 min (via high speed ferry)

Today is a self-guided day. We recommend the following activities:

Today, embark on a boat trip to one of the smaller Yaeyama Islands.

Taketomi Island, only 10 minutes by boat (at own expense), has a population of just 300 and boasts a perfectly preserved Ryukyu Village. Slightly further away, Iriomote Island is one of Japan’s last true wildernesses, with great hiking in the national park.

It is possible to arrange a hired car for those interested in explorer other areas of the island (at an additional cost). Alternatively, relax and enjoy the beaches near the hotel.

Overnight in Ishigaki

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Return to Tokyo / Osaka

The rest of the day is at leisure until the included transfer via taxi to Ishigaki Airport, to catch the flight back to Tokyo or to Osaka.

Important Information

Our Services Include:

  • Hotel accommodation in share twin room with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Return airport transfers to Ishigaki Airport.

Our Services Do Not Include:

  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately).
  • Some local transport (e.g. boat fare to/from Yaeyama Island, etc.).
  • Guides and/or entrance fees.
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature).
  • Travel and/or personal insurance (please see below).
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

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