Renowned for its superb diving, lovely beaches and lush landscapes, Ishigaki island is part of The Yaeyama Islands and therefore the top destination in the Southwest Islands of Japan. It offers Japan's best scuba diving and some of Japan's last intact subtropical jungles and mangrove swamps. Scuba diving is extremely popular activity is to dive with Ishigaki’s world famous manta rays. The most reliable place to view these magnificent creatures is Manta Point which is located just off Kabira's coast. Ishigaki has an abundance of coral in its waters and the ocean teams with life. There are also a number of drop-offs and cave diving opportunities to be enjoyed on the island and it is often said that Ishigaki compares well will better known dive locations throughout Asia.
Le Lotus Bleu
Beach Village Nosoko
Nata Beach Village
Sea Forst Ishigaki
Tsundara Beach Retreat www.tsundarabeach.com
Guest House Iriwa
Umicoza Diving School
Prime Scuba Ishigaki
Melody of the Sea
Around March and April, is an excellent time to visit. The rainy season starts early in May and continues until June. Unlike the rainy season in mainland Japan, it rains neither everyday nor all day long in Yaeyama Islands. Summer in Yaeyama Islands is hot and humid but still one of the peak visiting seasons, while September brings a succession of fierce typhoons. October and November are again good times to visit.
Fly into Yaeyama Islands International Airport (Airport code ISG). This is the strategic gateway to the Yaeyama Islands of Japan. With the exception of some charter flights from Taiwan there are no direct international flights to Ishigaki. However, the airport is well connected with major cities in Japan in addition to Naha, the capital of Okinawa. The two main carriers which connect to Ishigaki are All Nippon Airways (www.ana.co.jp) and Japan Transocean Air (www.jal.co.jp). Budget Carrier Peach Airlines (www.flypeach.com) also has direct flights from Osaka to Ishigaki.