ISHIGAKI AND IRIOMOTE INFORMATION
Ishigaki and Iriomote islands are the western most points of occupied land in
the Japanese Archipeligo. Ishigaki Island, like the rest of Okinawa, takes
cultural influences from both Japan and China due to its location between China
and the main islands of Japan.It is only 150km off the Taiwanese East Coast
Arrival in Ishigaki
Ishigaki Airport is located on the southern part of the island, and is only a
short distance from central Ishigaki city. There are direct flights into
Ishigaki from Tokyo (Haneda), Osaka (Kansai), but the most frequent services are
from Naha, from where there are 10-15 flights a day (55min). There are also
short hops from Miyako Island and Yonakuni. The airport is only 15 minutes from
the main bus terminal in central Ishigaki City.
At present there are no scheduled long haul ferry services from the main island
or other parts of Japan.
There are frequent ferry sailings between Ishigaki Port and Iriomote, but check
the schedule in off season and also keep an eye on the weathe forcast from Jun -
Oct in case of Typhoons.
There is quite an extensive bus system on both Ishigaki and Iriomote. There are
1-3 day passes which allow for unlimited bus travel for the period.
Things to See
Ishigaki is known for it's prsitine beaches and emerald green waters. Marine sports are popular and avaialble all over the islands. Kabira Bay and Sukuji Beach in the north-west are the most popular beaches.