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Ishigaki Island

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Ishigaki Island

Ishigaki Island is the southernmost city of Japan acting as the regional transportation hub of the Yaeyama Islands. As a part of Okinawa Prefecture, Ishigaki Island is the home to both the region’s major airport terminals and boat docks providing transport to travelers in search of a perfect tropical vacation. Beach resort hotels and lots of shops and restaurants can be seen dotting along the island. Most popular for the beautiful beaches and snorkeling activities near coral reefs, travelers can rent diving equipment offered by local vendors as well as guided journeys under water for an aqua experience of a lifetime. Travelers can experience close encounters with manta rays while diving near the Kabira Bay. Seasoned hikers in search of a challenge can embark on trails at Ishigaki Island, which are among some of the highest mountains in Okinawa Prefecture. Mild river currents contribute to smooth boat rides than that compared to the Iriomote Island. For travelers visiting this oasis of Okinawa, be sure to watch out for the wildlife to this natural habitat, some can be poisonous and signs are made visible for guests to notice. The activities on Ishigaki Island attract thousands of visitors a year to visit and offers an unforgettable natural experience in Japan.