Spots in Ishigaki / Miyako / Iriomote Island Area

  • Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave
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    3.5
    659 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Ishigaki 1666
    Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave is a large limestone cave which developed naturally over a period of about 200,000 years. It has a total length of 3.2 kilometers, out of which approximately 660 meters is open to the public. The limestone cave which was created from coral reef has many highlights such as the “Suikinkutsu” (water harp cave) where you can enjoy the sound of water dripping and the “Totoro Stalactite” which is similar to Totoro. The inside of the cave has been illuminated creating a fantastic atmosphere. The tour of the caves takes about 30 minutes.

    This cave shows nature at its most fascinating. However, some of the human additions need work. I liked the various colors to subtly highlight the stalactites, but the Christmas-style lights detract...

  • Banna Park
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    4.0
    493 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Ishigaki 961-15
    This nature-rich park is in the center of Ishigaki Island and covers the entirety of Mt. Banna, 230 meters above sea level. It features open spaces that take advantage of the mountain topography as well as a walkway from which you can observe the subtropical wildlife—a hit with families. The “Emerald Sea Observation Deck” provides a sweeping view of the Yaeyama Islands, Taketomi Island, Iriomote Island, and the ocean itself.

    I came here only because it was close to the cave. This huge park should have a higher rating. There are many lookouts and walking trails. It’s quite hilly so a bit challenging as a cyclist. However...

  • Yukishio Saltworks
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    3.5
    436 Reviews
    Shopping
    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Hirara Karimata 191
    Yukishio Saltworks on Miyako Island produces “snow salt” (salt in powder form) using salty groundwater pumped up from underground. Display panels explain the process of making the salt. There is a shop selling “snow salt” and products made using “snow salt.” The shop offers a number of unique products that can only be purchased here; the “Snow Salt Soft Ice-cream,” which is covered with “snow salt” in a variety of different flavors, is particularly popular.

    Second visit. There are a lot of souvenirs made from the snow salt. They recently opened up a bread shop which you can eat together with the flavored snow salt. (my favorite one is the seaweed...

  • A Paradise for Subtropical Plants Yubujima
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    4.0
    324 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Yaeyama-gun Taketomicho Komi 689
    "This remote island belongs to the Yaeyama Islands southwest of Okinawa Main Island. It is located just east of Iriomote Island, and you can go back and forth between these islands on a water buffalo cart that travels across the long shallow sea. On the island, where there is a rich natural environment with lush subtropical plants, you will find the butterfly park, where you can observe pupa of Japan's largest butterfly ""tree nymph butterfly"" sparkling in gold color, a water buffalo pond where water buffalo rest, a bougainvillea garden, restaurants and shops as well."

    We visited this small island as we were in Iriomote island. I think most of people participate optional tour but we went there by ourselves. To get there at first you need to move to the water...

  • Ishigaki Island Canoeing Tour Lagoon
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    5.0
    178 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Ishigaki-shi Miyara 1053-65
    This canoe tour service offers canoeing experiences that convey the appeals of Ishigaki Island including its nature, environment, and lifestyle. The company was started by someone who moved into a house on the banks of the Miyara River after falling in love with Ishigaki Island. They boast a well-equipped shop located right next to the starting point of each tour. It features a parking lot, restrooms, changing rooms, heated showers, and a waiting area. They pride themselves on the quality of their service, which offers guests peace of mind. They warmly welcome beginners, single travelers, and even infants to participate in their tours, which allow participants to thoroughly enjoy the clear blue sea as well as the mangrove jungles characteristic of this tropical island from the seat of a canoe.

    There are several companies offering Ishigaki Island kayak tours and I am not sure that this review is for the one we booked at the tourist counter on the harbour. It was called Eco Tour. Picked us...

  • Miyakojima Marine Park
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    3.5
    226 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Hirara Karimata 2511-1
    This latest popular spot on Miyakojima Island is where you can interact with rich marine resources. It is possible to observe and experience the underwater world wearing ordinary clothes in different ways every day with the changes in weather and ocean conditions. You can gain new discoveries and lessons by coming into contact with the current ocean world. The centerpiece ocean observation facility is spacious, and you can see colorful tropical fish, octopuses and sea snakes from the 24 windows that are 1.5 meters high, 50 centimeters wide and 12 centimeters thick.

    Activities and costumes were fun. Fish were scant. Saw more in the lobby of the park. Atmosphere like the photo. Idea fascinating but unless youre going to snorkel, this was a good alternative...

  • Nakama River Watershed
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    4.0
    154 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Yaeyama-gun Taketomicho Minami Kazami 201
    "In the watershed of Nakama River which flows in the southeast part of Iriomote Island, there is Japan's largest mangrove forest which consists of trees such as Heritiera littoralis and Sonneratia alba, and has been designated a National Natural Monument as ""Nakama River Conservation District."" It is also home to precious nature such as ""Ubundoru Yaeyama Palm Tree Grove"" which is designated a Natural Monument, and a pleasure boat ""Nakama River Mangrove Cruise"" operates so you can observe the watershed."

    Loved ending my trip with a relaxing cruise and seeing a giant Looking Glass mangrove tree. Times are limited based upon the tide. Casual cruise and the get off the boat to see the tree and then...

  • Magurosenmonizakaya hitoshi ishigandouten
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    4.5
    707 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Okawa 197-1

    You must make a reservation. We were lucky to get one for 5pm the following day. We arrived before 5pm and there was a queue to get in!! It was an anomaly seeing such a long queue in a relatively...

  • Yonekoyaki Craft Center
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    4.5
    113 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Fukai (Maibara) 447-1
    Yonekoyaki Craft Center is a craft workshop located right next to Yonehara Beach on Ishigaki Island. The Center can be recognized by the huge Shisa (Okinawan lion-dogs) at the entrance. Within the Center grounds there are ponds and a stream, with colorful, characterful art-works scattered around. Inside the Center, a wide range of unique, colorful miniature Shisa statues are on sale, varying in size from Shisa so small that they will fit in the palm of your hand, to larger statues around 30 centimeters high; these make ideal souvenir gifts.

    Our tour guide recommended my kids will love this place and took us here. He was 100% right about it. My kids were totally captivated by the colorful statues which keep us safe from the devil. Haha

  • Utopia Farm Miyakojima
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    4.0
    111 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Ueno Miyaguni 1714-2
    Utopia Farm Miyakojima is a tourist farm where you can observe a variety of tropical fruit, flowers, and trees all year round. In the facility, about 50 types of bougainvillea and as many as about 200 types of hibiscus from all over the world bloom proudly and colorfully. In the parlor, you can enjoy soft-serve ice cream and fresh juice from the plentiful fresh fruit picked on the farm.

    冬の沖縄ですがどうしてもマンゴーが食べたくてホテルの人に教えてもらいました。食べたのはマンゴーパフェとマンゴーチーズケーキ。夏場のほうがもちろん美味しいと思うのですが、私は満足しました。

  • Ishigakijima Astronomical Observatory
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    4.0
    109 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Ishigaki-shi Arakawa 1024-1
    "This astronomical observatory is equipped with the 105 cm ""Murikabushi Boenkyo,"" the largest optical and infrared reflector telescope in Kyushu and Okinawa. It was established in 2006 on the peak of Mt. Maesedake, the highest spot on Ishigaki Island. Its location on Ishigaki Island allows the observation of many stars that cannot be seen on Japan's main island. It is also said that more stars can be observed here than anywhere else in Japan. The facility, which is open to the public, conducts observational research on solar system celestial bodies and transient astronomical events. It also actively holds stargazing parties and other events including free 4D2U viewings."

    My wife and I made the trip to the astrological observatory and it was definitely worth it! For someone who enjoys driving, the touge road up to the observatory is one way so no risk of meeting on...

  • Kuroshima Research Station
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    4.0
    105 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Yaeyama-gun Taketomicho Kuroshima 136
    This research station is located in Kuroshima, Taketomi town, Yaeyama County. They research plant and animal life on Kuroshima Island, particularly the sea turtles who visit to lay eggs. Equipped with biological raising rooms and material display rooms, they have exhibits with living sea turtles, coconut crab, and habu snakes, as well as material exhibits with coral specimens, and fragments of H2A rockets which drifted ashore to Kuroshima Island from Tanegashima Island.

    Its one of the best aquariums Ive visited. I spent here more than 1,5 hour and absolutely didn t get bored. There are many species of sharks, turtles and various exotic fishes in open aquariums...

  • Torin-ji Temple
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    3.5
    114 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Ishigaki 285
    The Torin Temple is a Myoshin-ji school Rinzai Buddhist temple in Ishigaki City. It was founded in 1614 following a request from the Satsuma han (domain). The building was damaged by the Meiwa Tsunami in 1771, but was rebuilt in 1786. The temple suffered serious damage during the Battle of Okinawa in1945; it was rebuilt once again in 1947. The Torin-ji Temple has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property; it is the oldest wooden building in Okinawa. Statues of the two Deva Kings (guardian deities) flank the Sanmon gate; these carved statues are a Prefecture-designated Cultural Property.

    This tiny temple was suggested by a taxi driver after visiting the Limestone Cave. Certainly. there are not so many touristic spots in the downtown area of Ishigaki Island. It is somewhat detached...

  • Ishigaki City Special Products Sales Center
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    3.5
    107 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Ishigaki-shi Okawa 208
    "This souvenir shop is located inside of the Ishigaki City Public Market in the Euglena Mall shopping district in Okawa, Ishigaki City. The shop, which is jointly operated by the producers of Ishigaki Island's various specialties, carries one of the largest selections on the island. It offers a wide variety of locally-grown fruit grown, famous local sweets, awamori, traditional handicrafts, and other items certified as ""Pure Ishigaki Island Products"" by the Ishigaki City Special Product Promotion Association."

    There are so many articles (mostly food) that you certainly will need assistance. Most items are original from Ishigaki; otherwise they are from nearby islands. Among the most popular items are...

  • Ueno German Culture Village
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    3.0
    119 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Ueno Miyaguni 775-1
    This theme park sits in an area where local villagers rescued shipwrecked Germans during the Meiji period. In the center of the park is a full-scale replica of Marksburg Castle, where there is a floor open to visitors where they can learn about German culture. There’s also an exhibit dedicated to Gerhard Schröder, the former German chancellor who visited during the 26th G8 Summit held in Okinawa in 2000. One can also find a kinder house, which is German for “children’s house,” as well as several exhibits on toys and even two pieces of the Berlin Wall donated from Germany.

    I didn’t bother paying the entrance fee to go in, just the exterior and lack of life was sufficient warning. This place really is a lost business opportunity, it has a great location, vast space, a...

  • Ishigakijima Mirumiru Hompo (Main store)
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    4.5
    408 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Arakawa 1583-74
    This gelato shop is located on a mountain where you can see the ocean around Ishigaki Island. It is very popular because of its lineup of tropical flavors using ingredients from the island that are also sold in the shop and fresh milk taken every morning. The view from the shop is amazing, and you can look out on seven islands from Nagura Bay in the morning. In addition, it is also possible to see the green flash phenomenon if you are lucky.

    they had good gelato, not the best in my opinion but it was cheap! The view of the sea was pretty but its luck when it came to seeing a nice sun set.

  • Azamiya Minsah Craft Center
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    4.0
    91 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Tonoshiro 909
    The Azamiya Minsah Craft Center is located about 10 minutes' drive from the Ishigaki Port Outer Island Ferry Terminal. Besides manufacturing Yaeyama Minsah textiles, the Center also has a display room and shop, and visitors can watch the fabric being made. The workshop and display room are on the ground floor; visitors can view part of the manufacturing process. The display room showcases historic and modern examples of Minsah textiles, and also has a display on the dyeing techniques that are used. Visitors who book their visit in advance may be able to try their hand at making Minsah fabric in the annex building; the price depends on the program chosen and the length of the experiential activity.

    We went to the Minsah Kogei museum on a cold and rainy afternoon. Make sure you call to make an appointment though. Young children can also take part but they need to be tall enough to reach the...

  • Sumibiyakiniku Yamamoto
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    4.0
    480 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Hamasakichou 2-5-18
    Although this popular Ishigaki beef barbecue restaurant is located just off the main street, it would be best to make a reservation. Besides beef ribs and tongue grilled on tabletop grills and specially selected steak and offal, their “yaki shabu” using high grade Ishigaki beef is popular. It also has Agu pork and seafood dishes.

    Good quality delicious food for a reason price compared to other yakinikus. I dont eat beef but my husband enjoyed his. I got the pork you wrap in lettuce which was divine and we had some of the...

  • Koja Soba Noodle Restaurant
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    4.0
    417 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Hirara Shimozato 1517-1
    This is the company store for the long-standing “Koja Soba Factory” founded in 1932. The store has a calm air about it that women can feel comfortable entering alone. It’s popular with the locals, and the traditional, plain taste is as enjoyable as always. The most popular item is the “soki soba” (Okinawan noodles made from wheat powder). The springy noodles are topped with soft, sweet pork, and the soup is clear and has a light taste. Both the soba sets and individual item menu offer numerous options.

    Great local soba dishes all for 850 yen - must try! Really enjoyable food in a nice location - close to the airport

  • Maruyoshi Shokudo
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    4.0
    279 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Gusukube Sunagawa 975
    Maruyoshi Shokudo is a long-established Okinawan Soba noodles restaurant located on National Highway 390 in Sunagawa, Gusukube, Miyako-jima City (between the intersection of National Highway 390 and Prefectural Highway 190 and the intersection of National Highway 390 with the Prefectural Highway 201). The restaurant’s Okinawan Soba noodles, which combine a thick pork-based broth with a touch of garlic with noodles that are boiled to a firm consistency, have been popular on Miyako-jima for many years; the restaurant is also famous for the brown sugar ice-candy that is served after the noodles (in the case of small-sized portions of Miyako Soba noodles, only for children).

    We were lucky to be the last customers! And so lucky we could eat their number one soba dish! Meat is very tasty and portions are very reasonable. Mainly occupied by local! We got to try the ice...

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