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What kind of place is Ishigaki Island?

Ishigaki Island (Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture) is one of the 11 islands that make up the Yaeyama Island Group, which is situated in the southernmost tip of Japanese archipelago. This boarder city is easily accessible to much of the Asian Pacific region including SE Asia and Taiwan.


Ishigaki is about 2,000kms from Tokyo, 400kms from mainland Okinawa, and only 280kms from Taiwan! >> See larger map

Ishigaki Island is a picturesque island surrounded by mountains that extend out into the Yae area centered around Mount Omoto (526 m), the highest in the prefecture. The island, blessed with a comfortable warm climate, is also surrounded by the stunning emerald green ocean and coral reefs, and is home picturesque spots including Kabira Bay, which is designated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty. Ishigaki Island is a popular tourist destination all year round.

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The scenic and well-known Kabira Bay

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An island covered in mountains and fields

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State-of-the-art astronomical observation facility –VERA Ishigaki Island Observatory Station with its radiotelescope

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Lively town center buzzing with shops and restaurants

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Surrounded by the idyllic scenery of islands and mountains

Ishigaki Island Statistics:
Area: 229.00km²
Population: 48,712 (as at September 30, 2013)
>>Go to Ishigaki City official website

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