Ishigaki Island of Ishigaki City (Ishigaki-shi)

Ishigaki Island of Ishigaki City (Ishigaki-shi)

Ishigaki Island (Ishigaki-jima) has a population of about 48,000 and is the administrative center for the Yaeyama region. Over 70% of the population of Ishigaki Island live in the urban area in the south of the island, where you find the 3 highschools for the Yaeyama area, an international port, two fishing ports, an airport, as well as a prefectural hospital and several private hospitals. The island features the largest mountain in all of Okinawa, Mt. Omoto (526m), as well as numerous festivals and events. It is the jumping point from where you can easily travel to all of the Yaeyama islands via regularly scheduled ferries. Every year several hundred thousand visitors from the Japanese mainland come to Ishigaki to stay in one of the resort hotels, business hotels, or local B&Bs and to enjoy sightseeing excursions, beautiful beaches, the local food, and gift shopping. We also see visitors from far-away countries on occasion, and during the summer, cruise ships bring large numbers of day visitors from Taiwan.

Yaeyama Average Temperatures

Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Annual Average
18.3 18.6 20.6 23.2 25.5 27.9 29.3 28.9 27.7 25.6 22.8 19.8 24

Approximate Distance from Ishigaki to Outer Islands

Taketomi 6.5 km Iriomote 31.4 km
Kohama 17.7 km Hatoma 38 km
Kuroshima 18.5 km Hateruma 52 km
Aragusuku 24 km Yonaguni 127.4 km


Thumb of Ishigaki Island (Ishigaki-jima) Map Thumb of Ishigaki City (Ishigaki-shi) Map
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