Ishigaki Island, Japan
Highlights of Ishigaki
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Approximately 6 Hours
This tour takes you around Ishigaki Island.
The Tamatorizaki Observatory is located on the Hirakubo Peninsula and is famous for its picturesque scenery. The color of the sea may differ depending on distance and time of day, but the natural gradation of color does not disappoint those who visit.
Yonehara, where the Yaeyama palm tree grows, is designated a National Natural Treasure of Japan. These trees exist only on Ishigaki Island. Once off-limits to the public, this area is now open for all to explore.
Keep an eye out for the Ryukyu tree lizard, a rare creature also known as the climbing lizard. The female lizard is easily identified by her bright green colors.
Kabira Bay is the one of the finest sightseeing spots in Japan, given a top rating in the Michelin Green Guide for its beautiful emerald-colored water and white sandy beach. Swimming, snorkeling and diving are not allowed in the bay. Beautiful corals and more than 90 different kinds of tropical fish live in this area.
The black pearls from Kabira Bay are quite famous. A souvenir outlet here offers a limited number of Japanese-made black pearl products, difficult to find in other places.
Lunch is served at a local restaurant along the way.
Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Traffic can be unpredictable. The driver will do his/her best to keep moving safely. Your patience is greatly appreciated. Delays occasionally extend tour duration. Bring local currency (yen) for purchases as few stores accept credit cards.