JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Kabira Bay 川平湾


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Kabira Bay is probably Ishigaki's most famous tourist attraction. Glass bottom boats take you to see the coral in shallow waters. Scenic beach and small islands.

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Ishigaki Yaima Mura 石垣 やいま村


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Small architectural park of traditional Yaeyama homes overlooking Nagura Bay. Open 9:00 am–5:30 pm. Adult admission ¥1,000, kids ¥500. https://www.yaimamura.com/

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Mt. Nosokodake 野底岳 (野底マーペー)


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Mt. Nosokodake is Ishigaki’s second highest mountain at 282 m. Can be climbed up a steep, narrow trail in about 15 min. We saw it from the nearby Nosodake Scenic Point. This mountain is associated with a famous local folk tale about a girl named Maape. The mountain is nicknamed after her, "Nosoko Maape" (野底マーペー) or Nosoko Mape.

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Sakieda Peninsula 崎枝半島


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Sakieda Peninsula on western Ishigaki has Mt. Yarabudake (屋良部岳), a steep, but short (15 min.) climb. Also the scenic Cape Ogansaki (御神崎).

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Banna Park バンナ公園


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Banna Park is on Banna Hill (230m elevation) on the northern fringe of central Ishigaki, overlooking the heart of Ishigaki city. Fine views of the southern part of the island, Taketomi Island, and Sakieda Peninsula.

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Ishigakijima Beach Hotel Sunshine 石垣島ビーチホテルサンシャイン


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Hotel on the southern coast of Ishigaki. Ocean and sunset views. Also stargazing on the rooftop.

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Ishigaki Airport, New and Old 南ぬ島 石垣空港・旧石垣空港


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Landing and takeoff at the New Ishigaki Airport and at the old Ishigaki Airport. Also photos inside the terminal building.

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Ishigaki Port 石垣港離島ターミナル・旧離島桟橋


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Ishigaki Port is on the southern coast of Ishigaki island. It's the marine gateway to other Yaeyama islands such as Taketomi, Iriomote, Kuroshima, and Aragusuku. Also see photos of the old Ishigaki Port and nearby sights.

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