JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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On the southern coast of Ishigaki, we stayed at Ishigakijima Beach Hotel Sunshine for one night. It's a nice hotel. About 30 min. by car from the airport. 本館 https://www.ishigakijima-sunshine.net/
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Ishigakijima Beach Hotel Sunshine has the main building on the left. We stayed in the newer annex seen in the distance. Both buildings face the ocean.Including breakfast, it costs ¥8,000/person for two people in a room in the main building.
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Ishigakijima Beach Hotel Sunshine's newer Ocean Garden annex. 新館
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Hotel pool if you want to swim. Because you cannot swim in the ocean...
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My nice room at Ishigakijima Beach Hotel Sunshine's Ocean Garden annex.
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Very modern room.
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Room rate is about ¥15,000/person in this new annex. Pricing also depends on the season.
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Refrigerator.
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Roomy balcony of my hotel room.
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View from my room.
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View from my room, partially obstructed by a big tree.
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Tropical plant.
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Although the hotel's name has the word "Beach," there's no beach and it's not for swimming. In summer, they have marine activities, but no ocean swimming or sunbathing on a beach. There's a pool and lawn though.
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Walked along the oceanfront.
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An adjacent hotel had chairs on the waterfront for the sunset.
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Ishigaki sunset.
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The hotel's oceanfront does have great Ishigaki sunset views.
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Ishigaki sunset.
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Hotel restaurant terrace at sunset. オープンレストラン 海辺のテラス
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Dinner at the hotel's Nami no Shi (波の詩) restaurant. Dinner was kaiseki ryori (会席料理) including Okinawan beef. 赤瓦レストラン 波の詩にがなの白和え、グルクン南蛮漬、小松菜の胡麻和え、お造り 2 点盛、島魚の煮つけ、県産和牛の 陶板焼き、ゆし豆腐のすまし汁
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Dinner at the hotel's restaurant.
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Painting of Okinawan dancers in the hotel.
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Painting of Okinawan yotsudake dancer in the hotel corridor.
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Hotel lobby sofas.
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Stargazing on the Ishigakijima Beach Hotel Sunshine's roof. This tour option is called "Shani-shani Hoshizora Tour" (しゃにしゃに星空ツアー). Info in Japanese: https://www.utakuna-ishigakijima.com/hoshizoratour
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Starry night from Ishigakijima Beach Hotel Sunshine's roof.
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We're lying flat on cots and staring at the sky as our stargazing guide used a laser pointer to point out stars and constellations.
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They also had a telescope to see Saturn and the moon.
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Another stargazing spot on Ishigaki, in the middle of sugar cane. We were with a large group of people also sitting on camping chairs.The guide standing on the left talked nonstop in Japanese with a microphone. He used a laser pointer to point out constellations and stars.
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With binoculars, we got to see Subaru (Pleiades star cluster). For more info about stargazing on Ishigaki: https://photoguide.jp/log/2021/01/yaeyama-stargazing/
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Moon was nice too.
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Breakfast buffet at the hotel restaurant in the main building. Plastic partitions protect the food. ブーゲンの浜
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My buffet breakfast at at the hotel restaurant in the main building. Most dishes are covered with Saran wrap.
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