Japan’s Ishigaki island is a picture-perfect tropical getaway

Kabira Bay on Ishigaki Island, Japan, is famous for its beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Visitors can go there on a glass-bottom boat. AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES
Kabira Bay on Ishigaki Island, Japan, is famous for its beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Visitors can go there on a glass-bottom boat. AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES

Japan’s Ishigaki island is a picture-perfect tropical getaway

by Aya Ichihashi
Stars and Stripes

Ishigaki island, 256 miles southwest of Naha, capital of Okinawa prefecture, is a jewel of the Yaeyama archipelago.

The largest of the 10 inhabited Yaeyama Islands, Ishigaki’s population is approaching 50,000. It’s one of three islands I recommend that my friends visit, and its port serves as a convenient departure point for ferries to the other two, Taketomi and Iriomote.

Ishigaki has many picture-perfect spots: a lighthouse; a white, sandy beach with turquoise water; and the biggest blue coral habitat in the world.

The landscape is breathtakingly beautiful.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.607326

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