Located in the extreme southwest of Japan, the Ishigaki Islands are one of the most beautiful spots for hiking in Japan and they make for a memorable day! Ishigaki also has a lot of wonderful coastal areas, with numerous beaches frequented by divers because of their incredible seabed and landscapes. In fact, its territory has virgin forests and rivers, the delight of all types of hikers! Start hiking by going on a kayak tour on the Miyara River which is bordered by verdant mangroves. Continue the adventure in the very middle of the forest in Yonehara, where absolute calm reigns as you walk along paths bordered by palm trees. This pedestrian hiking will bring you to the observation point at Tamatorizaki cape, giving you a superb view of the surrounding green vegetation. For a more immersive view of the Japanese countryside, very brave hikers will dare to climb Mount Nokoso, which is 282 metres high.
For a relaxing and spiritual break, do not hesitate to visit Torinji temple. This temple is located at a walking distance of only 10 minutes from the Okinawa city centre. In all tranquillity, discover this intimate small temple dating back to more than 400 years! Known by the locals, this edifice is protected from overcrowding by tourists.
To rest from your walk, there is nothing better than sunbathing on Ishigaki Beaches, some of the most beautiful beaches in Japan. The most visited beaches are Yonehara Beach, Sujuki Beach and Sunset beach, which are well known to divers (one can also borrow equipment there). You can discover a myriad of multicoloured fishes in their waters. Good to know: boat cruises are also provided during the day so that you can see the famous black pearls of Okinawa. Some boats have a glass bottom, which makes it possible to see the magnificent underwater species.