Southern Island Star Festival|12-20 August

OPEN:  12-20th August ENTRY: Free Do you like gazing at the stars? If you are in Ishigaki from August 12-20, you are in luck! The 16th annual Star Festival is kicking off on Saturday with an evening concert at Minaminohamacho Ryokuchi Park starting at 16.00. After the show, lights all over the island will be turned off […]

August Update|High Season

The high season really took off in July! The Japanese school holidays started at the end of July and I’ve been busy both at my part time job and at Viking Scuba – super fun, super exhausting. We also had some really fantastic weather this month with the sea looking like one big sparkling mirror […]

July Update|OMG it’s Busy!

Remember the online booking campaign for Viking Scuba Kabira I wrote about in my last monthly update? We’ve gotten so much response on it that I’ve been spending much more time than usual answering emails and going out diving with customers! Of course, both Toyo and I are super happy ^_^ However, between that and […]

Sanbashi Market ⎪ September 22-24

OPEN: 15:00 — 21:00 Sanbashi market is located right by the harbor in Ishigaki city and it is an excellent place for sampling local food from Ishigaki. Why not sit down, have an Awamori cocktail and enjoy the cozy harbor atmosphere? The market is also a good place to look for souvenirs, you can find many different […]

Snorkeling | New Page!

Summer has come to Ishigaki! The rainy season is past and from now on we’ll have many sunny days. The fishes know it too and right now there are many tiny baby fishes swimming around the reefs making them extra lively and exciting. Water temperature is also up to a comfortable 28°C. If you go snorkeling from the […]

June Update|Start of Manta Season

Hey Guys! I’m really feeling super excited about this month! If you’ve seen my Mount Omoto post, you know that you can now get featured on Visit Ishigaki’s Instagram by tagging #visitishigaki. I really want Visit Ishigaki to not just be about me, but a place featuring your travel experiences as well. There are some more plans […]

Yaeyama Soba

Yaeyama Soba is one of the most famous traditional dishes on Ishigaki and the Yaeyama islands. A hot warming treat in wintertime, and a replenishing broth in summertime. This soba is very different from the one that you usually get on the Japanese mainland, it’s made of flour instead of buckwheat and reminds me more […]

Mount Omoto|New Page!

Did you know that Okinawa’s highest mountain is located in Ishigaki? It even has a small waterfall on the way to the top! I would say that this is a really worthwhile adventure if you want to get off the beaten track, especially during the winter months and in the spring. But it can also […]

May Update|Hopeless Time Optimist

Hey Guys! I’m sorry I haven’t added much new content recently, I have to confess I’m a hopeless time optimist. Last month I started to make a schedule and plan my days, and it was a LOT worse than I ever could imagine! Most tasks I planned took about twice as much time. And then I’ve been […]

New 730 Court

  If you haven’t been to Ishigaki for a while, you’re in for a big surprise at the 730 crossing! For years, and years, and years in the corner of Ishigaki’s most busy crossing was a muddy gravel patch and an abandoned, rugged old building with a broken staircase that finally blew away somewhere in […]