Getting Here and Around in Ishigaki-jima
Getting Here and Around
In 2013, Ishigaki opened a new airport around 20 km (12 miles) northeast of the city. Buses run every 15 minutes into town. The 45-minute journey costs ¥520. A taxi costs ¥3,000. Both JTA (part of JAL) and ANK (part of ANA) airlines make the 55-minute flight from Naha to Ishigaki-jima. JTA also has direct flights from Ishigaki to Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo. Low cost carrier Skymark also has flights to Ishigaki from Naha and Narita.
Unless you’re planning on leaving right away for Taketomi or Iriomote, it's well worth booking a rental car. From Ishigaki city, ferries connect to the surrounding islands. Only far-off Yonaguni-jima requires another flight.
Ishigaki City is small and walkable; pick up a map at your hotel or the bus center across from the port, where you'll also find pamphlets on attractions and vital ferry and bus schedules. Getting around the island by car or motor scooter is a snap—there's really no traffic and only a few roads—and rental places litter the town like sandal shops. Driving after dark can be an unnerving experience as you will probably find yourself swerving around trying to miss a wide range of frogs, crabs, snakes and turtles as they hop, skuttle, slither and crawl across the road.
ANA (0570/029–709. www.ana.co.jp.)
JAL (0120/747–222. www.jal.co.jp/en.)
Toyota Rent-a-Car (0980/82–0100. rent.toyota.co.jp/en/index.html.)
Nippon Rent-a-Car (0980/82–3629. www.nipponrentacar.co.jp/english.)
Ishigaki City Tourism Office (1–1–4 Hamasaki Town 1F, Ishigaki, Okinawa, 907-0013. 0980/82–2809. Weekday 9–5.)
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