Ishigaki, Okinawa

Ishigaki (Jap.石 垣 市, -shi) on Ishigaki- jima in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, is the southernmost city in Japan. The metropolitan area covers the entire island, which is known primarily as a tourist center, and the disputed Senkaku Islands. There is a city partnership between Ishigaki and Wakkanai, the northernmost city in Japan.

Consist of the airfield in Ishigaki from daily connections to Hateruma -jima, Yonaguni -jima, Miyako- jima, Naha, the Kansai Airport and Tokyo International Airport. In addition there are ferry services to all inhabited Yaeyama Islands.


On Ishigaki -jima, the 526 m high Omoto -dake is the highest mountain in the prefecture.

The city's climate is subtropical. 2002 was measured:


  • Near to the center is the Buddhist temple of Myoshin -ji line of Rinzai school Torin -ji (桃林 寺). Founded in 1641 as a temple of the Shingon school, he is the oldest Buddhist temple on the Yaeyama Islands. His temple gate is also the oldest of the prefecture. Next door is the Shinto shrine gongs - dō (権 现 堂) in the Kumano Gongen is enshrined. 1771 destroyed and then rebuilt in 1787 it is the oldest wooden building in the prefecture. The ensemble was therefore classified as Important Cultural Property.
  • The nearby residential building Miyara DonChi, built in 1819, is worth a visit. His style resembles that of a samurai house, but have lived on the Yaeyama Islands at no time samurai. A striking contrast to this is the modern Catholic church in the city.
  • In the museum of the Yaeyama Islands Yaeyama Shiritsu Hakubutsukan on the main street of the city including various types of boats can be seen. For Japanese tourists, the museum is a special attraction because it is the southernmost museum in all of Japan.
  • The Fusaki Kannon - dō (冨 崎 観 音 堂) was founded in 1701 and got its present name in 1742. The temple is dedicated to the Buddhist goddess Kannon. Repeatedly destroyed by typhoons comes its present form from 1928. It is located about 5 km west of the city on a hill and has a beautiful view over the island of Ishigaki to the neighboring island of Iriomote. Accessible he is from the ring road over a long staircase.
  • The tomb Tojinbaka, approximately 6 km west of the city located on the ring road, reminiscent of 400 Chinese who at a rebellion on a sailing ship to America near Ishigaki came in 1852 lost their lives.
  • Northwest of the city, the bay Kabira -wan is a popular tourist destination.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Rimi Natsukawa (* 1973), folk singer
  • Yoko Gushiken (* 1955), Boxer
  • Yukiya Arashiro ( born 1984 ), cyclist

Shinto shrine gongs - dō

Miyara DonChi

Church in Ishigaki

Shrine Fusaki Kannon - dō

Tomb Tojinbaka

Kabira Bay -wan