It's one of the most famous places of Ishigaki. The sand is white and the waters are blue-emerald green all year round. There you can have a walk on the beach and in the park. However it's forbidden to swim there. It is dangerous as currents are strong. Moreover, glass boats are often coming and leaving.
Parking: 300 yens
Glass boat trip: about 1000 yens for 30 minutes. Half-price for children aged less than 13.
10 min. drive from the house
Facilities in Kabira
NAKAMA SHOUTEN - 仲間商店
This is the main grocery store of the neighbourhood. Easy food, snacks, bread, lunch boxes, cup noodles, drinks, ice creams, vegetables or fruits sometimes.
Address: 918 Kabira, Ishigaki
Opening hours: 9:00 - 18:00
AOI-SANGOSHO GLASS BOAT - 青い珊瑚礁グラスボート
In Kabira bay, if you take the glass boat, take Aoi-sangosho glass boat and get 30% discount. At the counter, say you have been introduced by ‘ISHIGAKIJIMA MARINE SERVICE’ to get the discount. We have discount tickets in the apartments as well.
Address: 913 Kabira, Ishigaki
Tel : 0980-88-2639
Price before discount:
Adult: 1000 yens
Child: 500 yens
KABIRA GARDEN - 川平ガーデン -SOUVENIR SHOP-
In Kabira bay, there is a souvenir shop where you can have a 15% discount at the cashier if you say you have been introduced by ‘ISHIGAKIJIMA MARINE SERVICE’.
There is a restaurant as well in the building where you can have lunch (no discount).
Address: 917-1 Kabira, Ishigaki
Tel : 0980-88-2427
Opening hours : 9 :00-18 :00 (shop)/11:00-15:00 (restaurant)
KABIRA POST OFFICE - 川平郵便局
Located 10 min. drive from the house, this is the closest place to withdraw money. ATM available in English.
ATM opening hours
Sunday & holidays: close
Address: 1033-70 Kabira, Ishigaki
SPANKY BIKE RENTAL - スパンキーバイクレンタル
Located in Kabira, this is the only rental bike shop of the neighbourhood. At the main cross road of Kabira, take the street climbing, it will be be on your left side.
The woman holding the shop lives behind. If you can't see anybody try to call her at the back or give a phone call.
2 hours: ￥500
3 hours: ￥700
5 hours: ￥1000
24 hours: ￥2000 (then ￥1000/day)
Opening hours: 10:00-18:00 (everyday)
Address: 898 Kabira, Ishigaki
CLOSED AT THE MOMENT
Yonekoyaki craft center
On the road to Yonehara beach, Yonekoyaki is a place where you can see and buy handmade Shisa. In Okinawa, Shisa (シーサー) are lions protecting the houses. You can see them either at the entrance, either on the roof of a house. There are usually two of them, the male and the female. Shisa look a bit different than the lions from Taïwan or China.
At Yonekoyaki you will be able to have a walk in a large park where a lot of cement made Shisas have been made. There is also the shop where you can see/buy home made Shisa.
Free parking. Open 7 days a week. The visit of the shisa park is free (9:00 am - 5:45pm)
Address: 447-1 Fukai, Ishigaki
5 min. drive from the house
This is a local theme parc where you can experience Ishigaki's culture.
It's nice especially for families with children. It's located near Nagura bay between Kabira and down town.
Address: 967-1 Nagura, Ishigaki
9:30am - 5:30pm - open 7days a week
ADULT: 1000 yens (from age of 13)
CHILD: 500 yens (children aged from 3 to 6)
15m. drive from the house
At Yaimamura, you will be able to...
- Listen to Okinawa's traditional music and songs.
- Have a walk to see mangroves and Ishigaki's trees and flowers.
- See traditional houses.
- See small monkeys (リスザル) at the monkeys area.
- See Nagura bay from the observation deck
Other activites require a fee and/or a reservation...
- Wear a traditional kimono (+500 yens/person)
- Make sata andagi, Okinawa's doughnut. (+1100 yens/person)
- Make Island sandals. (+2200 yens)
- Make Okinawa Shisa. (+1300 - 2200 yens)
- Make a mangroves tour with a guide (+3300 yens. Up to 5 persons)
At the restaurant you will be able to try... (11:00 - 16:00)
- Yaeyama noodles, sparerib noodles, beef curry etc...
Mineya Kobo (みね屋工房) is a museum & craft center introducing a traditional Okinawan textile called Minsa. Made of cotton (originally ‘Min’ means cotton), its rectangles pattern is particularly famous in the Yaeyama islands, and since over 400 years.
In the past, the Yaeyama women used to give a minsa textile to the man they loved. Another common pattern is the Mukade moyo (centipede pattern). It is made of horizontal lines and beautiful indigo colours.
Opening hours: 9:30-18:30 (open every day)
Entrance fee: free
Address: 1129-2 Arakawa, Ishigaki (south of Nagura bay)
There are actually two minsa museums. One is located in the center of Ishigaki (Minsa Kogei Museum), the other one is in the South of Nagura bay and has more Indigo colours textile. Both craft centers have traditional hand-weaving work shops (coaster, handkerchief, table cloth...)
Ishigaki city Yaeyama museum
Small museum located in the center of Ishigaki. The exhibited items show how the people were living before in the Yaeyama islands (folkcraft instruments, paintings, pottery, ancient tools, clothes...)
Address: 4-1 Tonoshiro, Ishigaki (next to the city hall)
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00
Closed on Monday, public holidays and new year
Entrance fee: 200 yens
(Pictures: Japan hoppers)