Yaeyama palm grove & Papaya shop
The place is close to Yonehara beach and easy to find thanks to the palmtree sign in the middle of the road. The palm trees are up to 20 meters high and are a national treasure. In June you can see fireflies (go just before it gets dark).
Address: 491 Fukai, Ishigaki
At the same place you will also find the 'Papaya' fresh juice shop. All the juices are made with 100% Ishigaki fruits (Mango, pineapple, red dragon fruit, island banana, guava). The fruits are mixed with local sugar cane juice squeezed at the shop.
Sugarcane juice: 300-400 yens
Fresh juice: 500 yens
There is as well a home made salt produced with Yonehara coast sea water, the best salt of Ishigaki island. When making the salt, minuscule parts of coral remain inside and it's not good for health. Hopefully they extract it to make the purest salt.
Open 7 days a week. 8:30 - 18:00
Rinka - Pottery & accessories
Rinka (燐火) is a Shisa/vessel/accessories making place. You can also just visit and have a look on the potteries.
Please make a reservation for pottery making.
Address: 1216-60 Kabira, Ishigaki
Open 7 days a week: 9 am - 17pm
(May closes on Sat and during public holidays. Please call)
5 minutes by car/20 minutes by foot from the house
Try awamori alcohol
Takamine Shuzoujo (高嶺酒造所) is an awamori distillery located in Kabira (near Kabira bay).
Since 1949, they produce a traditional and local awamori (sake of Okinawa). All year round you can freely go there and ask for a visit of the factory. After the visit they let you taste few alcohols.
Parking: 4 parking spaces
Address: 930-2 Kabira, Ishigaki
Visit (about 20 min): Free. From 9:00 to 17:00 (no reservation)
About 10 minutes by car from the house.
Try Okinawan guitar