Ishigaki ferries connect Okinawa with Iriomote with crossings available to Taketomi, Kohama, Kuroshima & Hatoma (in Okinawa) & Ohara & Uehara (in Iriomote). Ishigaki Ferry crossings are operated by Yaeyama Kanko Ferry & Ishigaki Dream Tours and depending on time of year you’ll find a choice of up to 92 ferry crossings daily.
There are up to 92 ferry crossings daily from Ishigaki with sailing durations starting from 10 minutes. Our Ishigaki ferry summary provides a good guide but for the latest sailing information use our fare search.
Surrounded on all sides by the baby-blue surf of the East China Sea, Ishigaki is the very definition of a paradise island. The second-largest of the volcanic Yaeyama islands in the southernmost reaches of Japan, Ishigaki is blessed with a rear-round warmth, rolling hills covered in lush swathes of tropical woodland, and broad stretches of gold-sand beaches that skirt along the coast. Despite its undeniable appeal, the island has managed to preserve its peaceful and laid-back atmosphere away from the bustle of tourism; it’s soothing soundtrack composed of nothing more than the hum of wildlife and the gentle lapping of waves upon the shore.
The island’s rough-shaped coastline is pitted with bays perfect for watersports, with diving, snorkelling and surfing the most popular forms of recreational activity. With much of the surrounding sea protected by a national park, the stunning world beneath the waves thrives with rare marine life. Those who want to view the underwater scene without getting their feet wet can hop on a glass-bottomed boat in Kabira Bay instead.
The region’s port is found in Ishigaki city on the south-western coast of the island. It is a lively facility of small jetties and piers neatly separated into small, square inlets that stretch across the seafront. The ferry terminal can be found on the edge of the city’s Misakicho district. It is a relatively large facility with plenty of passenger amenities including an indoor waiting hall; a pay-phone; vending machines selling food and drink; and a busy, on-site taxi-rank.
Due to its central city location, travelling to and from the port is simple. Buses and coaches leave from stops directly outside the terminal and whisk passengers to the island’s main sightseeing spots, including the various beach-lined bays and the verdant slopes of Bannadake mountain. Though there are plenty of narrow, rural roads that weave across the heart of the island, the most accessible route for motorists unfamiliar with the local surroundings is the 390 highway. This long roadway passes by the island’s regional airport as it traces Ishigaki’s undulating southern coast.
A host of ferry routes currently leave from the city port on a daily basis. Services hosted by Yaeyama Kanko Ferry and Ishigaki Dream Tours sail short journeys west to the ports of Ohara and Uehara on Iriomote Island, as well as to the islands of Taketomi, Kohama, Kuroshima and Hatoma.