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3 Reasons to Visit Ishigaki Island with Your Special Someone
post : 2021.03.31 10:00
Ishigaki is a very special island that will thoroughly enchant you on your very first visit and you’ll be so fascinated by its charms that you’ll want to visit again and again. It offers fantastic nature, environment, time, people and many other attractions that it’s no wonder it’s a popular destination for couples and newlyweds! In this article, we’ll introduce you to some of Ishigaki Island’s charms, along with three reasons why you should visit with your special someone.
1. Enjoying the Comfortable Passage of Time, Just the Two of You
On Ishigaki Island and neighboring Taketomi Island, you’ll find various villa-type accommodations that offer comfortable privacy. For this reason, these wonderful accommodation facilities have gathered much popularity among newlyweds, couples, and lovers. In this section, we’ll introduce [Hoshinoya Taketomi Island], a facility operated by the world-renown Hoshinoya, famous for its superb hospitality.
These villas have unique Okinawan features like red-tiled roofs, and all have private gardens. Each villa is completely separate from the others and offers privacy for the two of you to enjoy a relaxing time together. At their [Shima Meguri BAR] located on the grounds, you can enjoy various cocktails that use an abundance of fruits and herbs grown on Ishigaki Island, so if you get a chance, stop by for some refreshing drinks.
There’s an atmosphere of serenity that is unique to the island, and the delicious drinks and relaxing accommodations will offer a luxurious time unlike any other.
Hoshinoya Taketomi Island
Address: 1955 Taketomi, Taketomi Town, Yaeyama, Okinawa
2. Sharing the Sights and Memories of “The World’s Most Beautiful”
Ishigaki Island is filled with the great natural beauty of the seas, beaches, starry skies, and offers access to the lush nature of Iriomote Island. Among them is the island’s Yaeyama Yashi (palm) colony. The Yaeyama Yashi palm is said to be the most beautiful palm tree found in the world, and on Ishigaki Island, you’ll find a group of approximately 150 natural Yaeyama Yashi palm trees growing in a luscious green colony.
The Yaeyama Yashi palm is designated as a special natural monument of Japan and can grow as tall as 12 to 20 meters (about the height of a seven-story building). This area is the only place on Ishigaki Island where you can observe these beautiful, naturally-growing palm trees, and when seen from the well-kept walkway, it is a dynamic sight like that of a jungle.
When in Ishigaki Island, we recommend you visit the area. A stroll through such natural beauty will surely become a lovely memory for you to share.
Yaeyama Yashi Palm Colony
Location: Fukai, Ishigaki City, Okinawa
3. The Romantic Sunset and the Brilliant Starry Sky Will Bring You Closer Together
Located at the westernmost point of Ishigaki Island is Uganzaki or Oganzaki, known as the best spot on the island to view the sunset. When asked, you’ll find that many locals and visitors will say that this is their most favorite spot. Around sunset, many people gather here to view the sun setting on the horizon. The sight of the skies with darkening shades of red is breathtaking, and the magnificent beauty of nature will leave you speechless.
Ishigaki Island is also referred to as the “island of stars” because of its spectacular evening skies. Since the island’s located away from the jet streams that cause fluctuations in the atmosphere, light can reach Earth more clearly to show us the brilliant starry sky. The Ishigakijima Astronomical Observatory is situated on the island, where you can gaze up at the stars through their Murikabushi telescope (held on Saturdays). The telescope will give you a rare opportunity to view the striped patterns on the surface of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn. The romantic sight will surely bring you closer to your love.
Location: Sakieda, Ishigaki City, Okinawa
Ishigakijima Astronomical Observatory
Address: 1024-1 Arakawa, Ishigaki City, Okinawa
With its rich nature, beautiful sights at dusk, and breathtaking stars that fill the night skies, Ishigaki Island is the perfect environment for a romantic getaway. The attraction of the island leaves many to want to visit time and time again. It’s no surprise; the island is simply amazing! The relaxing time you spend on Ishigaki Island and the sights and experiences you’ll share will no doubt strengthen the bond between you and your loved one.
Okinawa CLIP Editorial Dept.