YOUR STAY IN ISHIGAKI
The Yaeyama islands are very different from any other place in Japan. Food & culture is typical Yaeyama. The relaxed vibe is typical Yaeyama. The islands are paradise green, calm, somewhat mysterious and still less developed as for example Okinawa.
OKINAWA VERSUS YAEYAMA
Okinawa island has large American military bases. The forces bear a heavy present in local daily life. Although there are still beautiful places on the island and the surrounding Okinawan islands are lovely as well, I personally love the tranquillity and wildness of the Yaeyamas.
The Yaeyamas are still quite unspoiled. Not too many large buildings here or villages connecting each other to extend the city.
ACCOMMODATION IN ISHIGAKI & THE YAEYAMAS
Ishigaki island as the main hub for The Yaeyama islands offers several accommodation possibilities. From luxury (resort) hotels to Airbnb, to minshuku and apartments. Recently more accommodation development has started as well. The other Yaeyama islands have a smaller choice of accommodation.
WHEN TO BOOK IN ISHIGAKI & THE YAEYAMAS
We recommend you to book as early as possible. Golden week in the beginning of May, Summer and New Year are the main travel seasons for Japanese people, which means fully booked hotels and car rentals.
PRICES & SERVICE
Prices tend to be higher compared to Western standards. Part of the reason is that Japanese travellers can only take a few days off for their holiday. Plus they have to take a holiday at the same time as the rest of Japan. Result is higher demand and higher rates.
The service levels are in general good and in some resort hotels and private accommodations higher than general. Local people can give you a really good feeling and you go home with many unforgettable memories.