Tropical Meets Tradition
This island off Okinawa isn’t typically what comes to mind when you think of Japan. Lush rainforests, mangrove-draped rivers, white sand beaches, and coral reefs will have you feeling like you’ve stepped off the ship into a tropical paradise during your cruise to Japan with Azamara®.
With influences from Japanese, Taiwanese, Chinese, and American culture, the architecture, food, and way of life on Ishigaki are incredibly unique—from samurai-style homes, to Chinese-inspired monuments, to laid-back beach vibes.
Speaking of beaches, head to the west side of the island for pristine stretches of sand dotted with coral. Yonehara Beach is best for snorkeling around reefs, and Sunset Beach is perfect for a late-evening stroll. At Kabira Bay take a glass-bottomed boat tour of its emerald-blue waters and explore one of only two sites in Japan that harvest black pearls.
A kayak trip down the Mayara River unlocks a jungle-like world draped in mangroves, and a hike along the well-maintained footpaths of the Maetake rainforest takes you through dozens of varieties of palm trees.
You won’t find any skyscrapers or bullet trains around here. Simply serene moments and breathtaking beach scenes.