Ishigaki-jima, a remote island 430 km southwest of Naha, Okinawa, is fast gaining popularity as a vacation spot surrounded by an idyllic ocean. Here are 5 of the best guesthouses on the island which have received rave reviews.
At Retya, located just one-minute walk from Shiraho Beach and its famous coral reef, the guests will receive a hearty welcome by the star hosts, a pair of friendly Golden Retrievers. Retya’s two suites, for 2 to 4 people, are each equipped with private bath, and the entire establishment can also be rented. For the convenience of the guests, a microwave, kettle, refrigerator and coffee vending machine are provided in the hall. Light breakfasts are also served.
4,500 JPY and up (incl. tax) per night per person.
2. guest house annsea
A unique fusion of a traditional inn and a modern condo, annsea is located in the northern part of the island, surrounded by the lush nature. Its two suites, one traditional suite and the other modern, are both equipped with a kitchen. There is also a dining room, and guests can select plans that include no meals, just breakfast, or breakfast and lunch. With the guest house being just a one-minute walk from the beach, the guests at Annsea can fully savor the surrounding nature, whether by exploring on a kayak among the mangroves, or taking in the sweeping panorama from the top of the nearby mountain. Or why not a BBQ dinner party under the starry sky? Free Wi-Fi in the common area. There are staff who speak English.
5,500 JPY and up (excl. tax) per night per person.
3. Shiraho Friends House
Located just a 3-minute walk from Shiraho Beach, Shiraho Friends House offer dorms (separate for men and for ladies) and several selections of private suites depending on the needs and numbers of the guests. They even offer a super economical option: to stay in a tent inside the premises for for 800 JPY (incl. tax) per person. Free Wi-Fi connection in all areas. There are staff who speak English.
Dormitory 1,800 JPY (incl. tax and service charge) per night per person. Suite 6,300 JPY (incl. tax and service charge) per night per suite.
4. Guesthouse Ho Aloha
The atmosphere at Guesthouse Ho Aloha is definitely Hawaiian! Enjoy the beautiful courtyard or a pleasant stroll to the beach. The two-story structure offers 8 rooms, including dorms (mixed or female-only) and private suites. Each room has its own terrace and bath. Common area is equipped with kitchen, cafe bar and a free Wi-Fi connection. There are staff who speak English.
Dormitory 5,000 JPY, Suite 7,000 JPY (incl. tax) per night per person.
5. Le Lotus Bleu
Built over 100 years ago, Le Lotus Bleu was once a traditional villa and is now a weekly rental type of inn. It houses 6 traditional tatami rooms for 2 to 6 guests to be booked on a weekly basis. Each room is equipped with full bathroom, refrigerator and microwave. The entire inn can be also booked, in which case the use of the kitchen on the ground floor is possible. Breakfasts can be served upon request in advance, except on Sundays. Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the entire structure. There are staff who speak English and French.
57,000 JPY and up, per 6 nights per person.
The presence of the airport makes the island easily accessible by air. There are direct flights from Naha (Okinawa Main Island), Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka. This enchanting paradise is absolutely worth a visit!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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