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Ishigaki (Sakishima Islands), Japan-port

Founded at the beginning of the 20th century, Ishigaki is the political, cultural and economic center of the Yaeyama Islands. Renowned for its stunning beaches and natural beauty, Ishigaki is also popular for those wishing to visit the islands of the Yaeyama archipelago—including Kohama, Kuroshima and Taketomi—as well as its vibrant nightlife.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Glass-Bottom Boat Ride & Textile Factory
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Highlights of Iriomote
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice
  • Highlights of Ishigaki
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Panoramic Ishigaki
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Pottery Factory & Beach Break
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Scenic Drive and Shopping
    Light Activity /Walking

Glass-Bottom Boat Ride & Textile Factory

Light Activity /Walking Regent ChoiceMeal

Duration: 5 hours

Tour Code: ISH-004

Behold Ishigaki’s brilliant marine life on a glass-bottom boat and then learn how cotton textiles are woven and dyed for traditional items such as kimono sashes.

After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a scenic drive around ladle-shaped Ishigaki Island, a natural paradise of secluded coves, beautiful beaches and subtropical vistas rarely associated with Japan. The attitude throughout is exceptionally laid-back and friendly, especially in the countryside on the way to Kabira Bay, home to the island’s finest beach.

Upon arriving, you will board your glass-bottom boat on the beach and then begin cruising through the bay. You can expect to see brilliantly colored fish, giant clams and coral reefs in the turquoise waters where black pearls are cultivated primarily for export. Of all the destinations on Ishigaki, Kabira Bay is among the most photographed and with good reason.

Following your cruise, you will enjoy a traditional Japanese lunch at a local restaurant. While the exact dishes will depend on which ingredients are freshest, you are likely to find a delectable soba noodle soup on the menu. It’s often topped with a fish cake or boneless pork ribs.

Next, you will discover how traditional cotton sashes are woven at the Mineya Minsa textile factory. For hundreds of years, brides-to-be have created patterns on sashes to express their love for their future husbands, and the factory is known for re-creating the most time-honored ones. During the tour, you may create your own patterned handkerchief using dyes from the island’s indigenous plants. Afterwards, you will return by coach back to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing that includes sandy surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not recommended for those with mobility concerns as the glass-bottom boat is boarded from a sandy beach rather than a dock or pier. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests who wish to make any purchases ashore should bring Japanese Yen with them.