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A Must-Visit on Ishigaki Island!
Scenic Spot "Kabira Bay (Kabirawan)"

【Ishigaki Island, Okinawa】KABIRA-BAY TOUR

Kabira Bay in Ishigaki Island has been evaluated as a three-star scenic spot worth visiting in the guidebook "Michelin Green Guide Japan."

This time, we introduce the charm of Kabira Bay and recommend tours!

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What is Kabira Bay (Kabirawan)?

A Scenic Destination Visited by
Tourists from Around the World

【Ishigaki Island, Okinawa】KABIRA-BAY TOUR

Kabira Bay has been acclaimed as the only three-star spot in Okinawa in Japan's 100 Scenic Spots and the Michelin Green Guide Japan.

It attracts numerous tourists not only domestically but also from overseas.

Known for cultivating black pearls, the main allure of Kabira Bay is undoubtedly its beautiful emerald-green sea.

 

Color Changes with the Tide

【Ishigaki Island, Okinawa】KABIRA-BAY TOUR

The white sandy beach and the crystal-clear water boasting one of the world's highest transparency create the mystical Kabira Blue, changing from blue to green with the ebb and flow of the tide and variations in light.

 

Home to Over 1000 Species

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The underwater world is home to over 300 types of coral, over 1000 species of tropical fish, and various other creatures.

Swimming is prohibited in Kabira Bay due to its fast currents and potential danger.

However, participating in a tour allows you to enjoy the surrounding waters of Kabira Bay (in designated swim areas)!

Access to Kabira Bay

【Ishigaki Island, Okinawa】KABIRA-BAY TOUR

You can reach Kabira Bay by car, bus or taxi.

It is a bit far from the city center, and public transportation has fixed schedules, so it is recommended to use a car for easy access!

Basic Information about Kabira Bay
Name: Kabira Bay (Kabirawan)
Address: 934 Kawahira, Ishigaki City, 907-0453, Japan
Access: Approximately 30 minutes by car from New Ishigaki Airport
(View on Google Map)

 

Access to Kabira Bay by Car

【Ishigaki Island, Okinawa】KABIRA-BAY TOUR

Kabira Bay is located in the northwest of Ishigaki Island. There are free parking spaces (15 spaces) and paid parking spaces (52 spaces: up to 300 yen), so please use them.

■ From New Ishigaki Airport to Kabira Bay
Approximately 30 minutes / about 25 km

■ From Ishigaki Island Remote Island Terminal to Kabira Bay
Approximately 20 minutes / about 25 km

↓ Learn more about Ishigaki Island car rentals ↓

 

Access to Kabira Bay by Bus

【Ishigaki Island, Okinawa】KABIRA-BAY TOUR

As there are only about two buses per day, it is recommended for those who have plenty of time and want to travel leisurely.

■ From New Ishigaki Airport to Kabira Bay
Take the Yohara Campground Line from the bus stop "Ishigaki Airport" for 40 minutes
→ Get off at the bus stop "Kabira Koen Mae" and walk about 2 minutes

Take the Eastern Round Line bus from the bus stop "Ishigaki Airport" for 45 minutes
→ Get off at the bus stop "Kabira Koen Mae" and walk about 2 minutes

■ From Remote Island Terminal to Kabira Bay
Take the Kabira Resort Line bus from the bus stop "Remote Island Terminal" for about 40 minutes
Get off at the bus stop "Kabira Koen Mae" and walk about 2 minutes

 

Access to Kabira Bay by Taxi

【Ishigaki Island, Okinawa】KABIRA-BAY TOUR

There is a taxi stand at the airport and remote island terminal, so you won't have any trouble, but it is difficult to secure one in other locations. Therefore, we recommend calling a taxi company directly!

■ From New Ishigaki Airport to Kabira Bay
Approximately 30 minutes / Approximately 4,500 yen

■ From Remote Island Terminal to Kabira Bay
Approximately 20 minutes / Approximately 4,000 yen

Activities to Enjoy in Kabira Bay

For Everyone from Kids to Adults!
Activities in Kabira Bay

【Ishigaki Island, Okinawa】KABIRA-BAY TOUR

Just enjoying the view from the Kabira Park Observatory allows you to fully appreciate Kabira Bay, but if you're here, why not create lasting memories by participating in tours (activities) with your family?

Take a look at our recommendations!

 

Activities to Enjoy in Kabira Bay
1. Stand Up Paddle (SUP)

【Ishigaki Island, Okinawa】KABIRA-BAY TOUR

SUP is a new activity where you stand on a surfboard and paddle.

Because you're standing, you get a higher vantage point, allowing you to enjoy a sea stroll while looking down on the crystal-clear Kabira Bay.

 

Activities to Enjoy in Kabira Bay
2.Glass Boat

【Ishigaki Island, Okinawa】KABIRA-BAY TOUR

Even newborn babies under the age of 1 can join!

Recommended for those who want to enjoy it regardless of age or gender is the glass boat experience.

The boat's bottom is made of transparent glass, allowing you to enjoy the underwater world of Kabira Bay without getting into the sea (no need to change clothes).

The experience time is about 30 minutes, making it easy to combine with snorkeling or other activities, and many participants choose to do so.

 

Activities to Enjoy in Kabira Bay
3. Sea Kayaking

【Ishigaki Island, Okinawa】KABIRA-BAY TOUR

Experienceable for parents and children together! Explore Kabira Bay while riding in a two-person kayak.

With excellent stability and complete support from the guide, even first-timers can feel at ease.

Recommended Times to Visit Kabira Bay

High Tide (Manchou) Time
for Clear Transparent Sea!

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It may vary depending on the ebb and flow of the tide and the weather, but on clear days, around high tide (especially around midday), the transparency of the sea is higher, allowing you to clearly observe marine life.

 

 1 Hour Before High Tide
for Riding the Glass Boat!

【Ishigaki Island, Okinawa】KABIRA-BAY TOUR

If you're riding the glass boat, the time from low tide to high tide is recommended, as the fish become more active.

You can clearly see the sight of new seawater flowing into Kabira Bay, attracting fish.

◆ Before traveling to Ishigaki Island, check the Tide Table for Ishigaki Island (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism)!

Recommended Times for Kabira Bay
○ The time when the sun is directly overhead (from morning to early afternoon) has the highest transparency.
○ Check not only the weather but also the tide table.
○ The sunset at Kabira Bay is exceptional.
○ If you want to see coral reefs, visit during low tide.
○ For observing fish, visit between low tide and high tide.

↓ Recommended Travel Periods for Ishigaki Island ↓

Lunch and Cafe Information around Kabira Bay

Enjoy Lunch with a View

【Ishigaki Island, Okinawa】KABIRA-BAY TOUR

There are many cafes and restaurants around Kabira Bay where you can enjoy beautiful scenery.

Why don't you consider these 5 places when you visit Kabira Bay?

*Due to the impact of the COVID-19, business hours may vary. Please check directly with each restaurant. 

 

1. Kabira Park Tea House

【Ishigaki Island, Okinawa】KABIRA-BAY TOUR

Located in Kabira Park, this is a restaurant known for its Yaeyama soba. You can also enjoy local dishes such as champuru and vegetable stir-fry set meals.

Kabira Park Tea House
Address: 934-37 Kabira, Ishigaki, Okinawa
Business Hours: Year-round (11:00 AM to around 4:00 PM)
Closed: Irregular holidays
Parking: Available (10 spaces)

 

2. Cafe Kuina

A cafe with a clean and gentle atmosphere located right near Kabira Bay.

There is a restroom inside, and it's conveniently located just a short walk from Kabira Park's parking lot, making it suitable for families.

Cafe Kuina
Address: 926-1 Kabira, Ishigaki, Okinawa
Business Hours: Year-round (7:00 AM to around 4:00 PM)
Closed: Irregular holidays
Parking: Available
Official Website: Cafe Kuina

 

3. Chanpuru Cafe

This cafe, located 10 to 15 seconds on foot from Kabira Park, is often visited by people taking a break during the wait for the glass-bottom boat or after the boat ride.

Chanpuru Cafe
Address: 915-3 Kabira, Ishigaki
Business Hours: Year-round (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
Closed: Irregular holidays
Parking: Available (4 spaces)
Official Website: Chanpuru Cafe

 

4. R's Cafe

A 3-minute walk from Kabira Park, R's Cafe offers free Wi-Fi inside, allowing you to relax while overlooking Kabira Bay.

In addition to Yaeyama soba, they also serve the popular gelato from the Imori Ranch "MilMil."

R's Cafe
Address: 93 Kabira, Ishigaki, Okinawa
Business Hours: Year-round (10:00 AM to 3:00 PM / Last Order at 2:00 PM)
Closed: Irregular holidays
Parking: Available (Can use the free parking lot of Ryukyu Shinju)
Official Website: R’s Cafe

 

5. Island Station Kabira Garden

At Kabira Garden located at the entrance of Kabira Park, you can enjoy local dishes using Ishigaki Island ingredients such as Ishigaki beef. There is also a specialty product shop here that offers products only available at this location.

Island Station Kabira Garden
Address: 917-1 Kabira, Ishigaki, Okinawa
Business Hours:
Shopping Floor 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Restaurant 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM (Last Order at 2:30 PM)
Official Website: Island Station Kabira Garden

Recommended Hotels around Kabira Bay

Recommended Hotels
around Kabira Bay

【Ishigaki Island, Okinawa】KABIRA-BAY TOUR

Kabira Bay is located in Kabira, Ishigaki Island. If you are considering staying around Kabira Bay, hotels within a 2 km radius are recommended for their proximity.

Here are 5 popular hotels (accommodations) recommended in order of proximity from Kabira Bay.

 

1. Sanshoen Kabira-no-Yado

【Ishigaki Island, Okinawa】KABIRA-BAY TOUR

出典:Sanshoen Kabira-no-yado

Available for private use from the kitchen to the living room throughout the entire property for up to 10 people, limited to one group per day.

The only temple-style accommodation in Ishigaki Island, where you can experience the history of Japan.

Sanshoen Kabira-no-Yado
Address: 728 Kabira, Ishigaki, Okinawa
Parking: Free for up to 3 cars (for guests)
Cards: Accepted
Official Website: Sanshoen Kabira-no-Yado

 

2. Terrace House Yamabare

【Ishigaki Island, Okinawa】KABIRA-BAY TOUR

出典:Terrace House Yamabare

Located near Kabira Bay, surrounded by a quiet and pleasant environment, this hotel is recommended for those who want to spend a relaxing time from dawn to moonlight.

Terrace House Yamabare
Address: 1216-354 Kabira, Ishigaki
Parking: Free for up to 2 cars (for guests)
Official Website: Terrace House Yamabare

 

3. Blue Ocean Resort Ishigakijima

【Ishigaki Island, Okinawa】KABIRA-BAY TOUR

出典:Blue Ocean Resort Ishigakijima

Limited to 2 groups per day, surrounded by tranquility and nature. There is an unmanned secret beach just a 1-minute walk from the hotel.

Enjoy the vast coral reefs during the day and the starry sky at night.

Blue Ocean Resort Ishigakijima
Address: 1216-269 Kabira, Ishigaki
Parking: Free for guests
Official Website: Blue Ocean Resort Ishigakijima

 

4. Ishigaki Seaside Hotel

【Ishigaki Island, Okinawa】KABIRA-BAY TOURWinner of the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award 2021.

The hotel has a convenient convenience store, and it takes less than a minute to walk to the beautiful beach!

Surrounded by the beautiful sea, you can experience an extraordinary stay.

Ishigaki Seaside Hotel
Address: 154-12 Kabira, Ishigaki
Parking: Free for guests (80 spaces)
Official Website: Ishigaki Seaside Hotel

 

5. Club Med Kabira Ishigaki

【Ishigaki Island, Okinawa】KABIRA-BAY TOUR

Located on a site equivalent to about 4 Tokyo Domes, you can reach Kabira Bay by car in about 10 minutes.

During your stay, you can experience meals, marine activities, and snacks at the bar (including various alcoholic and soft drinks) at no additional charge.

It is highly recommended for families staying at a great deal.

Club Med Kabira Ishigaki
Address: 1 Kabira-Ishizaki, Ishigaki
Parking: Free for guests (11 spaces)
Official Website: Club Med Kabira Ishigaki

Frequently Asked Questions about Kabira Bay

Q: What time does Kabira Bay tend to be crowded?
It tends to be crowded from around 9:00 AM to just after 12:00 PM.
Q: How long does it take to get to Kabira Bay from the city center?
It's about a 30-minute drive from the city center of Ishigaki Island.
Q: What is the fee for Kabira Bay?
It's free of charge.
Q: What are the operating hours (closed days) for Kabira Bay?
It is open for free exploration 24 hours a day, year-round. However, surrounding shops may have operating hours, so please check with them.
Q: Is swimming prohibited in Kabira Bay?
Due to fast currents and the presence of tourists and glass-bottom boats, swimming is prohibited. However, it is allowed in areas where tours are conducted within Kabira Bay, and participation in tours is mandatory for those who want to enjoy the underwater world.
Q: How long is the recommended stay in Kabira Bay?
It depends on the purpose of your visit. If you are taking a glass-bottom boat to enjoy the scenery, give yourself 1 to 2 hours. If you are participating in a tour, at least half a day (approximately 3 to 4 hours) is required.
Q: Can I visit Kabira Bay on a rainy day?
On rainy days, the water quality deteriorates, and photos may not turn out well on cloudy days. Glass-bottom boat tours are not possible on days when it rains and the following day due to the cloudiness of seawater. We recommend enjoying kayaking tours in Kabira Bay on rainy days.
Q: Until what time is recommended in the evening?
While Kabira Bay is open for exploration 24 hours a day, many surrounding shops close around 5:00 PM. If your goal is to enjoy the sunset, it is recommended even after 5:00 PM.

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ユーザー_udpo さん / 30 代 投稿日:2024-03-23

幼児2名を含む家族4人で参加しました。 当日の天候、こちらの要望も加味して、王道、穴場バランスよく案内いただきました。 子ども達も終始ご機嫌で大満足でした。ありがとうございました。

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四万十 さん / 30 代 投稿日:2024-03-21

友人と参加した石垣島1日ツアーは期待をはるかに超える体験でした!SUPもシュノーケリングも初挑戦だったのですが、ガイドさんが安全に楽しめるように細かくフォローしてくれたので、不安なく楽しむことができました。特に青の洞窟は、言葉では表現しきれないほどの美しさで、海中の鍾乳洞を探索できたのは本当に貴重な体験です。昼食後のフリータイムにガイドさんがおすすめのローカルグルメを教えてくれたのも、このツアーの魅力の一つ。

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こころ さん / 40 代 投稿日:2024-03-21

石垣島の自然美に完全に魅了されました!川平湾でのSUP体験は初めてでしたが、インストラクターの丁寧なレクチャーのおかげで、すぐにコツを掴むことができました。青の洞窟でのシュノーケリングは、まるで別世界。キラキラと輝く水面下の世界は息を呑むほど美しく、ウミガメと泳げたのは一生の思い出になりました。写真無料サービスも嬉しかった!

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ユーザー_qdww さん / 40 代 投稿日:2024-03-12

春のセールでお得に参加できたのが嬉しい限り。川平湾の透き通った海と宮良川のマングローブ林、どちらも石垣島の魅力が詰まった場所で、SUPとカヌーの選択肢があるのも良かったです。自然の中で心地よい時間を過ごすことができ、都会の喧騒を忘れられました。ガイドさんが安全に配慮しながら楽しく案内してくれたので、初心者でも全く問題なし。写真データのプレゼントもあり、大満足の体験でした!

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ユーザー_vlai さん / 30 代 投稿日:2024-03-12

友人と参加しましたが、予想以上に楽しいツアーでした。特にシュノーケリングで見たサンゴ礁の美しさは忘れられません。また来年も参加したいと思います!

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ユーザー_mpat さん / 30 代 投稿日:2024-03-12

初めてのSUP体験で少し不安でしたが、ガイドの方がとても丁寧に指導してくれたので、すぐに楽しむことができました。川平湾の美しい海をSUPで進むのは、とても爽快でした。

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