Monday, May 16, 2022

Kabira Bay Ishigaki Island

Kabira Bay 石垣島

Kabira Bay is one of the most popular scenic spots on the island of Ishigaki in what is now Okinawa.

With white sand beaches, turquoise seas, and coral reefs, it is consodered a troical paradise and a very popuar dstination for tourists from maonland Japan.

Actually we visited in April which is kind of the off-season, and the weather was very overcast so the scenery was not as colorful, but there were also few other tourists so it was possible to walk the uncrowded beaches.

Actually I believe that you are not allowed to swim in Kabira bay itself because of black pearl cultivation.

Ishigaki is part of what is called the Yaeyama Islands, the last group of islands in the chain that extends south and west from Kyushu in the mainland of Japan.

The Yaeyama Islands include the furthest west and also the furthest south points of Japan, and is much closer to Taiwan than it is to the main island of Okinawa.

The area is belieced to have been settled by Melanesian people from further south.

In the 15th century the Yaeyama Islands became subsumed under the rule of the recently unified Ryukyuan dynasty of the main island of Okinawa.

In the 17th century Satsuma Domain invaded the Ryukyu's, or in todays parlance "conducted a special military operation". but the islands did not become part of Japan until the late 19th century.

Ishigaki Sea Salt

1 comment:

  1. I stopped at Kabira-wan back in June 2011 while I was touring Ishigaki on a rented motorbike. The beach was pretty, but I didn't bother taking one of the glass-bottomed boat tours (there were a lot of Taiwanese tourists there on the day I visited). Instead, I had a bowl of Yaeyama soba at one of the restaurants there, then got back on the bike and rode to Yonehara Beach, where I spent several hours snorkeling among the fish in the reefs.