Nature & Culture in Ishigaki - (JP)
Sightseeing, Lunch not included
After departure from the cruise terminal, tour goes to Kabira Bay which is called the most beautiful place in Ishigaki Island was granted the highest rank of three stars by Micheline Green guide Japón. You'll take Glass-Bottom Boat ride to see amazing Coral reefs. Next stop is at Yaeyama Minsa Textile Factory (Minsa Kogei Kan). For the Women of Yaeyama there is long tradition of weaving special patterns on Misa textiles as engagement gifs for new husbands. These days the enterprising Women of Ishigaki Island have taken this same technique and applied it to the making of bags, interior accessories, neckties, and many other items that make a perfect gift. At Minsa Kogei Kan these modern and traditional crafts can be found for sale and on display. Before returning to the port, tour goes to Banna Park Observatory where you'll see the view of Yaeyama Islands.
What we will see
• Kabira bay on a glass-bottomed boat
• Coral reef
• Minsa Kogei Kan textile workshop
• Banna park lookout
What we will do
• We start our excursion by getting onto a glass-bottomed boat to explore Kabira bay by sea. While keeping our feet dry, our boat lets us observe the amazing coral reef which boasts the largest coral concentration in Japan with over 215 varieties. With a bit of luck, we might even spot the giant manta rays that inhabit these seas.
• Our next stop is the Minsa Kogei Kan textile workshop specialising in the creation of traditional fabrics in the minsa style used as wedding gifts to future husbands. During our visit, we will observe the weaving process to discover all the secrets of this ancient art and have the opportunity to purchase items made with the workshop fabrics such as bags, ties and many other accessories.
• We end the tour with a stop at the Banna park lookout offering enchanting views of the Yaeyama archipelago islands, which of course we immortalise on camera.
What you need to know
• The order of the visits may vary should more than 2 coaches be used. • The glass-bottomed boat ride is subordinated to weather conditions. • Wheelchair users must be accompanied. • Comfortable shoes with a low heel are recommended. • Traffic jams are to be expected during tourist season. • The order of the visits may vary depending on local or seasonal events.
English & other European tour guides are subject to availability.