[E] FAQs

March 31, 2015

... About climate
Q1. When is the rainy season?
Q2. Does it always rain during rainy season?
Q3. When is the typhoon season?
Q4. How hot is it in summer?
Q5. Is it warm even in winter?


... About sightseeing
Q6. How about going around Ishigaki Island?
Q7. I would like to do sightseeing leaving and returning to Ishigaki Island?
Q8. Are there public baths and hot springs?
Q9. How long does it take from the airport to the remote island terminal? and what are the means of transportation? 


... About sea
Q10. Which sea is good for snorkeling?
Q11. Please tell me the notes of snorkeling.
Q12. Are there jelly fish?
Q13. I would like to swim at the sea with fewer people.
(I would like to swim at sea that is not crowded.)


Q1. When is the rainy season?
A1. The rainy season of Ishigaki Island (Yaeyama) is usually from in the middle of May to in the middle of June. 



Q2. Does it always rain during rainy season?
A2. It rarely rains during rainy season in Ishigaki Island like gentle rain continues as in main land Japan.   

It rains but it clears up soon or becomes cloudy, and it changes a lot even during a day depending on the day. So, it may be fine weather days during rainy season.



Q3. When is the typhoon season?
A3. Usually the typhoon season is from July to October.
But recently typhoons happen out of the season and come close. We would recommend you to carefully check the weather conditions even during your trip. 

Q4. How hot is it in summer?
A4. The highest temperature on average in Ishgaki Island is in July, 29.3 degrees Celsius. (From "Trip to Yaeyama" Ishigaki City Hall)

It sometimes exceeds 30 degrees Celsius, but it seldom gets over 35 degrees Celsius. 

Accordingly, it gets lower than the highest temperature recorded in mainland Japan. Although the temperature is low, the direct sunshine is very strong and you may feel scorching hot. 

When visiting Yaeyama, we recommend you to be more careful of anti-sunburn plan and wear clothes which are not much exposed to skin (prepare something to put on). 



Q5. Is it warm even in winter?
A5. The lowest temperature on average in Ishgaki Island is in February, 18.3 degrees Celsius. (From "Trip to Yaeyama" Ishigaki City Hall)

From the figures we feel it' s warm, but when the wind turns to north wind after November, we often feel very cold. 

It is not like the severe coldness like in northern countries, of course, but the wind seems to lower our sensible temperature. 

As they don' t install heating appliances in public facilities and other places except hotels, I think you' d better prepare thick clothes in winter. 



Q6. How about going around Ishigaki Island?
A6. It takes 1 hour and a little from a built-up area (south side of the island) to a north part of Ishigaki Island. 

You can drive one circle in 3 hours (only driving), but please drive to see the sights of various places of interest. 

If you have one day to see the sights of interest, you can fully enjoy yourself. 

Since you are all the way here, it may be a good idea to relax after you find your favorite spot. 

 

Q7. I would like to do sightseeing leaving and returning to Ishigaki Island?
A7. For remote islands tours for a day trip from Ishigaki Island, some tourist companies in the island offer you various ways. 

 

Q8. Are there public baths and hot springs?
A8. Unfortunately there are not public baths and hot springs in Ishigaki Island.
But some baths of hotels are open to the public besides guests for a fee. 
The Neefai bath in Hotel Nikko Yaeyama is one of them.
Please contact for more details. 



Q9. How long does it take from the airport to the remote island terminal? and what are the means of transportation? 

A9. When using a taxi or a rent-a-car, it takes about 30 to 40 minutes. 
When using a bus (airport line), there are 3 ways as follows.
Rout ⑩ (Airport – Remote island terminal), About 45 minutes
Route ④ (Airport – Bus terminal), About 40 minutes (* It doesn' t run via remote island terminal) 
Non-stop service (Airport – Bus terminal), About 30 minutes (* It doesn' t run via remote island terminal) 
When using route ④ and non-stop service, you can go to remote island terminal from last stop of bus terminal on foot.
It takes about 1 to 2 minutes. 

 

Q10. Which sea is good for snorkeling?
A10. It' s in the north. You can enjoy it at Ishigaki Island sunset beach.
Another place is at Maibara beach. But there are some fast current places which are designated as unsafe swimming area. Enjoy yourself upon self-management such as not to go to the sea on bad weather and not to go off the sea.



Q11. Please tell me the notes of snorkeling.
A11. Breathing with a snorkel is not just through our usual nose breathing but breathing from the abdomen by only mouth.

When putting a snorkel into your mouth, tightly fix a mouthpiece with your teeth. 

When you dive from your head during swimming, you will get upset as water comes in from a snorkel. Let' s use it being conscious of the end of the snorkel above the sea

Some accidents have happened during the use of snorkel. When using it for the first time, we recommend you to take the course at a marine shop.



Q12. Are there jellyfish?
Q12. In Okinawa hub jellyfish appear from May to October. The hub jellyfish has toxin and when you are stung by a jellyfish, it may cause you severe sore and shocked. These hub jellyfish come to shallow sea at a depth of about 50cm. It is difficult to find as the cap is translucent.  

Injuries are increased from July to September when hub jellyfish grow. When they are grown, the height of the cap sometimes becomes more than 10cm and the elastic tentacles become over 150cm. 

Swim within the jellyfish net so that you cannot be stung by jellyfish.

(In Ishigaki Island, there are Maezato beach, Sokoji beach, Fusaki beach and beach of clubmedcabila.)

If there is no jellyfish net, wear a wet-suit, a long sleeved T-shirt, spats and try to less exposure of skin. (Even if you' re stung, the poisonous sting does not reach to the skin) * This means you can minimize the injury, although it does not completely prevent it.)

If you should be stung by a jellyfish:

①. If you are stung, go up from the sea. Don' t rub the part you' re stung.
②. Pour enough vinegar (cooking vinegar).
③. Remove the poisonous sting slowly.
④. When it hurts, cool it with ice and cold water.
We recommend you to go to a hospital after that.
For hazardous creatures of sea, please contact Okinawa Prefectural Health and Medical Division 098-866-2215.



Q13. I would like to swim at the sea with fewer people.
(I would like to swim at sea that is not crowded.)

A13. Unfortunately we cannot recommend you to swim at sea with fewer people.
Accidents at sea regrettably happen every year.  Please refrain from swimming at sea with fewer people to prevent accidents



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