Ishigaki (Ishigachi), also famous as Ishigakijima, is a Japanese island located west of Okinawa Honto and the 2nd-largest island of Yaeyama Island group. It lies within Ishigaki city in Okinawa Prefecture and has a population of around 48,000 inhabitants. The city operates as archipelago's transport and business center. Ishigaki Island is served by the largest airport in Yaeyamas, New Ishigaki Airport.
Much of Ishigaki Island and surrounding waters that include Kabira Bay and Mount Omoto are a protected part of Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park. Like the rest of Okinawa, Ishigaki Island is culturally influenced by both Taiwan and Japan due to its location, nearly 300 km off Taiwan's north eastern coast. A tsunami of record height hit the island in 1771.
Ishigaki Island provided the scene for arrest of Yasuo Hayashi, one of the authors of Aum Shinrikyo's sarin gas attack, 21 months after and 2000 kilometers away from where the outrage took place.
The port of Ishigaki will be expanded so that 5 large coast guard patrol boats of Japan can be stationed there. Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) is also considering to deploy short range anti-ship missiles (Type 96 Multi-Purpose Missile System) on Ishigaki.
The reinforcements are in relation to the uninhabited Senkaku Islands, that lie 170 kilometers north of Ishigaki and are under control of Ishigaki's mayor, which has been given municipal authority over the territory since 1972 when Senkaku Islands reverted from the United States to Japanese government control. China and Taiwan have challenged the sovereignty of Japan over Senkaku Islands since 1972, and with even more intensity since 2012.
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Ishigaki Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Ishigaki Island (aka Ishigachi) dock (anchor) at Ishigaki - port town on the southern coast.
The Ishigaki Island cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Ishigaki Island, Japan.
If you lose the Ishigaki Island location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Ishigaki Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Ishigaki Island, Japan. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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22 March, 2017
27 March, 2017
29 March, 2017
31 March, 2017