Enjoy the endless blue of Shiraho and its coral

With blue skies, blue seas, and blue coral, Shiraho is a town in the southeast corner of Ishigaki Island .

Don't Miss

  • The stunning blue coral reef
  • Boat rides in a glass-bottomed boat

How to Get There

The area can only be accessed by car or by foot.

Shiraho Beach is just a five-minute drive or 45-minute walk south of Ishigaki Airport. There is no public transportation to the area.

Quick Facts

The area is home to over 70 different types of coral

The town is a base for the World Wildlife Foundation Coral Research Station

One of the best ways to explore is by joining a snorkeling tour

Up close with the coral

The beach has a beautiful stretch of sand, but its main draw is the collection of coral. The area is home to more than 70 kinds of corals, including a large community of blue corals said to be the oldest and largest in the northern hemisphere.

An idyllic spot for diving

This is an idyllic spot for diving, exploring the fabulous blue coral, and viewing the exotic fish. You can rent diving and snorkeling equipment, including wetsuits, at the beach. There are also boats with glass bottoms so you can get up close to the coral without getting wet.

A protected natural environment

The local people of Shiraho are very aware of the environmental impact of tourism. For those wanting to enjoy the stunning beauty of the coral reefs, it is best to sign up for an official guided tour to ensure you are following the local rules and regulations.

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