Ishigaki.  Once Japan’s best-kept secret, Ishigaki is a favorite getaway for vacationers from Tokyo. On a cruise to Ishigaki, put on your snorkeling gear and swim among schools of tropical fish at Taketomi Island, or lace up your hiking boots for an unforgettable view from the top of Mount Omoto. History buffs will find plenty of Okinawan culture and tradition in downtown Ishigaki and beyond, whether you’re studying ancient human remains to date back 24,000 years at the Yaeyama Museum or picking up a few Okinawan dance moves at the Yaema Village. Travel beyond the glittering city lights of Tokyo and Kyoto to experience thousands of years of Japanese traditions in Ishigaki and the surrounding islands.