Beyond Okinawa:

Ishigaki and Iriomoto By Bike

Group of cyclists in Okinawa

One of our riders went to Okinawa for the Great Earth Ishigakijima Iriomotejima 170KM Ride and shared some amazing photos with us…we simply had to share!


Ishigaki (Ishigakijima, or Ishigaki Island) is part of the Yaeyama Islands in Okinawa, which are the southernmost inhabited islands of Japan. It isn’t a particularly large island, but with a population of roughly 49,000, Ishigaki is the most densely populated of the Yaeyama Islands. Coral reefs surround the island and with hot summers/warm winters, Ishigaki is a perfect getaway for those seeking sunshine and warmth. Ishigaki is easily accessible by ferry from Naha, or from mainland Japan by plane. (Source: Wikipedia)Β 

Iriomote (Iriomotejima or Iriomote Island) is the largest of the Yaeyama Islands in Okinawa – and the second largest in Okinawa Prefecture after Okinawa Island itself. Located about 25KM west of Ishigaki, Iriomote is a bigger island but largely undeveloped. With only about 2,500 residents, there is no airstrip and just a single coastal road that connects the island.Β  Iriomote is known for its mangroves, dense jungle, and beaches, including a beach with sand shaped like tiny stars. (Source: Wikipedia)Β 

Great Earth Ishigaki & Iriomote 170KM Ride:

Leon's Schedule

Saturday (Nov 18): Fly in to Ishigaki from Haneda Airport, pick up race packet, make new friends with cat and Romanian cyclists.

Sunday (Nov 19): Cruise 125KM for about 1,100 meters of elevation gain at an average of 250 watts (optional). Check out Leon’s Relive.

Monday (Nov 20): Board ferry to Iriomotejima for a shorter 45KM ride (Relive here). Ride the coastal road at a leisurely 22KPH and go to the beach for a quick dip in the waters. Take ferry back to Ishigaki.

Tuesday (Nov 21): Return to Haneda Airport from New Ishigaki Airport.

Wednesday (Nov 22): Begin looking for more rides around Japan.

These are Leon’s photos, ReLive maps, and Strava data (thank you!)
If you aren’t green with envy, you might be on the wrong website πŸ™‚

Ishigaki beach
Japanese cyclists eating
Buffalo-drawn carts in Ishigaki
Ferry to Iriomotejima
Cyclists getting ready to ride Okinawa
Cycling in Okinawa
Cyclist next to Japan's southernmost bus stop
Cyclists on buffalo-drawn cart in Iriomote
Cycling in Okinawa
Cyclists on buffalo cart in Ishigaki
Cyclists riding in Okinawa
Cycling in Ishigaki island
Great Earth Ishigaki cycling
Mangroves in Ishigaki
Iriomote cycling

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