Ishigaki Island is rising global tourist hot spot

Ishigaki Island is rising global tourist hot spot

Kabira Bay

January 14, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, selected Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, number one on its “2018 Top Destinations on the Rise” list announced January 13.

User reviews highlighted coastal landscape that features “picturesque scenery” that is “like a magazine.” Favorite locations include Kabira Bay and the Cape Hirakubozaki Lighthouse. There are also reviews ocean activities and hotels in the city. According to the website, posts from foreign visitors to Kabira Bay and Yonehara Beach have been increasing.

The second spot on the list went to Kapaa, Hawaii, 3rd was Nairobi, Kenya, 4th was Halifax, Nova Scotia, and 5th was Gdansk, Poland.

Site ranking was based on the posts from travelers who use the site, with a focus on places that saw the biggest uptick in activity compared to the previous year. Travel destinations on the site were tracked from October 2016 to October 2017.

(English translation by T&CT and Sam Grieb)

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