The island may not be Japan’s most popular travel destination, but it’s certainly growing. Here are a few things you may not have known about this sub-tropical island.

1 The world Ishigaki in Japanese means ‘Stone Wall’.

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2 It’s thought that name comes from the walls that line many of the streets on the island.

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3 The oldest wooden building in Okinawa can be found on Ishigaki. It’s called Torinji Temple and was built in 1614.

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4 A bridge connects the Ishigaki to a manmade island affectionately known as Cat Island. As the name suggests, there are many felines living here.

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5 Approximately 50,000 people call the island home.

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TripAdvisor’s top trending destinations for 2018:

  1. Ishigaki, Japan
  2. Kapaa, Hawaii
  3. Nairobi, Kenya
  4. Halifax, Canada
  5. Gdansk, Poland
  6. San Jose, Costa Rica
  7. Riga, Latvia
  8. Rovinj, Croatia
  9. Nerja, Spain
  10. Casablanca, Morocco

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