2013年05月10日

Public transportation information of New Ishigaki Airport for foreigners

New Ishigaki Airport (ISG, Painushima Ishigaki Airport) Public transportation information to downtown Ishigaki and the piers for remote islands for visiting foreigners. The information is as of May 2013. Since the airport opened on March 7, 2013, and the dedicated road for the airport is still under construction, make sure to check the latest transportation information before your departure.

Bus
The public bus to downtown bus terminal is available and it is cheapest way to go to the downtown and the piers. From domestic terminal, turn left and walk toward international terminal. The airport bus stop is located in front of the international terminal. The bus departs every hour,  00, 15, 30 and 45 minutes after the hour during daytime. Approximately 40 minutes to the downtown bus terminal. The bus departs 15 and 45 of every hour stops ANA Hotel and Nikko Hotel on the way to the downtown bus terminal.
Fares:
The bus costs 540 JPY (One way) from the airport to the downtown bus terminal or ferry terminal. Payment shall be done when you get off.
The Protocol:
When you get on the bus, you have to take "Seiriken" (Ticket indicates which bus stop you get on by printing the number on the ticket. "整理券" in written Japanese ) from the machine besides the driver. All passengers get on the bus have to take the Seiriken. When you get off, you have to drop the Seiriken with exact fares into a fare drop box besides the driver.  If you do not have exact coins for the fares, insert 1,000 JPY bill into exchange machines attached to the fare drop box before you get off the bus. If you are traveling 2 or more persons, you can pay total fares by using bill and coin.
The fare varies if you get on or off other than the airport and the downtown bus terminal. In such case, check the number printed on the Seiriken, then look for the signboard on the top of the bus's front window, which shows fares to current bus stop from the bus stop you get on.
There are baggage areas inside the bus. Your baggage shall be taken into the bus with you.
If you can read Japanese, the bus company's website may be helpful for detailed timetable and one day or 5 days unlimited fares offerings.
 
Taxi
Just tell a taxi driver your destination, such as the name of the hotel you have booked. However, there are few drivers who can speak foreign languages, it will be helpful if you bring the paper with the name of the hotel you have booked and show it to the driver. Normally, taxi can accomodate up to 4 person, however, if you or your group are traveling with many baggages, it may be difficult to put them into the boots of the taxi.

Pier for the remote islands ("Ritou Terminal")
If you travel to islands other than Ishigaki, such as Taketomi, Kohama, Iriomote, Kuroshima and Hateruma, you have to go to "Ritou Terminal" (Piers for the remote islands) to take a boat to these islands.
If you take the bus, get off the bus at the downtown bus terminal (final stop). Then, it is approximately 2 minutes walk from the bus terminal. When you arrives at the bus terminal and get off the bus, turn right, pass in front of the ticket counter and turn left. Then cross the street and go straight. If you face the building, turn right, and you can see the entrance to the pier on your left. (You may find taxis and sight seeing buses are parking on your right hand side.).
* The bus departs the airport 15 and 45 minutes of every hour, which stops ANA Hotel and Nikko Hotel, also stop at the pier on the way to the downtown bus terminal.
As of 2018, all buses from ISG airport to Ishigaki bus terminal stop at Ritou Terminal, so you don't worry.
If you take the taxi from the airport, it takes approximately 2,770 JPY to the pier. Just ask driver  "Ritou Terminal Made Onegai Shimasu" (It means "Please take me/us to the pier for remote islands" / In Japanese writing: 離島ターミナルまでお願いします).

I hope this information helps you travel the southern most islands of Japan and enjoy your stay in these islands.

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