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On a clear sunny day the view of the island and the reef which surrounds it is absolutely stunning; it's one of those views which makes you realise that you did the right thing by spending so much time and money travelling to Ishigaki. This is one spot on the island which will really make most of us feel a long way from home (in a good way).
One of the first things that you'll notice is that there's a beautiful, probably deserted, small beach right below you as you gaze towards the island. This is a lovely spot to enjoy an afternoon by the ocean and I'd really recommend that you make time to check it out if you're a beach lover.
I should point out that there's a fair bit of rubbish on the beach in the form of empty bottles which have been washed in by the tide. In addition the quality of sand isn't great, but this is often the case when coral reefs are positioned so close to the shoreline; dead pieces of coral are washed ashore in storms and typhoons. I've come to appreciate this but if you're one of those people who insists on a smooth sandy beach you may be disappointed.
Very few tourists see this part of the island, and this is probably due to the fact that it's not marked as a sightseeing spot in any of the free Japanese magazines which are available at the airport. If you know where you're going the look-out point and the path to the beach are easy to find, but it took me about 20 minutes of driving around in circles. Hopefully the following directions will save you some petrol.
As you enter Kabira follow signs for Sukuji beach, but instead of turning left at the fork in the road, turn right (signposted Club Med), continuing along the road and up the hill. You'll enter a stretch of road which is lined with beautiful palm tress and you'll eventually come to a Junction, at which point you should turn left.
From this point onwards you'll be on the topiary-lined road which circles the north of the peninsula and passes by Club Med. This is a lovely road and you may chose to do a lap of it before making your way to the lookout point. So, assuming that you've turned onto this road follow the directions in the photos.