Today, as the rain falls, giving a sense of calm after the Golden Week hustle, I had a sudden idea for a blog post. It's a message for those who will be visiting Ishigaki for tourism!
I have written about this before, so I believe it's best to refer to that article. However, as we approach the upcoming peak tourism season, there's one important thing I want to convey to everyone: "Make sure to book in advance."
Because, even if you come all the way here for a visit, there might not be much to do, and the food options can be quite disappointing, especially with only convenience stores available.
(Although I believe there are also people who come with the intention of doing nothing.)
Even for those staying at hotels, I think it should be fine, but once you arrive at the hotel, it's safer to make a dinner reservation, even if the hotel has a large restaurant.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, some restaurants have downsized, and hotels may be short-staffed. Even at the Yuiglenna Mall, the busiest shopping arcade in Ishigaki, some shops are struggling with staff shortages, resulting in limited menus and restrictions on the number of customers allowed inside.
Oh, Ishigaki Island is getting quietly excited as it prepares to welcome a lot of tourists.
By the way, there was an event recently during the Golden Week period at the former City Hall parking lot, where various food trucks gathered. It seems they had quite a good turnout. That's great to hear! I heard that nearly 5,000 people visited Ishigaki Island on a large cruise ship.
I hope they hold a similar event again soon. I went to a fish and chips shop and had both Yangnyeom chicken and fish and chips, and they were incredibly delicious.