Ishigaki Island boasts a pottery culture as beautiful as its natural surroundings, and the Ishigaki Island Pottery Festival is an event that highlights this. Typically held over two days in early December, the festival includes a wide variety of pottery for purchase – not just from Ishigaki Island, either, but from neighboring Iriomote Island, Taketomi Island, and Yonaguni Island as well.
One of the big incentives to check out this festival is that the pottery available for purchase is sold at cheaper than normal prices, so it's a wonderful opportunity to stock up on items for yourself or as gifts for loved ones in your life.
If you are planning on visiting, do note that the festival hours differ slightly each day. On Saturday, the event runs from 10am until 6pm, but on the Sunday this is shortened to 10am until 5pm.
The festival takes place at the Ishigaki City Hall, which can be accessed in around 20 minutes by car from the Ishigaki Airport area.