I stayed there for 2 nights back in April 2010 with my brother. We were going diving with Umicoza Diving and wanted to see Ishigaki-jima, so we decided to stay at Maetakaya. For the price and location, it was more than adequate. We had a corner room with a fantastic view of the bay. The room was just a basic tatami room, clean and simple. The bathrooms were shared and were clean, even if it was nothing fancy. The hosts were really nice and the overall feeling of this place was quiet and nice. The English spoken was basic though.
We chose to reserver for dinner and breakfast on location as well and we were really satisfied by our meals. The breakfast had both Japanese and Western foods, and the dinners were comprised of an array of many little dishes, all very tasty. The portions were ample, and we always had as much rice or tea as we wanted, and there was also alcool for purchase. The dining room had a superb view of the bay, and the adjacent terrace was also a great place to relax.
As for payment and arrangements, it turned out that because Umicoza had an arrangement with Maetakaya, we got a small discount and we were able to pay for both the Inn and the diving directly at Umicoza (and they take credit cards).
Overall the village of Kabira was a nice place to visit by foot. We visited a nearby distillery of Awamori (and got free samplings), and the Soba place had excellent soup and some 20 flavors of gelatto - the coconut one was delicious. Since Maetakaya is within walking distance of all of this, the location is just perfect. However, the village itself is a good 30 mins by car to Ishigaki-city, and we decided to go there one night because frankly, we had exhausted the options for entertainment in Kabira.
This is a place I would go to again, for a reasonably priced stay in beautiful Ishigaki island, especially if I went diving again there.
- Also Known As:
- Minshuku Maetakaya Ishigaki, Japan - Okinawa Prefecture