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“A Pleasant Stay” 3 of 5 stars
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934-32 Kabira, Ishigaki 907-0453, Okinawa Prefecture   |  
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Ranked #40 of 85 B&Bs / Inns in Ishigaki
3.5 of 5 stars 24 Reviews
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“A Pleasant Stay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2010

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.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2010

I was entirely satisfied with my stay at Maetakaya. The facilities may be a bit stretched when it is fully occupied but it was peaceful and relaxing during my stay. The food is excellent - Kobayashi san is a good cook and varies the menu. However if you prefer to go out and not eat at fixed times (dinner is early for many Westerners) there are alternatives in the village and in Ishigaki town. I found the owners very welcoming and helpful.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2006

Food was good, quite clean, setting ok but room is extremely small and air cond 100 yens for one hour. But above all, if you are a westerner (europe or us), avoid maetakaya !!! You have to pay in advance (whereas Japenese people don't), and the woman in charge keeps thinking that you will go away and gets intrusive... Well holidays in "paranoia land"... not for me anymore !!!!!

  • Liked — maybe food
  • Disliked — Pay aircond, staff and no value for money
  • Tips/Secrets — Prefer Ishigaki centre (port) for more choice and convinience
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Minshuku Maetakaya

Address: 934-32 Kabira, Ishigaki 907-0453, Okinawa Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kyushu-Okinawa > Okinawa Prefecture > Ishigaki
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 85 B&Bs / Inns in Ishigaki
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Minshuku Maetakaya Ishigaki, Japan - Okinawa Prefecture

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