26 days in Okinawa Prefecture & Yaeyama-gun Itinerary

26 days in Okinawa Prefecture & Yaeyama-gun Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
2
Taketomi-jima
— 4 nights
3
Nago
— 3 nights
4
Chatan-cho
— 1 night
5
Onna-son
— 3 nights
6
Okinawa City
— 3 nights
7
Nanjo
— 3 nights
8
Naha
— 4 nights

3
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Escape the urban bustle at Yonehara Beach and Nosoko Forest Road. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ishigaki Yaima Village and Awamori Museum. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, take an in-depth tour of Nantou Folk Museum, kick back and relax at Akashi Beach, and see the interesting displays at Nobumoto Ohama Memorial Hall.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip planner.

Kamakura to Ishigaki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. While traveling from Kamakura, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Taketomi-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Museums · Parks · Outdoors
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Ishigaki Yaima Village ©
Ishigaki Yaima Village
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

4
nights
Taketomi-jima

Taketomi-jima ©
A tiny island in the Yae-yama archipelago, Taketomi-jima enjoys popularity as a beach getaway, best known for its stretches of "star sand"--sand made up of tiny star-shaped exoskeletons of ancient fossils.
Get some historical perspective at Island Countryside Settlement and Kusukumuri. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kondoi Beach and Taketomi Yugafu-kan. There's still lots to do: get outside with Kaiji Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kontuon, contemplate the long history of Taketomi Island Kuramoto Remains, and stop by Tedun Kariyushi Hall.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Taketomi-jima vacation planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Taketomi-jima in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in November, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Nago.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 9:
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Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Kaiji Beach ©
Kaiji Beach

3
nights
Nago

Nago ©
Developed as an upper-middle class tourist town in the northern part of Okinawa Island, Nago offers a wide range of leisure activities from swimming to exploration of ruins and rainforests.
Do your shopping at Nago Pineapple Park and Aeon Nago Shopping Center. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nakijin Castle Ruins. Change things up with these side-trips from Nago: Motobu-cho (Bisezaki, Oceanic Culture Museum, &more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Busena Beach, head outdoors with Nago citizen Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Miyazato Christ Church, and contemplate the long history of Nantoirei no To.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nago online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Taketomi-jima to Nago by combination of ferry and flight takes about 6 hours. Traveling from Taketomi-jima in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Nago, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Chatan-cho.

Things to do in Nago

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nakijin-son
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:
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Busena Beach ©
Busena Beach
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Chatan-cho

Chatan-cho ©
Known for its American military bases, Chatan-cho has lacked the tourism appeal of other towns on the island, yet offers a pleasant beach getaway.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Sunabe No.1, head outdoors with Miyagi Coast, see the interesting displays at Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Okinawa Naritasan Fukusen-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Chatan-cho online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nago to Chatan-cho takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Chatan-cho can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Onna-son.

Things to do in Chatan-cho

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nakagusuku-son, Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum, Yomitanzanyaki Kitagama
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 13:
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Nakagusuku Castle Ruins ©
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins
Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum ©
Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum
Okinawa Naritasan Fukusen-ji Temple ©
Okinawa Naritasan Fukusen-ji Temple

3
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
You've now added Ryukyu Mura to your itinerary. Visit Zakimi Castle Ruins and Iha Noor Tomb for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parasailing & Paragliding and Sun Marina Beach. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Ginoza Museum (in Ginoza-son) and Amamichu Tomb (in Uruma). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Onna Station Nakayukui Market, see the vivid underwater world at Manza Dream Hole, step into the grandiose world of Ruins of Iha Castle, and get to know the fascinating history of Nakadomari Ruins.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Onna-son trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Chatan-cho to Onna-son in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in November, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uruma, Zakimi Castle Ruins, Ginoza Museum
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Zakimi Castle Ruins ©
Zakimi Castle Ruins
Onna Station Nakayukui Market ©
Onna Station Nakayukui Market

3
nights
Okinawa City

Okinawa City ©
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. On the 16th (Mon), shop like a local with Gallery Kiya. On your second day here, make a trip to Kaichu Road, enjoy the sand and surf at Tomai-hama Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tsukenjima Beach, then examine the collection at Uruma City Marine History Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Okinawa City trip itinerary planner.

Okinawa City is just a short distance from Onna-son. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Nanjo.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Uruma, Gallery Kiya
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:
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Katsuren Castle Ruins ©
Katsuren Castle Ruins

3
nights
Nanjo

Nanjo ©
With a long Pacific coastline, Nanjo offers fantastic views of the ocean from high cliffs covered with lush greenery, as well as from its long sandy beaches.
For shopping fun, head to Ojima Imaiyu Market or Agarihama Market. Take a break from the city and head to Ojima Island and Hyakuna Beach. Go for a jaunt from Nanjo to Itoman to see The Tower of Himeyuri about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, browse the exhibits of Okinawa Peace Memorial Hall, contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, and step into the grandiose world of The Itokazu castle ruin.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nanjo driving holiday planner.

Getting from Okinawa City to Nanjo by car takes about an hour. In November, daily temperatures in Nanjo can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Naha.

Things to do in Nanjo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Itoman, Yonabaru-cho, Hyakuna Beach, Haebaru Town Museum
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:
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Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
The Tower of Himeyuri ©
The Tower of Himeyuri
Ojima Island ©
Ojima Island

4
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Visiting Aka Beach and Kushibaru Beach will get you outdoors. Visit Shurijo Castle and Urasoe Castle Ruins for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Zamami-son (Hizushi Beach & Ama Beach). There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, examine the collection at Tsushimamaru Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naminoue-gu Shrine, and get engrossed in the history at Naha city Museum of History.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Naha trip itinerary planner.

Naha is very close to Nanjo. In November in Naha, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Naha

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Zamami-son, Tomigusuku, Itoman, Urasoe
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 26:
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Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum ©
Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum
Ama Beach ©
Ama Beach

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