17 days in Okinawa Prefecture Itinerary

17 days in Okinawa Prefecture Itinerary

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Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Chatan-cho
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Chatan-cho
— 1 day
Drive
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Kadena-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Yomitan-son
— 1 night
Drive
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Onna-son
— 1 night
Drive
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Nago
— 1 night
Drive
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Motobu-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Zamami-son
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokashiki-son
— 1 night
Drive
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Naha
— 2 nights
Fly to Kume Jima, Taxi to Kumejima-cho
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Kumejima-cho
— 1 night
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Taxi to Kume Jima, Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Taketomi-jima
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Taketomi-jima
— 1 night
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 1 night
Unknown
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Hateruma-jima
— 1 night
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Chatan-cho — 1 day

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sunset Beach. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Beach, stop by Kaboten no Mise Nakasone, then step into the grandiose world of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, then examine the collection at Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum, and finally make a trip to American Village.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Chatan-cho trip planner.

Tokyo to Chatan-cho is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: high temperatures in Chatan-cho hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kadena-cho.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Kadena-cho — 1 night

Your day by day itinerary now includes Aloha Divers Okinawa as well as Scuba & Snorkeling. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): get active on the water at Aloha Divers Okinawa and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kadena-cho vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Kadena-cho is just a short distance from Chatan-cho. December in Kadena-cho sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Yomitan-son.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
Highlights from your trip

Yomitan-son — 1 night

Yomitan-son, a village located on the western coast of central Okinawa Island, possesses cultural and natural attractions.
You've now added Cape Zampa to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Zakimi Castle Ruins, then stroll through Cape Zampa, then stop by Yachimun no Sato, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yomitan-son online trip itinerary planner.

Yomitan-son is just a short distance from Kadena-cho. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Onna-son.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

Onna-son — 1 night

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Onna Station Nakayukui Market, Scuba & Snorkeling and Cape Manzamo. On the 28th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kamimuyra Brewery, then look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and finally make a trip to Cape Maeda.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Onna-son trip site.

Onna-son is very close to Yomitan-son. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nago.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Nago — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Michi-no-Eki Kyoda Yambaru Local Products Center, Busena Marine Park and Nago Pineapple Park. On the 29th (Tue), get answers to all your questions at Michi-no-Eki Kyoda Yambaru Local Products Center, walk around Busena Marine Park, then ponder the world of politics at Nago City Hall, then snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi, and finally catch some excitement at Nago Pineapple Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nago driving holiday website.

You can drive from Onna-son to Nago in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Nago, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Motobu-cho.
Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Shopping · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Motobu-cho — 1 night

Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Okichan Theater, Emerald Beach and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): kick back and relax at Emerald Beach, admire the natural beauty at Tropical Dream Center, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, then meet the residents at Okichan Theater, then walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and finally make a trip to Nakijin Castle Ruins.

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Motobu-cho is just a stone's throw from Nago. In December, daytime highs in Motobu-cho are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Zamami-son.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Beaches
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

Zamami-son — 1 night

The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Zamamijima Island as well as Furuzamami Beach. Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Zamamijima Island, enjoy breathtaking views from Takatsukiyama Observatory Deck, tour the pleasant surroundings at Toma, then stroll through Furuzamami Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nishibama Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Zamami-son trip planner.

Traveling by car from Motobu-cho to Zamami-son takes 3 hours. Traveling from Motobu-cho in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Zamami-son. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tokashiki-son.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

Tokashiki-son — 1 night

Aharen Beach has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Tokashiki-jima Island and then kick back and relax at Aharen Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokashiki-son online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Zamami-son to Tokashiki-son by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Naha.
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

Naha — 2 nights

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.
You've added Honu Honu Divers, Scuba & Snorkeling, Valley of Gangala, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Sat), see some colorful creatures with Honu Honu Divers, then step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): appreciate the views at Valley of Gangala, head off the coast to Senagajima Island, get to know the fascinating history of Naminoue-gu Shrine, stroll through Naminoue Beach, then don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori, and finally don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Naha trip maker.

Getting from Tokashiki-son to Naha by car takes about 2 hours. In January in Naha, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Kumejima-cho.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Kumejima-cho — 1 night

The town of Kumejima-cho spans several islands, including the main island of the same name.
Hatenohama has been added to your itinerary. On the 4th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Kumejima Island, play a few rounds at Kumejima Seaside Park Golf Club, then stroll through Hatenohama, and finally wander the wide-open spaces of Kumejima Uma Bokujo.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kumejima-cho trip itinerary maker app.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Naha to Kumejima-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Taketomi-jima.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Golf
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
Highlights from your trip

Taketomi-jima — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kaiji Beach as well as Kondoi Beach. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): visit Taketomi Submarine Hot Spring, go for a stroll along the water at Taketomi Port, make a trip to Nagomi Tower, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, then kick back and relax at Kaiji Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kondoi Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Taketomi-jima trip itinerary planning site.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry from Kumejima-cho to Taketomi-jima in 6.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Taketomi-jima are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

Iriomote-jima — 1 night

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Your day by day itinerary now includes IRIOMOTE ADVENTURE PiPi as well as Iriomote Island. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at IRIOMOTE ADVENTURE PiPi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Amitori Asaba, stroll through Funauki Village, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, then get a new perspective on things with Urauchigawa Kankou - One day tour, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls.

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Traveling by ferry from Taketomi-jima to Iriomote-jima takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.
Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

Ishigaki — 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, Marine House Yamangu, Tamatorizaki Observatory, and other attractions you added. On the 7th (Thu), see the interesting displays at MInsah Kogei Museum, stroll around Banna Park, walk around Kabira Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kabira Kannon-do, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and finally look for gifts at Southpoint . On your second day here, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, then Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and finally visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary builder app.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Miyakojima.
Adventure · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Miyakojima — 1 night

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Sunayama Beach has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Toomidai, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunayama Beach, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and finally see some colorful creatures with Miyakojima Diving Shop Guide-Ya-San.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Miyakojima vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. January in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hateruma-jima.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

Hateruma-jima — 1 night

You've now added Nishihama Beach to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Monument of The Southernmost Part of Japan and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nishihama Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hateruma-jima trip maker tool.

Explore your travel options from Miyakojima to Hateruma-jima with the Route module. In January, daily temperatures in Hateruma-jima can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:

Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

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Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. The Okinawa Prefecture encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.Although Okinawa comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all U.S. military installations stationed in Japan are assigned in Okinawa. Currently about 26,000 of the U.S. troops deployed in Japan are based in the prefecture.

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