23 days in Okinawa Prefecture Itinerary

23 days in Okinawa Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Okinawa Prefecture trip planner
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Chatan-cho
— 4 nights
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Naha
— 6 nights
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Okinawa City
— 5 nights
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Chatan-cho — 4 nights

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.
Appreciate the collections at Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum and Sakima Art Museum. Get some cultural insight at Nakagusuku Castle Ruins and Bokunen Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chatan-cho: Yomitan-son (Nirai Beach & Zanpa Beach) and Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Sunset Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Okinawa Naritasan Fukusen-ji Temple, and get outside with Yoshinoura Park Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chatan-cho attractions planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Chatan-cho is an approximately 80-hour car ride. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Chatan-cho, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In September in Chatan-cho, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Naha.
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Naha — 6 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'll explore and learn at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum and Himeyuri Peace Museum. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Aharen Beach and Bisezaki. Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Zamami-son (Aka Beach, Ibinume Shrine, &more), Itoman (Okinawa Peace Memorial Park & The Tower of Himeyuri) and Tokashiki-son (Tokashiki-jima Island & Tokashiku Beach). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Toyosaki Kaihin Koen, examine the collection at Tsushimamaru Museum, and steep yourself in history at Tamaudun.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Naha trip planner.

Drive from Chatan-cho to Naha in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Naha, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Okinawa City.
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Find places to stay Sep 6 — 12:

Okinawa City — 5 nights

Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Appreciate the collections at Katsuren Castle Ruins and Arcade. Relax by the water at Sun Marina Beach and Ikei Island Beach Camping Ground. Explore Okinawa City's surroundings by going to Busena Beach (in Nago), Uruma (Heshikiya Sugar Mill Ruins, Kafu Banta, &more) and Manza Beach (in Onna-son). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Oodomari Beach, kick back and relax at Minna Beach, step off the mainland to explore Minnajima Island, and step into the grandiose world of Zakimi Castle Ruins.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Okinawa City day trip site.

Traveling by car from Naha to Okinawa City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.
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Ishigaki — 6 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ishigaki Yaima Village and Kuroshima Research Institute. Get out of town with these interesting Ishigaki side-trips: Kuro-shima (Miyazato Beach, Nakamoto Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sukuji Beach, head outdoors with Sunset Beach, take in the pleasant sights at Oganzaki Lighthouse, and visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki road trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Okinawa City to Ishigaki. In September in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. On the 23rd (Wed), you're off to home.
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Find places to stay Sep 17 — 23:

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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