26 days in Okinawa Prefecture & Yaeyama-gun Itinerary

26 days in Okinawa Prefecture & Yaeyama-gun Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Taketomi-jima
— 4 nights
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Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Nago
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Nago
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chatan-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Onna-son
— 3 nights
Drive
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Okinawa City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nanjo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Naha
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki — 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ishigaki Yaima Village and Cape Hirakubozaki. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yonehara Beach and Satake Yaeyama Palm Trees Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, look for gifts at Pinion Direct Shop, examine the collection at Awamori Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Nei Museum of Art.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki driving holiday planning tool.

Kamakura to Ishigaki is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. While traveling from Kamakura, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Taketomi-jima.
Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 5:

Taketomi-jima — 4 nights

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 Shinzatomura Historic Ruins. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kondoi Beach and Beach Nunushu. There's still lots to do: stroll through Kaiji Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of East Paisaji Ogoku, examine the collection at Taketomi Yugafu-kan, and stop by Tedun Kariyushi Hall.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Taketomi-jima itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Taketomi-jima takes an hour. In November, daytime highs in Taketomi-jima are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nago.
Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 9:

Nago — 3 nights

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Bisezaki will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nakijin Castle Ruins and Sedake Lighthouse Observation Deck. Explore Nago's surroundings by going to Akabaka Beach (in Nakijin-son) and Motobu-cho (Oceanic Culture Museum & Anchihama). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Busena Beach, browse the different shops at Aeon Nago Shopping Center, sample the fine beverages at Helios Distillery, and explore the activities along Nago Bay.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Nago using our trip planner.

Getting from Taketomi-jima to Nago by combination of ferry, flight, and bus takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Taketomi-jima in November, Nago is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chatan-cho.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:

Chatan-cho — 1 night

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): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunabe No.1, explore the activities along 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.
Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites
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Find places to stay Nov 12 — 13:

Onna-son — 3 nights

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 Ruins of Iha Castle for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parasailing & Paragliding and Onna Station Nakayukui Market. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Ginoza Museum (in Ginoza-son) and Amamichu Tomb (in Uruma). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Sun Marina Beach, explore the gorgeous colors at Manza Dream Hole, kick back and relax at Diamond Beach, and examine the collection at Onnason Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Onna-son, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Chatan-cho to Onna-son takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Onna-son sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Okinawa City.
Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:

Okinawa City — 3 nights

Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. On the 16th (Mon), explore the galleries of 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.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Beaches
Side Trips
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:

Nanjo — 3 nights

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 Ojima Coast. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangui, and explore the historical opulence of Chinen Castle Ruins.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nanjo trip planning tool.

Getting from Okinawa City to Nanjo by car takes about an hour. November in Nanjo sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Naha.
Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Beaches
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Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:

Naha — 4 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.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Kushibaru Beach will get you outdoors. Visit Shurijo Castle and Izumo Taisha Okinawa Bunsha Shrine for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Zamami-son (Aka Beach, Hizushi Beach, &more). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Tsushimamaru Museum, browse the different shops at Ashibina Outlet Mall, and get engrossed in the history at Naha city Museum of History.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Naha day trip app.

Naha is very close to Nanjo. In November, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 26:

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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Yaeyama-gun travel guide

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