30 days in Okinawa Prefecture Itinerary

30 days in Okinawa Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Okinawa Prefecture trip planner
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Naha
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kumejima-cho
— 3 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
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Hateruma-jima
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly to Naha Airport / JASDF Naha Air Base, Drive to Zamami-son
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Zamami-son
— 3 nights
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Nakijin-son
— 2 nights
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Naha — 5 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Umanchu Market and Umichurara. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tokashiku Beach and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Nanjo (Sefa-Utaki & Ojima Coast), Gushikawa Castle Ruins (in Itoman) and Sakima Art Museum (in Ginowan). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Hyakuna Beach, explore the world behind art at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, and take a stroll through Minatogawa Stateside Town.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Naha day trip site.

Seattle, USA to Naha is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Seattle to Naha, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Seattle in September, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Naha: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Kumejima-cho.
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Find places to stay Sep 2 — 7:

Kumejima-cho — 3 nights

The town of Kumejima-cho spans several islands, including the main island of the same name.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hatenohama and Ala Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Uegusukujo Castle Ruin and Kumejima Hotaru Kan. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at Bade Haus Kumejima, see the vivid underwater world at Shichugama, head off the coast to Kumejima Island, and stop by Akamine Pineapple Garden.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kumejima-cho visit planner.

Getting from Naha to Kumejima-cho by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or ride a ferry. In September in Kumejima-cho, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.
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Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:

Miyakojima — 4 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nagamahama Beach Coast and Yukishio Museum. Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Miyakojima City Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Atarasu Ichiba, delve into the distant past at Ninto zeiseki, kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach, and examine the collection at Sabaoki Park Observatory Facility.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Kumejima-cho to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. In September in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.
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Find places to stay Sep 10 — 14:

Iriomote-jima — 3 nights

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Explore hidden gems such as Haemida Beach and Iriomote Island. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Shirahama Port, get outside with Outdoor Activities, admire the sheer force of Mariudo Fall, and don't miss a visit to Heritiera Littoralis Tree of Nakama River.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In September in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 79°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hateruma-jima.
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Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:

Hateruma-jima — 2 nights

Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Haterumajima Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pemuchi Beach, then contemplate the long history of Court Mori, and finally stop by Naishiburaku Cooperative Shop.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hateruma-jima trip itinerary planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Iriomote-jima to Hateruma-jima. In September, daytime highs in Hateruma-jima are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.
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Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yonehara Beach and Nakamoto Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Island Countryside Settlement and Misaki Town. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Kuroshima Lighthouse (in Kuro-shima) and Kohama-jima (Hairumubushi Beach, Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, &more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, enjoy the sea views from Oganzaki Lighthouse, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, and stop by Yurateiku Market.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki journey site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hateruma-jima to Ishigaki. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in September, and nighttime lows around 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Zamami-son.
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Find places to stay Sep 19 — 25:

Zamami-son — 3 nights

The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Furuzamami Beach and Aka Beach. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Nishibama Beach, stop by Zamami Port Terminal Souvenir Shop, learn more about the world around you at Sango Yuntakukan Visitor Center, and get outside with Gahijima Sand Dune.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Zamami-son online travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ishigaki to Zamami-son. In September, daytime highs in Zamami-son are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nakijin-son.
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Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:

Nakijin-son — 2 nights

Steeped in Ryukyuan history, Nakijin-son tourism centers around the ruins of an ancient stonewall castle.
Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, then head outdoors with Akabaka Beach, then go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and finally snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nakijin-son trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Zamami-son to Nakijin-son in 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Nakijin-son can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

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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