11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary planner

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Drive to Narita International Airport, Fly to Naha
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Naha
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokashiki-son
— 1 night
Drive
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Zamami-son
— 1 day
Drive
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Chatan-cho
Drive
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Yomitan-son
— 1 night
Drive
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Onna-son
— 1 night
Drive
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Nago
Drive
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Motobu-cho
Drive
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Nakijin-son
— 1 night
Drive
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Kunigami-son
Drive
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Uruma
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nanjo
— 1 night
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Drive to Naha Airport / JASDF Naha Air Base, Fly to Narita International Airport, Drive to Nasushiobara

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Naha

— 2 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, then make a trip to Yachimun Street, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Naminoue-gu Shrine.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Naha trip itinerary planning tool.

Nasushiobara to Naha is an approximately 8-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Nasushiobara in April, you will find days in Naha are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are warmer (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Tokashiki-son.

Things to do in Naha

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Tokashiki-son

— 1 night
To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokashiki-son trip planner.

Traveling by car from Naha to Tokashiki-son takes 2 hours. In May in Tokashiki-son, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Tokashiki-son

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Zamami-son

— 1 day
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Tokashiku Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Nishibama Beach, and then stroll through Furuzamami Beach.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Zamami-son online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Tokashiki-son to Zamami-son by car takes about 3.5 hours. In May in Zamami-son, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chatan-cho.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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.
To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Chatan-cho trip maker tool.

Getting from Zamami-son to Chatan-cho by car takes about 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Chatan-cho are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 4th (Mon), you're off to Yomitan-son.

Things to do in Chatan-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Yomitan-son

— 1 night
Yomitan-son, a village located on the western coast of central Okinawa Island, possesses cultural and natural attractions.
On the 5th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Zanpa Beach and then explore the historical opulence of Zakimi Castle Ruins.

Make your Yomitan-son itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Yomitan-son is very close to Chatan-cho. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yomitan-son

Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Cape Manzamo and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Onna-son attractions site.

Onna-son is just a stone's throw from Yomitan-son. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nago.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nago Catholic Church, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Busena Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nago holiday maker site.

You can drive from Onna-son to Nago in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In May in Nago, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Nago

Outdoors · Beaches · Tours · Parks

Motobu-cho

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.
You've now added Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium to your itinerary. On the 6th (Wed), observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, and then examine the collection at Oceanic Culture Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho route maker website.

Motobu-cho is just a short distance from Nago. In May, daily temperatures in Motobu-cho can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nakijin-son.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums

Nakijin-son

— 1 night
Steeped in Ryukyuan history, Nakijin-son tourism centers around the ruins of an ancient stonewall castle.
On the 7th (Thu), make a trip to Heart Rock, enjoy the sand and surf at Kouri Beach, and then make a trip to Nakijin Castle Ruins.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nakijin-son trip itinerary planner.

Nakijin-son is just a short distance from Motobu-cho. May in Nakijin-son sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kunigami-son.

Things to do in Nakijin-son

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Kunigami-son

Although the village of Kunigami-son spreads across a large area, it remains sparsely populated, with lots of wild land protected from development.
On the 7th (Thu), stroll through Gallirallus Okinawae Learning Center.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kunigami-son trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nakijin-son to Kunigami-son takes an hour. In May in Kunigami-son, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Uruma.

Things to do in Kunigami-son

Parks · Wildlife

Uruma

— 2 nights
On a vacation in Uruma, a city nestled on Okinawa's Pacific coast and encompassing eight islands, you can discover its many scenic natural trails, historic stone castles, and shrines of the indigenous Ryukyuan religion.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Bios no Oka, kick back and relax at Oodomari Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Hamahiga Island, and finally explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Uruma trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Kunigami-son to Uruma in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 9th (Sat), you're off to Nanjo.

Things to do in Uruma

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Nanjo

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala, steep yourself in history at The Tower of Himeyuri, appreciate the history behind Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, then pause for some photo ops at Okinawa Peace Memorial Hall, and finally see the interesting displays at Haebaru Town Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Miibaru Beach, kick back and relax at Ojima Coast, then contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, and finally get great views at Kudakajima Yohaijo.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nanjo trip planning app.

You can drive from Uruma to Nanjo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Nanjo can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nanjo

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.