28 days in Okinawa Prefecture Itinerary

28 days in Okinawa Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Okinawa Prefecture trip planner

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Naha
— 2 nights
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Nago
— 2 nights
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Taketomi-jima
— 2 nights
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Yonaguni-cho
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki
— 1 night
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Naha
— 1 night
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Zamami-son
— 1 night
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Naha
— 1 night
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Kumejima-cho
— 3 nights
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Naha
— 3 nights
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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 7th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, admire the natural beauty at Shikinaen Garden, then admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala, and finally contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki. On your second day here, walk around Sakiyama Park, don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market, make a trip to Kokusaidori, then make a trip to Yachimun Street, then learn more about the world around you at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, and finally get outside with Naminoue Beach.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Naha trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Naha is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Naha, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: high temperatures in Naha hover around 67°F and lows are around 59°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sat) before leaving for Nago.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Nago

— 2 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.
On the 9th (Sat), stroll around Busena Marine Park, get to know the resident critters at Neo Park Okinawa, then catch some excitement at Nago Pineapple Park, and finally find something for the whole family at Okinawa Fruits Land. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Shiokawa, contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and finally snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nago day trip planner.

Drive from Naha to Nago in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Naha in January, Nago is a bit cooler at night with lows of 53°F. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Nago

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Miyakojima is known for beaches, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, get outside with Sunayama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, and take in the views from Irabu Ohashi.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima travel route builder.

You can fly from Nago to Miyakojima in 5 hours. Traveling from Nago in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 61°F in Miyakojima. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

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.
On the 14th (Thu), examine the collection at MInsah Kogei Museum and then pause for some photo ops at Yoko Gushiken Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, then Head underground at Ibaruma Sabichi Cave, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally make a trip to 730 Crossing.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki route builder.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. January in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 62°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Ruins of Amitory Village, identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, then go deep underground at Utara Tanko, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Uehara.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Taketomi-jima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Taketomi-jima

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): go for a stroll along the water at Taketomi Port, stop by Taketomi Submarine Hot Spring, then take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kihoin Shushukan, and finally head off the coast to Hama Island. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Taketomi Island Kuramoto Remains, get outside with Kaiji Beach, head outdoors with Kondoi Beach, then make a trip to Nagomi Tower, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Taketomi-jima journey builder app.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Taketomi-jima takes 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Taketomi-jima can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yonaguni-cho.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Yonaguni-cho

— 2 nights
The tiny remote island of Yonaguni-cho has been attracting visitors since the 1980s, when local divers discovered its main attraction: a mysterious, supposedly man-made, underwater monolith.
Yonaguni-cho is known for museums, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Irizaki, contemplate the long history of Urano Tombs, take in panoramic vistas at Agarizaki Observatory, and identify plant and animal life at Rokujo Drop.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yonaguni-cho trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Taketomi-jima to Yonaguni-cho. In January, daily temperatures in Yonaguni-cho can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Yonaguni-cho

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Ishigaki

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village and then take a memorable drive along Nagurao Bridge.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip planner.

Drive from Yonaguni-cho to Ishigaki in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your trip

Naha

— 1 night

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naminoue-gu Shrine, make a trip to Shijo Hondori, and then make a trip to Shureimon Gate.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Naha trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Ishigaki to Naha by flight takes about 3.5 hours. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Naha

Shopping · Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the views from Aka Bridge, take in panoramic vistas at Amagusuku Observatory, then step off the mainland to explore Zamami Island, and finally head outdoors with Ama Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Zamami-son road trip app.

You can drive from Naha to Zamami-son in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Naha

— 1 night

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Naha road trip tool.

You can drive from Zamami-son to Naha in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kumejima-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Shopping

Kumejima-cho

— 3 nights
The town of Kumejima-cho spans several islands, including the main island of the same name.
Kumejima-cho is known for nature, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: play a few rounds at Kumejima Seaside Park Golf Club, delve into the distant past at Uegusukujo Castle Ruin, step off the mainland to explore Ojima Island, and get great views at Hiyajo Banta.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kumejima-cho trip maker tool.

You can fly from Naha to Kumejima-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. January in Kumejima-cho sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 59°F at night. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Kumejima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Naha

— 3 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Venture out of the city with trips to Itoman (Himeyuri Peace Museum, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, &more), American Village (in Chatan-cho) and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Nakagusuku-son). Enjoy Naha some more: head off the coast to Senagajima Island, stop by Tomarin, admire the natural beauty at Fukushu-en Garden, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ashibina Outlet Mall.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Naha trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Kumejima-cho to Naha in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Beaches · Aquariums
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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