40 days in Okinawa Prefecture Itinerary

40 days in Okinawa Prefecture Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 8 nights
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Hateruma-jima
— 1 night
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Iriomote-jima
— 5 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 5 nights
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Kumejima-cho
— 4 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
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Zamami-son
— 4 nights
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Naha
— 6 nights
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Ishigaki

— 8 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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, look for gifts at Pinion Direct Shop, enjoy the sea views from Oganzaki Lighthouse, and don't miss a visit to Cape Ongazaki.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki tour builder.

Nashville, USA to Ishigaki is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Nashville to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Nashville, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hateruma-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Hateruma-jima

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Cape Takanazaki, pause for some photo ops at Monument of The Southernmost Part of Japan, enjoy the sand and surf at Pemuchi Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Coral Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Hateruma Port, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nishihama Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hateruma-jima road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Ishigaki to Hateruma-jima with the Route module. In March, daily temperatures in Hateruma-jima can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Hateruma-jima

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Iriomote-jima

— 5 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Iriomote-jima is known for nature, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, identify plant and animal life at Nakama-river Protected Region, and head off the coast to Iriomote Island.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hateruma-jima to Iriomote-jima. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in March, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Miyakojima

— 5 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: head outdoors with Yonaha Maehama Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip itinerary planning site.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In April, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Kumejima-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Kumejima-cho

— 4 nights
The town of Kumejima-cho spans several islands, including the main island of the same name.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kumejima-cho: Tonaki-son (Agari Beach, Tonaki Island Historical Houses, &more). There's lots more to do: play a few rounds at Kumejima Seaside Park Golf Club, step off the mainland to explore Kumejima Island, identify plant and animal life at Shichugama, and stroll around Kumejima Nature Park Tonnahaenchi.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kumejima-cho road trip planner.

Fly from Miyakojima to Kumejima-cho in 4.5 hours. In April in Kumejima-cho, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Kumejima-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Motobu-cho

— 5 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Motobu-cho: Okuma Beach (in Kunigami-son), Nakijin-son (Kouri Beach, Kouri Ohashi, &more) and Ishiyama Viewing Platform (in Ogimi-son). There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, meet the residents at Okichan Theater, and take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Motobu-cho trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kumejima-cho to Motobu-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Zamami-son

— 4 nights
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Zamami-son is known for beaches, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Toma, enjoy breathtaking views from Kaminohama Observatory, head off the coast to Aka Island, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gahijima Sand Dune.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Zamami-son trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Motobu-cho to Zamami-son in 3 hours. In April in Zamami-son, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Naha

— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naha: American Village (in Chatan-cho), Yomitan-son (Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center & Zakimi Castle Ruins) and Onna-son (Cape Maeda, Blue Cave, &more). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naminoue-gu Shrine, go for a walk through Cape Chinen Park, and don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Naha itinerary builder.

Drive from Zamami-son to Naha in 1.5 hours. In April in Naha, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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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