OKINAWA ISLAND ESCAPE

This dreamy trip takes you to the Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture of Japan, where you can choose to rest and relax or explore the island’s lush landscapes.

TOUR INTRODUCTION

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This stunning beach break takes you to Ishigaki Island in Okinawa Prefecture, the cultural center of the Yaeyama Islands, home to Japan’s most southwestern islands.

The islands have lived a fascinating history under control of various powers but now exist as Japan’s most beautiful and idyllic island escape and will provide you with a haven for rest and relaxation in which to do as little or much as you choose.

Especially perfect during the summer months (from April to October), you can spend your days sun worshipping on the sandy beaches or set-off on optional land- or water-based adventures to explore the spectacular coral reefs that surround the land, or the lush greenery that blankets the paradise island.

Whatever your desire, we will work together with you to tailor your perfect escape, and help you find your fantasy island vacation.

 

Each of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and our destination based teams will start planning a unique and personalized trip.

The Backyard Travel Team,

THE BACKYARD TRAVEL DIFFERENCE

Seize the chance to explore one of the world’s lesser visited island chains
Rest and relax on an island paradise, doing as little or much as you please
Let Backyard Travel arrange the chance for you to sample authentic Okinawan cuisine at a place only locals know about



Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

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  • Day 1: Tokyo/Osaka – Ishigaki (Okinawa)

    Irashaimase and welcome to Japan!Depending on your point of origin you will either arrive in Okinawa by flight from Osaka, Kyoto or Tokyo to the quaint Ishigaki Airport on the Yaeyama Islands. This chain of islands is renowned for its crystal clear waters and less-frequented white sand beaches.

    Okinawa is one of the most culturally mixed areas of Japan and has had an intriguing history. The island prefecture has experienced existence as an independent country as well as temporary control by the USA and China at various points of history. Now firmly under the sovereignty of the Japanese Emperor, the islands unquestionably belong to Japan despite a remaining presence by US military.

    The spectacular island chain has long been the source of desire for many reasons; in particular the remarkable beaches the islands offer as well as a charming local character that you will come to appreciate during your stay in the laid-back prefecture. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred directly to your hotel.

    Overnight in Ishigaki

    Meals included on this day: None

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  • Day 2: Ishigaki

    Enjoy this first day in Ishigaki to soak up the local culture, and experience what the Okinawan vibe is all about. Ishigaki City is the commercial center of the island and can easily be explored on foot. Make your way through the local shopping streets, and try some of the local specialties, such as Yaeyama soba, the Ishigaki variety of the popular noodles dish, or Ishigaki beef, known to be very tender and on level to compete with the famous Kobe beef.

    In the afternoon, you can rent a car or scooter, and explore the beautiful beaches on the west of the island.

    Overnight in Ishigaki

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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  • Day 3: Ishigaki

    Today is a self-guided day. We recommend the following activities:

    Ishigaki is famous for its beaches but also for its seas, and the large schools of manta rays that cover the area.

    Ishigaki has many diving possibilities, and diving excursions to the manta rays can be organized, especially during the peak season of June to October, where manta sightings can almost be guaranteed. We can arrange diving lessons and excursions with English speaking staff(at an additional cost)..

    For the less adventurous, Ishigaki also offers some of Japan’s best snorkeling spots.

    Overnight in Ishigaki

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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  • Day 4: Ishigaki

    Today is a self-guided day. We recommend the following activities:

    Today you can take a boat trip to one of the smaller Yaeyama Islands.

    Taketomi Island, only 10 minutes by boat, has a population of just 300 and boasts a perfectly preserved Ryūkyū Village. Slightly further away, Iriomote island is one of Japan’s last true wildernesses, with great hiking in the national park.

    We can also arrange for a hire car should you want to explore some of the other parts of the island-(at an additional cost), or of course you can just enjoy the beaches near your hotel.

    Overnight in Ishigaki

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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  • Day 5: Ishigaki – Tokyo/Osaka

    Time to head back to the city, your transfer to the airport is included.

    If you would like to combine this Backyard Travel tour with any other tailored tour to Japan, please inform our Japan-based Travel Specialists for more details.

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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All of our Tours can be Tailored, Just Ask!

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Tour Details

All of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!

Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room in luxury accommodation. Each tour price and can be adjusted depending on budget, activities included and standard of accommodation desired.

Tour and airfare prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.

You, your holiday and booking direct: Backyard Travel are on the ground year-round in Asia, which means you are booking direct with a local travel company, allowing you to save on the cost of your holiday. Our tailor-made tours are designed by local Travel Specialists who investigate every aspect of the trip themselves, giving you a unique view of each destination.

icon Included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

icon Not included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Domestic and international flights
Departure taxes if applicable
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)

Why Backyard Travel?


Our experienced travel specialists possess years of local insider knowledge, because they live here.

We have offices in all of our destinations in asia, fully staffed and open all year-round.

With backyard travel you are booking direct, allowing you to save and benefit local residents.

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