OKINAWA ISLAND ESCAPE

Enjoy a perfect beach holiday in Okinawa, where laid-back vibes, tropical beaches and crystal clear waters will wash away your worries.

TOUR INTRODUCTION

5 Days, 4 Nights     FROM JPY 43,086 PER PERS

This dreamy beach holiday takes you to the Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture of Japan, where you can choose to relax and refresh or explore the island’s lush landscapes. Ishigaki Island, the cultural center of Okinawa’s Yaeyama Island Chain, is famed for its dazzling turquoise waters that are ideal for diving, snorkeling and other ocean adventures.

Okinawa has had an eventful history including its rise as a thriving trading nation under the Ryūkyū Kingdom, annexation by Japan, and occupation by US forces. Today, it retains a unique culture, a laid-back island vibe, and the most beautiful beaches in Japan. Its white sands and lushly forested interior provide the perfect haven for a relaxing and stylish beach holiday.

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. This 5-day, self-guided Okinawa beach holiday leaves plenty of freedom and time to explore the islands at your pace. Whatever your desire, we’ll work with you to tailor your perfect escape and help you find your fantasy island vacation.

 

“Many people who come to Japan don’t realize that a tropical island paradise exists here. But you’ll see that Okinawa has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world!”

Tuck Sermkhun, Backyard Travel Japan Specialist

THE BACKYARD TRAVEL DIFFERENCE

Explore one of the world’s lesser-visited tropical island chains
Have Backyard Travel arrange a dive with Okinawa’s manta rays
Get expert advice on the best local places to try authentic Okinawan cuisine
Take an optional boat trip to Taketomi Island, home to a perfectly preserved Ryūkyū Village



Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

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

    Welcome to your Okinawa beach holiday!

    From Osaka or Tokyo, you’ll fly to the Yaeyama Islands in Okinawa Prefecture. Upon arrival at the quaint Ishigaki Airport, you’ll be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

    Okinawa is one of the most culturally diverse areas of Japan and has had an intriguing history. The island prefecture has existed as an independent country as well as under the occupying control of the US and China. Now firmly under the sovereignty of the Japanese emperor, the islands belong to Japan despite the remaining presence of the US military.

    Ishigaki, the cultural hub of the Yaeyama Islands, is renowned for its crystal clear waters and less-frequented white-sand beaches and forested interior. The spectacular island is also home to charming local character that you’ll come to appreciate during your laid-back Okinawa beach holiday.

    Overnight in Ishigaki

    No meals included on this day

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  • Day 2: Ishigaki

    After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, embark on a day of self-guided exploration.

    Suggested Self-Guided Itinerary
    Enjoy your first day in Ishigaki by soaking up the local culture and discovering what the Okinawan vibe is all about. You can easily explore Ishigaki City, the commercial center of the island, on foot. Wander through the lively shopping streets and taste some of the regional cuisine. A good dish to try is Yaeyama soba, the Ishigaki version of the popular noodle dish. On the other hand, you’ll definitely want to sample Ishigaki beef, which is comparable to the world-famous Kobe beef.

    If you’re feeling active in the afternoon, rent a car or scooter to explore the pristine beaches on the western side of the island.

    Overnight in Ishigaki

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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  • Day 3: Ishigaki

    Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and head out on another carefree, self-guided day.

    Suggested Self-Guided Itinerary
    Ishigaki’s seas are teaming with fascinating marine life, such as large schools of manta rays.

    Go on an unforgettable diving excursion among the Okinawa manta rays. Peak season occurs from June to October, and during this time sightings are almost guaranteed. At an additional cost, we can organize diving lessons and excursions with English-speaking staff for you.

    For those who’d rather snorkel, Ishigaki offers some of Japan’s best snorkeling sites.

    Overnight in Ishigaki

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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  • Day 4: Ishigaki

    Today is a self-guided day. To maximize the time of your Okinawa beach holiday, we recommend the following activities:

    Suggested Self-Guided Itinerary

    Today, take an ocean cruise to one of the smaller Yaeyama Islands nearby.

    You can reach Taketomi Island in only 10 minutes by boat. This tiny, beautiful island has a population of just 300 and is home to a perfectly preserved Ryūkyū Village. Iriomote Island just slightly further away is where you can find one of Japan’s last true wildernesses. The national park offers some great hikes.

    Alternatively, if you’d like to explore some other parts of Ishigaki Island, we can arrange for a hired car at an additional cost. Or, of course, you can simply enjoy the sound of the waves at the beaches near your hotel.

    Overnight in Ishigaki

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

    Horizon over coral reef and clear blue tropical water
  • Day 5: Ishigaki – Tokyo/Osaka

    On the final day of your Okinawa beach holiday, spend the day at your leisure until it’s time for your scheduled transfer to Ishigaki Airport to catch your departing flight to Tokyo or Osaka. Your transfer to the airport is included.

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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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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