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.


8 Days 7 Nights     From US$2390 per Person

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,


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: 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.

  • Day 2: Ishigaki

    The itinerary for your days in Ishigaki are as laid-back as the island itself, allowing you the chance to absorb the pace of Okinawa and find out exactly why the locals here tend to live long, fruitful lives.

    With picture-perfect sandy beaches to explore and lush wilderness to investigate, you can do as much or little as you please. Ishigaki boasts some of East Asia’s most stunning corals and snorkeling sites ideal for any level of swimmer, including a rare blue coral reef. If you’re inclined to simply relax and unwind, the island’s bevy of decadent restaurants and sublime eateries can quench any desire.

    If you’re feeling adventurous, you could also hire a car to explore the island*, or take a boat trip* to one of the smaller surrounding islets such as the Yaeyama Islands or Taketomi Island which is a perfectly preserved Ryukyu village with a population of approximately 300 people and is only a ten-minute boat journey away.

    Iriomote Island is also within reach and offers the chance to hike around one of Japan’s last true wilderness. Or take the time to ask the locals about karate and Okinawa’s role in the birth of the ancient martial art, from its beginnings as a simple dance to a crucial form of self-defense.* Not included in tour price but we can arrange these extra services for you. Please consult your Travel Specialist for more information.

All of our Tours can be Tailored, Just Ask!

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.

 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

 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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With in-country travel specialists based all over the continent, our advantage lies in having local expertise to create unique bespoke tours. Whether you're looking to cruise down Asia's tranquil rivers, bike the peaceful rural roads, or eat at bustling night markets, Backyard Travel can plan your ideal trip based on your personal preferences. Send us a message about your ideas, and we'll get back to you promptly with suggestions for the path you choose.

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