Why not visit Okinawa as an extension of your Japan trip? This self-guided tour allows you to experience the attractions of the main island of Okinawa as well as the smaller and scenic Kerama Islands.
As a separate kingdom for centuries, this group of islands off the southern tip of mainland Japan developed a unique collection of handicrafts, architecture and cuisine, heavily influenced by both China and Japan. Okinawa retains a distinct atmosphere and culture to this day: the pace of life is more relaxed than on mainland Japan, the atmosphere more that of a tropical resort.
Our tour suggestion is a “two-centre” itinerary, staying first in Naha, the main town of Okinawa island for easy access to nearby Zamami Island by ferry. Then stay at Motobu, a beach area, for total relaxation.

  • Visit Naha, Okinawa’s capital city, where you can visit Shuri Castle and Kokusai Dori
  • Take a ferry to Zamami Island, one of the Kerama Islands, which is perfect for diving and snorkelling
  • Travel to Cape Manza, with its emerald sea full of coral fringed by beautiful coastland
  • See Okinawa’s Churaumi Aquarium, which is one of the largest aquariums in the world and part of the large Ocean Expo Park

 

Departures:

Any day January – December 2015, subject to availability

 

Tour ref: OKI2

Day 1 : Arrive Okinawa

Arrive at Naha Airport from other domestic airports in Japan.
Transfer from Naha airport by taxi to your hotel by yourself. Stay two nights at the Kariyushi Urban Resort Naha. Have the rest of the day at your own leisure.

Day 2 : Naha - Zamami Island - Naha

Travel from your hotel to Tomari Port (5 minutes on foot). Using the high-speed boat (50 minutes), travel to Zamami, one of the Kerama Islands. Have a guided tour of the island, visiting many of its attractions such as its two star Michelin beach Furuzamami. (Why not try whale watching or snorkelling around the Zamami Islands?)
Travel back in the evening by speedboat. Have the evening at your own leisure.

Day 3 : Naha – Cape Manza – Motobu

Travel from Naha to Motobu by taxi, stopping at Manza Bay to marvel at its clear turquoise sea, wide and beach and underwater coral. Arrive at Motobu and stay at the Hotel Orion Motobu and Spa for two nights. Have the rest of the day free at leisure.

Day 4 : Motobu

Travel to the Churaumi aquarium in the morning, which is a short 10 minute walk from your hotel.
In the afternoon, have the day at leisure. Relax on a nearby beach such as Emerald Beach or explore the local islands such as Kouri Island, a picturesque island of the coast of Motobu peninsula. Sesoko Island is another choice with its beach of white sand.

Day 5 : Motobu – Naha

Return to Naha by taxi, stopping off at Murasaki no Mura if desired.
Travel to the airport and depart for mainland Japan.

£ 975

per person sharing twin room

 

 

Total package price is a “from” price, and is subject to availability of accommodation on the requested dates of travel. Alternatives or upgrades are available.

Included

  • 4 nights’ accommodation in Okinawa at the hotels indicated
  • 4 breakfasts
  • Admission tickets for the Churaumi aquarium in the Ocean Expo Park
  • Return speedboat ticket to Zamami Island from Tomari port in Naha, Okinawa
  • Guided tour on Zamami Island with transportation on the island
  • Return domestic flights (Economy class) from selected airports in Japan. Taxes and surcharges included

Not included

  • Any sightseeing, excursions, guiding or entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any meals and beverages not shown in the above itinerary
  • Incidental costs such as personal laundry, drinks, snacks
  • Passport and other visa document fees (UK citizens do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days in Japan)
  • Any excess baggage (over 23kg on Economy flights)