5 nights (Self-guided)
Naha, Ishigaki Island, Taketomi Island & Iriomote Island
From £695 pp
OKINAWA EXTENSION TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Only becoming a part of Japan in the 17th Century, the islands of Okinawa were once a group of fiercely independent kingdoms. With a culture, cuisine, and climate that is still very much its own, this itinerary allows you to experience this truly amazing tropical paradise.
The best time to visit Okinawa is in spring (i.e. March to early May) or autumn (i.e. late September to December). Summer is also a popular time to visit but it can be very busy and chances of typhoons are high.
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN OKINAWA
Fly from the Japanese mainland to the capital of Okinawa, Naha. Transfer to your hotel where you will stay for 2 nights.
DAY 2: OKINAWA MAIN ISLAND
Spend the day exploring the main island of Okinawa. Be sure to visit the magnificent Churaumi Aquarium, and marvel at the majesty of the marine life on exhibition there. The main island saw the brunt of the fighting in the final days of the Second World War, the Peace Memorial Museum and Cornerstone for Peace act as a sobering reminder of the destruction and loss of life. There are also castles that date back to before Japanese control of the islands. The most impressive of these is Shuri Castle.
DAY 3: MAIN ISLAND TO ISHIGAKI ISLAND
Fly from Naha to Ishigaki Island. Upon arrival, you may wish to luxuriate at one of the Island's beaches. The Island is also an excellent location for snorkelling, with fantastically coloured manta rays inhabiting the bay area. Check in to your hotel for 2 nights.
DAY 4: TAKETOMI ISLAND DAY TRIP
From Ishigaki, take a 15-minute boat ride to the island of Taketomi. Avail of a water buffalo tour, allowing you to take in the serenity of the island. Return to Ishigaki in the evening.
DAY 5: IRIOMOTE ISLAND DAY TRIP- RETURN TO THE MAIN ISLAND
Take a 40-minute ferry ride from Ishigaki to Iriomote Island. Return to Ishigaki in the afternoon for your return flight to the main island. As it's your last night in Okinawa, you may wish to visit the Mihama American Village, which offers a wide variety of restaurants for a final meal, as well as options for a spot of souvenir shopping. Check in to the same hotel on the main island for one night.
DAY 6: DEPART OKINAWA
Sadly, it's time to leave this tropical paradise! Transfer from your hotel to Naha airport. Fly to the Japanese mainland for your onward international connection home.
PRICING & INCLUSIONS
3* accommodation: from £695.00 per person based on twin/double room occupancy.
4* accommodation: from £895.00 per person based on twin/double room occupancy.
5* accommodation: from £1,255.00 per person based on twin/double room occupancy.
3* single room occupancy: from £895.00
4* single room occupancy: from £1,095.00
5* single room occupancy: from £2,275.00
5 nights’ hotel accommodation in a Double/Twin room in Naha and Ishigaki Island on a bed & breakfast basis
Airport transfers between Naha airport and your hotel by taxi
Detailed Japan Journeys Information Pack including detailed train schedules, maps, & brochures
Personalised Japan Journeys App to help manage your documents
All Japanese sales taxes and service charge
Full financial protection via Japan Journeys’ membership of the Travel Trust Association through which your monies are held in a Trust Account until you return home (under Membership No. U3078), see: http://www.traveltrust.co.uk
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
Domestic flight between Tokyo and Naha (mainland Okinawa). Approx. JPY10,800 or £75.00 (as of October 2018) per person
Domestic flight between Naha and Ishigaki Island. Approx. JPY10,800 or £75.00 (as of October 2018) per person
Ferry between Ishigaki Island and Taketomi Island (return ticket approx. JPY1,300 per person) £9.00 per person
Ferry between Ishigaki Island and Iriomote Island (return ticket approx. JPY3,000 per person) £22.00 per person
Meals not mentioned above
To make a booking, a deposit of 10% of the total price is required.
The balance of the price of the trip must be made 12 weeks prior to departure.
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