20 days in Okinawa Prefecture Itinerary

20 days in Okinawa Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Okinawa Prefecture trip maker

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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nago
— 2 nights
Drive
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Motobu-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Okinawa City
— 1 night
Drive
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Yomitan-son
— 1 night
Drive
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Nanjo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Naha
— 6 nights
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Ishigaki

— 4 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Island Countryside Settlement and Kannonzaki Lighthouse. Get a sense of the local culture at Nei Museum of Art and Gongen-do Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ishigaki: Nakama-river Protected Region (in Iriomote-jima) and Kuro-shima (Iko Pier, Nakamoto Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torinji Temple, stop by Yurateiku Market, and kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki route builder tool.

Tokyo to Ishigaki is an approximately 5-hour flight. Traveling from Tokyo in November, expect nights in Ishigaki to be much warmer, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nago.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 5:

Nago

— 2 nights
Developed as an upper-middle class tourist town in the northern part of Okinawa Island, Nago offers a wide range of leisure activities from swimming to exploration of ruins and rainforests.
On the 6th (Fri), visit a coastal fixture at Sedake Lighthouse Observation Deck, get outside with Sea Glass Beach, then kick back and relax at Kanna Beach, then contemplate the long history of Kinkannon-ji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at International Oceanographic Data Center. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Nago Museum, get outside with Nago citizen Beach, head outdoors with Kise Beach, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Helios Distillery, then stop by Farmer's Market Haisai! Yanbaru Market, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Miyazato Christ Church.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nago trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Nago takes 5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in November, expect little chillier with lows of 20°C in Nago. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Nago

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 8:

Motobu-cho

— 1 night
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
On the 8th (Sun), take a tour by water with Umiyukui, then enjoy the sand and surf at Akabaka Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho trip builder app.

Motobu-cho is just a short distance from Nago. In November, daily temperatures in Motobu-cho can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 9:
Highlights from your trip

Okinawa City

— 1 night
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): kick back and relax at Sunset Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, explore the historical opulence of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Awase Shrine, and finally stop by Chanpuru Market.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Okinawa City road trip website.

Drive from Motobu-cho to Okinawa City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yomitan-son.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Shopping · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 10:

Yomitan-son

— 1 night
Yomitan-son, a village located on the western coast of central Okinawa Island, possesses cultural and natural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get outside with Toguchi Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Yomitanzanyaki Kitagama, and finally step into the grandiose world of Zakimi Castle Ruins.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Yomitan-son route maker website.

Yomitan-son is just a stone's throw from Okinawa City. In November, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nanjo.

Things to do in Yomitan-son

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 11:

Nanjo

— 3 nights
With a long Pacific coastline, Nanjo offers fantastic views of the ocean from high cliffs covered with lush greenery, as well as from its long sandy beaches.
Head to Ojima Imaiyu Market and Agarihama Marketfor some retail therapy. Visit Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and The Itokazu castle ruin for their historical value. Take a break from Nanjo with a short trip to The Tower of Himeyuri in Itoman, about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Sangui, steep yourself in history at Tamagusuku Castle Ruin, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clara Church, and explore the historical opulence of Chinen Castle Ruins.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nanjo trip planner.

You can drive from Yomitan-son to Nanjo in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Yomitan-son in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nanjo, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Naha.

Things to do in Nanjo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 14:

Naha

— 6 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Visit Shurijo Castle and Tsuboya Yamuchin Dori for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum and Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters. Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Itoman (Himeyuri Peace Museum & Gushikawa Castle Ruins). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, contemplate the long history of Sonohyan Utaki Stone Gate, browse the different shops at Ashibina Outlet Mall, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kume Shiseibyo.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Naha day trip planner.

Naha is just a stone's throw from Nanjo. In November, daily temperatures in Naha can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 20:

Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Beaches · Aquariums
Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. The Okinawa Prefecture encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.Although Okinawa comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all U.S. military installations stationed in Japan are assigned in Okinawa. Currently about 26,000 of the U.S. troops deployed in Japan are based in the prefecture.

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Aquariums · Beaches · Geologic Formations

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Landmarks · Beaches · Castles