Japan’s southernmost prefecture, the Okinawa archipelago forms a huge arc stretching from southern Kyushu, almost as far as Taiwan. With a balmy climate and some of the whitest sands in the world, you can spend time relaxing after a busy trip exploring the rest of the country.
The main island of Okinawa-honto was once the heart of the Ryukyu Kingdom, and its remaining castles have now been made UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From Okinawa you can spend the day on Zamami, an island with less than 200 residents.
Further south, the smaller island of Ishigaki is a good base for exploring with a network of local ferries between islands — and direct flights from Tokyo. We visit the region regularly and will plan your ideal trip across the archipelago to your personal tastes and interests.
Places to visit in Okinawa
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Okinawa, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested Okinawa itinerary
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Okinawa, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.