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Ishigaki Beach Extension

6 Nights: from US$3388 per person (twin share) Trip Code: IBES

The islands of Okinawa are just a few hours by plane from mainland Japan, and yet it's a world apart. Let us introduce you to the jewel in Okinawa's crown, the southern island of Ishigaki - closer to Taiwan than Tokyo! Read more >

 This 6 night extension is the perfect antidote to a busy sightseeing trip in Japan's main islands. After exploring all those temples, castles and landscape gardens, why not end your trip in style with time to simply unwind on Ishigaki Island at the far southern tip of the Japanese archipelago.

Flying south from Osaka you'll be lounging by your resort swimming pool by lunchtime, cocktail in hand gazing at the ocean. The resort has several restaurants, a café and bar, two pools and a spa, so you'd be forgiven for not venturing any further afield during your time here!

However if you do fancy venturing out, we've included a rental car so you can explore. Kabira Bay is widely regarded as the island's most scenic spot with turquoise water all year round, white sand and jungle covered islets. Ishigaki's interior is covered in tropical rainforest divided by mangrove rivers and dotted with caves.

There are island hopping opportunities too; just 20 minutes by boat is tiny Taketomi, home to water buffalo taxis and Kondoi Beach - a spectacular stretch of unspoilt sand. Iriomote, meanwhile, is altogether a wilder beast, ripe for adventure - try kayaking through the jungle, canyoning and hiking up waterfalls.

What many people find surprising about these little islands is the strong and distinctive culture that they all share. Reflecting a motley assortment of influences from Taiwan, China and America, everything about Okinawan culture is entirely distinct from that of mainland Japan - from its eclectic cuisine and indigenous languages to its traditional sanshin music and eisa dance. This cultural richness, coupled with glorious weather, warm seas and stunning beaches, make the Okinawa Islands one of Asia's best-kept secrets.

Pricing

Please note that this is just a guideline price. Okinawan beach hotel prices fluctuate widely throughout the year with July & August being the most expensive time to travel. Please ask your travel consultant for an exact quote.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast every day
  • All transport between destinations
  • Domestic flights to and from Ishigaki Island
  • 5 days' car rental on Ishigaki Island
  • Airport transfer on departure from Tokyo
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Tours Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Local transport (buses, subways, taxis) at all destinations unless otherwise specified
  • Any entrance fees including those for shrines, temples and museums
  • Transport to the first hotel in Osaka
  • Baggage handling - you will be expected to carry your own bags for the duration of the trip

Trip Highlights

  • Kick back and relax by the pool on Ishigaki Island
  • Island hop to neighbouring Taketoki and Iriomote
  • Soak up island life in the Ryukyu kingdom
  • Explore Ishigaki by rental car - stunning Kabira Bay and the mangrove jungles
  • Take an optional diving or snorkelling trip to see the manta rays

For more information email us: [email protected] or call: 303 952 0379

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