Self Guided Adventure


Japan Island-Hopping

12 Nights: from US$3172 per person (twin share) Trip Code: JIHC

Fly over 1,500 miles from Tokyo to the Okinawa Islands, Japan's southernmost prefecture with its own distinctive culture. This is your chance to get away from it all – discover beautiful white beaches, swim in warm translucent waters, spot rare wildlife and trek through undisturbed jungle. Read more >

Our Island Hopping itinerary begins and ends in Tokyo, which should provide a striking contrast to the rest of your Japanese island adventure!

 Flying three and a half hours south of the capital, you will arrive on Ishigaki Island, in the Yaeyama island chain. With some of Japan's most beautiful beaches to relax on, a forested and mountainous interior to discover, and spectacularly diverse coral and marine life including huge Manta rays - Ishigaki is a world away from the distant capital city.

Just 20 minutes on a ferry will transport you back in time as you visit the tiny island of Taketomi, where the main form of transport is water buffalo-drawn cart. Traditional Ryukyu buildings with their distinctive red-tiled roofs have been preserved throughout the island. See if you can spot the lionesque shisa guardian statues protecting the houses from evil spirits: a ubiquitous sight across the Okinawa region.

The largest but least developed island in the Yaeyama chain is Iriomote, covered in wild jungle and mangrove forests. Kayaking up the rivers into the dense jungle and trekking to the top of waterfalls for views across this stunning national park are the perfect ways to appreciate this subtropical gem.

A night in Naha, the capital of Okinawa's main island, will bring you back to the modern world. Formerly the centre of the ancient Ryukyu Kingdom, Naha is now a city of 70 thousand people and has everything that comes with it - thronged markets, a proliferation of restaurants, an exuberant nightlife scene and a booming line in fabulously tacky souvenirs.

The Kerama Islands, the final stop on your island-hopping adventure, offer some of the best snorkelling in the world. You will be amazed by the sheer variety of marine life, the untouched coral and the incredible visibility - often exceeding 30 metres!

If you visit between January and April you may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of migrating Humpback Whales. With a cold glass of Okinawa's awamori in hand and a plate of fresh sashimi, you couldn't ask for a better end to your trip.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • 12 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast every day, one dinner and one lunch
  • All transport between destinations
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Eight-hour private guide service in Tokyo
  • Full day of kayaking and trekking on Iriomote Island
  • Manaca transport card with 2,500 yen credit for local transport in Tokyo
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Tours Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

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

What, where, when and how...

Japan Island-Hopping - 13 Days - Accommodation

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