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Japan Island-Hopping

12 Nights: from US$5926 per person (twin share) Trip Code: JIHS

With white sandy beaches, clear blue seas, dense jungle, rare wildlife and warm, laid-back inhabitants – this really is an island paradise. This itinerary gives you the chance to explore Okinawa's wealth of natural beauty and unique culture by hopping between the islands of “Japan's Hawaii” Read more >

Lying 1,600 km (994 mi) from Osaka and only 270 km (168 mi) from Taiwan, it is sometimes quite hard to believe that Okinawa is actually part of Japan!

The white, sandy beaches, teeming coral reef, inland jungle and forested mountains make this a beautiful destination and prove that Japan isn't all neon, skyscrapers and all-night karaoke booths.

Wherever you head in the Okinawa Islands you will find your surroundings rich in Ryukyuan culture, whose survival through both Japanese invasion and American occupation is testament to its strength and resilience.

Shuri Castle in Naha stands out as a symbol of this former kingdom, its distinctive Chinese-influenced architecture a legacy of Okinawa's past as an important trading nation.

The first stop on this itinerary will be Ishigaki Island, the gateway to the Yaeyama island chain - where world-class snorkelling and diving opportunities abound. From here, a short ferry will bring you to Taketomi for an exclusive stay in the red-tiled cottages of this island retreat.

The dense forests of Iriomote will be your next port of call, where a day of kayaking through mangroves and trekking to the top of the waterfalls will introduce you to the outstanding natural beauty of Japan's southernmost group of islands.

Before you return to Tokyo you'll make a final island stop on Tokashiki Island, part of the Kerama Island group. Tokashiki is the quintessential tropical paradise, known for its stunning beaches, warm waters and laid-back pace of life. If you visit between January and April you may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of migrating Humpback Whales!

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • 12 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast every day, two dinners and two lunches
  • All transport between destinations
  • Airport transfers by private car (including for domestic flights)
  • Full day of kayaking and trekking on Iriomote Island
  • Manaca transport card with 2,500 yen credit for city transport
  • Eight-hour private guide service in Tokyo including entrance fees and lunch
  • Your personalised InsideJapan 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 unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding

What, where, when and how...

Japan Island-Hopping - 13 Days - Accommodation

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