29 days in Okinawa Prefecture Itinerary

29 days in Okinawa Prefecture Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Portland
Fly + Drive:  20 h 15 min
1
Zamami-son
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Nakijin-son
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Naha
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  4 h 30 min
4
Iriomote-jima
— 5 nights
Ferry:  1 h
5
Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h
6
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Portland

4
nights
Zamami-son

Zamami-son ©
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zamami-son: Kumejima-cho (Kumejima Nature Park Tonnahaenchi, Kumejima Hotaru Kan, &more). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Nishibama Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Amagusuku Observatory, get great views at Unajinosachi Observatory, and step off the mainland to explore Zamami Island.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Zamami-son trip planner.

Portland, USA to Zamami-son is an approximately 20.5- hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Portland to Zamami-son, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Zamami-son is much hotter than Portland - with highs of 70°F and lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nakijin-son.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kumejima-cho, Shimajiri-gun
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:
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Zamami Island ©
Zamami Island
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach
Ama Beach ©
Ama Beach

3
nights
Nakijin-son

Nakijin-son ©
Steeped in Ryukyuan history, Nakijin-son tourism centers around the ruins of an ancient stonewall castle.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nakijin-son: Noho Ohashi (in Iheya-son), Izena-son (Gitara Coast, Mt. Izena Forest Park, &more) and Busena Marine Park (in Nago). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, relax in the rural setting at Aiai Farm, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, and pause for some serene contemplation at Nago Catholic Church.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nakijin-son online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Zamami-son to Nakijin-son by car takes about 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Zamami-son in December since evenings lows in Nakijin-son dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Naha.

Things to do in Nakijin-son

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nago, Motobu-cho, Izena-son, Noho Ohashi
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park

5
nights
Naha

Naha ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Onna-son (Diamond Beach, Cape Manzamo, &more), Yomitan-son (Cape Zampa, Zakimi Castle Ruins, &more) and Nanjo (Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo, Sefa-Utaki, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, have some family-friendly fun at Ryuso Studio Chura Bijin, step into the grandiose world of Katsuren Castle Ruins, and pause for some photo ops at Okinawa Peace Memorial Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Naha trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Nakijin-son to Naha takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Nakijin-son in December, Naha is a bit warmer at night with lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Onna-son, Uruma, Yomitan-son, Nanjo, Itoman
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:
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Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

5
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Iriomote-jima is known for nature, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, let little ones run wild at Unarizaki Park, go for a walk through Ruins of Amitory Village, and admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima holiday planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Naha to Iriomote-jima takes 4.5 hours. December in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

6
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Kuro-shima (Iko Pier, Higashisuji, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Ishigaki using our trip planner.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about an hour. In December in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kuro-shima, Taketomi-cho
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

5
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Miyakojima is known for beaches, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, head outdoors with Toguchi no Hama, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and don't miss a visit to Toomidai.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima day trip planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2 hours. In December in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi
East Henna Cape ©
East Henna Cape

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