Welcome to Okinawa & the Southwest Islands

Since WWII, Okinawa-hontō, the region's biggest island, has been home to several key US military installations in the Pacific and a sometimes uneasy meeting of East and West. Okinawa's bustling capital Naha and the sprawling resorts further north draw steady streams of shopping, sun-seeking and honeymooning tourists from neighbouring Asian nations.

But seekers of nature and isolation will love the diversity and beauty of the smaller islands, from Yakushima's primeval forests and craggy peaks to the turquoise waters and soft sands of the Amami, Kerama and Miyako groups, and the spectacular coral, dense jungles and mangroves of the Yaeyamas, furthest south.

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$14.43 Transfers & Ground Transport

Naha Airport to Hotels Private Arrival Transfer

Travel from Naha Airport to your hotel with this private transfer service. When making a booking, you will need to advise your arrival details and your hotel details. Your transfer will be confirmed within 48 hours and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver.Price is per person, based on eight adults per vehicle.At time of booking, YOU MUST include the following flight and drop-off details in the 'Special Requirements' box: Arrival Airline Arrival Flight Number Arrival Time Name, Address, and Phone Number of Your Hotel Total Number of Luggage Naha hotel Zones A to H Zone A Hotels:Southern Beach Hotel & ResortMoon Ocean Ginowan Hotel & Resort Laguna Garden HotelZone B Hotels: Hyakuna Garan OkinawaThe Beach Tower OkinawaCamPana Vessel Hotel Em Wellness Resort Costa Vista Hotel & SpaHilton Okinawa Chatan ResortHotel Okinawa Grand Mer ResortZone C Hotels:Hotel Nikko AlivilaOkinawa Zanpamisaki Royal Hotel Renaissance Resort OkinawaCOC Garden Resort Okinawa The Uza Terrace Beach Club VillasZone D Hotels: Hotel Moon BeachHotel Monterey Okinawa Spa & ResortKafuu Resort Fuchaku Condo HotelSun Marina HotelRizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-BayZone E Hotels:InterContinental ANA Manza Beach ResortOriental Hills OkinawaThe ATTA Terrace Club Towers Zone F Hotels:Okinawa Beach Resort Ocean Spa Kariyushi Spa Resort ExesOkinawa Marriott Resort & SpaThe Busena TerraceThe Ritz-Carlton, OkinawaKise Beach Palace LiVEMAX AMMS Canna Resort VillaBest Western Okinawa Kouki BeachThe Terrace Club at BusenaZone G Hotels:Kanucha Bay Hotel & VillasChisun Resort Okinawa ChuraumiMahaina Wellness Resort OkinawaHotel Orion Motobu Resort & SpaMARINE PIAZZA OKINAWA Marine Piazza Okinawa Hotel Resonex NagoZone H Hotels:JAL Private Resort Okuma

$15.38 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

General Admission to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Visit: Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa Prefecture  • Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium was the first aquarium in the world to succeed in raising and breeding manta alfredi, one of the largest species of ray. • Get an up close look at the magical whale shark, the largest fish in the sea • Whale sharks as long as 8.7m, manta rays and a wide variety of fish swim in the gigantic tank • Enjoy an interactive and educational tour and hold sea cucumbers and star fish • Observe manatee, sea turtles and dolphins in the Ocean Expo Park just next to the aquarium • See the world's first successfully bred in captivity manta ray, a giant of the ocean

$34.79 Day Trips & Excursions

Ishigaki to Taketomi Island Day Trip with Kondoi Beach Option

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Hirata Tourism, Ishigaki, Okinawa PrefectureMeeting point:Hirata Tourism 平田観光 within Ishigaki Ferry Terminalhttps://goo.gl/maps/YvjhFFBp4bS2Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Taketomi Port, Taketomi-jima, Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa PrefectureThe first element on the trip is a tour of the village on a carriage drawn by water buffalo. From the vantage point of the carriage you can admire the traditional style houses, natural walls and gardens and the abundance of flowers and flowering shrubs which line the paths and roadways.Duration: 40 minutes

$129.09 Outdoor Activities

Iriomote Island Urauchi River Cruise, Maryudo Falls Adventure

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPlease check in our office 30 min. before your ferry departure.https://goo.gl/maps/et1HD8o3TSJ2Duration: 20 minutesLocation: Hirata Tourism, Ishigaki, Okinawa PrefectureUrauchi river cruiseDuration: 7 hoursLocation: Iriomote Island, Iriomote-jima, Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa Prefecture

$128.18 Outdoor Activities

Iriomote Island Kayaking Full-Day Tour with Sangara Falls Hike

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productYou will check in and receive your tour ticket here.Duration: 20 minutesLocation: Hirata Tourism, Ishigaki, Okinawa PrefectureYour canoe and trekking tour will be held in Iriomote islandDuration: 5 hoursLocation: Iriomote Island, Iriomote-jima, Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa PrefectureYou will come back to Ishigaki Ferry Terminal. Pass By: Hirata Tourism, Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture

$58.60 Shore Excursions

Kayak Northern Okinawa

• Meet at the local farmers market - Rika Rika Warumi in Nakijin at 9am, where you can buy drinks and snacks. • Drive to the launch site best suited to the conditions (10 min) • The safety gear provided include - life jacket, windproof jacket, neoprene felt bottom boots • Learn the basics of controlling your Kayak including the foot controls to steer your kayak(30 min) • Explore the area for 2 hours with the option to stop and explore by foot • Areas to explore will depend on the weather, sea conditions and the groups ability. You will have the opportunity to paddle under Kouri bridge - Okinawa's longest road bridge and/or through Yagaji's sea valley with its steep jungle covered walls or land on one of Haneji's uninhabited islands.