Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Private

Experience Okinawa (6 days)

EXO Travel - Japan

Okinawa, Japan To Ishigaki, Japan

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2018


Day 1
Okinawa, Japan
The Ritz-Carlton Okinawa Dinner

Upon arrival in Naha Airport, be met by one of our representatives and be transferred by private car to the Ritz-Carlton Okinawa for check-in.

The rest of the day is spent at leisure.

Overnight in Okinawa.

Distance and journey time (approximation):

Haneda International Airport (HND) – Naha Airport (OKA): 2 h 45 min

Osaka Itami Airport (ITM) – Naha Airport (OKA): 2 h

Naha Airport (OKA) to the Ritz-Carlton Okinawa: 1 h

Overnight in Okinawa at The Ritz-Carlton 5 Stars (Deluxe)

Day 2
Okinawa, Japan
The Ritz-Carlton Okinawa Breakfast, Lunch

This morning meet a private English-speaking guide at the hotel and go on a guided tour of Naha city by private car. Enjoy the scenic views of Okinawa’s beautiful coastlines and clear blue waters. Visit Shuri Castle, which was built in the late 1300s. It was the central poin of the Ryukyu Islands and served as the administrative, political, economical and cultural centre of the kingdom. Learn all about the history of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Next, follow the guide to Shikinaen Garden. This property was formerly the residence of the Ryukyu Kings and is famous for its relatively simple wooden palace and its exquisite Japanese garden full of the unique Okinawan flora.

Stop at an elegant Okinawan-style restaurant for lunch. Get acquainted with Okinawa’s unique take of Japanese cuisine, and indulge in this array of new flavours.

Head to Tsuboya District, which has been the traditional centre of Ryukyu-style pottery for centuries. Stroll along the streets that are lined with pottery shops, selling this unique style of Japanese pottery.

To further complete the day we suggest one of the following optional activities (the itinerary will be changed accordingly):

Overnight in Okinawa


Start time: 9:00

Duration: 8 h

*including pick-up/drop-off and transfer times

Overnight in Okinawa at The Ritz-Carlton 5 Stars (Deluxe)

Note : For Optional tour in this day please contact us.

Day 3
Okinawa, Japan
The Ritz-Carlton Okinawa Breakfast

Today is a self-guided day.

Enjoy this day at leisure and relax the body and soul. The Ritz-Calrton offers a fabulous private beach just a short complimentary bus ride away. Guests can relax in style and enjoy the pristine waters of Okinawa or indulge in one of the many spa treatments at the Ritz-Carlton Okinawa’s luxurious spa.

For those in search of a more active program, there are options to choose from the following activities:

Optional Activity (1): Karate Class with local master

Okinawa is the birthplace of Karate, now one of the most popular martial arts in the world. Experience a private lesson with an English-speaking local Karate master and experience this important aspect of Okinawan culture. As this is a private activity, the lesson will be tailor-made to suit personal interest and abilities.

Optional Excursion: Yomitan Pottery Village

Visit the Yomitan Pottery Village with a knowledgeable English-speaking guide. The Yomitan Pottery Village is famous for its three large kilns, where many craftsmen produce high quality pottery. The red-roofed Yutanza Gama is a nine-step kiln, iconic of the village.

Stroll through the pottery village, listen to the guide’s explanations about the production of Yomitan Pottery and observe the local craftsmen at their work.


- Optional activities need be booked in advance. Additional charges apply.

Overnight in Okinawa at The Ritz-Carlton 5 Stars (Deluxe)

Day 4
Taketomi, Japan
Hoshinoya Taketomi Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day at leisure until the scheduled private transfer to Naha Airport.

Or extend the stay with a trip to the beautiful Ishigaki Island. From Ishigaki Island board the scheduled private transfer to the tropical island of Taketomi, just 10 minutes away by boat.

Ishigaki Island, has a population of just 300 and boasts a perfectly preserved Ryukyu village. Slightly further away, Iriomote Island is one of Japan’s most undiscovered wilderness with great hiking experiences in the national park.

Tonight, stay in a pavillion style villa at Hoshinoya Taketomi, designed with the architectural style of Ryukyu.

Distance and journey time (approximation):

The Ritz-Carlton Okinawa to Naha Airport (OKA): 1 h

Naha Airport (OKA) to Ishigaki Airport (ISG): 1 h (flight)

Ishigaki – Taketomi: 10 min (ferry)

Overnight in Okinawa at Hoshinoya Taketomi 5 Stars (Deluxe)

Day 5
Taketomi, Japan
Hoshinoya Taketomi Breakfast, Dinner

Today is a self-guided day.

Discover the beautiful Taketomi Island. Take a relaxing walk through this little gem of an island and enjoy the stunning beaches, pristine blue waters, and explore a myriad of tropical fishes and marine wildlife.

Suggested self-guided itinerary:

Rent some bicycles for the day and explore this small island on a relaxing bike ride. Don a swimsuit and sunscreen and soak in the sun at the many pristine sandy beaches this island has to offer. We suggest a visit to Kondoi Beach, with its white sand and crystal clear waters that is perfect for a swim. Or cycle to Nagomi Tower from where guests will have a beautiful view of the islands, distinct to Okinawan landscape.

Note: Bicycle rent fee has to be paid on spot.

Optional Activity: Scuba divingMeet the diving instructor for a day of diving. The pristine sub-tropical waters of Okinawa are considered to be the best diving spot in all of Japan, thanks to the cleanness of the water and the variety of marine wildlife.

Head with the diving guide to some of the best diving spots around Ishigaki Island. Enjoy the beautiful coral reefs with many colourful fish species. With some luck, spot a manta ray.

Later in the afternoon head back to the accommodation.

Note: Needs be booked in advance. Additional charges apply.

Optional Activity: Ishigaki-yaki Pottery Making Experience

Today meet-up with an expert of Ishigaki-yaki for an pottery making experience. The local pottery tradition merges ceramic with glass. This process gives a unique deep-blue tone on the finished product that reflects the colour of the local sea. Today, learn from an artisan all the specificities of this lesser-known art.

Note: Needs be booked in advance. Additional charges apply.

Overnight in Okinawa at Hoshinoya Taketomi 5 Stars (Deluxe)

Day 6
Ishigaki, Japan
Hoshinoya Taketomi Breakfast

Spend the day at leisure until the scheduled private transfer to Ishigaki airport.

Distance and journey time (approximation):

Taketomi port to Ishigaki port: 10 min (ferry)

Ishigaki port to Ishigaki airport: 10 min

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Get an exclusive in-depth access to the unique Okinawan history, culture and natural surroundings. Visit UNESCO World Heritage site, Tsuri Castle and learn the artisanal methods of traditional pottery making. Be spoilt for choices with many activities to choose from that caters to every travellers’ desires.

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