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Okinawa And South West Islands Vacation Packages


Okinawa Prefecture is Japan`s southernmost prefecture. It consists of the islands of the Ryukyu Archipelago, like Okinawa, Miyakojima, and the Yaeyama Islands, the latter situated just off the coast of Taiwan. The culture of the native Ryukyuan people thrives once more on Okinawa Island, and two sites integral to Ryukyuan history are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Americans occupied Okinawa Island from the 1940s until the early 1970s, and there is heavy U.S. military presence there today, giving much of the island a distinctly American feel. Okinawa and the rest of the Ryukyus are known for their beautiful beaches and cliffsides; outdoor activities like kayaking and ziplining; and an all-around laid-back atmosphere, whether you`re in an urban or rural setting.

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Major Islands of Japan

  • Honshu

    Honshu is the largest of the four main Japanese islands, where over 100 million people live. Historic castles and temples, traditional districts with geishas, skyscrapers and neon lights, relaxing hot springs, and nature scenes are all experiences you can enjoy while on Honshu.

  • Hokkaido

    Hokkaido is one of Japan`s best-kept secrets. The northernmost of Japan`s four major islands, it is very sparsely-populated and geographically diverse. The most agricultural part of Japan, Hokkaido is considered `Japan`s breadbasket`.

  • Kyushu

    Kyushu is the westernmost of Japan`s four major islands, and is well-known for its outdoor vacation experiences and gorgeous landscapes. One of Japan`s geothermal hot spots, Kyushu is dotted by a number of hot springs and even more volcanoes.

  • Shikoku

    Shikoku is the smallest of the four main Japanese islands, separated from Honshu by the Inland Sea. It is perhaps best-known to tourists for its 88-temple Buddhist pilgrimage route, which runs for 895 miles adjacent to Shikoku`s coastline.

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Experiences & Adventures

  • Japanese Cultural Experiences

    There are so many experiences you can enjoy that are unique to Japan, such as attending a kabuki theatre performance, being a spectator at a sumo wrestling match, watching geishas administer the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, and the list goes on!

  • Japanese Castles

    Japan is particularly well-known for its castles. Today there are over 100 open to the public. From Hokkaido to Okinawa, the castles of Japan educate visitors on what life was like during the late feudal and Tokugawa shogunate eras.

  • Temples and Shrines of Japan

    There are tens of thousands of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines across Japan, and they can be found even in the remotest towns and villages. One of the most accessible ways to learn about Japanese culture and customs is to visit a temple or shrine.

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

  • Tokyo - Kyoto - Wakayama - Osaka - Okinawa
    10 nights from $983*
  • Combine Tokyo (Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis, also home to the Imperial Palace and the seat of Government and Parliament), Kyoto (a city with amazing and historic Buddhist temples and shrines, many dating back more than a millennium. It's also a great place to sample all the main classics of Japanese cuisine, the tofu, the kaiseki cuisine and its Buddhist vegetarian fare), Wakayama , Osaka (known as the “Nation's Kitchen,” and its well known for delicious foods such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki) and Okinawa with the Rail Pass and a flight. This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • High-speed bullet train Shinkansen (Japan Rail Pass - 7 Days)
    • 7 Days Japan Rail Pass is included by default. Please ensure you select the correct duration of your Japan Rail Pass according to length of travel (For more details please go to the product description during the booking process).
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Tokyo
    • Train from Tokyo to Kyoto: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kyoto train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 138 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Kyoto
    • Train from Kyoto to Wakayama: Go to Kyoto train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Wakayama train station. Journey takes approx. 140 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Wakayama
    • Train from Wakayama to Osaka: Go to Wakayama train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Osaka train station. Journey takes approx. 100 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Osaka
    • Flight from Osaka to Okinawa
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Osaka


  • Tokyo - Osaka - Nagasaki - Okinawa
    9 nights from $1,092*
  • Japanese Heritage!... Begin your Japanese adventure in Tokyo, Japan's capital and one of the most populous cities in the world. Where tradition collides with pop culture, from neon-lit skyscrapers and anime shops to cherry trees and temples. Then take the train to Osaka, known as 'The City of Food. Here you can indulge yourself, enjoying the flavors, history, pop culture and outdoor activities this place has to offer. Then comes Nagasaki, a historic place that has emerged from the ashes to become a beautiful modern city. Last but not least fly to Okinawa, with its warm weather and beautiful beaches will make of your trip a dream come true!. This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • High-speed train Shinkansen (Japan Rail Pass - bullet train)
    • 7 Days Japan Rail Pass is included by default. Please ensure you select the correct duration of your Japan Rail Pass according to length of travel (For more details please go to the product description during the booking process).
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Tokyo
    • Train from Tokyo to Osaka: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Osaka train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 160 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Osaka
    • Train from Osaka to Nagasaki: Go to Osaka train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Nagasaki train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 300 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Nagasaki
    • Flight from Nagasaki to Okinawa
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Okinawa


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More to Explore

  • Japanese Cuisine

    Japanese cuisine is one of the world`s most popular cuisines, and definitely one of the most delicious. You will find certain regions are cities are known for the best of the best of certain Japanese delicacies and staples.

  • Honeymoon in Japan

    Experiencing the beauty and culture of Japan is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and many travelers decide to make their trips even more special by choosing Japan as their honeymoon destination. Japan is a great country to experience as a couple.

  • Beaches and Islands of Japan

    Many people think of four major islands when they think of Japan, but as one of the largest island countries in the world, there are hundreds of inhabited islands that offer some of Asia`s most fabulous beaches, from Hokkaido down to the Ryukyu Islands.

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