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Okinawa Islands itinerary 5d: which islands? 2018/11/19 15:44
As part of our Japan trip next year, after 11 days Hokkaido (road trip by car), we plan to fly from Sapporo to Okinawa for the next part of our trip. Including the day we fly from Sapporo, we will have about 5 days on the Islands. We will be in Okinawa around June 26th 2019. We really love driving around in a rental, visit beautiful beaches, enjoy culture, great Japanese food, ... However, we do not plan to make this a beach holiday. But if weather permits, we would like to snorkel and do a bit of water activities.

Which Islands (besides Okinawa) would you suggest we visit for the best combination of sightseeing and beautiful beaches? Is this doable in 5 days, taking planes from one island to the other, rent car, ...? We would really love to visit a couple of different islands, but not at the expense of traveling all the time, waiting in airports.

After these 5 days, we fly to Tokyo for another 3 days to end our trip. We then fly back to Belgium.
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Re: Okinawa Islands itinerary 5d: which islands? 2018/11/19 18:04
I have been trying something out and this is a first draft:

26/06/2019 Sapporo - Okinawa Island (leave Sapporo @ 10:40, arrive in Naha @ 14:25)
27/06/2019 Okinawa Island
28/06/2019 Okinawa Island - Ishigaki (Early Flight (arrive at 8:30))
29/06/2019 Ishigaki (Visit Taketomi daytrip)
30/06/2019 Ishigaki (Visit Iriomote daytrip)
1/07/2019 Ishigaki - Tokyo (Morning flight with stopover in Naha (arrive 12:45 in HND))

Will this work?
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Re: Okinawa Islands itinerary 5d: which islands? 2018/11/20 00:46
This would work, but why daytrips on Taketomi and Iriomote? They are great to spend the night as well.
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Re: Okinawa Islands itinerary 5d: which islands? 2018/11/20 00:56
Note that Taketomi has limited accommodation options and Iriomote has limited food and accommodation options. It's also best to hire a car or go on a tour as public transport is very limited.

The Yaeyama islands are however the most 'un-Japanese' location I've visited in Japan and is quite beautiful....
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Re: Okinawa Islands itinerary 5d: which islands? 2018/11/20 02:31
The reason we would like to do the daytrips is because on the islands we would like to stay in 1 location if possible to avoid having to drag our bagage to each seperate location and check out and check in.
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Re: Okinawa Islands itinerary 5d: which islands? 2018/11/20 02:43
It looks like you're going to Ishigaki......in order to spend all your time on two other islands.
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Re: Okinawa Islands itinerary 5d: which islands? 2018/11/20 14:06
Indeed, just to stay the nights in 1 place and explore the other islands for a couple of hours to return to Ishigaki and spend some more time there and also the nights. This way, we will have the opportunity to explore some of the islands.
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Re: Okinawa Islands itinerary 5d: which islands? 2018/11/20 14:42

You might like to consider package day tours. We did with the Dreamtours from the Ishigaki ferry terminal, and would not hesitate to recommend.
https://ishigaki-dream.co.jp/
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Re: Okinawa Islands itinerary 5d: which islands? 2018/11/20 16:34
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