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Relaxation and Recreation: 6 days in Japan's popular Okinawa region

Okinawa Main Island, and the island’s lesser-traveled northern region, might just be Japan’s best-kept secret.
Just beachy: 6 days in Japan's Okinawa region

Secluded white-sand beaches, mangrove jungles, waterfalls, historical areas, and traditional culture abound in Okinawa. From Yanbaru to Naha, Okinawa Main Island offers travelers an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities ranging from kayaking adventures to coral reef snorkeling encounters, relaxing secluded beaches, and rich cultural experiences that include explorable castle ruins and compelling heritage sites. And Japan Airlines can take you there.

JAL package details

Only offered by Japan Airlines, this exclusive travel package was designed by knowledgeable locals who truly understand the needs of travelers. Breakaway from the every day and the stress of the ongoing global pandemic. Discover what Okinawa has to offer for yourself. 

The Japan Airlines dynamic package includes everything from flight to transportation as well as exceptional accommodations. With six days and five nights in beautiful Okinawa, the opportunity for relaxation and rejuvenation abounds. Travelers can also opt-in for optional services such as informative guided tours of cultural areas and sites across the region. 

• Departure city: London
• Destination: Okinawa Main Island (6 days)
• Duration: 6 days 
• Recommended season for this package: Year-round 
• Type of experience: Culture, history, beaches, outdoors
• Trip type: Ideal for couples, families 
• Accommodations: This package offers two hotel accommodations: 
   • 2 nights at the Hyatt Regency Naha -  Address: 3-6-20 Makishi Naha-shi Okinawa, Japan900-0013 
   • 3 nights at Okuma Private Beach & Resort - Address: 913 Aza-Okuma, Kunigami-son Kunigamigun, Okinwawa 905-1412
• Meal plans: Meals included:
   • Breakfast (All 5 days)
   • Lunch (Day 2 at Shimujyo)
   • Dinner (Day 1 at Yotsudake, Day 3 at “Adan” at Okuma Private Beach & Resort)
• Transportation: This package includes transportation with chauffeur-driven private car service. Shuttle service is available for hotel transfers. 
• Points of interest: Hidden beaches, kayaking excursions, UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Shurijo Castle Park, Yanbaru forest), Peace Memorial Park,
• Age requirements: Ages 5+
• English speaking assistance: Available. 
• Cancellation policy: In the event of trip cancellation, the following fees will apply: 
   • 20 to 8 days prior to the tour: 20% 
   • 7 to 2 days prior to the tour: 30% 
   • 1 day prior to the tour: 40%
   • The day before the tour begins: 50% 
   • Anytime after the tour begins: 100% 

Day 1: Arrive, check-in, and explore the capital of Okinawa Prefecture

Getting to Okinawa from Tokyo or Osaka:

When traveling to Okinawa Main Island, you will touch down at Naha Airport (OKA). Located in the capital city of Okinawa, Naha Airport is the only airport on Okinawa Island. 

It takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach Naha Airport from Tokyo. The journey from Osaka to Naha Airport is about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Accommodations: The Hyatt Regency Hotel Naha

Accommodations: The Hyatt Regency Hotel Naha

After you’ve visited the baggage claim at Naha Airport, catch a taxi for a quick 15-minute ride to your first accommodation, The Hyatt Regency Hotel Naha Okinawa. The contemporary hotel is located in the heart of the city center and is within close proximity to both shopping and sightseeing. After you’re settled into your room, take time to explore the capital city. 

• Address: 3-6-20 Makishi Naha-shi, Okinawa, Japan 900-0013

Experience what life was like during the Ryukyu Dynasty with dinner and entertainment at Yotsudake

Experience what life was like during the Ryukyu Dynasty with dinner and entertainment at Yotsudake

For an unforgettable dining experience complete with dance, culture, and Ryukyu-inspired cuisine, visit Yotsudake. Just minutes from your accommodations, this Okinawan restaurant embodies life during the Ryukyu Dynasty, with dance performances, magnificent spreads of ethnic foods, and an overall appreciation of the Imperial Era. Dining at Yotsudake is included in this package.

The Hyatt Regency Hotel Naha Okinawa is within proximity of many sights and experiences, including Makishi Public Market and Tsuboya Yachimum Street.

• Access: 10 minutes by taxi from Hyatt Regency Naha
• Address: 2 Chome-22-1 Kume, Naha, Okinawa 900-0033

Optional activity: Okinawa dojo tours

Today, karate is world-famous. But the popular martial art has humble beginnings, originating during the Ryukyu Kingdom, what is now modern-day Okinawa, where more than 300 dojos can be found. Karate practitioners visit Okinawa from the world over to see the birthplace of karate.

Since the outset, the sport has developed into its current style under the influence of both Japanese and Chinese practitioners. Notably, Mr. Miyagi from the Karate Kid film series was named after the founder of Gōjū-ryū Karate, Chōjun Miyagi. Gōjū-ryū Karate is among the traditional Okinawan styles of karate and is a combination of hard and soft. 

This optional tour is available for both Day 1 and Day 2.

• Length: About 2 hours 
• Itinerary: Depart your hotel, visit with English speaking guide by taxi to karate dojo. Visit traditional karate practice sites at the Okinawan karate dojos. After visiting the dojos, taxi back to your accommodations. 
• Packages includes: a transportation fee and an English-speaking guide.

Things to do in Naha:

"Carry-up" your meal at Makishi Public Market

"Carry-up" your meal at Makishi Public Market

Foodies seeking a taste of the region’s cuisine must visit Makishi Public Market. Known as Naha’s Kitchen, the market gives travelers the opportunity to engage with locals and savor fresh, made-to-order Japanese food. Operating on a “carry-up” system, the market’s first floor is where you choose which foods you’d like to try. After you’ve made your selections, carry up your items to the second floor, where you can hand them over to the cooks—it’s a delicious way to get acquainted with the local culture of Naha. 

• Address: 2 Chome-7-10 Matsuo, Naha, Okinawa 900-0014

Visit the pottery shops along Tsuboya Yachimun Street

Visit the pottery shops along Tsuboya Yachimun Street

Tsuboya Yachimun Street is considered one of the most charming areas of Naha. At the height of the Ryukyu Kingdom, Tsuboya Yachimun Street was acknowledged as the heart of the pottery industry. Today, pottery workshops, boutiques, eateries, and incredible shisha figurines line the street. A visit to this iconic street can also give you a glimpse of what life was like in pre-war Naha, as the area escaped the destruction of WWII.

• Address: 1 Chome-16 Tsuboya, Naha, Okinawa 902-0065

Day 2: Tour Okinawa’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Peace Memorial Park

Day 2: Tour Okinawa’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Peace Memorial Park

After breakfast at your accommodations, your second day on Okinawa begins with an eight-hour guided tour and private taxi excursion across the southern region.

Stop by Shurijo Castle

Stop by Shurijo Castle

Shurijo Castle was originally constructed in the 14th century. A focal point of the time’s flourishing Ryukyu Kingdom, Shurijo Castle served as the cultural and political center. In modern times, Shurijo Castle symbolizes the culture and history of Okinawa, as well as the former kingdom, and has since been designated a national park. In 2000, Shurijo Castle was recognized as one of Japan’s World Heritage Sites.

• Access: About 20 minutes by taxi from Naha Airport. 
• Address: 1 Chome-2 Shurikinjocho, Naha, Okinawa 903-0815

Learn about traditional coral dyeing methods at Shuri Ryusen

Learn about traditional coral dyeing methods at Shuri Ryusen

Experience the tradition of bingata, a centuries-old dyeing technique from the Ryukyu Kingdom, at Shuri Ryusen. This experience offers a unique dye that uses preserved coral reefs from Okinawa in addition to plant-based colors. Shuri Ryusen is a certified partner of SDGs promoted by Okinawa Prefecture. 

During your tour, you will see first-hand how bingata dyeing is practiced while learning how it represents Okinawan culture, from the past to the present day. 

• Address: 1 Chome-54 Shuriyamagawacho, Naha, Okinawa 903-0825

Stop for a noodle lunch at Shimujyo

Stop for a noodle lunch at Shimujyo

Fill your belly with Okinawan soul food at Shimujyo. Located in an Okinawan folk house outfitted with a red tile roof and a stone wall that’s been in place for over a century, Shimujyo welcomes hungry guests inside for hearty noodle bowls. Somewhat of a hidden gem, the restaurant's off-the-beaten-path but a great stop for lunch. 

• Address: 2-124-1 Shuri-sueyoshi-cho, Naha City, Okinawa

Tour Shikinaen Royal Garden

Tour Shikinaen Royal Garden

Built in 1799, Shikinaen Royal Garden was originally constructed as a villa for the Ryukyu Kingdom royal family.  Shikinaen served as a residence, and it also played a vital role in diplomacy, as many large banquets were held at the Royal Garden. Today, the traditional Japanese garden is blanketed in lush greenery, stone monuments, and seasonal plants that can be admired by visitors year-round. Shikinaen Royal Garden is among the sites and monuments recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu.  

• Address: 421-7 Maaji, Naha, Okinawa 902-0072

Learn about Okinawan history at Peace Memorial Park

Learn about Okinawan history at Peace Memorial Park

A memorial to the Battle of Okinawa, Peace Memorial Park honors the lives of those who were lost in the WWII conflict. The grounds are made up of a series of monuments and tributes, including The Peace Memorial Museum, which displays photographs and a collection of objects relating to the Battle of Okinawa. 

The expansive park grounds offer beautiful grounds and great scenery, too boot. The serene setting makes Peace Memorial Park an ideal place to discover Okinawan history.  

• Address: 444 Mabuni, Itoman, Okinawa 901-0333

Day 3: Depart for Northern Okinawa and spend time at Okuma Beach

Day 3: Depart for Northern Okinawa and spend time at Okuma Beach

From breakfast to the beach, day three promises ample time for rest and relaxation.

Delight in a medicinal healthy breakfast at Okinawa Daiichi Hotel

Your day begins healthy meal at the nearby Okinawa Daiichi Hotel, just a 10-minute walk from your accommodation. Built in 1955, the Naha hotel has gained popularity for its longevity medicinal breakfast offering, a nutritious spread of 20 items made with 50 locally-sourced ingredients that clocks in at just 585 calories. The meal is served up in traditional, locally-made Okinawan dishes and bowls. 

• Address: 1-1-12 Makishi Naha-City, Okinawa 
• Access: 10 minutes by walk from Hyatt Regency Naha 

Departure: After breakfast, you’ll pack up and depart from the Hyatt Regency Hotel. A shuttle bus will be there to transfer you to your next accommodation, northern Okinawa’s Okuma Private Beach & Resort, one of Japan’s most beautiful beach resorts.

Visit the beautiful Okuma Private Beach & Resort

Visit the beautiful Okuma Private Beach & Resort

Okuma Private Beach & Resort was originally used as a recreational area for the U.S. military during the 25 years that Okinawa was under U.S. military control. Since then, it has transformed into a beachfront resort that anyone can visit.  

Okuma Private Beach & Resort is one of the region's best beach areas. The resort boasts a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and is complete with six cafes and restaurants. The cottage-style resort also has terraces and sea views. The resort offers a homey atmosphere with all of the luxury amenities that you could dream up right at your fingertips.  

When you're ready to explore nearby attractions, Okuma Private Beach & Resort free shuttle can take you there.

Relax at Okuma Beach

Relax at Okuma Beach

Positioned between the East China Sea and the Yanbaru Forest, Okuma Beach delights visitors with its pristine natural white sand beaches and secluded atmosphere. Okuma Beach is accessible free of charge, and there are a variety of marine activities available for guests to enjoy, including snorkeling tours, glass boat cruises, and paddleboard rentals. 

• Address: 913 Aza-Okuma, Kunigami-son Kunigamigun, Okinawa 905-1412

Day 4 - Day 5: Take advantage of optional tours: explore mangrove forests, discover captivating waterfalls, and stick around for world-class stargazing

Day 4 - Day 5: Take advantage of optional tours: explore mangrove forests, discover captivating waterfalls, and stick around for world-class stargazing

The next two days take you on an epic adventure across Okinawa’s lesser-traveled northern region, including a guided trek through Yanbaru Forest and a kayaking tour across mangrove jungles to a hike with a wonderful surprise at the end of the trail. Plus, learn about Okinawa’s culture and do some sightseeing and stargazing in the northern region. All of the following activities are optional for both Day 4 and Day 5 and can be enjoyed on either day of your itinerary.

Discover Yanbaru Forest with a guided trek

Discover Yanbaru Forest with a guided trek

Get back to nature at Yanbaru Forest. Under the direction of a certified guide, you can discover the rare indigenous wildlife as well as the incomparable scenic beauty found throughout the subtropical ecosystem of the Yanbaru Region, Japan’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

• Length: 1.5 hours 
• Address: 1 Aza Nakazann, Nagoshi, Okinawa 
• Package includes: a nature guide fee

Paddle through Gesashi Bay Mangrove Forest

Paddle through Gesashi Bay Mangrove Forest

The Gesashi Bay Mangrove Forest is designated as one of Japan’s Natural Monuments. Here, visitors can see three of the four mangrove species that grow on the Main Island. The area is home to numerous subtropical flora and fauna best seen with a kayak tour. It is known as the largest mangrove forest on Okinawa Main Island, spanning about 10 hectares.

• Length: About 3 hours 
• Address: Gesashiwan, Higashi-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa, 905-1318
• Package includes: a transportation fee, kayak rental, and guide fees.

Trek to the beautiful Ta-taki Falls

Trek to the beautiful Ta-taki Falls

Ta-taki Falls is located within Yambaru National Park, near Kunigami at Orimi Village, Okinawa. The moderate 1.5-mile out and back trail is popular with local hikers as well as visitors. The hike provides excellent views of the dazzling waterfalls. And for thrill-seekers, there’s a rope swing. 

• Length: About 3 hours 
• Address: 1570-1 Tsuha, Ogimi, Kunigami District, Okinawa 905-13-18, Japan
• Package includes: a transportation fee and a nature guide fee.

Savor a farm-to-table longevity diet lunch and tour a vegetable garden at Ogimi Village

Savor a farm-to-table longevity diet lunch and tour a vegetable garden at Ogimi Village

Charming and rural, Ogimi Village may just be one of the healthiest places on earth. The northern Okinawan village has the highest life expectancy in all of Japan, with more than 100 villagers who are 90 years old or older among a population of a few thousand. 

Historically, Okinawa has been known for its longevity. It was even referred to as the land of immortals at one time. So why do Okinawans live longer? 

Okinawa is regarded as one of the world’s five Blue Zones; a region said to have a higher than a typical number of people who live much longer than the average population. Blue Zone longevity is often attributed to factors such as lifestyle and diet. 

You can learn more about Okinawan longevity by visiting Ogimi Village’s Emi no Mise restaurant. Here you can savor traditionally-prepared longevity meals and explore the restaurant’s on-site garden, where a selection of island-grown vegetables that aren’t widely available in supermarkets take root. 

• Length: 2.5 hours 
• Address: 61 Oganeku, Ogimi-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa
• Package includes: transportation, lunch, and English speaking guide.

Explore the Tropical Dream Center

Explore the Tropical Dream Center

Located in Motobuto, The Tropical Dream Center is a world-class greenhouse that is home to ornate exhibits of fruit trees, subtropical flowers, and a collection of more than 2,000 orchids that bloom year-round. The indoor-outdoor space stretches over six hectares and is anchored by an impressive Observatory Tower that looks out to the nearby ocean. 

• Length: About 4 hours 
• Address: 424 Ishikawa, Motobu-co, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa
• Package includes: a transportation fee and an admission fee.

Go stargazing in Yanbaru

Go stargazing in Yanbaru

Lush tropical forests cover 80 percent of Yanbaru. And the remote nature of Okinawa's northern region allows for some of the best, and darkest, unobstructed views of the night sky. A stargazer's paradise, visitors can see The Milky Way and meteor showers. But the night skies in Okinawa are something to behold, any time of year. Guided tours are available. 

• Length: About 2 hours 
• Package includes: a transportation fee and a tour guide fee.

Day 6: Check-out and catch your shuttle

It’s not easy to leave Okinawa behind. But by this time, you’ll be feeling the benefits of both a medicinal Okinawan diet and the restorative charge that comes with spending time in nature. 

Departure: Day six begins with breakfast at Okuma Private Beach & Resort’s buffet restaurant, Surf Side Cafe. Following breakfast, you will depart your accommodations and take the hotel’s complimentary shuttle bus to Naha Airport, where your Okinawan adventure reaches its conclusion.

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