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Overview

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. 

Trip Highlights

Experience Okinawa

History of Ryukyu Island

Learn all about the history of the Ryukyu Island with visits to historical sites including the UNESCO World Heritage site, Tsuri Castle.

Flexible Itinerary

Have an array of activities to choose from with a flexible itinerary offering cooking classes, coral dyeing, tradition pottery making, karate lessons to scuba diving. 

White sand beaches

Relax in style on the white sand beaches of Taketomi and Ishigaki Islands and enjoy the pristine waters of Okinawa or indulge in spa sessions

Itinerary

1

Arrival in Okinawa

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

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 at The Ritz-Carlton 5 Stars (Deluxe)

2

Okinawa, day trip to Naha

Start time: 9:00 Duration: 8 h *including pick-up/drop-off and transfer times

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 point 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):

Optional Activity (1): Okinawan cooking class at a local home

Ryukyu or Okinawan cuisine is very different from standard Japanese cuisine and uses  very distinct ingredients that give Okinawan cuisine its special and exotic taste.

Meet the cooking teacher and translator in a designated meeting point in the center of Naha city. After a short explanation of today’s program follow her on a shopping tour in Naha’s market, where guests will shop for all the ingredients needed for today’s cooking class while learning more about the uniqueness of Okinawan food. After gathering all the needed ingredients for this delicious food adventure, transfer to the local home by private car.

Under the teacher’s supervision, cook up a full Okinawan multi-course meal. On the menu today are, amongst others, the Okinawan signature dish Goya Chanpuru, a stir-fry made from Goya, Egg, Tofu and meat, as well as the famous Rafute, braised pork rib slowly stewed in a sauce of brown sugar and soy-sauce.

After enjoying the fun cooking time, sit down and indulge in all the delicacies and enjoy the chance to learn more about Ryukyu cuisine and culture in a friendly atmosphere.

Time:

Start: 10:00 OR 16:00

Duration: approx. 3-4 hrs

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

Optional Activity (2): Awamori Distillery Visit

Awamori is a type of distilled alcohol, made out of long grain rice, which is unique to Okinawa. This typical drink is usually between 40 -60% strong and can either be enjoyed straight, on the rocks or diluted with water, which is the most common way to drink it.

Head together with the guide to an Awamori Distillery, to visit the factory and learn more about the production process and the history of Awamori. At the end of the visit, taste some of the distillery’s different varieties of Awamori.

Optional Activity (3): Coral Dyeing

Visit a traditional craft centre, and learn more about the Bingata and Coral fabric dyeing techniques. The guide will explain the different steps of production as well as the role of these techniques that are unique to Okinawa.

Have guided tour of the facility, that is located in an old, traditional Okinawan house and try out the coral fabric dying on a tote bag, a T-shirt or a furoshiki cloth and draw beautiful colourful patterns. After this experience, take home a piece for memory and keepsake.

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

3

Okinawa Main Island

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. 

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

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

4

Okinawa Main Island – Optional Extension to Ishigaki Island

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)

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.

Overnight in Okinawa at Hoshinoya Taketomi 5 Stars (Deluxe)

5

Taketomi / Ishigaki Island

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 diving

Meet 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)

6

Departure from Ishigaki Island

Taketomi port to Ishigaki port: 10 min (ferry) Ishigaki port to Ishigaki airport: 10 min

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

Important Information

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Return transfers to the airport by private vehicle.
  • English-speaking guide for tours on Days 2 and 4.
  • All entrance fees and public transportation fees as mentioned in the itinerary on Days 2 and 4
  • Information pack
  • Exclusive and personalized gifts

OUR SERVICES DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately)
  • Transfer to/from the meeting place (guided tour) to/from the hotel and some local transport (e.g. local city buses, taxi transfers, etc.)
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature)
  • Travel insurance (please see below)
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

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