Discover Japan's last true wildernesses
White sandy beaches frame clear, warm waters that teem with tropical fish of all shapes, sizes and colours here. The Okinawan Islands are an idyllic haven and the perfect place to tune into a slower pace of life. Our bespoke Okinawa holidays explore the best of this island chain, located halfway between Japan and Taiwan.
Stretching for over 1,000km, Okinawa has been both an independent country as well as falling under Chinese and US rule. This complex history has created a unique culture that you won't find anywhere else in Japan. The main island, Okinawa-Honto, is very much developed towards domestic tourism, with the smaller islands to the west less frequented by visitors. This makes it the perfect getaway for a beach break you might have thought impossible in Japan.
You can also head out into the forested interior for trekking. Taketomi Island has a population of only 300 and a perfectly preserved Ryukyu village. You’ll discover great beaches and accommodation to suit all budgets. And the crystal-clear waters are ideal for snorkelling, with abundant marine life just below the surface.
The so–called healthiest island in the world, Okinawa is home to more centenarians than any other place. Perhaps it’s due to their diet of 30 per cent green and yellow vegetables. There are hundreds of islands here, some inhabited, others little more than a rocky outcrop in the ocean. You’ll explore it all on our bespoke Okinawa tours.