In addition to being "one of the best diving spots in the world", the Japanese archipelago of Okinawa also has "unique museums, historic sites, tropical weather" and a "laid-back, rural atmosphere", according to Frommer's. Hop around a few of its islands for £1910 per person with this deal from InsideJapan Tours and save £150 on the regular rate.
Valid throughout the year, this land-only tour includes:
The tour begins in Tokyo and continue by air to subtropical Ishigaki Island and beachfront accommodation. From there, take a ferry to nearby Taketomi island, which is full of traditional Ryukyu island life and best navigated by water buffalo-drawn cart. Next up is a ferry to the jungles of Iriomote, where a guide will take you on a kayaking trip. A ferry and a flight take you to Okinawa's capital, Naha, a lively area found on the main Okinawa island. Snorkelling and white beaches await on Zamami, the last step of the tour before heading back to Tokyo.
Click here for more information on the itinerary and accommodation.
Availability is limited on 27 April-7 May; 2-16 August; 20-31 December.
An archipelago of 160 islands between Kyushu and Taiwan, Okinawa is "Japan’s subtropical alter ego", says The Guardian. "Where mainland Japan is conservative, Okinawa is carefree and progressive… A trip to one of these islands is rewarded with a rare glimpse into a sunny rural idyll." The Independent gave Inside Japan Tours an award for Best Tour Operator to East and Central Asia in 2011.
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