10 nights based on twin sharing

10 Breakfasts, 1 lunch

Includes all transfers and guides

Beginner
max. 5 hours in a day

Sun 17th – Wed 27th
October 2021

£3,299

  • Bathe in natural hot springs ‘onsen’
  • Hike through ancient cedar forests
  • Discover Okinawa’s unique culture
  • Plunge into Okinoerabu’s Ginsuido Caves

The Ryukyu Islands of Japan spread from Kyushu in a perfect half moon-shaped archipelago down to Taiwan, with Okinawa the crown jewel in this delicate chain of lost gemstones set in a turquoise East China Sea. This incredible adventure takes you to Tokunoshima & Okinoerabu, islands never before visited by a Western tour group, as well as through prehistoric cedar forests cradled within the volcanic mountains of Yakushima. Discover a Japan undisturbed for centuries.

Optional extras: Single accommodation, Japan mainland add-on tour

Not Included: Flights, visas, insurance (mandatory), airport taxes, tips, beverages, souvenirs

Full Itinerary for Lost Islands of Japan Adventure

Day 1: Arrive in Kagoshima – Wednesday 15th April 2020

Our journey begins in the picturesque city of Kagoshima, a seaside city on Japan’s southern Kyushu Island (one of the four main islands of Japan). As you fly in you will see the stunning views of Sakurajima, an active volcano that faces Kinko Bay. You will transfer to our hotel where the group will meet for the first time for dinner.

Day 2: Speedboat to Yakushima

At 10:20 we will catch our speedboat to the peerless Yakushima, arriving at Anbou Port at 13:05. We then take a tour of the island including Yakusugi Museum, the stunning Senpiro waterfalls (title picture above) as well as the Ooko waterfalls with a walk along the western woodlands path. There is also the option to visit the natural hot springs of Onoaida Onsen for bathing.

Day 3: Full day exploring Yakushima

Today we will partake in the Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine Tour including taking hiking trails of medium exertion to see the beautiful ancient cedar trees in what seems to be pre-historic forest, with amazing views. We will provide a packed lunch box for you on this day.

Day 4: Ferry to Tokunoshima

At 13:30 we will take the speedboat back to Kagoshima in order to board the 18:00 ferry to Tokunoshima in the 2nd Class Bunk. We have a group dinner on board the ferry and sleep on comfortable bunk beds with shared facilities.

Day 5: Tour of Tokunoshima

We arrive in the morning for a full day of sightseeing including the Akirigami petroglyphi, Unbuki well, Inutabu cape and a village walk through Agon. We finish the day with the ‘furicha’ [foamy tea] experience before relaxing at our hotel.

Day 6: Continue exploring Tokunoshima

Today’s activities include sampling the local fare at the Kokuto shochu brewery, popping into Kametsu town for a spot of shopping as well as visiting Kanami village for a delightful walk on the beach or a dip if you fancy.

Day 7: Ferry to Okinoerabu caves

We take the 09:40 ferry arriving at Wadomari Port at 11:30 where we leave our things in our hotel before heading to the absolutely mind-blowing Rimstone caves. You have the option to go cave diving with all of the necessary gear provided.

Day 8: Ferry to Okinawa

After a morning at leisure to rest from all our adventuring the previous day we take the 12:00 ferry to Okinawa, arriving at Naha Port at 19:00 after a day of sea views.

Day 9: Exploring Okinawa

We take a tour of Okinawa visiting by bus Kouri Island, Warumi Bridge, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Busena Underwater Observatory and Mihama American Village.

Day 10: Continue exploring Okinawa

Today our travels will also take in the remains of Shurijo Castle, Nirai Kanai Bridge, Cape Chinen Park, Okinawa World Culture Centre, Ryukyu Glass Village and Okinawa Outlet Mall Ashibinaa.

Day 11: Fly home from Naha (Okinawa) or continue Japan tour – Saturday 25th April 2020

Today you can opt to finish the tour and fly out from Okinawa’s Naha Airport…OR you can continue our optional add-on ‘mainland’ tour, which will finish in Tokyo.

Optional add-on Japan mainland tour

 We take a morning flight from Naha to Kansai Airport in Osaka from where we directly take the Express Haruka Train (2nd Class) to the ancient capital of Kyoto for a relaxing evening in our hotel.

Day 12: Tour of Kyoto

Today we go temple crazy! Nijo-jo Castle (50 min) Kinkakuji Temple (45 min) Kyoto Imperial Palace (40 min) – pause for a Japanese Lunch – Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine (30 min) Sanjusangendo Hall (30min) Kiyomizudera Temple (70 min) – pause for dinner.

Day 13: Shinkansen to Tokyo

Today is less fast-paced whereby you can either amble around Nara’s park and temple after taking the return train (1.5 hours) from Kyoto, or alternatively you can just spend your day at leisure in Kyoto before we take the evening Shinkansen [bullet train] to Tokyo.

Day 14: Tour of Tokyo and departure – Tuesday 28th April 2020

Our tour of the metropolis by bus includes the Meiji Jingu Shrine, National Diet Building Imperial Palace, Asakusa & Senso-ji, the neon jungle of Ginza, Tokyo Bay Cruise by way of traversing Odaiba & rainbow Bridge before dropping you at the airport if you choose to fly out in the evening.

Bathe in Yakushima’s natural hot springs or ‘onsen’ that overflow into the ocean; delve down into the mind-blowing Ginsuido Caves of Okinoerabu; sample the fiery locally-brewed ‘shochu’; explore Shurijo Castle in Okinawa; taste the freshest of fresh sushi and swim in phosphorescent waters over perfectly formed coral reefs.

There is also an optional ‘mainland’ Japan add-on that includes the stunning temples of Kyoto the ancient capital, as well as the neon jungle of Tokyo, for those whom want to explore this bustling metropolis before flying home.

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Flight Information:

International and national flights are not included in the adventure price.

NB: This adventure requires a minimum of 6 clients in order to run.

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