Many new tours to lesser-known destinations in central region
OKINAWA, JAPAN: Several tour operators are adding a variety of new Japan experiences to their line-up, offering fresh twists. Some on the classic tour as well as new additions. There are those who prefer to travel at a more sedate pace, family groups, or die-hard beach-bums.
Many of the new tours include time spent in lesser-known destinations in the central Chubu region. A repository of traditional culture and heritage, such as Kanazawa and Takayama, where old Japan exists untouched.
Japan nearly 7,000 islands
Beach holidays. Japan is an archipelago made up of nearly 7,000 islands. Island getaways feature heavily in the new tours. From Shikoku, Japan’s fourth largest island, to the tropical Ogasawara Islands, known as the Galapagos of Japan. Not to forget Okinawa, Japan’s southern beach resort paradise.
White sand dunes
Okinawa. The perfect add-on to any tour of Japan is an island retreat to Japan’s southern resort paradise of Okinawa. Domestic flights from Tokyo or Osaka, accommodation, and daily breakfasts are all included, leaving you free to focus on what matters – relaxing.
Relax on one of Okinawa’s countless pristine beaches, letting time pass you by as you revel in the joy of the sublime white sand dunes and sparkling sapphire sea around you. Some of Okinawa’s best are to be found on Zamami Island. Here you’ll be able to spend a blissful, carefree day – but it’s not all about beaches.
Was a separate kingdom
Culture and history. Called the Ryukyu Kingdom, Okinawa was a separate kingdom until the 17th century. It also has plenty to offer in the way of cultural, historical and gastronomic delights. An interesting destination for everyone. Take time out from topping up your tan to visit unusual and eye-opening historical and cultural sites. Such as Chinese-influenced Shuri Castle, tropical landscape garden Shikinaen, and Tamaudun Mausoleum. Tamaudun was built for the Ryukyuan royal family in the 16th century.
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