Okinawa Island Bike tour

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Overview

Experience Okinawa's main island on an unforgettable bicycle journey. Begin with a serene visit to Naminoue Shrine for a safe trip. Explore Naha's historic streets to discover the World Heritage Shuri Castle, a testament to Okinawan culture blending Japanese and Chinese influences. Venture to Chatan, where American and Japanese cultures intersect uniquely at "Yachimun-no-sato," a village famed for vibrant pottery. Cycle along Okinawa's resort-lined coast, passing Fukugi tree tunnels and traditional red-tiled houses resonating with the sounds of the sanshin.

Cross the majestic Kouri Big Bridge to tranquil Kouri Island, then immerse yourself in Yanbaru Forest, a lush oasis shaped by the Kuroshio Current. Reach Cape Hendo for panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and East China Sea. Discover ancient ruins at Katsuren Castle and traverse "Kaichu Road" to mystical Hamahiga Island. Explore Chinen Cape's spiritual sites and reflect at Itoman's Peace Memorial Park before returning to Naha. This journey is a blend of nature, history, and cultural richness, offering an authentic Okinawan cycling experience from coast to castle.

Start

Naha

Finish

Naha

Lodging

casual

Level

moderate

Avg. dist. cycled

70km / 43mi

Group size

Min. 6, Max. 12

Fly-In

Naha

Fly-Out

Naha

Highlights

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Stunning Coastal Routes

Experience the thrill of cycling along Okinawa's picturesque coastline.

Itinerary

Brief Itinerary

DayPlacecasual Inns or similarMealsDistanceActivity
DAY 1Naha to MotobuHotel Yugaf InnD70km / 43micycling
DAY 2KunigamiOkuma ResortB,D70km / 43micycling
DAY 3AdaAda Garden HotelB,D55km / 34micycling
DAY 4HenokoAsbo Stay HotelB,D80km / 50micycling
DAY 5YonabaruEM Wellness LivingB,D75km / 46micycling
DAY 6NahaB70km / 43micycling

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1: Naha to Motobu

Your adventure begins at Naminoue Shrine, a sacred site where you can pray for the safety of your 6-day journey. Pedal through the historic city of Naha and visit the magnificent Shuri Castle, a World Cultural Heritage site showcasing the brilliant fusion of Japanese and Chinese architectural styles and the ingenuity of ancient Okinawan culture.

Next, cycle to Chatan, a vibrant area where the post-war U.S. influence is still palpable, offering a unique blend of American and Japanese atmospheres. Discover "Yachimun-no-sato," a pottery village with charming red-tiled kilns, where you can explore a stunning array of colorful ceramics and find your favorite handcrafted pieces.

Heading further north, enjoy an exhilarating ride along Okinawa's largest coastal resort area, where breathtaking ocean views await. This day promises an exciting mix of culture, history, and scenic beauty, ensuring a truly unforgettable experience.

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Meals: D
Cycling Distance: 70km / 43mi
Accommodation: Hotel Yugaf Inn
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Day 2: Kunigami

Experience the enchanting beauty of Okinawa as you walk through the lush green tunnels of Fukugi trees, planted around houses as natural windbreaks. Visit picturesque villages adorned with traditional red-tiled Okinawan houses, where the soothing melodies of the sanshin, a traditional stringed instrument, fill the air.

Venture beyond the village to discover Hanejinaikai, a tranquil bay dotted with small islets and frequented by rare seasonal migratory birds. Enjoy a relaxing and breathtaking ride along the Kouri Big Bridge, spanning approximately 2 km (1.2 miles) and leading to the serene Kouri Island, offering the sensation of gliding over the ocean.

Spend your day immersed in the rich culture of traditional settlements from the Ryukyu Dynasty, and marvel at the stunning contrasts of the azure sea, vibrant blue sky, and sparkling coral reefs intertwined with a chain of idyllic islands.

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Meals: B,D
Cycling Distance: 70km / 43mi
Accommodation: Okuma Resort
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Day 3: Ada

Your journey culminates at the breathtaking World Natural Heritage Yanbaru Forest, a lush sanctuary nourished by the Kuroshio Current. Unlike other regions at the same latitude of 27 degrees north, which are deserts, this miraculous forest thrives in harmony with local communities who have lovingly restored and maintained its natural beauty.

Continuing onward, you'll reach Cape Hedo, the northernmost point of Okinawa. Here, from the sheer cliffs formed by rising coral reefs, you'll be treated to panoramic views of the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean and the East China Sea, with the Japanese mainland visible in the distance beyond the expansive ocean. The coastline transitions from the linear west coast to the bay-rich east coast, offering a scenic route with varied terrain through the ancient forest teeming with rare species.

At your accommodation, nestled right next to the World Heritage Area, you might even spot the elusive Yanbaru-kuina, a flightless bird found only in this region, during the tranquil early morning hours.

Meals: B,D
Cycling Distance: 55km / 34mi
Accommodation: Ada Garden Hotel
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Day 4: Henoko

Continuing your bike ride through the forest, you'll emerge to a breathtaking view of the Oura River, a tributary of Yanbaru Forest, home to one of Okinawa's largest mangrove forests. Here, where subtropical forest meets the ocean, witness teeming crabs at low tide and vibrant fish at high tide, offering a glimpse into Okinawa's distinctive wildlife. Explore the Kayo Formation's layered cliffs, a geological marvel spanning millennia, revealing trace fossils that tell the island's ancient story. Unwind at your accommodation with a dip in Okinawa's unique natural spring water, sourced from deep underground ancient seawater, perfect for soothing tired muscles.

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Meals: B,D
Cycling Distance: 80km / 50mi
Accommodation: Asbo Stay Hotel
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Day 5: Yonabaru

Today set out on a journey through history to Katsuren Castle, a formidable stronghold perched on a natural cliff, where defiant local lords resisted the Ryukyu Dynasty until the end. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it blends fortress strength with spiritual significance as an "Utaki" sanctuary, revered in Okinawan nature worship. Experience the enchanting ride across the "Kaichu Road" to Hamahiga Island, legendary home of Ryukyu's founder, Amamikyo. Here, the sacred site of Shirumichu beckons, where ancestral spirits of the Ryukyu Kingdom imbue the landscape with timeless energy, attracting pilgrims year-round.

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Meals: B,D
Cycling Distance: 75km / 46mi
Accommodation: EM Wellness Living
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Day 6: Naha

Explore the breathtaking Chinen Cape, nestled near the UNESCO World Heritage site Sefa Utaki, offering panoramic views of Kudaka Island, revered as the sacred birthplace of Amamikyo, Okinawa's ancestral Kami who introduced the art of agriculture. Pause next at the Peace Memorial Park, honoring Okinawa's poignant history during World War II.

In Itoman, a historic seaside town steeped in maritime tradition, immerse yourself in local culture. Witness the exhilarating Itoman Hare festival, celebrating boat paddling in the lunar fifth month, and admire the traditional sabani boats once vital for fishing and transport. Finally, return to Naha, completing your unforgettable cycling tour across Okinawa's main island.

Meals: B
Cycling Distance: 70km / 43mi
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Essential Info

Inclusions

LODGING

All hotels as mentioned in the tour details or similar (subject to availability).

trip leader

Expert Trip Leader(s) who look after your every need and add meaning to your vacation.

bike

Immaculately maintained bike with helmet, suited to a terrain.

shuttle

A Van support follows the group of riders and carries all belongings.

meals

Meals as per itinerary. Guests are given the opportunity to dine on their own so that they discover a location independently.

refreshments

Refreshments and mineral water while cycling.

entrance

Entrance fees to most of the monuments and temples.

Exclusions

Airport pickup and drop

We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.

Beverages

Beverages such as alcohol, tea, coffee, juice at a hotel or restaurant.

Gratuity

Gratuities for your guide team are not included in the trip price.

Weather

Okinawa offers a generally mild climate for cycling year-round, with average temperatures ranging from 15°C (59°F) in winter to 30°C (86°F) in summer.

January

Best

February

Good

March

Good

April

Good

May

Mixed

June

Mixed

July

Offseason

August

Offseason

September

Offseason

October

Good

November

Best

December

Best

Best

Good

Mixed

Offseason

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