22 days in Okinawa Prefecture & Taiwan Itinerary

22 days in Okinawa Prefecture & Taiwan Itinerary

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22 days in Okinawa Prefecture & Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  8​h
1
Naha, Japan
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Motobu-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Miyakojima, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Ishigaki, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
New Taipei, Taiwan
— 3 nights
6
Taichung, Taiwan
— 3 nights
bus:  30​min
7
Nantou, Taiwan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
8
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Singapore, Singapore

1
night
Naha, Japan

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
On the 28th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori, then step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, then have some family-friendly fun at Ryuso Studio Chura Bijin, and finally Head underground at Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Naha road trip planning site .

Singapore, Singapore to Naha is an approximately 8-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Naha. In November, Naha is a bit cooler than Singapore - with highs of 29°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Nature Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 28:
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Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

2
nights
Motobu-cho, Japan

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
On the 29th (Fri), meet the residents at Okichan Theater, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, then kick back and relax at Akabaka Beach, and finally make a trip to Kouri Ohashi. On the next day, kick back and relax at Anchihama, stroll through Diamond Beach, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Motobu-cho, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Naha to Motobu-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Naha in November since evenings lows in Motobu-cho dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Onna-son
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Parasailing & Paragliding
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi

3
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Yonaha Maehama Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach, make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima travel route planner .

Getting from Motobu-cho to Miyakojima by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Motobu-cho in November since evenings lows in Miyakojima dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 3:
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

3
nights
Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Kids will enjoy Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village, and enjoy breathtaking views from Maesedake Observation Site.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to New Taipei.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Ishigaki Yaima Village ©
Ishigaki Yaima Village

3
nights
New Taipei, Taiwan

New Taipei ©
Xinbei, also known as New Taipei City, stands as a newly founded part of the wider Taipei metropolitan area, stretching up from the capital to the island's northern coast.
Go for a jaunt from New Taipei to Shilin to see National Palace Museum about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Taipei 101, browse the eclectic array of goods at Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), get engrossed in the history at National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read New Taipei trip planner .

Fly from Ishigaki to New Taipei in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time (JST) to China Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. December in New Taipei sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can take a train to Taichung.

Things to do in New Taipei

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Taipei
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:
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Taipei Zoo ©
Taipei Zoo
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

3
nights
Taichung, Taiwan

Taichung ©
Known its good weather, Taichung boasts an interesting set of cultural attractions, including many temples showing the development of religious architectural styles in the area and forming focal points for most tours of Taichung.
Kids will appreciate attractions like National Museum of Natural Science and Flying Cow Ranch. When in Taichung, make a side trip to see Sih Yue Syue Trail in Sanyi, approximately 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Kaomei Wetland, let little ones run wild at Zhenqian Renai Park, stroll around 921Earthquake Memorial Park, and make a trip to Wufeng Nonghui Jiuzhuang.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Taichung day trip planning app .

Getting from New Taipei to Taichung by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Nantou.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Flying Cow Ranch, Sih Yue Syue Trail
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Kaomei Wetland ©
Kaomei Wetland
National Museum of Natural Science ©
Flying Cow Ranch ©
Flying Cow Ranch

2
nights
Nantou, Taiwan

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
On the 13th (Fri), experience rural life at Sun Moon Lake Toushehuo Basin Recreation Farm, explore the activities along Sun Moon Lake, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wenwumiaohoushan Park. On the next day, make a trip to Mona Rudao Memorial Stele and then get in on the family fun at Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nantou road trip app .

Nantou is very close to Taichung. December in Nantou sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Nantou

Theme Parks Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village ©
Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Wenwumiaohoushan Park ©
Wenwumiaohoushan Park

4
nights
Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Kaohsiung ©
A small trading town in the 17th century, Kaohsiung now stands as a sprawling metropolis, its harbor representing the largest on the island.
Venture out of the city with trips to Xiao Liu Qiu (in Liuqiu), Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia) (in West Central District) and Chimei Museum (in Rende). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, don't miss a visit to The Dome of Light, explore the world behind art at Da Chi Nei Yun Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Yi Cheng Tang.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kaohsiung day trip website .

Traveling by train from Nantou to Kaohsiung takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Nantou in December, with highs in Kaohsiung at 29°C and lows at 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Tainan, Xiao Liu Qiu
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
Xiao Liu Qiu ©
Xiao Liu Qiu
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

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