Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands: The First Comprehensive Guide to the Entire Ryukyu Island Chain

**Lowell Thomas Annual trip publication Award Silver Medal Winner 2015**

Travel to the main inspiring tropical islands in the world! every thing you wish is during this one handy Okinawa shuttle guide—including a wide pull-out map.

Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands is the 1st accomplished trip consultant to the one hundred fifty sub-tropical island chain that stretches throughout six hundred miles from Japan to Taiwan. those are probably the most stunningly appealing islands within the world!

Trek up lively volcanoes, soak in nature sizzling springs, take pleasure in pristine white sand shores, and pattern Okinawa's fantastic homegrown delicacies. skilled writer Robert Walker tells you the way to get there, the place to head, the place to stick and what to do, including:

  • Ferry schedules and flights
  • accommodations on all inhabited islands
  • top seashores and surf spots
  • Hikes and nature walks
  • points of interest appropriate for households with children
  • ancient and cultural landmarks

Illustrated with over 2 hundred colour images and forty maps, this booklet presents crucial go back and forth tips on how to support travelers keep away from expensive error. additionally it is a wide fold-out map of Okinawa and the Ryukyu chain with insets for the main islands and towns.

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