60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Naha
— 5 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
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Kagoshima
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Sapporo
— 5 nights
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Tokyo

— 6 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Calgary, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Calgary to Tokyo. Traveling from Calgary in December, expect Tokyo to be much warmer, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 30:

Ishigaki

— 6 nights
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, examine the collection at MInsah Kogei Museum, stroll around Banna Park, and head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Ishigaki takes 5 hours. While traveling from Tokyo, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 5:

Naha

— 5 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Cape Manzamo), Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center (in Yomitan-son) and American Village (in Chatan-cho). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, make a trip to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, learn more about the world around you at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, and see the interesting displays at Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Naha holiday tool.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 10:

Motobu-cho

— 5 nights
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.
Explore Motobu-cho's surroundings by going to Ie-son (Mt. Iegusuku & Iejima Beach Side Horse Park), Ishiyama Viewing Platform (in Ogimi-son) and Kunigami-son (Okuma Beach, Daisekirinzan, &more). And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, take in the views from Kouri Ohashi, meet the residents at Okichan Theater, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Motobu-cho trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Naha to Motobu-cho in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Naha in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Motobu-cho. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:

Kagoshima

— 4 nights

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ibusuki (Cape Nagasakibana, Ibusuki Golf Club, &more) and Minamikyushu (Tokoshieni, Tokkoyushi Statue, Sebira Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, take in the spiritual surroundings of Myoken Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Yunohira Lookout, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Meiji Restoration.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kagoshima road trip website.

You can fly from Motobu-cho to Kagoshima in 6 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Motobu-cho in January, with highs in Kagoshima at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Outdoors · Golf · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:

Nagasaki

— 5 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Chiwata Station (in Higashisonogi-cho), Yutoku Inari Shrine (in Kashima) and Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, walk around Nagao Castle Park, snap pictures at Megane Bridge, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip planner.

You can take a train from Kagoshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:

Hiroshima

— 4 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Itsukushima Shrine, &more), Momijidani Park (in Miyajima) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip maker website.

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:

Himeji

— 2 nights
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. On the next day, walk around Kunimi no Mori Park, then experience rural life at Sato Fruit Kobo, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Himeji tour itinerary builder app.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Himeji are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Spas · Baths · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:

Osaka

— 6 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kobe (Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, &more), Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, &more) and Nara (Experience YAMATO, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Osaka online tour planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 5:

Kyoto

— 6 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Venture out of the city with trips to Byodoin (in Uji) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and get to know the fascinating history of Katsura Imperial Villa.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip site.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 11:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Takayama Jinya, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Wada House, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 15:

Sapporo

— 5 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Otaru (Otaru Canal & Tomioka Catholic Church), Kitahiroshima Cycling Road (in Kitahiroshima) and Noboribetsu (Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, Jigokudani, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Odori Park, don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, and take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo tour itinerary website.

Fly from Kanazawa to Sapporo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kanazawa in February: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around -1°C and lows are around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 20:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.