60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary maker

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Sapporo
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Himeji
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Naha
— 6 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 7 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Hakone-machi
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru Canal (in Otaru), Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho) and Kutchan-cho (Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place & Niseko Hanazono Resort). There's still lots to do: walk around Odori Park, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, get outside with Maruyama Genshirin, and make a trip to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Sapporo trip site.

Seattle, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. When traveling from Seattle in January, plan for cooler days in Sapporo, with highs around 27°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 21:

Kanazawa

— 6 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Takasu Snow Park (in Gujo), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), &more). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sotoshu Chokeiji Temple, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa sightseeing planner.

Fly from Sapporo to Kanazawa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, Kanazawa is somewhat warmer than Sapporo - with highs of 44°F and lows of 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 27:

Kyoto

— 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka), Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nara Park) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, stop by Arashiyama, and don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 3:

Himeji

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Wakasu Kogen Oya Ski Area (in Yabu), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kuma, steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Himeji trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 6:

Hiroshima

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Paddle Park, Miyajima, &more), Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima sightseeing website.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. February in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 11:

Nagasaki

— 3 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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagasaki side-trips: Sasebo (Huis Ten Bosch & Mt. Yumihari). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagasaki Peace Park, and get a sense of history and politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in February, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 14:

Naha

— 6 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.
Explore Naha's surroundings by going to Uruma (Katsuren Castle Ruins & Umi-Budou henza Farm), Onna-son (Cape Manzamo & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Nanjo (Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo, Sefa-Utaki, &more). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to American Village, get outside with Blue Sky, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clara Church.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Naha tour planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Naha by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Nagasaki in February, with highs in Naha at 67°F and lows at 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 20:

Motobu-cho

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Iejima Beach Side Horse Park (in Ie-son), Kunigami-son (Daisekirinzan & Cape Hedo) and Izena-son (Shirasagi Lookout & Mt. Izena Forest Park). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, admire the natural beauty at Tropical Dream Center, snap pictures at Noho Ohashi, and don't miss a visit to Kouri Ohashi.

Discover how to plan a Motobu-cho trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Naha to Motobu-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Naha in February, Motobu-cho is a bit cooler at night with lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 20 — 24:

Ishigaki

— 7 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, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki day trip site.

Getting from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Motobu-cho in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ishigaki, with lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 24 — Mar 3:

Tokyo

— 7 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 Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Kōtoku-in, Hase-dera Temple, &more) and Tokyo Disneyland (in Maihama). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Tokyo takes 5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in March, expect nights in Tokyo to be cooler, around 43°F, while days are little chillier, around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 3 — 10:

Hakone-machi

— 5 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Kengamine (in Fujinomiya), Kazurayama Castle Ruins (in Susono) and Ikeda museum of 20th century art (in Ito). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji, and contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi road trip site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 47°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Theme Parks · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 15:

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.