60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Charlotte
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Nagoya
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
7
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
8
Fukuoka
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
9
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
10
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
11
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
12
Nikko
— 4 nights
Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Charlotte

5
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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), Noboribetsu (Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, &more) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). There's lots more to do: stroll around Odori Park, take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, tour the pleasant surroundings at Okurayama Lookout, and get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo planner.

Charlotte, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. While traveling from Charlotte, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Otaru Canal, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 7:
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

5
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Venture out of the city with trips to Daiho-ji Temple (in Aoki-mura), Yubatake (in Kusatsu-machi) and Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Sanmachi Suji, &more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Larch Forests In Kamikochi area, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hotaka Mountain Range, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Matsumoto trip maker app.

You can fly from Sapporo to Matsumoto in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in June: highs in Matsumoto hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Takayama, Azumino, Daiho-ji Temple, Shiraike Lake, Zenko-ji Temple
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 12:
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Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more), Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) & Takayama Jinya). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, make a trip to Omicho Market, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kanazawa, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Gongenmori Beach
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 17:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

4
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagoya side-trips: Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama), Shima (Ichigo Beach & Hotel Shima Spain Mura) and Toba (Mikimoto Pearl Island & Toba Aquarium). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, contemplate the long history of Nagoya Higashiyamaso, and see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nagoya online travel planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Nagoya sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shima, Toba, Inuyama Castle, Ise Grand Shrine
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

6
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Jishu Shrine (in Otsu). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take in the pleasant sights at Gion.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Kyoto are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Jishu Shrine
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

3
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kobe (Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), Suma Beach, &more), Matsue Swimming Beach (in Akashi) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Tarumino Ozakura, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and take in the pleasant sights at Takeda Teramachi Street.

For traveler tips, maps, and 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. Traveling from Kyoto in June, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around 69°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kobe, Yabu, Matsue Swimming Beach, Takeda Teramachi Street, Okayama Korakuen Garden
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Paddle Park, &more), Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kurashiki, Kintaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 5:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

5
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kumamoto (Newspaper Museum, Suizenji Jojuen Garden, &more), Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo) and Nagasaki (Nagasaki Peace Park, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, admire the natural beauty at Komyozen-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and examine the collection at Kurume World Camellia Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka road trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Dazaifu, Koishiwarayaki Traditional Industry Plaza, Ishizumi Rice Terraces
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden

5
nights
Ishigaki

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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and get outside with Yarabudake.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Fukuoka to Ishigaki takes 4.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ishigaki when traveling from Fukuoka in July, with lows around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

6
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tokyo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Ishigaki to Tokyo in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in July, Tokyo is slightly colder at night with lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

5
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Ita Beach (in Numazu), Gotemba City Library (in Gotemba) and Izu (Toi Beach, Nishiizu Skyline, &more). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, contemplate the waterfront views at Iritahama Beach, make a trip to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, and get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi vacation planning website.

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Shimoda, Izu, Ita Beach, Fuji-Q Highland, Gotemba City Library
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck ©
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck

4
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Venture out of the city with trips to Oya History Museum (in Utsunomiya) and Sanbon Yaridake Moutain (in Nasushiobara). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, go for a walk through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, explore the activities along Kinugawa River Source, and take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Nikko vacation planner.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Nikko in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Nikko can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oya History Museum, Nikko National Park, Sanbon Yaridake Moutain
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park ©

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