60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

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Onna-son
— 5 nights
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Osaka Kansai
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Osaka
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Ise
— 3 nights
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Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
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Hakuba-mura
— 4 nights
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Nozawaonsen-mura
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Kutchan-cho
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Onna-son

— 5 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Explore hidden gems such as Nakijin Castle Ruins and Sefa-Utaki. Relax by the water at Kouri Beach and Manza Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Onna-son side-trips: Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Nakagusuku-son), Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater & Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park) and Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri, buy something for everyone on your list at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Onna-son online visit planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Onna-son is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Onna-son is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Brisbane in January, with highs in Onna-son at 22°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 25:

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get some cultural insight at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Yukishio Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Sunayama Beach and Ikema-jima Island. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Harimizu Utaki.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Miyakojima travel planner.

Fly from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Onna-son in January, Miyakojima is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:

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.
Get outdoors at Cape Hirakubozaki and Yonehara Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kondoi Beach and Island Countryside Settlement. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, get outside with Yarabudake, get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 4:

Iriomote-jima

— 4 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll get in some beach time at Ida no Hama Beach and Hoshisuna Beach. Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Iriomote Island. And it doesn't end there: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, identify plant and animal life at Sakiyama North Corner, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakama-river Protected Region.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima route site.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nara Park and Japan Tour Adventure in Nara. Koyasan Okunoin and Dotombori District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Izanagi Shrine (in Awaji), Otsuka Museum of Art (in Naruto) and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Kobe). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, and steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Osaka takes 8.5 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Iriomote-jima in February, with highs in Osaka at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 14:

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Toji. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Byodoin. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamigamo Shrine, stroll through Nanzen-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip tool.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 21:

Ise

— 3 nights
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Appreciate the collections at Sengukan and Okageza. Get a sense of the local culture at Ise Shrine Geku and Sarutahiko Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ise: Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck (in Shima) and Toba (Aonominesan Shofuku-ji Temple & Shinmei Shrine). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, take an in-depth tour of Jingu Chokokan Museum, contemplate the long history of Hinjitsukan, and make a trip to Oharai-machi.

Plan my day in Ise using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kyoto in February, Ise is a bit warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 24:

Shirakawa-mura

— 2 nights
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Nagase house, get great views at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, contemplate the long history of Kanda house, then contemplate the long history of Wada House, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Shirakawago, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and then examine the collection at Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Shirakawa-mura trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Ise to Shirakawa-mura in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Shirakawa-mura, with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:

Hakuba-mura

— 4 nights
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Get some historical perspective at Togakushi Shrine Okusha and Matsumoto Castle. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hakuba and Zenko-ji Temple. Explore Hakuba-mura's surroundings by going to Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort (in Otari-mura), Snow Monkey Resorts (in Nagano) and Suginohara (in Myoko). There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, head outdoors with Hakuba Lion Adventure, stop by Hakuba Jump Arena, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Happoone.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakuba-mura trip itinerary website.

Getting from Shirakawa-mura to Hakuba-mura by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Shirakawa-mura in February; daily highs in Hakuba-mura reach 4°C and lows reach -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 2:

Nozawaonsen-mura

— 5 nights
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort and Okushiga Kogen Ski Area. Visiting Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area and Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nozawaonsen-mura: Kijimadaira Ski Resort (in Kijimadaira-mura), Shiga Kogen (in Yamanouchi-machi) and Myoko (Akakan Ski Area & Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Kagura Ski Resort, don't miss a visit to Ponshukan, explore the world behind art at Hokusai-kan, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Haruna Shrine.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nozawaonsen-mura road trip app.

Getting from Hakuba-mura to Nozawaonsen-mura by car takes about 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Nozawaonsen-mura are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 7:

Kutchan-cho

— 4 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Step off the beaten path and head to Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area. Take a break from the city and head to Rusutsu Resort Ski and Niseko Village Ski Resort. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's more to do: surround yourself with nature on Niseko Outdoor Center and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kutchan-cho planner.

Explore your travel options from Nozawaonsen-mura to Kutchan-cho with the Route module. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nozawaonsen-mura in March, with highs in Kutchan-cho at 1°C and lows at -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 11:

Tokyo

— 9 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.
Shop till you drop at Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Gallery Marusan. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Zojo-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Narita (Gaku-do, Naritasan Omote Sando, &more), Kamakura (Kōtoku-in, Hase-dera Temple, &more) and Katori Jingu Shrine (in Katori). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, wander the streets of Ueno District, and explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo attractions app.

Getting from Kutchan-cho to Tokyo by combination of train and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. When traveling from Kutchan-cho in March, plan for warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 17°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 20:

Japan travel guide

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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.