60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 8 nights
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
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Zamami-son
— 2 nights
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Onna-son
— 7 nights
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
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Izumo
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
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Shari-cho

— 4 nights
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Step out of the city life by going to Shiretoko Goko Lake and Lake Mashu. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kaminoko Pond and Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall. Explore Shari-cho's surroundings by going to Teshikaga-cho (Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory & Mt. Io). Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Shiretoko National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Shiretoko Misaki, take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Pass, identify plant and animal life at Shiretoko Peninsula, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Shari-cho route builder tool.

Toronto, Canada to Shari-cho is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in September, you will find days in Shari-cho are little chillier (22°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 12:

Tokyo

— 8 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pola Museum of Art and Tokyo National Museum. Shop till you drop at Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Art Jeunesse Akihabara. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama), The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Kōtoku-in). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple, relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, contemplate the long history of Hozomon, and admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum Mitaka.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo holiday planning app.

You can fly from Shari-cho to Tokyo in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Shari-cho in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 20:

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Take a break from the city and head to Sunayama Beach and Yabiji. Step off the beaten path and head to Aragusuku Beach and Toguchi no Hama. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, and head outdoors with Nagamahama Beach Coast.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Miyakojima takes 6 hours. In September, Miyakojima is somewhat warmer than Tokyo - with highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:

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.
Let the collections at Ishigaki Yaima Village and Nei Museum of Art capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Hirakubozaki and Yonehara Beach. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Akashi Beach, head outdoors with Sukuji Beach, and see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In September in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 30:

Iriomote-jima

— 4 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Step off the beaten path and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Hoshisuna Beach and Todomari Beach. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, kick back and relax at Haemida Beach, identify plant and animal life at Nakama-river Protected Region, and head outdoors with Hinai Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima route builder.

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about 2 hours. September in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 4:

Zamami-son

— 2 nights
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): head off the coast to Gahi Island, kick back and relax at Gahijima Sand Dune, enjoy the sand and surf at Furuzamami Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Zamami Island, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ama Beach. On the next day, kick back and relax at Kushibaru Beach, kick back and relax at Nishibama Beach, then get outside with Aka Beach, then head outdoors with Hizushi Beach, and finally step off the mainland to explore Kerama Islands.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Zamami-son online trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Iriomote-jima to Zamami-son with the Route module. In October in Zamami-son, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:

Onna-son

— 7 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Himeyuri Peace Museum and Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Onna-son: Nanjo (Sefa-Utaki & Valley of Gangala), Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum (in Nishihara-cho) and St. Clara Church (in Yonabaru-cho). The adventure continues: get outside with Manza Beach, make a trip to Nakijin Castle Ruins, explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins, and get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Onna-son attractions planner.

You can drive from Zamami-son to Onna-son in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Onna-son can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 13:

Yakushima-cho

— 3 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Explore hidden gems such as Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Nagata Inakahama. Step out of the city life by going to Yakusugi Land and Oko no Taki Fall. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Seibu Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls, and don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Onna-son in October: highs in Yakushima-cho hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Izumo.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:

Izumo

— 2 nights
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Matsue Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at Adachi Museum of Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamosu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): kick back and relax at Inasa Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hinomisaki Shrine, steep yourself in history at Former Taisha Station, then get all the information you need at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Izumo tour builder website.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Izumo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, things will get a bit cooler in Izumo: highs are around 24°C and lows about 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:

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.
You'll explore and learn at Yamato Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ohara Museum of Art and Mazda Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (in Kurashiki). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima itinerary planner.

Drive from Izumo to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 22:

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Otsuka Museum of Art and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Koyasan Okunoin and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) (in Kobe), Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en) and Izanagi Shrine (in Awaji). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Osaka tour itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 28:

Kyoto

— 8 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sanzen-in Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tenryuji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's much more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, explore the activities along Kamogawa River, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

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Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 5:

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.