60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip maker

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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train
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Nagasaki
— 5 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 7 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Taketomi-jima
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Taketomi-jima
— 1 night
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 6 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 9 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 7 nights
Drive
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 7 nights
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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 Kinkaku-ji. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple), Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto visit planning app.

Osaka to Kyoto is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 7:

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 some historical perspective at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Atomic Bomb Dome. Get in touch with nature at Miyajima and Mt. Misen. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Matsuyama (Thermal Spas & Matsuyama Castle). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. November in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 11:

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.
Get outdoors at Mt. Inasa and Hashima Island. Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Dejima will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from Nagasaki with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, don't miss a visit to Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, contemplate the long history of Suwa Shrine, and walk around Nagasaki Peace Park.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 16:

Naha

— 7 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.
Relax by the water at Aharen Beach and Naminoue Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shurijo Castle and Tamaudun. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naha: Onna-son (Manza Beach, Cape Manzamo, &more), Yomitan-son (Nirai Beach & Yachimun no Sato) and Ikei Island Beach Camping Ground (in Ikei-jima). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Furuzamami Beach, kick back and relax at Bibi Beach Itoman, stop by Tomarin, and enjoy breathtaking views from Naha Airport Observation Deck.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Naha tour builder app.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Naha in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Nagasaki in November, with highs in Naha at 29°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Taketomi-jima.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 23:

Taketomi-jima

— 1 night
A tiny island in the Yae-yama archipelago, Taketomi-jima enjoys popularity as a beach getaway, best known for its stretches of "star sand"--sand made up of tiny star-shaped exoskeletons of ancient fossils.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Taketomi-jima trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Naha to Taketomi-jima takes 4 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Taketomi-jima can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 24:
Highlights from your trip

Ishigaki

— 4 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Yonehara Beach and Hoshisuna Beach. Visiting Fusaki Beach and Kabira Bay will get you outdoors. Step out of Ishigaki with an excursion to Pinaisara Falls in Iriomote-jima--about 2h 15 min away. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Sukuji Beach and stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Taketomi-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. November in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 28:

Miyakojima

— 6 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 Yonaha Maehama Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. Relax by the water at Aragusuku Beach and Sunayama Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, and step off the mainland to explore Kouri Island.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 4:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tokyo National Museum and Ginza. Visit Imperial Palace and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba District, explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

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You can fly from Miyakojima to Tokyo in 6 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in December, you will find days in Tokyo are little chillier (14°C), and nights are much colder (4°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 13:

Nikko

— 7 nights
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.
Nikko Tosho-gu and Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Taiyuimbyo Shrine and Kanaya Hotel History House are in your itinerary. Explore Nikko's surroundings by going to Fukuroda Falls (in Daigo-machi) and Nasu Garden Outlet (in Nasushiobara). Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring nature at Oze National Park. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, take in the views from Kinu Tateiwa Otsuribashi (Suspension bridge), and enjoy breathtaking views from Akechidaira Observation Area.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nikko road trip app.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Nikko are little chillier (11°C), and nights are a bit warmer (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 20:

Yamanouchi-machi

— 2 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and then fly down the slopes at Yamada Farm, Yamaboku Wild Snow Park.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi road trip planner.

You can drive from Nikko to Yamanouchi-machi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nikko in December, with highs in Yamanouchi-machi at 7°C and lows at 0°C. You will leave for Sapporo on the 22nd (Tue).

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
Highlights from your trip

Sapporo

— 7 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Jigokudani and Okurayama Lookout. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru Canal (in Otaru), Kutchan-cho (Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place & Niseko Hanazono Resort) and Rusutsu Resort Ski (in Rusutsu-mura). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Susukino, fly down the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sapporo trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Sapporo by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in December: highs in Sapporo hover around 0°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 29:

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.