60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Naha
— 6 nights
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Osaka Kansai
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Osaka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 8 nights
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Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 4 nights
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— 4 nights
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Melbourne International Airport

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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.
Visiting Toyosaki Kaihin Koen and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nakijin Castle Ruins and Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Onna-son (Cape Manzamo, Onna Station Nakayukui Market, &more), Itoman (Himeyuri Peace Museum, The Tower of Himeyuri, &more) and Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Zakimi Castle Ruins, and buy something for everyone on your list at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Naha trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Naha is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Naha is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Melbourne in March: highs in Naha hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 7:

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Yukishio Museum. Get in touch with nature at Toguchi no Hama and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, head outdoors with Aragusuku Beach, and make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima driving holiday planner.

Getting from Naha to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 11:

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.
Head to Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Artfor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Spend 14th (Sun) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, walk around Banna Park, and explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki route app.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 17:

Iriomote-jima

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Get outdoors at Ida no Hama Beach and Iriomote Island. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hoshisuna Beach and Pinaisara Falls. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, and take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima vacation planning tool.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 20:

Osaka

— 5 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 Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Visit Kasuga Grand Shrine and Kofuku-ji Temple for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Kobe (Kawasaki Good Times World & Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)), Takasago (Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine & Yoneda Taishiji Temple) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Dotombori District, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, look for gifts at Tower Knives Osaka, and take in the views from Onaruto Bridge.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Osaka road trip website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Osaka takes 8.5 hours. When traveling from Iriomote-jima in March, plan for little chillier days in Osaka, with highs around 16°C, while nights are colder with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 25:

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.
You'll explore and learn at Kyoto International Manga Museum and Hosomi Museum. Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and THE SOUVENIR STOREfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Uji (Asahiyaki & Byodoin) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip app.

Drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — Apr 1:

Ise

— 4 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.
Ise Shrine Geku and Tsukiyominomiya will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oharai-machi and Hanano Iwaya Caves. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ise: Shima (Ichigo Beach, Premium Express Shimakaze, &more), Kumano (Onigajo & Daiuma Shrine) and Aonominesan Shofuku-ji Temple (in Toba). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, contemplate the long history of Hinjitsukan, and meet the residents at Toba Aquarium.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ise trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Ise, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 5:

Hakone-machi

— 6 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum and Narukawa Art Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls and Mount Omuro. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Izu Heights Golf Club (in Izu), Shimoda (Shirahama Beach & Mount Nesugatayama Observatory) and Atami (Kiunkaku & Izusan Jinja Shrine). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, trek along Jogasaki Coast, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, and tee off at Kawana Hotel.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Ise to Hakone-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ise in April: high temperatures in Hakone-machi hover around 15°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 11:

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.
Nezu Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Yokohama Minato Mirai 21. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kōtoku-in, &more). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, and wander the streets of Ueno District.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in April, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 19:

Hakuba-mura

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, wander the streets of Hakuba, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, and finally stop by Hakuba Jump Arena. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, then hit the slopes at Hakuba Mountain Harbor, then take in the awesome beauty at Happoone, and finally fly down the slopes at Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hakuba-mura trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakuba-mura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakuba-mura: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:

Nozawaonsen-mura

— 4 nights
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hokusai-kan and Zenko-ji Temple. Get in touch with nature at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort and Snow Monkey Resorts. Explore Nozawaonsen-mura's surroundings by going to Yuzawa-machi (Ponshukan & Kagura Ski Resort), Myoko (Suginohara & Myoko Ski Park) and Yamanouchi-machi (Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, &more). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen and head outdoors with Togari Onsen Ski Resort.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nozawaonsen-mura trip planner.

Getting from Hakuba-mura to Nozawaonsen-mura by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 25:

Kutchan-cho

— 4 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Take a break from the city and head to Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Hokkaido Backcountry Club. Explore hidden gems such as Rusutsu Resort Ski and Niseko Hanazono Resort. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kutchan-cho itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nozawaonsen-mura to Kutchan-cho. In April, Kutchan-cho is a bit cooler than Nozawaonsen-mura - with highs of 9°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 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.