60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Nikko
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Shari-cho
— 3 nights
Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Shakotan-cho
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Shakotan-cho
— 1 night
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Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Komatsu Airport / JASDF Komatsu Air Base, Drive to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Toyooka
— 4 nights
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Matsue
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train to Bungo-Ogi, Taxi to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
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Yakushima-cho
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Onna-son
— 5 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
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Nikko

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Yudaki Falls and Lake Chuzenji. Appreciate the collections at Fujishiro Seiji Museum and Oya History Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nikko: Haruna Shrine (in Takasaki), Minakami-machi (MTB Japan Adventure Tours & River Rafting & Tubing) and Fukuroda Falls (in Daigo-machi). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nasu, steep yourself in history at Yomeimon (Main Gate), and take in the dramatic natural features at Kammangafuchi Gorge.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nikko trip tool.

Vancouver, Canada to Nikko is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Nikko is 17 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in September, expect Nikko to be a bit warmer, temps between 29°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 10:

Tokyo

— 5 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.
Get some historical perspective at Hase-dera Temple and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pola Museum of Art and Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama), Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 15:

Shari-cho

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shiretoko Goko Lake and Shiretoko Misaki. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Mashu and Mt. Rausu. Take a break from Shari-cho with a short trip to Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory in Teshikaga-cho, about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Shiretoko National Park, don't miss a visit to Shiretoko Pass, look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula, and take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Shari-cho travel route planning website.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Shari-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, Shari-cho is a bit cooler than Tokyo - with highs of 22°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:

Shakotan-cho

— 1 night
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): kick back and relax at Shimamu Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Kamui, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Shakotan Peninsula.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Shakotan-cho vacation tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Shari-cho to Shakotan-cho. September in Shakotan-cho sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Maruoka Castle. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Wine Tours & Tastings. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Tateyama-machi (Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall) & Shomyo Falls), Katsuyama (Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum & Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine)) and Jakko-In Zen Temple (in Eiheiji-cho). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Ainokura Gassho Community, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Shakotan-cho to Kanazawa. When traveling from Shakotan-cho in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kanazawa, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 24:

Toyooka

— 4 nights
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Popular historic sites such as Takeda Castle Ruins and Onitakeinari Shrine are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at The Sand Museum and Street of Kinosaki Onsen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Toyooka: Hacchohama Asamogawa Beach (in Kyotango), Miyazu (Amanohashidate View Land & Amanohashidate) and Ine no Funaya (in Ine-cho). Next up on the itinerary: test the waters at a local thermal spa, contemplate the waterfront views at Uradome Seacoast Marine Park, get outside with Uradome Coast, and kick back and relax at Takeno Coast.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Toyooka road trip planning site.

Drive from Kanazawa to Toyooka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Toyooka

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 28:

Matsue

— 3 nights
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
You'll explore and learn at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo and Adachi Museum of Art. Get in touch with nature at Daisen and Hinomisaki Coast. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsue: Daisen Makiba Milk no Sato (in Hoki-cho), Mizuki Shigeru Museum (in Sakaiminato) and Izumo (Izumo Taisha Shrine, Former Taisha Station, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum, and contemplate the long history of Matsue Castle.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsue journey maker.

Traveling by car from Toyooka to Matsue takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:

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 Tomo no Ura and Itsukushima Shrine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and JMSDF Kure Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Fukuzen-ji Temple (in Fukuyama), Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Miyajima, &more) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, stroll around Senkoji & Senkoji Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyamazumi Shrine, and contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Matsue to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:

Takachiho-cho

— 3 nights
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Takachiho Shrine and Takachiho Gorge. Get some historical perspective at Tsujun Bridge and Amano Yasugawara. Venture out of the city with trips to Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus (in Taketa), Aso (Kusasenrigahama & Daikanbo) and Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, appreciate the views at Kikuchi Gorge, get impressive views of Mt. Aso, and explore the activities along Ikeyama Springs.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Takachiho-cho are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:

Yakushima-cho

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens and then get outside with Yakusugi Land. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, then don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, and finally don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car, train, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in October, Yakushima-cho is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Nirai Beach will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Manza Beach and Sefa-Utaki. Change things up with these side-trips from Onna-son: St. Clara Church (in Yonabaru-cho), Kunigami-son (Daisekirinzan, Cape Hedo, &more) and Nakijin-son (Kouri Beach, Nakijin Castle Ruins, &more). The adventure continues: get outside with Sun Marina Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, and contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Onna-son visit planner.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. In October, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 15:

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): head off the coast to Iriomote Island, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Amitori Asaba, kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, then step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island, and finally admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima takes 7 hours. In October in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

Ishigaki

— 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ishigaki: Kohama-jima (Ubutaki Lookouts & Hairumubushi Beach) and Iko Pier (in Kuro-shima). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, kick back and relax at Sukuji Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In October in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 22:

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sunayama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. Visiting Aragusuku Beach and Nagamahama Beach Coast will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, make a trip to East Henna Cape, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima holiday planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:

Nachikatsura-cho

— 1 night
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, then admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha. On the next day, make a trip to Daimonzaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, then kick back and relax at Kujirahama Beach, and finally explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock.

To see photos and tourist information, read Nachikatsura-cho online trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Nachikatsura-cho in 9 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Miyakojima in October: high temperatures in Nachikatsura-cho hover around 27°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Koyasan Okunoin and Kongobu-ji Temple. Shop till you drop at Dotombori District and Nishiki Market Shopping District. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori (in Dotombori), Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Danjo Garan, &more) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nara Park). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and visit Arashiyama.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kyoto planner.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kyoto, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 2:

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.