60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Kyoto
— 7 nights
Drive
2
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive
3
Ise
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Ito
— 6 nights
Drive
5
Nikko
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
7
Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
Ferry
8
Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly
9
Miyakojima
— 6 nights
Fly
10
Onna-son
— 5 nights
Fly
11
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry to Kagoshima, Train to Kumamoto, Drive to Takachiho-cho
12
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Bus to Fukuoka, Fly to New Chitose, Train to Kutchan-cho
13
Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Newcastle Airport

S M T W T F S
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4

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 Jojakkoji Temple and Ishibe Alley. Hachiman-bori and Genkyuen Garden are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Isuien Garden, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more), Byodoin (in Uji) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Honen-in, get great views at Sagano, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and make a trip to Daigo-ji Temple.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. In April, Kyoto is somewhat warmer than Newcastle upon Tyne - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 9:

Nachikatsura-cho

— 1 night
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudarakusanji Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nachikatsura-cho trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Nachikatsura-cho. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 10:

Ise

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, make a trip to Oharai-machi, then take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Meotoiwa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ise road trip planning site.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ito.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:

Ito

— 6 nights
Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kiunkaku and Mt. Mihara. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Satta-toge Pass and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Ito side-trips: Shimoda (Ryugu Park, Tatadohama Beach, &more), Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji) and Faulted Strata in Oshima (in Oshima-machi). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Yumigahama Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Nihondaira Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ito road trip site.

Getting from Ise to Ito by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In April in Ito, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Ito

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 18:

Nikko

— 4 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.
Get some historical perspective at Yomeimon (Main Gate) and Taiyuimbyo Shrine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ryuokyo Canyon and Yudaki Falls. Step out of Nikko with an excursion to Oya History Museum in Utsunomiya--about 48 minutes away. Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Kammangafuchi Gorge, go for a walk through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, and find something for the whole family at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nikko route planner.

You can drive from Ito to Nikko in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 22:

Tokyo

— 7 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 a sense of the local culture at Hozomon and Sengaku-ji Temple. Museum-lovers will get to explore Itchiku Kubota Art Museum and Nezu Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple (in Narita), Kashima Jingu (in Kashima) and Katori (Katori Jingu Shrine & Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Chureito Pagoda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hie Jinjya, steep yourself in history at Kencho-ji Temple, and walk around Oishi Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo travel route planning tool.

Getting from Nikko to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Nikko, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 29:

Iriomote-jima

— 4 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Get in touch with nature at Pinaisara Falls and Ida no Hama Beach. Get some cultural insight at Wasurenaishi and Residence of Niimori. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and kick back and relax at Maruma Beach.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima route planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Iriomote-jima by combination of flight and ferry takes about 7.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in April: high temperatures in Iriomote-jima hover around 30°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 3:

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Island Countryside Settlement and Cape Hirakubozaki. You'll get in some beach time at Nishinohama and Kubazaki Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ishigaki: Kohama-jima (Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, Tumal Beach, &more) and Kuro-shima (Iko Pier, Fuki Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, examine the collection at Taketomi Folk Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, and look for gifts at Yurateiku Market.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki online trip builder.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In May in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 9:

Miyakojima

— 6 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visit Sawada no hama Beach and Shigira Beach for some beach relaxation. Let the collections at Miyakojima City Museum and Yukishio Museum capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, enjoy breathtaking views from Makiyama Observatory, see the vivid underwater world at Satan's Palace, and visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

Plan my Miyakojima trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 9 — 15:

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Kouri Beach and Busena Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nakagusuku Castle Ruins and Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Kunigami-son (Okuma Beach, Daisekirinzan, &more), Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri & Okinawa Peace Memorial Park) and Nanjo (Sefa-Utaki & Valley of Gangala). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Kafu Banta, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, walk around Araha Park (Araha Beach), and get a new perspective on nature at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum.

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

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Onna-son takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Onna-son, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 20:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seibu Trail and Nagata Inakahama. Escape the urban bustle at Yakusugi Land and Shakunagenomori Park. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Onna-son in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Yakushima-cho, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:

Takachiho-cho

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho online vacation planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, train, and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. May in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 23 — 25:

Kutchan-cho

— 4 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Visiting Niseko Hanazono Resort and Niseko Village Ski Resort will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Asahigaoka Ski Areas and Shinsennuma. Change things up with these side-trips from Kutchan-cho: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho), Rusutsu Resort Ski (in Rusutsu-mura) and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho). It doesn't end there: stroll around Fukidashi Park and fly down the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kutchan-cho, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Takachiho-cho to Kutchan-cho in 11 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Takachiho-cho in May: high temperatures in Kutchan-cho hover around 17°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 29:

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.