60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 9 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 9 nights
train:  4​h
3
Hakone-machi
— 9 nights
bus + train:  1​h 30​min
4
Kamakura
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Nikko
— 8 nights
6
Tokyo
— 17 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Boston

9
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nara Park and Todai-ji Temple. You'll explore and learn at Museum of Oriental Ceramics and Hankyu Umeda Gallery. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Higashinada (Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum & Kobe Fashion Museum), Chinatown (Nankinmachi) (in Chuo) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, & more). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Dotonbori, enjoy the sand and surf at Suma Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, and stroll through Amore Beach.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka tour itinerary app .

Boston, USA to Osaka is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Boston in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Osaka, with lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Kobe, Nara, Akashi, Koya-cho, Sakai
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 11:
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

9
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Visiting Omimaiko Beach and Gotemba Beach will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gion and Nijo Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Miho Museum (in Koka), Shirahama Beach (in Takahama-cho) and Takashima (Kaizu Osaki & Imazu Vories Museum). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, shop like a local with Nishiki Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple, and examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online visit planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In June, daytime highs in Kyoto are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takashima, Byodoin, Omimaiko Beach, Miho Museum, Amanohashidate
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 20:
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

9
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Get some historical perspective at Yomotokan and Kunozan Toshogu Shrine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mount Fuji and Pola Museum of Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya), Nishiizu-cho (Tagosehama Beach & Otago Beach) and Kumi Beach (in Matsuzaki-cho). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, kick back and relax at Kisami Ohama Beach, stroll through Odoi Beach, and explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip maker site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kamakura.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Izu, Shimoda, Mishima, Atami, Kawazu-cho
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 29:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

6
nights
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
For shopping fun, head to Samuraikibun Kamakura or Kamakura City Farmers' Market. Let the collections at Kamakura Museum of National Treasures and Memorial Warships Mikasa capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Kamakura: Ubara Beach (in Katsuura), Futtsu (Futtsu Beach & Jizodo Temple Waterfall) and Yokosuka (Akiya, Tateishi Coast, Nagasawa Beach, & more). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Moroiso Shores, tour the pleasant surroundings at Koura Beach, steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kamakura online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Kamakura can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Kamakura

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yokosuka, Zushi, Futtsu, Onjuku-machi, Miura
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 5:
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Enoshima Island ©
Enoshima Island
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

8
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kousyuuya and Nasu Garden Outlet. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nikko Tosho-gu and Taiyuimbyo Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Oya Stone Museum (in Utsunomiya), Sano Premium Outlet (in Sano) and Nasu-machi (Nasu Animal Kingdom & Fujishiro Seiji Museum). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, stroll around Nikko National Park, explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, and identify plant and animal life at Oe Wetlands.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nikko trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Kamakura to Nikko takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In July in Nikko, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nasu-machi, Nasu Garden Outlet, Fukiwarenotaki Falls, Oe Wetlands, Ouchijuku
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 13:
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Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

17
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Let the collections at Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan capture your imagination. You'll get in some beach time at Shirasato Central Beach and Shirako Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Old Villa of Dembee Kamiya in Inage (in Chiba), Ushigeme Beach (in Kisarazu) and Mt. Mitake (in Ome). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, wander the streets of Akihabara, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and shop like a local with Takeshita Street.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo holiday planner .

You can take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in July, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 74°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 87°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Urayasu, Arima Canyon Fishing Spot, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Minato Mirai 21, Murasaki Country Club Murasaki Ayame Course
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 30:
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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