60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 3 nights
Taxi to Iiyama, Train to Chiba
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Chiba
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 10 nights
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Yokohama
— 4 nights
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Kamakura
— 4 nights
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Shizuoka
— 3 nights
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Kobe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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— 1 night
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Sapporo

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower and then make a trip to Sapporo TV Tower.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Sapporo vacation planner.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Sapporo is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Sofia in January, expect nights in Sapporo to be about the same, around -6°C, while days are a bit cooler, around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:

Nagoya

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally make a trip to Osu Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, then examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, then admire the natural beauty at Nabana no Sato, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Nagoya TV Tower.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Nagoya by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sapporo in January, expect Nagoya to be somewhat warmer, temps between 7°C and 1°C. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, laugh and play at SpaWorld, and don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To see reviews and tourist information, read our Osaka road trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 4:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Byodoin (in Uji), Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa) and Nara (Enjyouji Temple & Todai-ji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto day trip planning website.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Kyoto are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 10:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, &more). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Neagarimatsu, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa road trip app.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in February, you will find days in Kanazawa are slightly colder (7°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 14:

Hakuba-mura

— 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Hakuba-mura to Myoko to see Suginohara about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, get outside with Hakuba Lion Adventure, stop by Hakuba Jump Arena, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakuba-mura trip builder tool.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Hakuba-mura in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kanazawa in February: high temperatures in Hakuba-mura hover around 4°C and lows are around -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 17:

Yamanouchi-machi

— 3 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yamanouchi-machi: Nozawa Onsen (in Nozawaonsen-mura) and Myoko (Akakan Ski Area & Akakura Onsen Ski Area). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, explore the activities along Hasuike, get outside with Shigakogen Plateau, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Jigokudani Funsen.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Yamanouchi-machi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Yamanouchi-machi, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chiba.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 20:

Chiba

— 5 nights
Developing quickly with new homes and shopping malls cropping up each year, the city of Chiba no doubt benefits from its proximity to the capital--many even consider it a Tokyo suburb.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shimizu Keiryu Hiroba Nomizo Fall・Kameiwa Cave (in Kimitsu), Narita (Narita International Airport Terminal 1, Naritasan Park, &more) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Amatsu Shinmeigu Shrine, steep yourself in history at Tanjoji, get to know the resident critters at Chiba Zoological Park, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kamogawa Sea World.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Chiba trip website.

Do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Chiba in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in February; daily highs in Chiba reach 8°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Chiba

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 20 — 25:

Tokyo

— 10 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja (in Fujiyoshida), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Oishi Park & Lake Kawaguchi) and Tokyo Disneyland (in Maihama). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, stop by Odaiba District, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Chiba to Tokyo in an hour. When traveling from Chiba in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 12°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 7:

Yokohama

— 4 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
When in Yokohama, make a side trip to see Gotemba Premium Outlets in Gotemba, approximately Gotemba away. Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Sankeien Gardens, take in the waterfront at Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, stroll around Yamashita Park, and make a trip to Yokohama Landmark Tower.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yokohama itinerary planning app.

Getting from Tokyo to Yokohama by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Yokohama can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kamakura.

Things to do in Yokohama

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 11:

Kamakura

— 4 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Explore Kamakura's surroundings by going to Odawara Castle (in Odawara) and Atami (Kiunkaku, Kinomiya Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, look for gifts at Samuraikibun Kamakura, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), and enjoy breathtaking views from Enoshima Sea Candle.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kamakura online tour planner.

Getting from Yokohama to Kamakura by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. While traveling from Yokohama, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kamakura, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can take a train to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 15:

Shizuoka

— 3 nights
With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shizuoka: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji) and Shiraito Falls (in Fujinomiya). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, admire the striking features of Higashi Gomon Gate, explore the historical opulence of Shizuoka castle, and get to know the resident critters at Nihondaira Zoo.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Shizuoka trip builder.

Traveling by train from Kamakura to Shizuoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 18:

Kobe

— 2 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 19th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, then stroll around Meriken Park, then examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kobe journey builder tool.

You can take a train from Shizuoka to Kobe in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In March, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Baths
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 20:

Himeji

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 20th (Sat), make a trip to Otemae Street.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Himeji day trip app.

Drive from Kobe to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March in Himeji, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 21:

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima route builder.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Sasebo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:

Sasebo

— 1 night
With its U.S.
To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sasebo trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Sasebo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Sasebo sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. On the 25th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sasebo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 25:

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.