60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Naha
— 5 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
Ferry to タクマ3乗船券販売所, Fly to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Sapporo
— 6 nights
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Kamakura
— 5 nights
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Nikko
— 6 nights
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Tokyo
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Iriomote-jima (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Geta Waterfall). Spend 18th (Sat) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip builder website.

Melbourne, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Ishigaki is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in June: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 37°C and lows are around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Naha.
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Find places to stay Jun 17 — 23:

Naha — 5 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Nakagusuku-son), Zamami-son (Aka Bridge & Zamamijima Island) and American Village (in Chatan-cho). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, see the top attractions with Japanguide Junko, explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, and enjoy breathtaking views from Amagusuku Observatory.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Naha trip planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Motobu-cho.
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Find places to stay Jun 23 — 28:

Motobu-cho — 5 nights

Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Get out of town with these interesting Motobu-cho side-trips: Okuma Beach (in Kunigami-son), Nago (Fukugawa Falls, Koki Beach, &more) and Ishiyama Viewing Platform (in Ogimi-son). There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, head outdoors with Bisezaki, see the vivid underwater world at USS Emmons, and identify plant and animal life at Sesoko Labyrinth.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Naha to Motobu-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. June in Motobu-cho sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 3:

Hiroshima — 4 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki) and Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima road trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In July, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.
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Find places to stay Jul 3 — 7:

Himeji — 2 nights

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 8th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally relax in the rural setting at Sato Fruit Kobo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then take in panoramic vistas at Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck), and finally wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji tour planning tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Himeji, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Nara (Nara Park, Todai-ji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and stop by Arashiyama.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto journey planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Himeji in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Jul 9 — 16:

Kanazawa — 5 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Suganuma Gassho Community (in Nanto), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, and take an in-depth tour of Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip app.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Sapporo.
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Find places to stay Jul 16 — 21:

Sapporo — 6 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Yoichi-cho (Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery & Asadaen Farm), Noboribetsu (Spas, Jigokudani, &more) and Otaru (Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building & Otaru Canal). And it doesn't end there: walk around Odori Park, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, get great views at Mt. Moiwa, and ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Kanazawa to Sapporo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kanazawa in July: highs in Sapporo hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can fly to Kamakura.
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Find places to stay Jul 21 — 27:

Kamakura — 5 nights

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Get out of town with these interesting Kamakura side-trips: Inoue Sake Brewery (in Oi-machi) and Odawara Castle Tenshukaku (in Odawara). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kakuonji Temple, step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, and make a trip to Kōtoku-in.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kamakura route planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Kamakura in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kamakura when traveling from Sapporo in July, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Nikko.
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Find places to stay Jul 27 — Aug 1:

Nikko — 6 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 Nikko's surroundings by going to Utsunomiya (Oya History Museum & Showakan), Nasu-machi (Fujishiro Seiji Museum, Yahata Park, &more) and Sanbon Yaridake Moutain (in Nasushiobara). Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Oze National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, admire the engineering at Kawamata Dam, take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, and get to know the fascinating history of Cryptomeria Avenue.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nikko journey planner.

Getting from Kamakura to Nikko by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Nikko can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Aug 1 — 7:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nikko in August: highs in Tokyo hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Aug 7 — 15:

Japan travel guide

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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.
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