60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Nagasaki
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Koya-cho
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nikko
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 7 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Barcelona

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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.
Spend 3rd (Sat) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and head outdoors with Yarabudake.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary planning app.

Barcelona, Spain to Ishigaki is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Barcelona in September, things will get a bit warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 37°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.
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Find places to stay Sep 2 — 8:

Iriomote-jima — 2 nights

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Amitori Asaba, head outdoors with Ida no Hama Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima route builder site.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nagasaki.
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Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

Nagasaki — 3 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Akaeza (in Arita-cho) and Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, kick back and relax at Takahama Beach, ponder the world of politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, and take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki trip builder.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Nagasaki takes 7.5 hours. In September, Nagasaki is slightly colder than Iriomote-jima - with highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Koya-cho.
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Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:

Koya-cho — 3 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Koya-cho: Mitarai Valley (in Tenkawa-mura), Niukawakami Shrine Shimosha (in Shimoichi-cho) and Mt.Takami (in Matsusaka).

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Koya-cho trip planner.

Fly from Nagasaki to Koya-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Nikko.
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Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:

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 Nasushiobara (Otome Waterfall & Ryushun Fall), Otawara (Nakagawa Aquatic Park & Nasunogahara Farm) and Kanuma (Maenikko Tsutsuji no Yu Koryukan & Kanuma City Kaboku Center). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and go for a walk through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nikko online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Koya-cho to Nikko takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Sep 16 — 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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 24th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Odaiba District, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder website.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.
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Find places to stay Sep 22 — 29:

Hakone-machi — 4 nights

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fujiyoshida (Arayayama Shrine Okumiya & Onshirin Garden), Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Izu (Nishiizu Skyline & Toi Beach). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, and make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Hakone-machi trip simple and quick.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.
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Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 3:

Matsumoto — 7 nights

A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsumoto: Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Sanmachi Suji, &more), Kirigamine Fujimidai (in Suwa) and Shimosuwa-machi (Yashimagahara Marsh & Suwa Taisha Shimosha Akimiya). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Matsumoto Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Yarigatake, admire the sheer force of Yonako Daibakufu, and explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Hakone-machi in October since evenings lows in Matsumoto dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Oct 3 — 10:

Kanazawa — 6 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Wada House, &more), Tateyama-machi (Murododaira, Mikurigaike Pond, &more) and Spas (in Nanto). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Dolls Museum, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

Before you visit Kanazawa, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Oct 10 — 16:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Todai-ji Temple, &more), Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and stop by Gion.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planning tool.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.
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Find places to stay Oct 16 — 23:

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get all the information you need at Awaji Highway Oasis, kick back and relax at Amore Beach, then steep yourself in history at Kyu Hatosaki Torodo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Matsue Swimming Beach, and finally experience rural life at Sato Fruit Kobo.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji travel planning website.

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In October, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

Hiroshima — 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Find places to stay Oct 25 — 30:

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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