60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Nikko
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Nikko
— 6 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Shimoda
— 2 nights
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Train to Tokyo Haneda, Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 6 nights
Drive
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Zamami-son
— 2 nights
Drive
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Onna-son
— 5 nights
Bus to Okinawa, Fly to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 4 nights
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Drive to Kumamoto, Train to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Ferry to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 4 nights
Fly
12
Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
13
Nachikatsura-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
14
Ise
— 3 nights
Drive to Chubu Centrair International Airport, Fly to Detroit

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Shari-cho — 4 nights

Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kaminoko Pond and Mt. Rausu. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Kussharo and Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall. Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring nature at Shiretoko National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Road to Heaven, contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, and take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho travel route tool.

Detroit, USA to Shari-cho is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Detroit in August: highs in Shari-cho hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nikko.
Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Yudaki Falls and Ryuzu Waterfall. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Oya History Museum and Senjogahara Field. Venture out of the city with trips to Nasu-machi (Nasu Stained Glass Museum & Fujishiro Seiji Museum) and Oya temple (in Utsunomiya). Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate), explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nikko online holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Shari-cho to Nikko takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Shari-cho in August; daily highs in Nikko reach 81°F and lows reach 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
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Find places to stay Aug 6 — 12:

Matsumoto — 6 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.
Togakushi Shrine Okusha and Kaichi Gakko Primary School are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Senjojiki Cirque and Taisho Pond. Get out of town with these interesting Matsumoto side-trips: Hokusai-kan (in Obuse-machi), Chihiro Art Museum Azumino (in Matsukawa-mura) and Happoone (in Hakuba-mura). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Suwa Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Naraijuku, stop by Akeno Area, and admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Matsumoto visit planner.

You can drive from Nikko to Matsumoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Shimoda.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Find places to stay Aug 12 — 18:

Shimoda — 2 nights

On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Tsumekizaki, kick back and relax at Yumigahama Beach, and then stroll through Tatadohama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Shirahama Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Shimoda trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Shimoda in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Matsumoto in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Shimoda, with lows of 79°F. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature
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Find places to stay Aug 18 — 20:

Iriomote-jima — 5 nights

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Take a break from the city and head to Iriomote Island and Ida no Hama Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pinaisara Falls and Barasu Island. On the 21st (Sun), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, stroll through Todomari Beach, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Getting from Shimoda to Iriomote-jima by combination of train, flight, and ferry takes about 9.5 hours. Traveling from Shimoda in August, you will find days in Iriomote-jima are somewhat warmer (90°F), and nights are about the same (81°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 25:

Ishigaki — 5 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.
Get outdoors at Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Island Countryside Settlement and Cape Hirakubozaki. Spend 30th (Tue) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, and stop by Yurateiku Market.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. August in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 81°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Miyakojima.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 30:

Miyakojima — 6 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll get in some beach time at Aragusuku Beach and Nakanoshima Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Toguchi no Hama. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, step off the mainland to explore Ikema-jima Island, make a trip to East Henna Cape, and take in the pleasant sights at Imugya Marine Garden.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip builder app.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Zamami-son.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 5:

Zamami-son — 2 nights

The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Nishibama Beach, stroll through Aka Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Kerama Islands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): stroll through Furuzamami Beach, then head off the coast to Zamamijima Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ama Beach.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Zamami-son online attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Miyakojima to Zamami-son with the Route module. In September, daily temperatures in Zamami-son can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Onna-son.
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Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

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.
Visiting Blue Cave and Bisezaki will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Motobu-cho (Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, Okichan Theater, &more), Itoman (Himeyuri Peace Museum & Okinawa Peace Memorial Park) and Valley of Gangala (in Nanjo). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Katsuren Castle Ruins.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Onna-son route planner.

You can drive from Zamami-son to Onna-son in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in September, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums
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Find places to stay Sep 7 — 12:

Takachiho-cho — 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Daikanbo Overlook and Manai Falls. Get a sense of the local culture at Takachiho Shrine and Amano Yasugawara. Explore Takachiho-cho's surroundings by going to Nabegataki Falls (in Oguni-machi) and Kusasenrigahama (in Aso). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho tour itinerary app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Takachiho-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Onna-son in September: high temperatures in Takachiho-cho hover around 82°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive
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Find places to stay Sep 12 — 16:

Yakushima-cho — 4 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.
Get outdoors at Yakusugi Land and Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oko no Taki Fall and Nagata Inakahama. There's more to do: hike along Seibu Trail and make a trip to Taikoiwa.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Yakushima-cho vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of car, train, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, daytime highs in Yakushima-cho are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Koya-cho.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 20:

Koya-cho — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Koyasan Reihokan Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan, stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Koya-cho holiday maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Koya-cho takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, train, and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In September in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

Nachikatsura-cho — 4 nights

The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Step out of the city life by going to Nachi Mitaki Falls and Hashigui Rock. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kumano Nachi Taisha and Hirou Shrine. Explore Nachikatsura-cho's surroundings by going to Kumano (Onigajo & Hanano Iwaya Caves) and Shingu (Kamikura Shrine, Kumano Hayatama Taisha, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Seiganto-ji Temple and don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho trip planning site.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ise.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:

Ise — 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Ise Shrine Geku and Tsukiyominomiya. Oharai-machi and Sarutahiko Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ise Meotoiwa Interactive Aquarium (Ise Sea Paradise), meet the residents at Toba Aquarium, and get engrossed in the history at Sengukan.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ise travel route planner.

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums
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Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:

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.