60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Komatsu Airport / JASDF Komatsu Air Base, Drive to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 6 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Onna-son
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Onna-son
— 6 nights
Bus to Okinawa, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Ishigaki, Fly to Fukuoka, Bus to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 4 nights
Bus to Fukuoka, Fly to Kochi
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Kochi
— 5 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly

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Kanazawa — 6 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get some historical perspective at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Oyama Shrine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Suganuma Gassho Community. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Gokayama (in Nanto), Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Takayama Jinya, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, stop by Nambu Sake Brewery, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and contemplate the long history of Maruoka Castle.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa day trip planning website.

Newark, USA to Kanazawa is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. Traveling from Newark in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kanazawa, with lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Ise.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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Find places to stay Feb 12 — 18:

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 a sense of the local culture at Ise Shrine Geku and Oharai-machi. Tsukiyominomiya and Ise Grand Shrine will appeal to history buffs. When in Ise, make a side trip to see Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck in Shima, approximately Shima away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, examine the collection at Okageza, get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, and get great views at Ise Ninja Kingdom.

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Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Ise takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Ise. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.
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Find places to stay Feb 18 — 21:

Nachikatsura-cho — 2 nights

The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seiganto-ji Temple, and then make a trip to Daimonzaka.

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

Traveling by car from Ise to Nachikatsura-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daytime highs in Nachikatsura-cho are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Feb 21 — 23:

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Kasuga Grand Shrine and Byodoin. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more), Himeji (Nishi no Maru, Himeji Castle, &more) and Hankyu Umeda Honten (in Osaka). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in February, with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Find places to stay Feb 23 — Mar 1:

Hiroshima — 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Miyajima and Tobishima Kaido. Your inner history buff will appreciate Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Itsukushima Gekijyo (in Hatsukaichi), Kure (Yamato Museum & JMSDF Kure Museum) and Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
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Find places to stay Mar 1 — 5:

Yakushima-cho — 2 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.
On the 6th (Wed), get your bearings at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, then make a trip to Wilson Stump, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Jōmon Sugi. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in March, things will get a bit warmer in Yakushima-cho: highs are around 20°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Onna-son.
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Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 7:

Onna-son — 6 nights

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Sun Marina Beach. Do your shopping at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM and Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center. Get out of town with these interesting Onna-son side-trips: Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman), St. Clara Church (in Yonabaru-cho) and Nanjo (Sefa-Utaki & Cape Chinen Park). There's much more to do: make a trip to Nakijin Castle Ruins, step into the grandiose world of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, take some stellar pictures from Cape Hedo, and take in the awesome beauty at Daisekirinzan.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Onna-son trip maker site.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son by combination of flight and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. When traveling from Yakushima-cho in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Onna-son, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Miyakojima.
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Find places to stay Mar 7 — 13:

Miyakojima — 3 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Take a break from the city and head to Toguchi no Hama and Kayaking & Canoeing. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Irabu-jima Island. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Ikema-jima Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, and make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip planning site.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 4 hours. Traveling from Onna-son in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Miyakojima. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Ishigaki.
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 16:

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kondoi Beach and Nosoko Mape. Head to Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Artfor plenty of shopping. When in Ishigaki, make a side trip to see Ubutaki Lookouts in Kohama-jima, approximately Kohama-jima away. And it doesn't end there: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, stroll around Kabira Park, and explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki day trip planning website.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In March in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for the ferry ride to Iriomote-jima.
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Find places to stay Mar 16 — 22:

Iriomote-jima — 3 nights

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Get in touch with nature at Iriomote Island and Pinaisara Falls. Step off the beaten path and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Hoshisuna Beach. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Barasu Island, get interesting insight from Tours, and admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.
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Find places to stay Mar 22 — 25:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Takachiho Gorge and Amano Yasugawara. Visit Amano Iwato Shrine and Monzenmachi Shopping Area for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takachiho-cho: Aso (Daikanbo Overlook, Kusasenrigahama, &more), Harajiri Falls (in Bungoono) and Taketa (Nanatsumori Burial Mounds & Kuju Flower Park). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Nabegataki Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Omi Shrine, and make a trip to Shirakawa Springs.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho journey planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Iriomote-jima to Takachiho-cho in 9 hours. When traveling from Iriomote-jima in March, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Takachiho-cho: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kochi.
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Find places to stay Mar 25 — 30:

Kochi — 5 nights

The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kotohira-gu and Marugame Castle. Escape the urban bustle at Muroto UNESCO Global Geopark and Kamegamori Forest. Get out of town with these interesting Kochi side-trips: Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama), Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum (in Kami) and Zentsu-ji Temple (in Zentsuji). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle, steep yourself in history at Old Samurai Residence of Rojyu Doi, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kochi trip maker tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Takachiho-cho to Kochi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, daily temperatures in Kochi can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 4:

Tokyo — 6 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.
Shop till you drop at Pola Museum of Art and Asakusa. Get some historical perspective at Hase-dera Temple and Oarai Isosaki Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu (in Hakone-machi), Hitachi Seaside Park (in Hitachinaka) and Semba Boadwalk (in Mito). The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, take a stroll through Ginza, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Kochi to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Apr 4 — 10:

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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