60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Miyakojima
— 6 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Onna-son
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Onna-son
— 7 nights
Bus to Okinawa, Fly to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
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Drive to Kumamoto, Train to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Ferry to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Fly
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Izumo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kochi
— 4 nights
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
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Nikko
— 7 nights
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Takayama
— 5 nights
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Ise
— 3 nights
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
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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.
Relax by the water at Kaiji Beach and Yonehara Beach. Get outdoors at Barasu Island and Iriomote Island. Take a break from Ishigaki with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima, about 1h 55 min away. Spend 7th (Wed) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, get great views at Cape Ongazaki, and don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki online trip itinerary builder.

Sydney, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Ishigaki, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in December: highs in Ishigaki hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Miyakojima.
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Find places to stay Dec 1 — 7:

Miyakojima — 6 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Miyako Shrine and Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sawada no hama Beach and Sunayama Beach. The adventure continues: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, and hunt for treasures at Atarasu Ichiba.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Onna-son.
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Find places to stay Dec 7 — 13:

Onna-son — 7 nights

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Do your shopping at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM and Onna Station Nakayukui Market. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Manza Beach and Nirai Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Nakagusuku-son), Nanjo (Cape Chinen Park & Sefa-Utaki) and Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Okuma Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisekirinzan, get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, and take an in-depth tour of Himeyuri Peace Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Onna-son travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son takes 4 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Miyakojima in December since evenings lows in Onna-son dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.
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Find places to stay Dec 13 — 20:

Takachiho-cho — 2 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.
On the 21st (Wed), go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka, and then contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho online tour planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Takachiho-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Onna-son in December, with highs in Takachiho-cho at 12°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Yakushima-cho — 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seibu Trail and Wilson Stump. Step out of the city life by going to Yakusugi Land and Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, and walk around Shakunagenomori Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of car, train, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Takachiho-cho in December, with highs in Yakushima-cho at 18°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly to Izumo.
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Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

Izumo — 3 nights

Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hinomisaki Shrine and Susa Shrine. Popular historic sites such as Tamatsukuriyu Shrine and Kamosu Shrine are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Matsue (Yaegaki Shrine & Shimane Art Museum) and Adachi Museum of Art (in Yasugi). There's much more to do: enjoy the sea views from Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, get engrossed in the history at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, and explore the activities along Shinji Lake.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Izumo road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Izumo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Yakushima-cho in December; daily highs in Izumo reach 11°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Kochi.
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Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Kochi — 4 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.
Zentsu-ji Temple and Marugame Castle will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Chikurinji Temple and Kochi Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Kochi side-trips: Oboke Koboke (in Miyoshi), Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum (in Kami) and Kotohira-gu (in Kotohira-cho). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, head outdoors with Katsura Hama, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market, and don't miss a visit to Katsuobune.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kochi online route maker.

Traveling by car from Izumo to Kochi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. While traveling from Izumo, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kochi, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Koya-cho.
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Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:

Koya-cho — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, and finally steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum and then make a trip to Tanizeno Tsuribashi.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Koya-cho road trip tool.

You can fly from Kochi to Koya-cho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to fly to Nikko.
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Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Nikko — 7 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.
Visiting Ryuokyo Canyon and Fukuroda Falls will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kammangafuchi Gorge and Fujishiro Seiji Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Nikko: Nasu-machi (Nasu Animal Kingdom & Mount Nasudake). Spend the 7th (Sat) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. Pack the 8th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, stroll around Italian Embassy House Memorial Park, and don't miss a visit to Senjogahara Field.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nikko trip planner.

Fly from Koya-cho to Nikko in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Koya-cho, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.
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Find places to stay Jan 3 — 10:

Takayama — 5 nights

Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Takayama Showa Museum and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Shirakawago and D. T. Suzuki Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takayama: Nakasendo Magome-juku (in Nakatsugawa), Nakasendo Tsumagojuku (in Nagiso-machi) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Takayama attractions planning site.

You can drive from Nikko to Takayama in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 0°C in Takayama. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ise.
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Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tsukiyominomiya and Ise Meotoiwa Interactive Aquarium (Ise Sea Paradise). Meotoiwa Rocks and Sarutahiko Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Ise: Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck (in Shima) and Shinmei Shrine (in Toba). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine.

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

Traveling by car from Takayama to Ise takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Takayama in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ise, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.
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Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:

Nachikatsura-cho — 2 nights

The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 19th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and then explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seiganto-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho holiday planning app.

You can drive from Ise to Nachikatsura-cho in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:

Kyoto — 9 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.
Popular historic sites such as Jojakkoji Temple and Kifune Shrine are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Suiro kaku and Lake Biwa. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more), Byodoin (in Uji) and Hikone (Hikone Castle & Genkyuen Garden). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nanzen-ji Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in January, Kyoto is little chillier at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 20 — 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.
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