60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
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Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Motobu-cho
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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
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Koya-cho
— 3 nights
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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
— 5 nights
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Matsumoto
— 7 nights
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Kanazawa
— 6 nights
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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.
Island Countryside Settlement and Oganzaki Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kuroshima Lighthouse and Tojinbaka. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Nakamoto Beach (in Kuro-shima) and Kohama-jima (Hairumubushi Beach, Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, &more). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, take an in-depth tour of Nantou Folk Museum, explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and stop by Yurateiku Market.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Ishigaki. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from London in September: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 37°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.
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Find places to stay Sep 1 — 7:

Iriomote-jima — 2 nights

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls, then kick back and relax at Shirahama Port, then identify plant and animal life at Amitori Asaba, and finally make a trip to Ruins of Amitory Village.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima attractions tool.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Motobu-cho.
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Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

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 a sense of the local culture at Shrine of The God of Fire and Awase Shrine. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bisezaki and Sun Marina Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Nago), Tokei Beach (in Nakijin-son) and Onna-son (Diamond Beach & Manza Dream Hole). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Oodomari Beach, get outside with Akabaka Beach, see the interesting displays at Oceanic Culture Museum, and look for gifts at Farmer's Market Haisai! Yanbaru Market.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Motobu-cho trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Motobu-cho by combination of ferry, flight, and bus takes about 6.5 hours. September in Motobu-cho sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Sep 9 — 14:

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.
You'll explore and learn at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art and Honkawa Peace Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tsuwano Castle and Yomeiji. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Otome Mountain Path Maria Cathedral (in Tsuwano-cho) and Hatsukaichi (Outdoor Trips Japan & Reikado). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirakami Shrine.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima travel route builder app.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Motobu-cho in September, things will get little chillier in Hiroshima: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Himeji.
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Find places to stay Sep 14 — 18:

Himeji — 1 night

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.
For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji road trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:
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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.
Let the collections at Miho Museum and Goto Shojiro Gukyo Trace Memorial Gallery capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Daikaku-ji and Ishiyamadera Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Anyo Temple / Tachikikannon (in Otsu) and Tarobogu Shrine (Aga Shrine) (in Higashiomi). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Daitoku-ji Temple, walk around Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Yasakanoto, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Nenenokomichi.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder tool.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Himeji in September since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Koya-cho.
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Find places to stay Sep 19 — 26:

Koya-cho — 3 nights

Visit Joju-in Temple and Kumagai-ji Temple for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Ichijo-in Temple and Jokiin. Venture out of the city with trips to Kashihara (The Museum, Archaeological Institute of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture & Imanishike Residence).

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Koya-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nikko.
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Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:

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.
Get some historical perspective at Hongu Shrine and Onsenji Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yakushido and Kanaya Hotel History House. Venture out of the city with trips to Izurusan Manganji Temple (in Tochigi), Tomihiro Art Museum (in Midori) and Oe Wetlands (in Minamiaizu-machi). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Urami Waterfall, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in breathtaking views at Setoai-kyo Canyon, and take in the exciting artwork at Kousyuuya.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip planning website.

Fly from Koya-cho to Nikko in 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 5:

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.
Let the collections at Madame Tussauds Tokyo and Fukagawa Edo Museum capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kyu Iwasakitei Teien and Fire Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Braph 18ban Residence (in Yokohama) and Nipponmaru Memorial Park (in Minatomirai). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Hozomon, explore the wide array of goods at Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store, see the interesting displays at Nissan Crossing, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo journey app.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In October in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.
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Find places to stay Oct 5 — 12:

Hakone-machi — 5 nights

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Shop till you drop at Hakone Craft House and Kanazashi Wood Craft. Your inner history buff will appreciate Satta-toge Pass and Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Kiunkaku (in Atami), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg., Ide Sake Brewery, &more) and Mishima (Yamanaka Castle Ruins & Gempeigawa River). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Okada Museum of Art, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple, and examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.
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Find places to stay Oct 12 — 17:

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Taizi Harada Art Museum and Kitazawa Museum of Art. Visit Fukashi Shrine and Matsumoto Shrine for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Matsumoto side-trips: Hiraide Iseki (in Shiojiri), Omachi (Museum of Salt Road chojiya Yabusame Hall, Reisyoji, &more) and Prince & Skyline Museum (in Okaya). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Tateshina, get outside with Kita Yatsuga-take, take in the dramatic scenery at Zengoro Fall, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jiunji Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Matsumoto day trip planning app.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Hakone-machi in October since evenings lows in Matsumoto dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Oct 17 — 24:

Kanazawa — 6 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shirayama Hime Shrine and Ishikawa Aviation Plaza. Let the collections at Ninja Weapon Museum and Kanazawa Port Ono Karakuri Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Nagase house, &more), Takayama (Yoshijima Heritage House & Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan)) and Shirakabe Dozogai (in Hida). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Dolls Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudosonkorin Temple, get into the urban bustle at Shiinoki Cultural Complex Ishikawa Prefecture, and look for gifts at Amanatto Kawamura.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Oct 24 — 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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