61 days in Japan Itinerary

61 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
Bus to Furujima, Fly to Nagasaki
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 6 nights
Train
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Matsumoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 7 nights
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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.
Step out of Ishigaki to go to Iriomote-jima and see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. Spend 12th (Mon) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, kick back and relax at Akashi Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki tour itinerary planner.

London, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Traveling from London in September, things will get warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 37°C and lows about 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.
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Find places to stay Sep 10 — 17:

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 out of town with these interesting Motobu-cho side-trips: Kise Beach (in Nago), Onna-son (Manza Beach, Blue Cave, &more) and Southeast Botanical Gardens (in Okinawa City). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, experience rural life at Aiai Farm, head off the coast to Minnajima Island, and look for all kinds of wild species at USS Emmons.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho journey maker site.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Motobu-cho are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Nagasaki.
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Find places to stay Sep 17 — 22:

Nagasaki — 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagasaki: Sasebo (Mt. Yumihari & Huis Ten Bosch) and Onyoku Museum (in Saikai). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, examine the collection at Dejima, appreciate the history behind Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, and take advantage of the amenities at Takahama Beach.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki trip maker.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Nagasaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Motobu-cho in September, expect Nagasaki to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:

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 find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip builder site.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.
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Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:

Himeji — 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) (in Kobe), Akashi (Amore Beach & Matsue Swimming Beach) and Ako City Folk Shiryokan (in Ako). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and identify plant and animal life at Hattoji Furusatomura.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and indulge your senses at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip website.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Angoji Temple (in Nanto), Senkoji Temple (in Tonami) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Tateyama, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa route builder.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can take a train to Matsumoto.
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Find places to stay Oct 10 — 16:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kashimayarigatake (in Omachi), Happo-one Nature Study Course (in Hakuba-mura) and Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shirouma, explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple.

Plan trip to Matsumoto with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in October, expect nights in Matsumoto to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are little chillier, around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.
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Find places to stay Oct 16 — 22:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hakone-machi: Kazurayama Castle Ruins (in Susono), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Mt. Mitsutoge & Lake Kawaguchi) and Yamanakako-mura (Mt. Ishiwari & Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, soak in some Japanese tradition at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, and take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi online visit planner.

Getting from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. October in Hakone-machi sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Oct 22 — 26:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip planner.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by combination of bus and train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in October: highs in Tokyo hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Sapporo.
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Find places to stay Oct 26 — Nov 2:

Sapporo — 7 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Noboribetsu (Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, Jigokudani, &more), Otaru (Haruka Horse Ranch, Tomioka Catholic Church, &more) and Yoichi-cho (Ebisuiwa Daikokuiwa, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Odori Park, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), wander the streets of Susukino, and get great views at Mt. Moiwa.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in November, expect nights in Sapporo to be little chillier, around 3°C, while days are colder, around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Nov 2 — 9:

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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