60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tateyama-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly
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Hirosaki
— 4 nights
Fly to Kumamoto, Bus to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
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Drive to Kumamoto, Train to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Ferry to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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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 the less-touristy side of things at Shukkei-en Garden and Mitaki Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni), Momijidani Park (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Gojuno To, Miyajima, &more). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Jerusalem, Israel to Hiroshima is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Jerusalem to Hiroshima is 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Jerusalem in April: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 22°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Osaka

— 5 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Explore hidden gems such as Mint Museum and Shoshazan Engyoji. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Daibutsuden, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more), Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, &more) and Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka online travel route planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ninna-ji Temple and Pontocho District. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple, and sample some tasty brews at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience.

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Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 6 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore hidden gems such as Ainokura Gassho Community and D. T. Suzuki Museum. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho) and Natadera Temple (in Komatsu). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Suganuma Gassho Community, admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, and stroll around Fugan Unga Kansui Park.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, Kanazawa is slightly colder at night with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tateyama-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi

— 2 nights
The small town of Tateyama-machi, nestled in the hills of Mount Tate, remains most notable as the gateway to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): cruise along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, then take in the dramatic scenery at Shomyo Falls, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount. Tsurugi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Mikurigaike Pond, take in the pleasant sights at Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall), then admire the engineering at Kurobe Dam, and finally stroll through Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd..

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tateyama-machi sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Tateyama-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Tateyama-machi can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tateyama-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Takayama

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Higashiyama Walking Course. Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Kanda house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, don't miss a visit to Hida Furukawa Old Town, see the interesting displays at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), and get engrossed in the history at Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan).

To find out how to plan a trip to Takayama, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Tateyama-machi to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Chidorigafuchi and Hama Rikyu Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple (in Narita) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River, don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hirosaki

— 4 nights
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hirosaki Park and Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hirosaki: Hachimantai (Kuroyachi Wetland & Hachimantai Asupite line), Aomori (Sannai-Maruyama Site & Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse) and Matagi Shiryokan (in Kitaakita). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle, contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Iwaki, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwakiyama Shrine.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Hirosaki vacation builder site.

You can fly from Tokyo to Hirosaki in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, Hirosaki is little chillier than Tokyo - with highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Takachiho-cho

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Takachiho Gorge and Manai Falls. Explore Takachiho-cho's surroundings by going to Aso (Kusasenrigahama & Daikanbo Lookout), Taketa (Nyuta Nakashima Park, Oka Castle Ruins, &more) and Kurokawa Onsen (in Minamioguni-machi). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Yasugawara, contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso, and admire the sheer force of Harajiri Falls.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hirosaki to Takachiho-cho in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hirosaki in May, with highs in Takachiho-cho at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, then don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Wilson Stump. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip planning website.

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. May in Yakushima-cho sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can fly to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Motobu-cho

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park and Daisekirinzan. Get out of town with these interesting Motobu-cho side-trips: Kunigami-son (Hiji Waterfall, Cape Hedo, &more) and Onna-son (Cape Maeda, Blue Cave, &more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Emerald Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Motobu-cho route planner.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Motobu-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in May, Motobu-cho is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Irabu Ohashi and Yabiji. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakanoshima Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Makiyama Observatory, and take in the pleasant sights at Nishihenna Cape.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima tour planner.

You can fly from Motobu-cho to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. May in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island. On the next day, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and then head off the coast to Barasu Island.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima itinerary site.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In May in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Ubutaki Lookouts. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki route maker site.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.