60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly
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Hirosaki
— 4 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tateyama-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 5 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train to Bungo-Ogi, Taxi 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
— 3 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chidorigafuchi and Hama Rikyu Gardens. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Lake Kawaguchi & Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum), Fujiyoshida (Chureito Pagoda & Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River, indulge in some personalized pampering at Arona Spa, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip builder site.

Dresden, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dresden in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hirosaki Park and Mt. Iwaki. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hirosaki: Hachimantai (Hachimantai Asupite line & Kuroyachi Wetland), Aomori (Sannai-Maruyama Site & Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse) and Matagi Shiryokan (in Kitaakita). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Hirosaki Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iwakiyama Shrine, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Dake Onsenkyo, and stroll around Hirosaki Apple Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hirosaki trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Hirosaki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tokyo in April, with highs in Hirosaki at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ainokura Gassho Community and Kanazawa Castle Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Toyama (Toyama Glass Art Museum & Fugan Unga Kansui Park) and Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community & Gokayama). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, take in the pleasant sights at Gyokusen-immaru Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Natadera Temple.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Hirosaki to Kanazawa by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hirosaki in April, things will get a bit warmer in Kanazawa: highs are around 20°C and lows about 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tateyama-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

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.
On the 25th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Shomyo Falls and then admire all the interesting features of Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): explore the activities along Mikurigaike Pond, go for a walk through Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall), then see human ingenuity at work at Kurobe Dam, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount. Tsurugi.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tateyama-machi online trip itinerary builder.

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, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tateyama-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · 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 Hida Furukawa Old Town. Change things up with these side-trips from Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (Kanda house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, and see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Takayama trip tool.

Getting from Tateyama-machi to Takayama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: 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 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ninna-ji Temple and Tenryuji Temple. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately Nara away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

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You can drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mint Museum and Kemasakuranomiya Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more), Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan, Mt. Koya, &more) and Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Osaka trip website.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Osaka are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 5 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 discover tucked-away gems like Shukkei-en Garden and Daishoin Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni), Momijidani Park (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Gojuno To, Miyajima, &more). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Takachiho Gorge and Amano Iwato Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Takachiho-cho: Aso (Kusasenrigahama & Daikanbo Lookout), Taketa (Nyuta Nakashima Park, Oka Castle Ruins, &more) and Kurokawa Onsen (in Minamioguni-machi). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, get impressive views of Mt. Aso, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, and take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Takachiho-cho trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus; or drive. May in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
On the 20th (Thu), examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, then make a trip to Taikoiwa, then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Wilson Stump. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho online day trip planner.

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. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then head off the coast to Iriomote Island. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Yakushima-cho to Iriomote-jima takes 10 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yakushima-cho in May; daily highs in Iriomote-jima reach 34°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Kondoi Beach. Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Kohama-jima to see Ubutaki Lookouts about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll around Banna Park, get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, stop by Yurateiku Market, and enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip maker.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Irabu Ohashi and Ikema Ohashi Bridge. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, and explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can fly to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Motobu-cho

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Kunigami-son (Daisekirinzan & Okuma Beach), Onna-son (Cape Maeda & Blue Cave) and Busena Beach (in Nago). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Emerald Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho vacation builder site.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Motobu-cho in 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Motobu-cho can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

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.