60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Matsumoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima (about 1h 55 min away). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, and kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki online journey planner.

Manchester, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. In August, Ishigaki is much hotter than Manchester - with highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Explore Motobu-cho's surroundings by going to Nago (Kise Beach & Nago citizen Beach), Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Blue Cave) and Nakijin-son (Kouri Ohashi & Kouri Ocean Tower). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, get outside with Bisezaki, and head off the coast to Minnajima Island.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho day trip planning tool.

Getting from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5 hours. In August in Motobu-cho, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 3 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.
Take a break from Nagasaki with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island, and ponder the world of politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki online itinerary planner.

Getting from Motobu-cho to Nagasaki by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima day trip planner.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In August in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip itinerary 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 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Osaka

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get engrossed in the history at Peace Osaka, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and don't miss a visit to Abeno Harukas.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary planning website.

Take a train from Himeji to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in August, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Koya-cho

— 4 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Koya-cho: Kuriyama Family Residence (in Gojo), Takaminosato (in Higashiyoshino-mura) and Mt.Takami (in Matsusaka).

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Koya-cho online road trip planner.

Drive from Osaka to Koya-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Koya-cho sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take a stroll through Gion.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip site.

Getting from Koya-cho to Kyoto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hakusan (Mount Hakusan, Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road, &more), Spas (in Nanto) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Dolls Museum, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and make a trip to Omicho Market.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip builder website.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in September: highs in Kanazawa hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Hokuto (Ojiragawa Valley, Shojigataki Falls, &more), Happo-one Nature Study Course (in Hakuba-mura) and Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, see the interesting displays at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hotaka Mountain Range.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Matsumoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aoki no Himono Atami Ekimae (in Atami), Fujiyoshida (Nishiura & Onshirin Garden) and Okuniwa Nature Park (in Narusawa-mura). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, kick back and relax at Toi Beach, and sample the tasty concoctions at Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Matsumoto in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 40 minutes away). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and stop by Ginza.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo route maker.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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.
Explore Nikko's surroundings by going to Oya History Museum (in Utsunomiya), Maenikko Tsutsuji no Yu Koryukan (in Kanuma) and Otawara (Nasunogahara Farm & Nakagawa Aquatic Park). Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, explore the activities along Yunoko Lake, steep yourself in history at Yomeimon (Main Gate), and go for a walk through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park.

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

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: highs in Nikko hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

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.