60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

Make it your trip
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Sapporo
— 5 nights
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Sendai
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
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Tsumagoi-mura
— 3 nights
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Takayama
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Nara
— 3 nights
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Sapporo

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Otaru Canal (in Otaru), Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu) and Yoichi-cho (Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Asadaen Farm, &more). There's still lots to do: walk around Odori Park, explore the activities along Moerenuma Park, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and take in nature's colorful creations at Hakkogakuen Hanashobupark.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo day trip app.

London, UK to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Sapporo is 9 hours. Traveling from London in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sapporo, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Sendai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sendai

— 5 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Explore Sendai's surroundings by going to Azuma Mountain Range (in Yonezawa), Umanose (in Rifu-cho) and Matsushima-machi (Matsushima Bay, Entsu-in Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Bikki Numa, get impressive views of Azuma Kofuji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yudonosan Shrine, and get a new perspective on nature at Tohoku University of Natural History.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sendai trip planning website.

You can fly from Sapporo to Sendai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in September: high temperatures in Sendai hover around 27°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, make a trip to Tokyo Skytree, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Sendai to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sendai in September: highs in Tokyo hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Hakone Skyline, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi tour planning tool.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tsumagoi-mura.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Theme Parks · Baths · Spas · Museums

Side Trip

Tsumagoi-mura

— 3 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Tsumagoi-mura: Kobayashi Farm (in Obuse-machi), Pond Shirakoma (in Sakuho-machi) and Takamine Kogen (in Komoro).

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tsumagoi-mura online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tsumagoi-mura by car takes about 4.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Tsumagoi-mura are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Tsumagoi-mura

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Takayama

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takayama: Tateyama-machi (Mikurigaike Pond & Kurobe Dam), Matsumoto (Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, Matsumoto Castle, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's lots more to do: visit Sanmachi Suji, admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), and look for gifts at Hida Jizakekura Honten.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Takayama road trip app.

You can drive from Tsumagoi-mura to Takayama in 4 hours. In September in Takayama, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 4 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 Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan) and Komatsu (Motorcar Museum of Japan, Aratama Valley, &more). There's still lots to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, stroll through Gongenmori Beach, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner.

Getting from Takayama to Kanazawa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planning site.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Nara

— 3 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Change things up with a short trip to Tarao no Yu in Koka (about 58 minutes away). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, learn something new at Experience YAMATO, walk around Nara Park, and examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nara route app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Nara, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Koya-cho

— 2 nights
On the 11th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple, stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-in Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichijo-in Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Daishi Kyokai. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saito, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Danjo Garan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokiin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumagai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eko-in Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Koya-cho road trip planner.

You can drive from Nara to Koya-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In October in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe), Sato Fruit Kobo (in Nishiwaki) and Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka vacation planner.

Getting from Koya-cho to Osaka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima), Okayama (Okayama Castle & Okayama Korakuen Garden) and Japanese Rural Toy Museum (in Kurashiki). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the activities along Pond of Peace, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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.
Step out of Nagasaki to go to Sasebo and see Huis Ten Bosch, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, stop by Ishimaru Bunkoudou, and examine the collection at Dejima.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima (about 1h 55 min away). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki road trip website.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Nagasaki in October, expect Ishigaki to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.