60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan planner

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Sapporo
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
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Naha
— 5 nights
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Nagoya
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train to Iiyama, Taxi to Yamanouchi-machi
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 3 nights
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Izu
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Noboribetsu (Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, Jigokudani, &more). The adventure continues: stroll around Odori Park, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo itinerary planner.

Joplin, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 15 hours. When traveling from Joplin in February, plan for much colder days in Sapporo, with highs around 29°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Sapporo to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Sapporo in February, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Hiroshima: temperatures range from 50°F by day to 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Go for a jaunt from Nagasaki to Sasebo to see Huis Ten Bosch about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the views from Megane Bridge, and see the interesting displays at Dejima.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki tour planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Kagoshima

— 2 nights

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
On the 17th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Shiroyama, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Kagoshima Prefectural Office Observation Lobby, then contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kagoshima trip itinerary tool.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Kagoshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son) and Ginoza Roadside Station (in Ginoza-son). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, head outdoors with Uppama Coast, and experience rural life at Aiai Farm.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Motobu-cho route planner.

Traveling by flight from Kagoshima to Motobu-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Kagoshima in February, with highs in Motobu-cho at 67°F and lows at 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Naha.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naha

— 5 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Cape Manzamo), Yomitan-son (Zakimi Castle Ruins & Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center) and Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri & Okinawa Peace Memorial Park). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Katsuren Castle Ruins, make a trip to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, and learn more about the world around you at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Naha trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Motobu-cho to Naha by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Motobu-cho in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Naha, with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, walk around Banna Park, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour.

Start your trip to Ishigaki by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in February, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more) and Kobe (Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) & Ishoan). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotombori District, get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Osaka in 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ishigaki in March: highs in Osaka hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Byodoin (in Uji). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 4 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagoya side-trips: Ise (Ise Shrine Geku, Ise Grand Shrine, &more), Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama) and Chubu Park (in Toin-cho). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and steep yourself in history at Seinan Sumiyagura.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagoya vacation planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in March, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Takayama Jinya (in Takayama), Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, learn the tricks of the trade with In Kanazawa House, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa tour planner.

Drive from Nagoya to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Nagoya in March, with lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi

— 3 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Explore Yamanouchi-machi's surroundings by going to Myoko (Suginohara, Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort, &more) and Kijimadaira Ski Resort (in Kijimadaira-mura). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, fly down the slopes at Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and go for a walk through Shiga Kogen.

Before you visit Yamanouchi-machi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Kanazawa to Yamanouchi-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Izu.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trips

Izu

— 5 nights
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
Get out of town with these interesting Izu side-trips: Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Ubuyagasaki & Lake Kawaguchi), Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course (in Gotemba) and Narusawa Golf Club (in Narusawa-mura). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, play a few rounds at Amagi Kogen Golf Course, see the interesting displays at Ikeda museum of 20th century art, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Atami Plum Garden.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Izu road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Izu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in March; daily highs in Izu reach 56°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Izu

Outdoors · Golf · Parks · Nature

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea) and Kamakura (KĊtoku-in, Hase-dera Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Izu to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Izu in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Tokyo, with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

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.