60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia sightseeing planner

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yokohama
— 2 nights
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Kamakura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 2 nights
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Nagano
— 2 nights
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Kobe
— 2 nights
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Okayama
— 2 nights
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Kurashiki
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Beppu
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 1 night
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Kumamoto
— 1 night
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Kagoshima
— 1 night
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Naha
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 3 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo holiday planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in January, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (11°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Yokohama

— 2 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
On the 5th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Yokohama Museum of Art, stop by Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, then examine the collection at Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama, and finally admire the striking features of Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. On your second day here, get your bearings at Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, then don't miss a visit to NYK Hikawamaru, then walk around Yamashita Park, and finally take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yokohama trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Yokohama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Yokohama can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kamakura.

Things to do in Yokohama

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Kamakura

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
On the 7th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then get a taste of the local shopping with Kamakura City Farmers' Market, then steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Enoshima Sea Candle, then step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, and then make a trip to Kamakura Komachidori.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kamakura route planner.

Traveling by train from Yokohama to Kamakura takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Yokohama, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kamakura, ranging from highs of 4°C to lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 2 nights
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, then explore the world behind art at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine.

To find out how to plan a trip to Fujikawaguchiko-machi, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kamakura to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Fujikawaguchiko-machi can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Theme Parks · Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Nikko

— 2 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.
On the 11th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan jinja, then take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally sample some tasty brews at Katayama Shuzo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall, and then meet the residents at Sakana to Mori no Kansatsuen.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nikko journey planner.

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Nikko by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Nagano

— 2 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple and then gain insight with Snow Monkey Resorts. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, stroll through Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagano trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Nikko to Nagano takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Nikko in January: high temperatures in Nagano hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagano

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Takayama

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Wada House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally take some stellar pictures from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and finally take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Takayama travel route website.

You can take a train from Nagano to Takayama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nagano in January, Takayama is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nagoya

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and then don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Nabana no Sato, get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, and then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya journey planning site.

You can drive from Takayama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Nagoya are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Nara

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, steep yourself in history at Todaiji Keidaicho, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple.

For ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Nara journey maker tool.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Nara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Koya-cho

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, and then steep yourself in history at Koyasan Daimon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, then contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan, and then don't miss a visit to Tanizeno Tsuribashi.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho trip builder.

You can drive from Nara to Koya-cho in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Osaka

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): wander the streets of Dotombori District, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory, and then make a trip to Kuromon Market.

Plan trip to Osaka with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Koya-cho in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Osaka, with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Kyoto

— 2 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.
On the 25th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take a stroll through Gion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then take an in-depth tour of Kyoto National Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip site.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Kobe

— 2 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 27th (Thu), soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine, and finally visit Kobe Harborland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, then wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and then make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kobe trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Kobe by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Okayama.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Baths

Side Trip

Okayama

— 2 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): browse the different shops at AEON MALL Mall Okayama, then explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan). On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Momotaro Statue, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsuhiko Shrine.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Okayama planner.

Getting from Kobe to Okayama by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kobe in January, plan for little chillier nights in Okayama, with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Kurashiki

— 2 nights
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take in the views from Great Seto Bridge, explore the historical opulence of Marugame Castle, and then revel in the low prices at Mitsui Outlet Park Kurashiki. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Kurashiki Folkcraft Museum, see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, then explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, and finally don't miss a visit to Kurashiki Ivy Square.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kurashiki sightseeing app.

Traveling by car from Okayama to Kurashiki takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 1 night

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 2nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planning site.

Take a train from Kurashiki to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. February in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Beppu.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Beppu

— 2 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, take a leisurely stroll along Beppu International Tourism Port, then take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yufu and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kinrin.

Find out how to plan Beppu trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Hiroshima to Beppu by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Spas

Side Trips

Fukuoka

— 1 night

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
On the 6th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Komyozen-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, and then admire the striking features of Hakata Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): go for a walk through Ohori Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka travel planner.

Traveling by car from Beppu to Fukuoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Nagasaki

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagasaki Peace Park, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): wander the streets of Shinchi Chinatown, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, then examine the collection at Dejima, and finally snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki day trip planner.

Getting from Fukuoka to Nagasaki by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Kumamoto

— 1 night
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 10th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Shimotori Shotengai. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to JR Kumamoto Station, then make a trip to Kumamon Square, then stroll around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumamotojoinari Shrine.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto day trip tool.

Getting from Nagasaki to Kumamoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kumamoto when traveling from Nagasaki in February, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Kagoshima

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, and then go for a walk through Sengan-en. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Chiran Peace Museum, don't miss a visit to Tenmonkan, and then appreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue.

For photos and other tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima trip app.

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Kagoshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
On the 14th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagata Inakahama and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. On your second day here, make a trip to Taikoiwa, take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then make a trip to Wilson Stump.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Kagoshima to Yakushima-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Kagoshima in February; daily highs in Yakushima-cho reach 17°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can fly to Naha.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Baths · Beaches

Naha

— 2 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.
On the 16th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, then make a trip to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, and then step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market, then make a trip to Kokusaidori, then learn more about the world around you at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, and finally browse the range of quality goods at Ryubo.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Naha route builder tool.

Fly from Yakushima-cho to Naha in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In February, Naha is somewhat warmer than Yakushima-cho - with highs of 22°C and lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Taketomi-jima.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima

— 2 nights
A tiny island in the Yae-yama archipelago, Taketomi-jima enjoys popularity as a beach getaway, best known for its stretches of "star sand"--sand made up of tiny star-shaped exoskeletons of ancient fossils.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Nagomi Tower, then take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and then take in the waterfront activity at Taketomi Port.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Taketomi-jima itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Naha to Taketomi-jima in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Iriomote-jima

— 4 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 24th (Thu), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Next up on the itinerary: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls, and look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima tour builder tool.

Traveling by ferry from Taketomi-jima to Iriomote-jima takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

Yaeyama-gun travel guide

3.8
Beaches · Landmarks · Stand-Up Paddleboarding