60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Sapporo
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Nikko
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Drive
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Kamakura
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nagoya
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
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Naha
— 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru (Yuzu Kobo Honten & Otaru Canal) and Noboribetsu (Spas & Jigokudani). There's much more to do: walk around Odori Park, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, and steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sapporo trip planner.

Prague, Czech Republic to Sapporo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Prague to Sapporo is 8 hours. When traveling from Prague in July, plan for little chillier days in Sapporo, with highs around 26°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more), Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Takayama (Takayama Jinya & Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato)). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Sapporo in July, you will find days in Kanazawa are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums

Side Trips

Nikko

— 5 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.
Take a break from Nikko with a short trip to Ozegahara in Katashina-mura, about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 13th (Wed) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring nature at Oze National Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cryptomeria Avenue.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nikko sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Nikko takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in July, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are little chillier, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 22nd (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nikko in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kamakura

— 3 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.
Kamakura is known for historic sites, parks, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokeiji Temple, step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, and don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kamakura day trip site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Kamakura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in July, you will find days in Kamakura are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Hakone-machi

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Spend the 30th (Sat) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, and make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi tour planner.

You can drive from Kamakura to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Nagoya.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Museums · Spas

Side Trip

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagoya: Nisshin Civic Hall (in Nisshin), Mikimoto Pearl Island (in Toba) and Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, walk around Chubu Park, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya online road trip planner.

You can fly from Hakone-machi to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in July, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
On the 10th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Himeji trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kyoto in August, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around 31°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima visit planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Motobu-cho

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ishiyama Viewing Platform (in Ogimi-son), Okuma Beach (in Kunigami-son) and Nago (Fukugawa Falls & Atelier43). There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, take in the views from Kouri Ohashi, walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sesoko Labyrinth.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Motobu-cho road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. August in Motobu-cho sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Naha.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Naha

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling, Blue Cave, &more). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Naha online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Motobu-cho to Naha takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Naha are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ishigaki

— 7 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.
Step out of Ishigaki with an excursion to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima--about 1h 55 min away. Spend 25th (Thu) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki trip site.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In August in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Mon).

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.