60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
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Naha
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Kagoshima
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
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Ishigaki

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.
When in Ishigaki, make a side trip to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima, approximately Iriomote-jima away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, take in the pleasant sights at Cape Ongazaki, and look and learn at Ishigakijima Observatory.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki road trip planning website.

Porto, Portugal to Ishigaki is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Porto in June, expect nights in Ishigaki to be much warmer, around 32°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Naha

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Cape Manzamo), Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son) and Motobu-cho (Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, take in panoramic vistas at Takatsukiyama Observatory Deck, enjoy the sand and surf at Furuzamami Beach, and make a trip to Makishi Public Market.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Naha trip planner.

Fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

4
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Nagasaki

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.
Take a break from Nagasaki with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Glover Garden, stroll around Nagao Castle Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagasaki Peace Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nagasaki travel planner.

Getting from Naha to Nagasaki by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Naha in June, things will get slightly colder in Nagasaki: highs are around 30°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Kagoshima

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kagoshima: Ibusuki (Onsen Resorts & Mt. Kaimondake), Yusui-cho (Maruike Pond Spring Water at the foot of Mt. Kirishima & Kirishima Art Ranch) and Chiran Peace Museum (in Minamikyushu). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Sengan-en, sample the fine beverages at Musougura, admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum, and make a trip to Nihonichi no Kyoju Kamo no Okusu.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kagoshima trip builder app.

Take a train from Nagasaki to Kagoshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Hiroshima

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 (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine), MIyoshi Sports Park Asobi no Okoku (in Miyoshi) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima day trip planner.

Take a train from Kagoshima to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. June in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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Himeji

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Kobe (Kobe Oji Zoo & Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens), Sato Fruit Kobo (in Nishiwaki) and Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, walk around Kunimi no Mori Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Ashiya Rock Garden, and make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji road trip planning website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daytime highs in Himeji are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Kyoto

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Todai-ji Temple, &more), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, Imperial Hotel Plaza Osaka, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planning app.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

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Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Gokayama (in Nanto), Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Nagase house, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Matsumoto

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.
Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Zenko-ji Temple (in Nagano), Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Sanmachi Suji, &more) and Hakubaoike (in Otari-mura). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), and contemplate the waterfront views at Pond Tashiro.

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

Getting from Kanazawa to Matsumoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Fujikawaguchiko-machi

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Okuniwa Nature Park (in Narusawa-mura), Hakone-machi (Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more) and Keigashima Canyon (in Susono). Spend the 19th (Sun) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The adventure continues: make a trip to Mount Fuji, admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, admire the natural beauty at Onshirin Garden, and explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip planner.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Matsumoto in July, plan for little chillier days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Classes

Side Trips

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Tokyo

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 these side-trips from Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planning website.

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.