60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Seoul
train + Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Sapporo
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Aomori
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Odate
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
6
Akita
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Sendai
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Shiroishi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Nihonmatsu
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
Nikko
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
11
Utsunomiya
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
12
Nagano
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
13
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
14
Gotemba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
15
Nagoya
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
16
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
17
Tottori
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
18
Matsue
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
19
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
20
Kumamoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
21
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
22
Kochi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
23
Tokushima
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
24
Kobe
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
25
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
26
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt. Okura Observatory and Mt. Moiwa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Otaru (Otaru Canal & Mount Kenashi View Point), Lake Shikotsu (in Chitose) and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space, admire the natural beauty at Mishima's Shibazakura Garden, and stroll through Odori Park.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sapporo travel itinerary planner.

Seoul, South Korea to Sapporo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Seoul in June, with highs in Sapporo at 20°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Chitose, Kutchan-cho, Otaru, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Mt. Moiwa ©
Mt. Moiwa

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Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and then take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Tokkarisho Lookout, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Temple, and then contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Usu.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Noboribetsu trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Noboribetsu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sapporo in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 14°C in Noboribetsu. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tokkarisho Lookout, Zenkoji Temple, Mt. Usu
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Mt. Usu ©
Mt. Usu
Zenkoji Temple ©
Zenkoji Temple

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nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
On the 18th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then explore the activities along Onuma Lake, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappist Monasteries. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Goryokaku Park, then stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kyu Soma-tei.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hakodate trip planner .

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Hakodate takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can take a train to Aomori.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Onuma Lake, Trappist Monasteries
Highlights from your plan
Onuma Lake ©
Onuma Lake
Hachimanzaka ©
Hachimanzaka
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate

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Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
On the 20th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Komakino Ruins, make a trip to Snow Corridor, make a trip to Showa Daibutsu, examine the collection at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, then don't miss a visit to Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, and finally get your bearings at Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sannai-Maruyama Ruins, don't miss a visit to Jomon Jiyukan, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then explore the world behind art at Aomori Museum of Art, and finally take in the natural beauty of Manjufukashi.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Aomori travel route site .

Getting from Hakodate to Aomori by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Odate.

Things to do in Aomori

Museums Baths Spas

Side Trip

Onsen Resorts
Highlights from your plan
Aomori Museum of Art ©
Aomori Museum of Art
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse
Sannai-Maruyama Ruins ©
Sannai-Maruyama Ruins

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Odate

Odate is a city in Akita Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): make a trip to Akitainu Hall, don't miss a visit to Akita Inu Fureaidokoro, then pause for some photo ops at Odate Hachiko, then explore and take pictures at Odate Jukai Dome, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Odate route planner.

Traveling by car from Aomori to Odate takes 1.5 hours. June in Odate sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Akita.

Things to do in Odate

Baths Spas
Highlights from your plan
Onsen Resorts
Akitainu Hall ©
Akitainu Hall
Nipro Hachiko Dome ©
Nipro Hachiko Dome

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Akita

Akita ©
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Ishiguro Samurai House, take an in-depth tour of Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, then take a stroll through Samurai District, then don't miss a visit to Akita Marugoto Market, and finally stop by Akita Kensanhin Plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Senshu Park, then get advice or help at Michi no Eki Akita Port, then examine the collection at Namahage Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ogashinzan Traditional Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Akita online trip maker .

You can drive from Odate to Akita in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Sendai.

Things to do in Akita

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Semboku, Oga
Highlights from your plan
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum ©
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum
Namahage Museum ©
Namahage Museum

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nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): savor the flavors at Itagaki, Asaichi and then hunt for treasures at Sendai Asaichi. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Zuihoden, then step into the grandiose world of Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Michinoku Lakeside National Government Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Sendai trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Akita to Sendai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Akita in June since evenings lows in Sendai dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Shiroishi.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping

Side Trips

Michinoku Lakeside National Government Park, Umanose, Matsushima Bay, Risshaku-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato

1
night
Shiroishi

Shiroishi ©
Shiroishi is a city in Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. On the 28th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Shiroishi Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Water, Stones and Talking Park, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Miyagi Zao Fox Village, and finally see the interesting displays at Shiroishi City Yajiro Kokeshi Village.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Shiroishi road trip website .

Drive from Sendai to Shiroishi in an hour. Traveling from Sendai in June, Shiroishi is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Nihonmatsu.

Things to do in Shiroishi

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Miyagi Zao Fox Village ©
Miyagi Zao Fox Village
Shiroishi Castle ©
Shiroishi Castle

1
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Nihonmatsu

Nihonmatsu ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Ebisu Circuit and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Adatara.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nihonmatsu tour itinerary builder website .

Drive from Shiroishi to Nihonmatsu in an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Nihonmatsu

Theme Parks Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ebisu Circuit ©
Ebisu Circuit
Mount Adatara ©
Mount Adatara

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nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kammangafuchi Gorge. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuka Waterfall, and then snap pictures at Kinu Tateiwa Otsuribashi (Suspension bridge).

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nikko trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Nihonmatsu to Nikko takes 2 hours. Traveling from Nihonmatsu in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nikko, with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Utsunomiya.

Things to do in Nikko

Theme Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Ryuka Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura ©
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu

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nights
Utsunomiya

Utsunomiya ©
The capital city of Tochigi Prefecture, Utsunomiya bursts at the seams with festivals, Japanese dumplings, jazz, and cherry blossoms.
On the 2nd (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Matsugamine Catholic Church, then examine the collection at Oya Stone Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oya temple, and finally admire the natural beauty at Ashikaga Flower Park. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Nakagawa Aquatic Park, then admire the sheer force of Ryumon Waterfall, and then get curious at Tochigi Science Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Utsunomiya road trip planner .

Utsunomiya is just a short distance from Nikko. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Utsunomiya

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ashikaga Flower Park, Ryumon Waterfall, Nakagawa Aquatic Park
Highlights from your plan
Ashikaga Flower Park ©
Ashikaga Flower Park
Oya History Museum ©
Oya History Museum
Oya temple ©
Oya temple

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Nagano

Nagano ©
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 4th (Thu): make a trip to Yugama, take in the dramatic scenery at Kaminaridaki Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganshoin Temple, and finally look for gifts at Yawataya Isogoro Honten. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Myoko Kogen.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nagano road trip site .

Traveling by train from Utsunomiya to Nagano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Nagano, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kaminaridaki Falls, Yugama, Myoko Kogen, Ganshoin Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kaminaridaki Falls ©
Kaminaridaki Falls
Myoko Kogen ©
Myoko Kogen
Yugama ©
Yugama

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Tokyo

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kamogawa Sea World and Sumidagawa River Terrace. Venture out of the city with trips to Hase-dera Temple (in Kamakura) and Sankeien Gardens (in Naka). Have a day of magic on the 10th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Nagano to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gotemba.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Kamogawa Sea World, Hase-dera Temple, Sankeien Gardens, Tokyo Disneyland, Sumidagawa River Terrace
Highlights from your plan
Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Chidorigafuchi ©
Chidorigafuchi

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Gotemba

Gotemba ©
Trips to Gotemba, a city at the foot of Mount Fuji, offer plenty of opportunities to admire Japan's most famous natural feature.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): make a trip to Mt. Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station, don't miss a visit to Kusushi Shrine, then take some stellar pictures from Kengamine, and finally get impressive views of Mount Fuji. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jinbayama Shrine and then tee off at Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Gotemba trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Tokyo to Gotemba by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in July: highs in Gotemba hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Gotemba

Nature Parks Golf

Side Trips

Fujinomiya, Mount Fuji
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Kusushi Shrine ©
Kusushi Shrine
Jinbayama Shrine ©
Jinbayama Shrine

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Nagoya

Nagoya ©
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 13th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of Nagoya Castle Hommarugoten, then see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Minami Chita Beach Land, go for a walk through Tokoname City Pottery Footpath, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Nagoya TV Tower.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya holiday builder app .

You can drive from Gotemba to Nagoya in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Gotemba in July, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tokoname City Pottery Footpath, Minami Chita Beach Land
Highlights from your plan
Minami Chita Beach Land ©
Minami Chita Beach Land
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

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Kyoto

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then wander the streets of Pontocho.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nagoya in July: highs in Kyoto hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 28°C. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tottori.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Tottori

Tottori ©
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
On the 17th (Wed), examine the collection at Watanabe Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun and explore at Warabekan, take in the dramatic natural features at Tottori Sand Dunes, then explore the world behind art at The Sand Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tottori online route maker .

You can drive from Kyoto to Tottori in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Tottori, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Matsue.

Things to do in Tottori

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mitokusan Sanbutuji Temple, Shiogama Cold Spring, Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore
Highlights from your plan
Shiogama Cold Spring ©
Shiogama Cold Spring
The Sand Museum ©
The Sand Museum
Mitokusan Sanbutuji Temple
Mitokusan Sanbutuji Temple

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Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, browse the exhibits of Adachi Museum of Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine, then get answers to all your questions at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, then steep yourself in history at Former Taisha Station, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Matsue journey planner .

Traveling by car from Tottori to Matsue takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Matsue, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Yasugi, Shinji Lake
Highlights from your plan
Matsue Castle ©
Matsue Castle
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip website .

Getting from Matsue to Hiroshima by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
Highlights from your plan

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Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Sakuranobaba Johsaien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Kumamoto Castle, explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, make a trip to Shimotori Shotengai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, then admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Tetori Church.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kumamoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kumamoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Okoshiki Beach, Onsen Resorts, Kikuchi Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
Sakuranobaba Johsaien
Kato Shrine ©
Kato Shrine

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Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanoyasu Kawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Shirakawa Springs, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heitate Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Takachiho-cho travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Kumamoto to Takachiho-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa Springs, Heitate Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

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Kochi

Kochi ©
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): make a trip to Harimaya Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, then explore the engaging exhibits at Takashi Yanase Kinenkan Anpanman Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Katsurahama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tosa Shrine, stroll through Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture, then take in the dramatic scenery at Biwa Waterfall, and finally snap pictures at Iya Kazura Bridge.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kochi trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Takachiho-cho to Kochi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tokushima.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Miyoshi, Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture, Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum
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Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle

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Tokushima

Tokushima ©
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Awaodori Kaikan. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Bizan, then explore the activities along Shimmachi River, then admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, and finally don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tokushima online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Kochi to Tokushima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Tokushima

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Naruto, Asutamu-Land Tokushima, Shōsan-ji Temple
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Mount Bizan ©
Mount Bizan
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Onaruto Bridge ©
Onaruto Bridge

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Kobe

Kobe ©
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 3rd (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, then steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, and then wander the streets of Kobe Harborland. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), explore and take pictures at Hanshin Koshien Stadium, and then take an in-depth tour of Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan).

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kobe trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Tokushima to Kobe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kobe are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Hanshin Koshien Stadium
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Hanshin Koshien Stadium ©
Hanshin Koshien Stadium
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary maker website .

Osaka is very close to Kobe. Traveling from Kobe in August, you will find days in Osaka are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Tours Historic Sites
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Food Tours

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea, and then wander the streets of Akihabara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, then stroll through Ueno Park, then admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Western Art, and finally see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo online attractions planner .

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Theme Parks

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Tokyo DisneySea
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
National Museum of Western Art ©
National Museum of Western Art

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