60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
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Izu
— 5 nights
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Nagoya
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Kagoshima
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Motobu-cho
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Naha
— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Otaru (Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, Otaru Canal, &more), Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu) and Noboribetsu (Jigokudani & Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe). There's still lots to do: stroll around Odori Park, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and stroll through Mt. Moiwa.

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Sydney, Australia to Sapporo is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in March; daily highs in Sapporo reach 1°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Classes

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 5 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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo Disneyland in Maihama--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

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You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Sapporo in March, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hakone-machi: Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, Lake Kawaguchi, &more), Fujisanhongusengen Shrine Okumiya (in Fujinomiya) and Susono (Keigashima Canyon, Five Hundred Club, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

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You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (9°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Izu.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Golf

Side Trips

Izu

— 5 nights
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
Get out of town with these interesting Izu side-trips: Kinomiya Shrine (in Atami) and Ito (Yes! Strawberry, Izu Shaboten Zoo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: play a few rounds at Nakaizu Green Club, don't miss a visit to Kantsuki Tensho Kimko, identify plant and animal life at Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba, and admire the masterpieces at Ivory Craft Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Izu trip planner.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Izu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hakone-machi in March, with highs in Izu at 15°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Izu

Outdoors · Golf · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 4 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Chubu Park (in Toin-cho), Ise (Ise Shrine Geku & Ise Grand Shrine) and Toba Aquarium (in Toba). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, take in the pleasant sights at Black Wall West Colony (Kurokabe no Nishi Shuraku), and examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip planner.

Getting from Izu to Nagoya by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Izu in March since evenings lows in Nagoya dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida), Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Takayama (Takayama Jinya & Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan)). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's much more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, stop by Higashichaya Old Town, and examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip builder tool.

You can drive from Nagoya to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in March, Kanazawa is slightly colder at night with lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Byodoin (in Uji). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka

— 5 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Yoneda Taishiji Temple (in Takasago), Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, try out the rides at SpaWorld, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and shop like a local with Dotombori District.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

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Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Nagasaki

— 3 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Take a break from Nagasaki with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, examine the collection at Dejima, and stroll around Nagao Castle Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki itinerary planning website.

Getting from Hiroshima to Nagasaki by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Kagoshima

— 3 nights

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kagoshima: Kirishima (Kagoshima Jingu Shrine, Kirishima Shrine, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, stroll through Mt. Shiroyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Myoken Shrine, and take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory.

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You can take a train from Nagasaki to Kagoshima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Kagoshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to fly to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Motobu-cho

— 3 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Motobu-cho: Nago (Fukugawa Falls & Helios Distillery), Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son) and Ishiyama Viewing Platform (in Ogimi-son). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, get outside with Mt. Yaedake, and admire the natural beauty at Tropical Dream Center.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho holiday maker website.

Traveling by flight from Kagoshima to Motobu-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Kagoshima in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Motobu-cho: highs are around 28°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Naha.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Naha

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Onna-son (Cape Manzamo & Scuba & Snorkeling), Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, &more) and Uruma (Katsuren Castle Ruins & Kamimuyra Brewery). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, get engrossed in the history at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, and make a trip to Yachimun Street.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Naha trip planner.

Drive from Motobu-cho to Naha in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ishigaki

— 5 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, walk around Banna Park, and get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki tour planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. April in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

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.