60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

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Fly to Tokyo Narita, Train to Keisei-Ueno, Foot to Ueno, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Nagoya
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Kanazawa

— 5 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 Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Wada House, &more), Takayama (Soyuji Temple, Takayama Jinya, &more) and Gokayama (in Nanto). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and gain a rich perspective with In Kanazawa House.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa journey planner.

Halifax, Canada to Kanazawa is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 13 hour difference. Traveling from Halifax in March, things will get a bit warmer in Kanazawa: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 6 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 Hotel Shima Spain Mura (in Shima), Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama) and Ise (Oharai-machi, Okage Yokocho, &more). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jissoji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Nabana no Sato, and admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya day trip app.

Drive from Kanazawa to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in March since evenings lows in Nagoya dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 7 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto journey builder site.

Getting from Nagoya to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors

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 Sekizen Onsen Misasa no Yu (in Kaizuka) and Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, shop like a local with Dotombori District, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and take a stroll through Minami (Namba).

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka attractions website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. March in Osaka sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Himeji

— 4 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & Kibitsu Shrine), Sato Fruit Kobo (in Nishiwaki) and Honzanji Temple (in Misaki-cho). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji day trip planning website.

Take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, &more) and Onomichi (Kosanji Temple & Saikokuji Temple). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in the views from Aioi Bridge, and pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online road trip planner.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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.
When in Nagasaki, make a side trip to see Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, approximately Sasebo away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, steep yourself in history at Nagasaki Peace Park, and pause for some photo ops at Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nagasaki online day trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. April in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Motobu-cho: Nakijin-son (Kouri Beach, Kouri Ohashi, &more), Busena Marine Park (in Nago) and Okuma Beach (in Kunigami-son). The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, let little ones run wild at Ginoza Roadside Station, take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo, and explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho road trip site.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Motobu-cho in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Nagasaki in April, with highs in Motobu-cho at 28°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Ishigaki

— 6 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: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, visit Miyara River Hirugi Grove, stop by Pinion Direct Shop, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki travel planning tool.

Fly from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ishigaki when traveling from Motobu-cho in April, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Hakone-machi

— 5 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Court Doll Master Hisashige Ito XII Museum (in Nagaizumi-cho), Imamiya Tea Plantation (in Fuji) and Fujisanhongusengen Shrine Okumiya (in Fujinomiya). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, take in breathtaking views at Keigashima Canyon, explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, and explore the striking landscape of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi visit planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Hakone-machi in 7 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from Ishigaki in April: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Theme Parks · Spas

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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Odaiba District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo travel planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

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.