60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Hakodate
— 2 nights
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Kamakura
— 3 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
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Matsumoto
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 7 nights
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Hakodate

— 2 nights

City of Lights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Onuma Park Walking Path in Nanae-cho (about 40 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church, stroll through Goryokaku Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower.

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

Washington DC, USA to Hakodate is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Washington DC to Hakodate due to the time zone difference. In May, Hakodate is slightly colder than Washington DC - with highs of 60°F and lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can fly to Kamakura.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks

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.
When in Kamakura, make a side trip to see Kashiwagi Farm in Isehara, approximately Isehara away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, contemplate the long history of Kencho-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Taura Umenosato, and head off the coast to Enoshima Island.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kamakura day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Kamakura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Hakodate in May, expect Kamakura to be a bit warmer, temps between 67°F and 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kazurayama Castle Ruins (in Susono), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Fuji View Hotel Japanese Garden, Lake Kawaguchi, &more) and Shiraito Falls (in Fujinomiya). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, take a memorable drive along Nishiizu Skyline, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and take in the dramatic scenery at Joren Waterfall.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip 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. In May, daytime highs in Hakone-machi are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 6 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Takayama (Wine Tours & Tastings, Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, &more), Kirigamine Marshland (in Suwa) and Azumino (Alps Azumino National Government Park - Horigane/Hotaka & Hachimen Daio Ashiyu). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, gain a rich perspective with Snow Monkey Resorts, gain insight at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, and let little ones run wild at Matsumoto Alps Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip planner.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Matsumoto: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Wildlife · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 6 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 Angoji Temple (in Nanto), Tonami Tulip Park (in Tonami) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planning tool.

Take a train from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in May, Kanazawa is a bit cooler at night with lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 8 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 Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Shimada Shoten, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, &more), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Kuromon Market (in Nippombashi). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, take in the pleasant sights at Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

Plan my day in Kyoto using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism (in Kato), Sato Fruit Kobo (in Nishiwaki) and Okayama (Okayama Castle & Okayama Korakuen Garden). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, grab your bike and head to Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck), and wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji online trip builder.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in June: highs in Himeji hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails

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.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Kure (Yamato Museum & JMSDF Kure Museum), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo), Takeo (Takeo no Okusu & Chimachibo Park) and Imari (Hataman & Imari Okawachiyama). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, take in the views from Megane Bridge, stroll around Nabekanmuriyama Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. June in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima (about 1h 55 min away). There's lots more to do: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, see the sky in a new way at Ishigakijima Observatory, stroll around Banna Park, and visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Ishigaki takes 5.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Nagasaki in June; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 89°F and lows reach 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 8 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Yokohama (Yokohama Silk Museum & Sankeien Gardens), Yokohama Museum of Art (in Minatomirai) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Akihabara, visit Odaiba District, and take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in July, Tokyo is little chillier at night with lows of 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.