60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  5 h 15 min
2
Motobu-cho
— 6 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
Naha
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
5
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
7
Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
9
Sapporo
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  7 h 15 min
10
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
11
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Chennai

5
nights
Ishigaki

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima (about 1h 55 min away). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Nosoko, and walk around Kabira Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki attractions planner .

Chennai, India to Ishigaki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Chennai to Ishigaki, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Chennai, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal ©
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal

6
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
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: Manza Dream Hole (in Onna-son), Nago (Fukugawa Falls & Kise Beach) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, kick back and relax at Akabaka Beach, take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and ride a horse along Iejima Beach Side Horse Park.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Motobu-cho tour builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Ishigaki in November since evenings lows in Motobu-cho dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Naha.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Nago, Izena-son, Manza Dream Hole, Iejima Beach Side Horse Park
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi
Scuba & Snorkeling

6
nights
Naha

Naha ©
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), Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo) and Tokashiki-son (Aharen Beach & Hanari Island). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori, step off the mainland to explore Gahi Island, and pause for some photo ops at Heiwa no Ishiji.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Naha attractions site .

You can take a bus from Motobu-cho to Naha in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Motobu-cho in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Naha, with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Zamami-son, Onna-son, Shimajiri-gun, Yonabaru-cho, Tokashiki-son
Highlights from your plan
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagasaki: Sasebo (Huis Ten Bosch & Mt. Yumihari). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sofukuji Temple, snap pictures at Megane Bridge, and head off the coast to Hashima Island.

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

Traveling by flight from Naha to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In December, Nagasaki is a bit cooler than Naha - with highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sasebo
Highlights from your plan
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden

5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art & Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online tour planner .

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kurashiki, Tobishima Kaido, Kosanji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
Himeji

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Bizen (Mt. Kuma & Hattoji Furusatomura) and Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka). Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Himeji online travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Himeji, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bizen, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura, Daisen Outlook, Okayama Korakuen Garden
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

7
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana), Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho) and Osaka (Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Mt. Koya
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
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 Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses) and Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute (in Komatsu). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa journey planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

6
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Otaru Canal (in Otaru), Noboribetsu (Jigokudani & Noboribetsu Date Historic Village) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). On the 2nd (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place. There's still lots to do: walk around Odori Park, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Jingu, and steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sapporo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kanazawa to Sapporo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kanazawa in December: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around 0°C and lows are around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, Otaru Canal
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, & more), Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto) and Maihime Breweries (in Suwa). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji, explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, and examine the collection at Ikeda museum of 20th century art.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi holiday builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sapporo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sapporo in January; daily highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi reach 5°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Mount Fuji, Maihime Breweries, Matsumoto Castle, Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

7
nights
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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in January, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (11°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urayasu, Kōtoku-in, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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