60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Naha
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 6 nights
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Nagoya
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Osaka
— 6 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Fukuoka
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Naha

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son), Onna-son (Cape Manzamo & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater & Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, take in panoramic vistas at Takatsukiyama Observatory Deck, pause for some photo ops at Heiwa no Ishiji, and learn the tricks of the trade with Taste of Okinawa Cooking Experience.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Naha trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Naha is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Cape Town to Naha due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Naha. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Wine Tours & Tastings, &more), Zuiryuji Temple (in Takaoka) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's much more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, appreciate the views at Aratama Valley, and examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Naha to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Naha in November, you will find days in Kanazawa are slightly colder (17°C), and nights are much colder (8°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Sapporo

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Lake Shikotsu (in Chitose) and Otaru (Tomioka Catholic Church & Otaru Canal). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, walk around Nakajima Park, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and see the interesting displays at Sapporo Beer Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo route planning site.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Sapporo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kanazawa in November: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around 6°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

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 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 5th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo holiday builder tool.

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Sapporo in December, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Hakone-machi

— 6 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 Katsura Bridge (in Izu), Imamiya Tea Plantation (in Fuji) and Ito (Izu Glass and Craft Museum, Ikeda museum of 20th century art, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and head outdoors with Fun2Drive.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi planning site.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 8°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Nagoya.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagoya: Toyota (Otaki Valley & Koran Valley), Ise (Okageza, Okage Yokocho, &more) and Nagahama (Doganji Kannondo, Shakudoji Temple, &more). There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakkoin, and examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

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You can fly from Hakone-machi to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In December in Nagoya, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Aisho-cho (Kongorin-ji Temple 3 Storey Tower & Kongorin-ji Temple) and Kora-cho (Saimyo-ji Temple & Saimyo-ji Temple 3 Storey Tower). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in December, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka

— 6 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 Taimadera Nakanobo (in Katsuragi), Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and stroll through Nara Park.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (in Kurashiki), Okayama (Okayama Castle & Okayama Korakuen Garden) and Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Miyajima, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima driving holiday planner.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Fukuoka

— 5 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukuoka: Itoshima (Forest Adventure Itoshima & Raizan Sennyoji Daihioin), Kumamoto (Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Kumamoto Castle, &more) and Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Huis Ten Bosch, make a trip to Hakoshima Residence, admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station, and relax and rejuvenate at Organic Esthe Salon Fuu.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): look for gifts at Ishimaru Bunkoudou, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, examine the collection at Dejima, then stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, take in the views from Megane Bridge, get a sense of history and politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church Hongouchi, and finally steep yourself in history at Karematsu Shrine.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip planner.

Getting from Fukuoka to Nagasaki by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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.