60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Koya-cho
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Matsumoto
— 6 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
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Nikko
— 5 nights
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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.
Step out of Ishigaki with an excursion 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, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and get outside with Akashi Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip maker tool.

Edinburgh, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Edinburgh to Ishigaki, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Edinburgh in September, with highs in Ishigaki at 37°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Motobu-cho

— 4 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 Ohashi & Kouri Ocean Tower), Onna-son (Cape Maeda, Blue Cave, &more) and Nago citizen Beach (in Nago). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, kick back and relax at Anchihama, head outdoors with Akabaka Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Minnajima Island.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Motobu-cho tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho by flight takes about 5.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at 26 Martyrs Museum, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck. On your second day here, examine the collection at Dejima, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, then stop by Tatematsuru, then head off the coast to Hashima Island, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Takahama Beach.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Motobu-cho to Nagasaki takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Motobu-cho in September: high temperatures in Nagasaki hover around 32°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Hiroshima

— 4 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: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

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Take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Osaka

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nara Park, &more). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotombori District, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and visit Tobita Shinchi.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Osaka online attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Koya-cho

— 4 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Koya-cho: Farm Market Yottette Michi no Eki Kudoyama (in Kudoyama-cho), Totsukawa-mura (Hatenashi Shuraku, Totsukawamura Rekishi Minzoku Shiryokan, &more) and Osugi Canyon (in Odai-cho).

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho itinerary planner.

Getting from Osaka to Koya-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip planning app.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · 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: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Spas (in Nanto) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Wada House, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, visit Higashichaya Old Town, examine the collection at Dolls Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakusan.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Mt. Nagamine (in Azumino), Hokuto (Ojiragawa Valley, Shojigataki Falls, &more) and Spas (in Okaya). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, and delve into the lush surroundings at Larch Forests In Kamikochi area.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Matsumoto day trip app.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Matsumoto, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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 Fujiyoshida (Onshirin Garden & Shinsekai Kanpai Street), Mount Fuji Children's World (in Fuji) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Fuji View Hotel Japanese Garden & Lake Kawaguchi). Spend the 16th (Sat) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Fuji, enjoy the sand and surf at Tatadohama Beach, make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, and admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Nikko

— 5 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Get out of town with these interesting Nikko side-trips: Katashina-mura (Shigehachi & Tennozakura), Otawara (Nasunogahara Farm & Nakagawa Aquatic Park) and Mt. Nabewari (in Maebashi). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Yunoko Lake, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sakana to Mori no Kansatsuen.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nikko travel route planning app.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Nikko in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. October in Nikko sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Childrens Museums

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.