60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  13 h
1
Ishigaki
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  5 h 15 min
2
Motobu-cho
— 6 nights
+3
Ferry + Foot + Train + Fly:  7 h
3
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 5 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Himeji
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Kanazawa
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Matsumoto
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train + Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Vancouver

6
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, stroll around Kabira Park, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki online itinerary planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Ishigaki is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Ishigaki, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Ishigaki is warmer than Vancouver - with highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kondoi Beach, Taketomi Submarine Hot Spring
Highlights from your plan
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

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 Motobu-cho's surroundings by going to Onna-son (Onna Station Nakayukui Market, Cape Manzamo, &more), Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center (in Yomitan-son) and Kouri Island (in Miyakojima). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, take in the views from Kouri Ohashi, identify plant and animal life at Sesoko Labyrinth, and take in the pleasant sights at Noho Ohashi.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho takes 5.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Motobu-cho are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Izena-son, Onna-son, Noho Ohashi, Kouri Island
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi

5
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.
Explore Nagasaki's surroundings by going to Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai), Sasebo (Huis Ten Bosch, Mt. Yumihari, &more) and Furogu (in Okawa). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Yokan Museum, and head off the coast to Hashima Island.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Nagasaki in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Motobu-cho in September, expect Nagasaki to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sasebo, Nannyo Shrine, Nagasaki Bio Park, Yokan Museum, Furogu
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Akiota-cho (Shimai Falls & Sandandaki Falls), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Akiota-cho
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ohara Museum of Art, &more), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and explore the striking landscape at Tottori Sand Dunes.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tottori, Kurashiki, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Shikoku Mura Village
Highlights from your plan
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, &more), Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Tower Knives Osaka (in Naniwa). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

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

6
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Takayama (Wine Tours & Tastings, Takayama Jinya, &more), Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute (in Komatsu). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, head outdoors with Gongenmori Beach, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Gongenmori Beach, Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

6
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsumoto: Yubatake (in Kusatsu-machi), Kobayashi Farm (in Obuse-machi) and Daiho-ji Temple (in Aoki-mura). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Kirigamine Marshland, and admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in October, you will find days in Matsumoto are slightly colder (21°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura, Nagano, Yubatake, Kobayashi Farm, Sentoji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

6
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 Izu (Nishiizu Skyline, Odoi Beach, &more), Numazu (Mihamasaki Cape & Ita Beach) and Shimoda (Tatadohama Beach, Iritahama Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, have fun at Onshirin Garden, and get great views at Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck.

Plan my day in Fujikawaguchiko-machi using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In October in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Izu, Shimoda, Fujiyoshida, Numazu, Mount Fuji
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Ita Beach
Ita Beach

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura), Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Hakone-machi (Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) & The Hakone Open-Air Museum). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in October: highs in Tokyo hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Hakone-machi, Kōtoku-in
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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