60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 8 nights
Train
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Nikko
— 6 nights
Train to Iiyama, Taxi to Yamanouchi-machi
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 4 nights
Taxi to Iiyama, Train to Sakai
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Sakai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Maizuru
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sakaiminato
— 3 nights
Drive
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Minamiawaji, Awaji-shima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yamatotakada
— 2 nights
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Nara
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Nagahama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fuji
— 4 nights
Train to Odawara Station, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
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Kamakura
— 8 nights
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Get outdoors at Coconut Makuhari Hongo and Ochiai River and Minamisawa Springs. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Takao (in Hachioji), Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo (in Yokohama) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Ginza, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tokyo journey planner.

Billum, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Billum to Tokyo is 8 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Billum in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nikko

— 6 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nikko Tosho-gu and Lake Chuzenji. Shop till you drop at Moegi Honten and Kousyuuya. Get out of town with these interesting Nikko side-trips: Sano (Sano Premium Outlet & Isoyama Benzaiten) and Teraokasan Ganzandaishi (in Ashikaga). Spend the 28th (Mon) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Okumiya, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are little chillier, around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi

— 4 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Hokusai-kan and Farmers Market Oranche. Get some cultural insight at Zenko-ji Temple and Togakushi Shrine Okusha. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yamanouchi-machi: Snow Monkey Resorts (in Nagano), Hakuba-mura (Hakuba Ohashi Bridge, Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, &more) and Ganshoin Temple (in Obuse-machi). There's still lots to do: stroll through Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, go for a walk through Shiga Kogen, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi vacation tool.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Nikko to Yamanouchi-machi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nikko in April, Yamanouchi-machi is a bit cooler at night with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sakai.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sakai

— 2 nights
Sakai combines a dramatic coastline with pastoral scenes and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Maruoka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Ichijodani Asakurashi Ruin, then take in the views from Meganebashi Bridge, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Tojimbo Cliff. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Echizen Matsushima Aquarium, head off the coast to Oshima Island, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Natadera Temple, and finally appreciate the views at Kakusenkei Gorge.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sakai trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Sakai takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Sakai, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Maizuru.

Things to do in Sakai

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Maizuru

— 2 nights
Maizuru is a city in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, on an inlet of the Sea of Japan. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Maizuru Brick Park, take an in-depth tour of Maizuru Repatriation Memorial Museum, walk around Hikiage Memorial Park, then steep yourself in history at Ine no Funaya, and finally go for a walk through Amanohashidate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-ji Temple, get great views at Amanohashidate View Land, then get answers to all your questions at Maizuru Port Toretore Center Michi-no-Eki, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goro Sky Tower, and finally stroll around Gorogadake Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Maizuru holiday website.

You can drive from Sakai to Maizuru in 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sakai in April since evenings lows in Maizuru dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sakaiminato.

Things to do in Maizuru

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Sakaiminato

— 3 nights
Sakaiminato is a city in Tottori Prefecture, Japan.HistoryAn Imperial decree in July 1899 established Sakai as an open port for trading with the United States and the United Kingdom.Sakaiminato was founded on April 1, 1956. Get in touch with nature at Oki Chibu Red Cliff and Mt. Akahage. Get some cultural insight at Mizuki Shigeru Museum and Chiburi Island Lighthouse. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to The Mizuki Shigeru Road, get in on the family fun at Gegege no Yokairakuen, boost your wellbeing at Yokaitachi no Ashiyu, and explore the activities along Yumigahama Beach.

Discover how to plan a Sakaiminato trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Maizuru to Sakaiminato in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Maizuru in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Sakaiminato, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Minamiawaji.

Things to do in Sakaiminato

Nature · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Minamiawaji, Awaji-shima

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Keino Matsubara Beach, explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art, then don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Awaji Farm Park England Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izanagi Shrine, get advice or help at Awaji Highway Oasis, get great views at Awajihanasajiki, then make a trip to Naruto Whirlpools, and finally pick up some local products at Fukura Marche.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Minamiawaji attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Sakaiminato to Minamiawaji takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Sakaiminato in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Minamiawaji, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Minamiawaji

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Osaka

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dotombori District and Osaka Castle. Escape the urban bustle at Four-M and Mt. Maya. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kobe (Shin-Kobe Trail & Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki)). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, cruise along Royu Driveway, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and go for a walk through Ukiyokoji Street.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

You can drive from Minamiawaji to Osaka in 2 hours. Traveling from Minamiawaji in April, you will find days in Osaka are a bit warmer (23°C), and nights are little chillier (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yamatotakada.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

Yamatotakada

— 2 nights
Yamatotakada is a city located in Nara Prefecture, Japan.As of April 1, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 66,400 and 29,713 households. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Ishibutai Tomb, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, trek along Yamanobe Street, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Miwa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omiwa Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Nijozan, appreciate the views at Katsuragi Highlands, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kongo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashihara Jingu, then make a trip to Yamato Sanzan, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Miminashi.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yamatotakada trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Osaka to Yamatotakada in an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Yamatotakada

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nara

— 4 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Step out of the city life by going to Nara Park and Japan Tour Adventure in Nara. For shopping fun, head to Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo or Aeon Mall Yamatokoriyama. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, delve into the lush surroundings at Kasugayama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Daibutsuden.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nara road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Yamatotakada to Nara takes an hour. April in Nara sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Fuuka-Kimonofor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Hero Tour Japan and Kyoto Round Trip Trail, Kitayama Course East Route. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in April, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Kyoto. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nagahama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Nagahama

— 2 nights
Rising to prominence under feudal rule in the 16th century, the city of Nagahama sits in the northeast Shiga Prefecture, on the shores of Lake Biwa.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): get some fabulous bargains at Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo, get to know the fascinating history of Hachiman-bori, then go for a walk through Kaizu Osaki, and finally head off the coast to Chikubushima. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Kurokabe Square, take an in-depth tour of Nagahama Castle Historical Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Hikone Castle, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Genkyuen Garden, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Biwa.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nagahama journey site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagahama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nagahama, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Nagahama

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Fuji

— 4 nights
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Escape the urban bustle at Mount Fuji and Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kunozan Toshogu Shrine and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fuji: Mishima Taisha (in Mishima), Shiraito Falls (in Fujinomiya) and Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iwamoto, look for gifts at Tago no Tsuki Honten, and take some stellar pictures from Obuchi Sasaba.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Fuji trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Nagahama to Fuji in 4 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Fuji

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
For shopping fun, head to Pola Museum of Art or Kotobashi Seika Amagi Honten. Get in touch with nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take an in-depth tour of Hakone Shrine.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi route site.

Drive from Fuji to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura

— 8 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.
Visiting Enoshima Island and Moroiso Shores will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Kotonoichi Kamakura or Terrace Mall Shonan. Get out of town with these interesting Kamakura side-trips: Yokosuka (Verny Park, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more), Miura (Koajiro Forest & Umanose Domon) and Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in, trek along Asaina Sunken Road, steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, and view the masterpieces at Okeba Gallery & Shop.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kamakura trip app.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Kamakura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Kamakura can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kamakura

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · 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.

Fukui Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Fukui Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region on Honshū island. The capital is the city of Fukui.PrehistoryThe Kitadani Dinosaur Quarry, on the Sugiyama River within the city limits of Katsuyama, has yielded animals such as the megaraptoran Fukuiraptor kitadaniensis, hadrosauroid Fukuisaurus tetoriensis, coelurosaurian Fukuivenator paradoxus and titanosauriform Fukuititan nipponensis as well as an unnamed dromaeosaurid.HistoryFukui originally consisted of the old provinces of Wakasa and Echizen, before the prefecture was formed in 1871.During the Edo period, the daimyō of the region was surnamed Matsudaira, and was a descendant of Tokugawa Ieyasu.

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Nara Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Monuments
Nara Prefecture is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. The capital is the city of Nara. Nara Prefecture has the distinction of having more UNESCO World Heritage Listings than any other prefecture.HistoryNara Prefecture region is considered one of the oldest regions in Japan spanning thousands of years. The present-day Nara Prefecture as it exists now officially was created in 1887, making it independent of Osaka Prefecture.Historically, Nara Prefecture was also known as Yamato-no-kuni or Yamato Province.Up to Nara PeriodIt is certain that there was a political force established at the foot of Mount Miwa in the east of Nara Basin, seeking unification of most parts in Japan from the third century until the fourth century, though the process was not well documented. At the dawn of history, Yamato was clearly the political center of Japan.Ancient capitals of Japan were built on the land of Nara, namely Asuka-kyō, Fujiwara-kyō (694–710) and Heijō-kyō (most of 710–784). The capital cities of Fujiwara and Heijō are believed to have been modeled after Chinese capitals at the time, incorporating grid layout patterns. The royal court also established relations with Sui and then Tang Dynasty China and sent students to the Middle Kingdom to learn high civilization. By 7th century, Nara accepted the many immigrants including refugees of Baekje who had escaped from war disturbances of the southern part of the Korean peninsula. The first high civilization with royal patronage of Buddhism flourished in today's Nara city (710–784 AD).

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Kanagawa Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Kanagawa Prefecture is a prefecture located in southern Kantō region of Japan. The capital of the prefecture is Yokohama. Kanagawa is part of the Greater Tokyo Area. Kanagawa Prefecture is home to Kamakura and Hakone, two highly popular side trip destinations from Tokyo.HistoryThe prefecture has some archaeological sites going back to the Jōmon period (around 400 BCE). About 3,000 years ago, Mount Hakone produced a volcanic explosion which resulted in Lake Ashi on the western area of the prefecture.It is believed that the Yamato dynasty ruled this area from the 5th century onwards. In the ancient era, its plains were very sparsely inhabited.In medieval Japan, Kanagawa was part of the provinces of Sagami and Musashi. Kamakura in central Sagami was the capital of Japan during the Kamakura period (1185–1333).During the Edo period, the western part of Sagami Province was governed by the daimyō of Odawara Castle, while the eastern part was directly governed by the Tokugawa shogunate in Edo (Tokyo).

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