60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Bus:  19 h 30 min
1
Onna-son
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Zamami-son
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h
3
Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h
4
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Fukuoka
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  45 min
8
Himeji
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Iwami-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Kyotango
— 5 nights
Drive:  7 h 30 min
11
Shimoda
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
12
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Amsterdam

5
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shurijo Castle and St. Clara Church. We've included these beaches for you: Akabaka Beach and Anchihama. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Nago (Kise Beach, Nago citizen Beach, &more), Toguchi Beach (in Yomitan-son) and Toyosaki Kaihin Koen (in Tomigusuku). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Diamond Beach, get outside with Yonamine Nagahama Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Onna-son travel planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Onna-son is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in June, expect nights in Onna-son to be much warmer, around 29°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nago, Nakijin-son, Ie-son, Yomitan-son
Highlights from your plan
Nirai Beach ©
Nirai Beach
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Zamami-son

Zamami-son ©
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
We've included these beaches for you: Gahijima Sand Dune and Furuzamami Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Nishibama Beach and Aka Beach. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Hizushi Beach, head off the coast to Gahi Island, get outside with Kushibaru Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Toma.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Zamami-son trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Onna-son to Zamami-son takes 2.5 hours. In June in Zamami-son, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach
Hizushi Beach ©
Hizushi Beach
Ama Beach ©
Ama Beach

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.
Ishigakijima Observatory and Nei Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki City Yaeyama Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Kohama-jima (Tumal Beach, Hairumubushi Beach, &more) and Iriomote-jima (Nara no Taki Falls & Nakama-river Protected Region). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get outside with Maezato Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay.

Before you visit Ishigaki, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Explore your travel options from Zamami-son to Ishigaki with the Route module. In June, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kohama-jima, Taketomi-cho, Iriomote-jima
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Take a break from the city and head to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Tomori Imugya Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach and Nagamahama Beach Coast. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, get outside with Shigira Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima holiday maker website.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

5
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Glover Garden and Nagasaki Peace Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Kyushu Railway History Museum. Explore Fukuoka's surroundings by going to Kirara Beach Yakeno (in Sanyo Onoda), Yoshimo Beach (in Shimonoseki) and Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims (in Nagasaki). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Tsutsukihama Beach, kick back and relax at Fukae Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Hado Misaki, and walk around Ohori Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka attractions planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Fukuoka in 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nagasaki, Karatsu, Iki, Fukutsu, Yoshimo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Visit Kotogahama Beach and Mikasahama Beach for some beach relaxation. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Iwami Tatamigaura Beach (in Hamada) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and kick back and relax at Kuromatsu Beach.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima road trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kuromatsu Beach, Iwami Tatamigaura Beach, Kotogahama Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

6
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.
Get outdoors at Nara Park and Azur Maiko. Appreciate the collections at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Suma Beach (in Suma), Osaka (Osaka Castle & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan) and Akashi (Amore Beach & Matsue Swimming Beach). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip maker app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka, Kobe, Akashi
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

5
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.
Himeji Castle and Yoneda Taishiji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter and Tomita Chausuyama Tomb for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art & Japanese Rural Toy Museum), Yamada Beach (in Higashikagawa) and Okayama (Inujima Seirensho Art Museum & Okayama Korakuen Garden). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kuma, look for all kinds of wild species at Hattoji Furusatomura, get outside with Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, and steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji journey builder site.

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in July: highs in Himeji hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Iwami-cho.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Okayama, Takasago, Bizen, Yamada Beach
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

4
nights
Iwami-cho

Iwami-cho ©
You'll get in some beach time at Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore and Uradome Seacoast Marine Park. Escape the urban bustle at Uradome Coast and Uradome Coast Oguri beach beaches. Explore Iwami-cho's surroundings by going to Hakuto Beach (in Tottori), Samuhara Shrine (in Tsuyama) and Kagamino-cho (Iwai Falls & Mt. Sangajo).

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Iwami-cho online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Himeji to Iwami-cho takes 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Iwami-cho are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kyotango.

Things to do in Iwami-cho

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tottori, Kagamino-cho, Hawai Beach, Anami Beach, Samuhara Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore ©
Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore
Tottori Sand Dunes ©
Tottori Sand Dunes
The Sand Museum ©
The Sand Museum

5
nights
Kyotango

Kyotango ©
Get outdoors at Kirihama Beach and Hamazume Beach. Relax by the water at Takeno Coast and Takashima Autocamp Ground. Get out of town with these interesting Kyotango side-trips: Yasugihama Beach (in Kami-cho), Hiyoriyama Seacoast (in Toyooka) and Ine-cho (Kamaya Seacoast & Tomari Beach).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyotango vacation planning website.

Drive from Iwami-cho to Kyotango in 2 hours. In July in Kyotango, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Shimoda.

Things to do in Kyotango

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Toyooka, Ine-cho, Miyazu, Yasugihama Beach, Wakasa Wada Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kanabiki Waterfall ©
Kanabiki Waterfall

2
nights
Shimoda

Shimoda
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Get outdoors at Otago Beach and Inatori Ukiuki Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Ita Beach and Kisami Ohama Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Shimoda: Numazu (Mihamasaki Cape & Senbonhama Beach) and Odoi Beach (in Izu). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Iritahama Beach, get outside with Tatadohama Beach, and examine the collection at Izu Naranda no Sato Kawazu Heian Buddha Statue Pavilion.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Shimoda trip maker app.

You can drive from Kyotango to Shimoda in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Numazu, Odoi Beach, Izu Naranda no Sato Kawazu Heian Buddha Statue Pavilion, Inatori Ukiuki Beach, Otago Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ita Beach
Ita Beach
Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Moroiso Shores and Shirasato Central Beach. Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Akiya, Tateishi Coast (in Yokosuka), Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo (in Yokohama) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip planner.

You can drive from Shimoda to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Kamakura, Morito Beach, Akiya, Tateishi Coast, Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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