60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kyoto
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Matsue
— 4 nights
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Teshikaga-cho
— 3 nights
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
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Nakijin-son
— 3 nights
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Kumejima-cho
— 3 nights
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Takachiho-cho
— 4 nights
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Takayama
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Nikko
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Towada
— 3 nights

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nijo Castle and Sanzen-in Temple. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamigamo Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and explore the activities along Kamogawa River.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Appreciate the collections at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Yamato Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima travel planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple

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Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Popular historic sites such as Former Taisha Station and Yaegaki Shrine are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo and Adachi Museum of Art capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Matsue side-trips: Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine (in Oda), The Mizuki Shigeru Road (in Sakaiminato) and Kuniga Bay (in Nishinoshima-cho). There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, explore the activities along Shinji Lake, head off the coast to Daikon Island, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miho Shrine.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Matsue trip planning website.

You can drive from Hiroshima to Matsue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Matsue can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Former Taisha Station ©
Former Taisha Station
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine

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Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Get outdoors at Lake Mashu and Notsuke Peninsula. Explore hidden gems such as Kaminoko Pond and Lake Onneto. Get out of town with these interesting Teshikaga-cho side-trips: Akan Lake (in Kushiro), Bihorotoge Lookout (in Bihoro-cho) and Narawara (in Betsukai-cho). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kussharo, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mashu, get impressive views of Meakan-dake, and enjoy breathtaking views from Kaiyodai Observatory.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Teshikaga-cho trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Matsue to Teshikaga-cho in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Matsue in September, with highs in Teshikaga-cho at 67°F and lows at 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Kaminoko Pond ©
Kaminoko Pond
Notsuke Peninsula ©
Notsuke Peninsula
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu

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Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Let the collections at Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples and Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Shiretoko Goko Lake and Oshin Koshin Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Shari-cho: Abashiri (Abashiri Prison Museum & Cape Notoro). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, cruise along Road to Heaven, get answers to all your questions at Shiretoko World Heritage Conservation Center, and enjoy the sand and surf at Shiretoko Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Shari-cho attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples ©
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake

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Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Get in touch with nature at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Oko no Taki Fall. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yakusugi Land and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: get outside with Seibu Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Sempiro Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Isso Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaku Shrine.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Shari-cho to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Shari-cho in September: high temperatures in Yakushima-cho hover around 83°F and lows are around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Nakijin-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

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Nakijin-son

Steeped in Ryukyuan history, Nakijin-son tourism centers around the ruins of an ancient stonewall castle.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Manza Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nakijin Castle Ruins and Yurigahama. Change things up with these side-trips from Nakijin-son: Blue Cave (in Onna-son) and Terasaki Beach (in Yoron-cho). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, kick back and relax at Emerald Beach, walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nakijin-son itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Yakushima-cho to Nakijin-son takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Nakijin-son can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kumejima-cho.

Things to do in Nakijin-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Manza Beach ©
Manza Beach

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Kumejima-cho

Kumejima-cho ©
The town of Kumejima-cho spans several islands, including the main island of the same name.
Kumejima Cultural Center and Museum and Kumejima Hotaru Kan will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Hatenohama and Uegusukujo Castle Ruin. Step out of Kumejima-cho to go to Nanjo and see Ojima Coast, which is approximately 5 hours away. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Kumejima Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Ala Beach, take a memorable drive along Tsumugi Bridge, and explore the striking landscape at Torinokuchi Rock.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kumejima-cho trip website.

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Nakijin-son to Kumejima-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Kumejima-cho can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kumejima-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Hatenohama ©
Hatenohama
Kumejima Island ©
Kumejima Island
Uegusukujo Castle Ruin ©
Uegusukujo Castle Ruin

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Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yabiji and Sunayama Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Toguchi no Hama. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima online attractions planner.

Fly from Kumejima-cho to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cape Hirakubozaki and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Explore hidden gems such as Yonehara Beach and Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Iriomote-jima (Mizuochi Falls, Nara no Taki Falls, &more) and Nishihama Beach (in Hateruma-jima). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, see the sky in a new way at Ishigakijima Observatory, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and head outdoors with Kaiji Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki travel route planner.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In October in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Nishihama Beach ©
Nishihama Beach

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Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Explore hidden gems such as Takachiho Shrine and Amano Yasugawara. Get in touch with nature at Takachiho Gorge and Onino Sentakuita. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takachiho-cho: Aoshima Island (in Miyazaki), Yufu (Yufuin Area & Mt. Yufu) and Aso (Daikanbo & Kusasenrigahama). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, make a trip to Shirakawa Springs, and get impressive views of Mt. Aso.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho attractions planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Takachiho-cho by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in October, expect Takachiho-cho to be slightly colder, temps between 75°F and 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

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Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Visit Takayama Jinya and Wada House for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Norikura Kogen and Taisho Pond. Change things up with these side-trips from Takayama: Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen (in Shirakawa-mura) and Kappa Bashi (in Matsumoto). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course and examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Takayama visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Takachiho-cho to Takayama takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in October, you will find days in Takayama are a bit cooler (69°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and D. T. Suzuki Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Mikurigaike Pond. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Mt. Tateyama (in Tateyama-machi), Ichijodani Asakurashi Ruin (in Fukui) and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, explore the gorgeous colors at Tojimbo Cliff, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyama Shrine.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Nikko.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine

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Nikko

Nikko ©
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 a sense of the local culture at Yudaki Falls and Ryuzu Waterfall. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Chuzenji and Nikko National Park. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Futarasan jinja, take in breathtaking views at Ryuokyo Canyon, and take in panoramic vistas at Akechidaira Observation Area.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko online travel planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Nikko in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Kanazawa in October, Nikko is a bit warmer at night with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Yudaki Falls ©
Yudaki Falls
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Ryuzu Waterfall ©
Ryuzu Waterfall

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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at teamLab☆Planets and Tokyo National Museum. You'll explore and learn at Nezu Museum and National Museum of Western Art. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Mori Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Toshogu Shrine, and get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo day trip site.

Drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 60°F at night. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Towada.

Things to do in Tokyo

Highlights from your plan
teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Towada Shrine and Sambongi Inari Shrine. Step out of the city life by going to Choshi Otaki Waterfall and Kudan no Taki Waterfall. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Towada Art Center, explore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, get outside with Tsuta Numa, and admire the sheer force of Hakufu no Taki.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Towada road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Towada takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: high temperatures in Towada hover around 49°F and lows are around 44°F. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Towada

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Baths
Highlights from your plan
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Towada Art Center ©
Towada Art Center
Choshi Otaki Waterfall ©
Choshi Otaki Waterfall

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