60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
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Nikko
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Shimoda
— 5 nights
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
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Drive to New Ishigaki Airport, Fly to Naha Airport, Drive to Zamami-son
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Zamami-son
— 2 nights
Drive to Naha Airport, Fly to Nakashibetsu Airport
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Shari-cho
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Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get some cultural insight at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. Visiting Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Suwa Yakata Remains Garden (in Fukui), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Nanto (Ainokura Gassho Community & Gokayama). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa online tour builder.

London, UK to Kanazawa is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Kanazawa is 9 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in September: high temperatures in Kanazawa hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums

Side Trips

5
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Norikura Kogen and Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort. Do some cultural sightseeing at Togakushi Shrine Okusha and Chihiro Art Museum Azumino. Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Nagano (Togakushi Shrine Chusha & Togakushi Shrine Kuzuryusha), Suwa Shrine (in Suwa) and Naraijuku (in Shiojiri). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School, explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, and go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto trip planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Oya History Museum and Yunoko Lake. Get outdoors at Yudaki Falls and Ryuzu Waterfall. Get out of town with these interesting Nikko side-trips: Utsunomiya (Oya temple & Tochigi Prefectural Museum). Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, stroll around Italian Embassy House Memorial Park, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikko online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Nikko in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Nikko. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

7
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fujiko F Fujio Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Kōtoku-in). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, examine the collection at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel route planner.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Shimoda.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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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.
Visit Shirahama Beach and Iritahama Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Yumigahama Beach and Tatadohama Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Izu (Joren Falls Museum, Toi Beach, &more), Shizuoka (Kunozan Toshogu Shrine & Shizuoka Sengen Shrine) and Gempeigawa River (in Mishima). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Sotoura Beach, get outside with Otago Beach, don't miss a visit to Mount Fuji, and take in panoramic vistas at Mount Nesugatayama Observatory.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Shimoda itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Shimoda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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Koya-cho

Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eko-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumagai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple, then see the interesting displays at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-in Temple, and finally stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Daishi Kyokai, contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokiin.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Koya-cho online journey maker.

You can drive from Shimoda to Koya-cho in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tenryuji Temple and Toji. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Shimogamo Jinja will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Todai-ji Temple, &more) and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Yakusugi Land and The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center. Explore hidden gems such as Oko no Taki Fall and Wilson Stump. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Nagata Inakahama and explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip maker.

Getting from Kyoto to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Kyoto in October, Yakushima-cho is a bit warmer at night with lows of 23°C. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Toguchi no Hama and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Nakanoshima Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Yakushima-cho to Miyakojima in 9.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yakushima-cho in October since evenings lows in Miyakojima dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Take a break from the city and head to Kondoi Beach and Sunset Beach. Spend 17th (Sun) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, stroll around Kabira Park, see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and head outdoors with Yarabudake.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki online day trip planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Get in touch with nature at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hoshisuna Beach and Ida no Hama Beach. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island, get outside with Hinai Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and kick back and relax at Todomari Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima trip maker tool.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

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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.
On the 23rd (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Nishibama Beach, kick back and relax at Aka Beach, get outside with Furuzamami Beach, then head off the coast to Zamami Island, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): get outside with Gahijima Sand Dune and then step off the mainland to explore Kerama Islands.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Zamami-son route tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Iriomote-jima to Zamami-son. In October in Zamami-son, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Shiretoko Goko Lake and Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shiretoko National Park and Shiretoko Misaki. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shari-cho: Teshikaga-cho (Lake Mashu, Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, &more) and Kiyosato-cho (Sakura Falls & Kaminoko Pond). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rausu, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to Shiretoko Pass, and explore the striking landscape of Shiretoko Nature Center.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho trip itinerary builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zamami-son to Shari-cho. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Zamami-son in October: high temperatures in Shari-cho hover around 16°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.