60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Onna-son
— 5 nights
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Osaka Kansai
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Osaka
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Ise
— 3 nights
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Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
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Hakuba-mura
— 4 nights
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 5 nights
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Drive to Toyama Airport, Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Kutchan-cho
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Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
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Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Explore hidden gems such as Nakijin Castle Ruins and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins. Relax by the water at Kouri Beach and Toyosaki Kaihin Koen. Get out of town with these interesting Onna-son side-trips: Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater & Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park), Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma) and Nanjo (Valley of Gangala & Sefa-Utaki). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri, buy something for everyone on your list at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Onna-son online visit planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Onna-son is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Onna-son is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Brisbane in January, with highs in Onna-son at 22°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get some cultural insight at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Harimizu Utaki. Step out of the city life by going to Sunayama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima itinerary planner.

You can fly from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Onna-son in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Miyakojima. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) 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 outdoors at Cape Hirakubozaki and Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kondoi Beach and Nosoko Mape. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, get outside with Yarabudake, get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll get in some beach time at Ida no Hama Beach and Hoshisuna Beach. Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Iriomote Island. And it doesn't end there: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, identify plant and animal life at Sotobanare Minami, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakama-river Protected Region.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima route site.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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Osaka

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nara Park and Japan Tour Adventure in Nara. Koyasan Okunoin and Izanagi Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Kobe), Kashima Shrine (in Takasago) and Otsuka Museum of Art (in Naruto). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, wander the streets of Dotombori District, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and don't miss a visit to Koyasan Danjo Garan.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Osaka sightseeing planner.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Osaka by combination of ferry and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in February, expect Osaka to be much colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Byodoin. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kennin-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamigamo Shrine, stroll through Nanzen-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip tool.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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Ise

A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Appreciate the collections at Sengukan and Okageza. Get a sense of the local culture at Ise Shrine Geku and Tsukiyominomiya. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ise: Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck (in Shima) and Toba (Aonominesan Shofuku-ji Temple & Shinmei Shrine). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, don't miss a visit to Hinjitsukan, and take an in-depth tour of Jingu Chokokan Museum.

To find ratings and other tourist information, read our Ise journey planning website.

Drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kyoto in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ise, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Shirakawa-mura

Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Nagase house, get great views at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, contemplate the long history of Kanda house, then contemplate the long history of Wada House, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Shirakawago, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and then examine the collection at Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Shirakawa-mura trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Ise to Shirakawa-mura in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Shirakawa-mura, with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums

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Hakuba-mura

Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Get some historical perspective at Togakushi Shrine Okusha and Zenko-ji Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hakuba and Matsumoto Castle. Explore Hakuba-mura's surroundings by going to Snow Monkey Resorts (in Nagano), Suginohara (in Myoko) and Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort (in Otari-mura). And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, head outdoors with Hakuba Lion Adventure, stop by Hakuba Jump Arena, and admire the natural beauty at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hakuba-mura visit planning app.

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Hakuba-mura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Shirakawa-mura in February: high temperatures in Hakuba-mura hover around 4°C and lows are around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

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Nozawaonsen-mura

Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort and Kagura Ski Resort. Visiting Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area and Nozawa Onsen will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nozawaonsen-mura: Yamanouchi-machi (Shiga Kogen, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, &more), Kijimadaira Ski Resort (in Kijimadaira-mura) and Myoko (Akakan Ski Area & Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Haruna Shrine, tee off at Seizan Golf Course, fly down the slopes at Togari Onsen Ski Resort, and head outdoors with Kagura Tashiro Ski Resort.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nozawaonsen-mura attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Nozawaonsen-mura takes 2 hours. In March in Nozawaonsen-mura, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Step off the beaten path and head to Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Rusutsu Resort Ski. Take a break from the city and head to Niseko Hanazono Resort and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area. Go for a jaunt from Kutchan-cho to Niseko-cho to see Niseko Village Ski Resort about 30 minutes away. There's more to do: surround yourself with nature on Niseko Outdoor Center and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kutchan-cho planner.

Explore your travel options from Nozawaonsen-mura to Kutchan-cho with the Route module. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nozawaonsen-mura in March, with highs in Kutchan-cho at 1°C and lows at -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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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.
Shop till you drop at Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Ginza. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Kanda Myojin. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Kōtoku-in, Hase-dera Temple, &more), Narita (Gaku-do, Naritasan Omote Sando, &more) and Katori Jingu Shrine (in Katori). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashima Jingu, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and steep yourself in history at Kawasaki Daishi.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo holiday site.

Do a combination of train and flight from Kutchan-cho to Tokyo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Kutchan-cho in March, expect nights in Tokyo to be a bit warmer, around 7°C, while days are much hotter, around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.