60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Belgrade
Fly + Drive:  26​h
1
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
2
Yakushima-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Amami
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
Kumejima-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Onna-son
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly:  45​min
7
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
8
Hakodate
— 4 nights
+2
train + Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
9
Shari-cho
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h
10
Matsue
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
11
Kochi
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  5​h 15​min
12
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
13
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
14
Karuizawa-machi
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Belgrade

3
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Takachiho Shrine and Kaguraden. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Amano Iwato Shrine and Amanoyasu Kawara. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takachiho-cho: Hyuga (Okuragahama Beach & Omi Shrine), JR Oita City (in Oita) and Angel Kimono Rental Beppu (in Beppu). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Otojima Island.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Takachiho-cho travel planner .

Belgrade, Serbia to Takachiho-cho is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Belgrade to Takachiho-cho is 8 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Belgrade in October, with highs in Takachiho-cho at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Hyuga, Otojima Island, Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, JR Oita City
Highlights from your plan
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara
Omi Shrine ©
Omi Shrine

4
nights
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.
Visit Isso Beach and Nagata Inakahama for some beach relaxation. Step off the beaten path and head to Yakusugi Land and Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hike along Seibu Trail, and wander the streets of Wilson Stump.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Yakushima-cho when traveling from Takachiho-cho in October, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Amami.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama
Seibu Trail ©
Seibu Trail

3
nights
Amami

Amami ©
Set on the island of Amami Oshima, the city of Amami serves as an oasis for tourists.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shirahama Beach and Kuninao Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Amami Wildlife Center and Tanaka Isson Memorial Art Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amami: Setouchi-cho (Yadoribama Beach & Dokuhama Beach) and Kurasaki Beach (in Tatsugo-cho). Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Mangrove Forested Area. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ohama Seaside Park, stop by Amami Oshima Tsumugimura, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tomori Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Amami road trip planner .

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Amami by car takes about 20 hours. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Amami, with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Kumejima-cho.

Things to do in Amami

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Setouchi-cho, Tatsugo-cho, Yamato-son
Highlights from your plan
Ohama Seaside Park ©
Ohama Seaside Park
Mangrove Primeval Forest ©
Mangrove Primeval Forest
Tomori Beach ©
Tomori Beach

2
nights
Kumejima-cho

Kumejima-cho ©
The town of Kumejima-cho spans several islands, including the main island of the same name.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hatenohama and Kumejima Island. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kumejima Nature Park Tonnahaenchi and Uegusukujo Castle Ruin. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ala Beach, get outside with Ojima Coast, enjoy the sand and surf at Eef Beach, and snap pictures at Tsumugi Bridge.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kumejima-cho road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Amami to Kumejima-cho takes 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In November, daily temperatures in Kumejima-cho can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Kumejima-cho

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kumejima Island ©
Kumejima Island
Uegusukujo Castle Ruin ©
Uegusukujo Castle Ruin
Eef Beach ©
Eef Beach

4
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.
Head to Onna Station Nakayukui Market and Ashibina Outlet Mallfor some retail therapy. Nakijin Castle Remains and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Onna-son side-trips: GI Beach (in Ie-son), Nanjo (Sefa-Utaki & Okinawa World Bunka Okoku Gyokusendo) and AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM (in Kitanakagusuku-son). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stop by Farmer's Market Haisai! Yanbaru Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Emerald Beach, and stroll through Akabaka Beach.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Onna-son trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kumejima-cho to Onna-son in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. Expect slightly colder evenings in Onna-son when traveling from Kumejima-cho in November, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Nanjo, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, Farmer's Market Haisai! Yanbaru Market, GI Beach
Highlights from your plan
Okuma Beach ©
Okuma Beach
AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM ©
AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Yonehara Beach. Popular historic sites such as Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki Yaima Village are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ishigaki: Yara Beach (in Hatoma-jima), Kohama-jima (Hama-jima Island (The Phantom Island) & Kubazaki Beach) and Hateruma-jima (Pemuchi Beach & Nishihama Beach). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Kondoi Beach, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip planner .

Getting from Onna-son to Ishigaki by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Onna-son in November since evenings lows in Ishigaki dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Hateruma-jima, Taketomi-cho, Kohama-jima, Iriomote-jima, Yara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Nishihama Beach ©
Nishihama Beach

5
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Head to Atarasu Ichiba and Wide Marketfor plenty of shopping. Take a break from the city and head to Aragusuku Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tomori Imugya Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip planner .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in an hour. In November, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Yabiji
Yabiji

4
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Head to Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and Hakodate Morning Marketfor plenty of shopping. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Onuma Park Walking Path and Onuma Lake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakodate: Kaminokuni-cho (The Ruins of Katsuyamadate Guidance Center & Michi-no-Eki Kaminokuni Monju) and Mutsu (Osorezan & Mt. Osore Bodaiji Temple). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Motomachi, look for gifts at Hakodate Tsutaya Books, take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappistine Monasteries, and steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hakodate trip builder website .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Hakodate in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Miyakojima in November, expect Hakodate to be cooler, temps between 10°C and 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mutsu, Nanae-cho, Hiyama-gun
Highlights from your plan
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
Osorezan ©
Osorezan
Motomachi Catholic Church ©
Motomachi Catholic Church

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Mashu and Shiretoko Goko Lake. Do some cultural sightseeing at Abashiri Prison Museum and Utoro Onsen. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Rausu (in Rausu-cho) and Mt. Io (in Teshikaga-cho). Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Abashiri Quasi-National Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls, see the interesting displays at Shiretoko Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiretoko Beach.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Shari-cho visit planner .

Getting from Hakodate to Shari-cho by combination of flight and taxi takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in November, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho, Abashiri Prison Museum, Lake Rausu
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach
Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls
Shiretoko Museum ©
Shiretoko Museum

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nights
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.
Let the collections at Adachi Museum of Art and Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo capture your imagination. Take a break from the city and head to Shinji Lake and Kuniga Shores. Explore Matsue's surroundings by going to Oda (Gungendo Honten & Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine), Sakaiminato (The Mizuki Shigeru Road & Mizuki Shigeru Museum) and Izumo (Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, Hinomisaki Coast, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, stop by Rihaku Shuzo, and admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum.

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

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Matsue in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Shari-cho in December: high temperatures in Matsue hover around 11°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Izumo, Ama-cho, Sakaiminato, Oda, Adachi Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Shimane Art Museum ©
Shimane Art Museum
Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse ©
Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

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nights
Kochi

Kochi ©
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Old Samurai Residence of Rojyu Doi and Konomineji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hirome Ichiba and Muroto Dolphins Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kochi: Nakatosa-cho (Kure Taisho-machi Market & Nishioka Brewery), Imoya Kinjiro Hidaka Honten (in Hidaka-mura) and Kongochoji (in Muroto). The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market, appreciate the views at Shikoku Karst Onogahara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, and take in the dramatic natural features at Shikoku Karst.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kochi using our trip planner.

Getting from Matsue to Kochi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsue in December, you will find days in Kochi are a bit warmer (15°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muroto, Nakatosa-cho, Imoya Kinjiro Hidaka Honten, Old Samurai Residence of Rojyu Doi, Konomineji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple
Shikoku Karst ©
Shikoku Karst
Sunday Market
Sunday Market

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall and Takayama Jinya. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takayama: Senjojiki Cirque (in Komagane), Gandate Canyon (in Gero) and Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck (in Shirakawa-mura). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, stop by Hida Bussankan, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harada Sake Brewery, and admire the striking features of Funasaka Shuzo Brewery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Takayama road trip planning app .

Getting from Kochi to Takayama by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kochi in December: highs in Takayama hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Daio Wasabi Farm, Naraijuku, Gandate Canyon, Senjojiki Cirque, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Highlights from your plan
Senjojiki Cirque ©
Senjojiki Cirque
Naraijuku ©
Naraijuku
Harada Sake Brewery ©
Harada Sake Brewery

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nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Do your shopping at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center and Aeon Mall Kahoku. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fukui Dinosaur Museum and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Sakai (Maruoka Castle & Tojinbo Cliff), Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho) and Nanto (Ainokura Gassho Community & Gokayama). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine, and take a stroll through Nagamachi District.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nanto, Sakai, Tateyama-machi, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Maruoka Castle ©
Maruoka Castle
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

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Karuizawa-machi

Karuizawa-machi ©
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
Get some historical perspective at Tomioka Silk Mill and Kaikoen Garden. Haruna Shrine and Komoro Juku Honjin Omoya are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Karuizawa-machi: Onsen Resorts (in Kusatsu-machi) and Uedajo Castle (in Ueda). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Kumoba Pond, take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls, get outside with Harunire Terrace, and appreciate the history behind Stone Church.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Karuizawa-machi sightseeing planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Karuizawa-machi by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Kanazawa in December, things will get a bit cooler in Karuizawa-machi: highs are around 7°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Komoro, Haruna Shrine, Onsen Resorts, Tomioka Silk Mill, Ueda Castle
Highlights from your plan
Haruna Shrine ©
Haruna Shrine
Kaikoen Garden ©
Kaikoen Garden
Tomioka Silk Mill ©
Tomioka Silk Mill

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