60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Sapporo
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Akita
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 13 nights
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Nagoya
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Shimonoseki
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Nagato
— 5 nights
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Fukuoka
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Nara
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
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Sapporo

— 4 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine and Shiroishi Shrine for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Thermal Spas and Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo trip planner.

Hannover, Germany to Sapporo is an approximately 18-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Hannover to Sapporo is 8 hours. Traveling from Hannover in March, expect nights in Sapporo to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Akita.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Akita

— 4 nights
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Samurai District and Gozanoishi Shrine. Explore hidden gems such as Ishiguro Samurai House and Omoide no Katabunko. There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Akita Public Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seitai Hoshikai, admire the striking features of Kubota Castle Front Gate, and buy something for everyone on your list at Akita Station Building Topico.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Akita sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Akita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Sapporo in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Akita, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. You will leave for Tokyo on the 29th (Tue).

Things to do in Akita

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 13 nights
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.
Asakusa Shrine and Naritasan Omote Sando are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Hozomon. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Katori (Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori & Katori Jingu Shrine). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sengaku-ji Temple, and stroll around Kitanomaru Park.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Akita to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Akita in March, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. On the 12th (Tue), you'll travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 4 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Do your shopping at Sakae and Meitetsu Department Store Honten. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hikone Castle and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagoya: Kinomotojuku (in Nagahama), Daijuji Temple (in Okazaki) and Genkyuen Garden (in Hikone). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, identify plant and animal life at Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, sample the tasty concoctions at Asahi Beer Nagoya Brewery, and examine the collection at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan.

To see maps and more tourist information, read our Nagoya trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for little chillier days in Nagoya, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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 Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Yasakanoto. Nijo Castle and Kennin-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-in Temple, make a trip to Shogunzuka Seiryuden Temple, and admire the striking features of Chishaku-in.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kyoto visit website.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Nagoya, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Spas

Osaka

— 4 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt. Maya and Hōzen-ji Temple. Popular historic sites such as Osaka Castle and Yoshimizu Shrine are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Yoshino-cho (Kinpusenji Temple & Yoshino Mikumari Shrine) and Nishinomiya (Shukugawa Park & Hirota Shrine). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Dotombori District, ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, and walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Shimonoseki.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Shimonoseki

— 1 night

Fugu Capital

A bustling port town noted as the site of two major battles in Japan's history, Shimonoseki also attracts gourmands as the world capital of the potentially poisonous pufferfish, or fugu--prepared only by licensed chefs and considered a delicacy.
On the 24th (Sun), look for gifts at Kamonwharf, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kozanji Temple, take a memorable drive along Mekari Parking Area, then stop by Mojiko Retro, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Kyushu Railroad Head Quarters.

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

Getting from Osaka to Shimonoseki by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Osaka in April: highs in Shimonoseki hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nagato.

Things to do in Shimonoseki

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Nagato

— 5 nights
Nagato is a city in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. Get outdoors at Akiyoshido and Hyakumaizara. Shoka Village School and Hagi Castle Town are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagato: Hagi (Kikuya Family Residence, Former Kubota Family Residence, &more), Tsuwano-cho (Otome Mountain Path Maria Cathedral, Tsuwano Castle, &more) and Kotobuki (in Mine). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Motonosumi Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Omijima Nature Path, steep yourself in history at Murata Seifu's Old House, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Taineiji Temple.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Nagato online vacation planner.

Traveling by journey from Shimonoseki to Nagato takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Nagato, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagato

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Fukuoka

— 4 nights

City of Yatai

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.
For shopping fun, head to Acros Fukuoka or Tenjin IMS. Nanzoin and Dazaifu Tenman-gu will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Dazaifu (Kamado Shrine, Tenkai Inari Shrine, &more) and Karatsu (Mt. Kagamiyama Inari Shrine, Former Takatori House, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, visit Nishijin Shopping District, buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, and take a stroll through Nakasu District.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fukuoka trip planner.

Traveling by journey from Nagato to Fukuoka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Nagato in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Fukuoka, with highs around 23°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Himeji

— 4 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Koko-en and Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle and look for gifts at Miyuki Street.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Himeji online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Fukuoka to Himeji takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Fukuoka, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 20°C. On the 8th (Sun), you're off to Nara.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Nara

— 4 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Get outdoors at Nara Park and Kikuichi Monju Shiro Kanenaga. Get some cultural insight at Nigatsu-do Temple and Nara National Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nara: Ikaruga-cho (Chuguji Temple & Horyu-ji Temple) and Asuka-mura (Asuka-dera Temple & Raigo-ji Temple). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, gear up at NaraKimono Rental Fuji, and sample the tasty concoctions at Harushika Brewery.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Nara vacation maker app.

Traveling by car from Himeji to Nara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. When traveling from Himeji in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Nara, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 5 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Gotokuji Temple and Yanaka District. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan and Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center. See some other sides of Tokyo: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple), admire the natural beauty at Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip app.

You can take a train from Nara to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Nara in May, with lows around 19°C. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

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.

Hyogo Prefecture travel guide

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Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Hyōgo Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region on Honshu island. The capital is Kobe.HistoryPresent-day Hyōgo Prefecture includes the former provinces of Harima, Tajima, Awaji, and parts of Tanba and Settsu.In 1180, near the end of the Heian period, Emperor Antoku, Taira no Kiyomori, and the Imperial court moved briefly to Fukuhara, in what is now the city of Kobe. There the capital remained for five months.Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is in the city of Himeji.Southern Hyōgo Prefecture was severely devastated by the 6.9 Mw Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995, which destroyed major parts of Kobe and Awaji, as well as Takarazuka and neighboring Osaka Prefecture, killing nearly 6,500 people.

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