60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 4 nights
3
Ise
— 5 nights
4
Kyoto
— 6 nights
5
Toyooka
— 4 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
7
Nagasaki
— 5 nights
8
Onna-son
— 4 nights
9
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
10
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
11
Kochi
— 5 nights
12
Tokyo
— 7 nights

5
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 some cultural sightseeing at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Appreciate the collections at Takayama Showa Museum and Ishikawa Aviation Plaza. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Nanto (Ainokura Gassho Community & Gokayama). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Kanazawa is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Kanazawa is 15 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from San Jose in January: high temperatures in Kanazawa hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Komatsu, Nanto, Maruoka Castle
Highlights from your plan
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community

4
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Hakuba and Togakushi Shrine Okusha are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort and Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Yamanouchi-machi: Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort (in Hakuba-mura), Obuse-machi (Ganshoin Temple & Hokusai-kan) and Kusatsu-machi (Jukambo National Museum, Onsen Resorts, &more). There's much more to do: get outside with Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tosen-ji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and fly down the slopes at Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi road trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Yamanouchi-machi by combination of train and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kanazawa in January; daily highs in Yamanouchi-machi reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura, Kusatsu-machi, Nagano, Obuse-machi, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Hokusai-kan ©
Hokusai-kan

5
nights
Ise

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.
Head to Ise Meotoiwa Interactive Aquarium (Ise Sea Paradise) and Kumihimo Hiraifor some retail therapy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ise Shrine Geku and Oharai-machi. Get out of town with these interesting Ise side-trips: Takinomiya (in Taiki-cho), Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck (in Shima) and Aonominesan Shofuku-ji Temple (in Toba). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, make a trip to Meotoiwa, take an in-depth tour of Jingu Chokokan Museum, and contemplate the long history of Hinjitsukan.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ise trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Ise takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in January; daily highs in Ise reach °C and lows reach °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Meiwa-cho, Takinomiya, Former Kasuyatei, Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck, Aonominesan Shofuku-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

6
nights
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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple for their historical value. Do your shopping at Dotombori District and Nishiki Market Shopping District. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Asahiyaki (in Uji), Namban Culture Center (in Osaka) and Nara (Nara Park & Nigatsu-do Temple). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto day trip planner.

You can drive from Ise to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Ise in February, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can take a train to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Asahiyaki
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

4
nights
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Appreciate the collections at The Sand Museum and San'in Kaigan Geopark Museum of the Earth and Sea. Get a sense of the local culture at Street of Kinosaki Onsen and Takeda Castle Ruins. Change things up with these side-trips from Toyooka: Arayu (in Shinonsen-cho), Miyazu (Amanohashidate View Land & Amanohashidate) and Ine no Funaya (in Ine-cho). Next up on the itinerary: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, see the interesting displays at Toyooka City Konotori Bunkakan, browse the fresh offerings at Toyooka Sanchoku Magokoro Market, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kinosaki Marine World.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Toyooka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Toyooka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Kyoto in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Toyooka: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Miyazu, Shoshazan Engyoji, San'in Kaigan Geopark Museum of the Earth and Sea, The Sand Museum, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Ine no Funaya ©
Ine no Funaya
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins

5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Yamato Museum and Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mazda Museum and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, &more) and Fukuyama (Tomo no Ura & Fukuzen-ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and walk around Momijidani Park.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Toyooka to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Toyooka in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hiroshima, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kurashiki, Fukuyama, Mazda Museum, Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

5
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Appreciate the collections at Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture and Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Get some historical perspective at Yutoku Inari Shrine and Kannondo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Unzen (Onsen Resorts, Unzen Jigoku (Unzen Hell), &more), Honkoji Temple (in Shimabara) and Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Suwa Shrine, see the interesting displays at Dejima, take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck, and get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki online trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in February, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Unzen, Yutoku Inari Shrine, Honkoji Temple, Nagasaki Bio Park
Highlights from your plan
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine
Yutoku Inari Shrine ©
Yutoku Inari Shrine

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nakijin Castle Ruins and Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Tower of Himeyuri and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins. Venture out of the city with trips to Shurijo Castle (in Naha), Kunigami-son (Cape Hedo, Daisekirinzan, &more) and Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater & Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, get engrossed in the history at Himeyuri Peace Museum, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Onna-son day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Onna-son takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Nagasaki in February, expect Onna-son to be a bit warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Kunigami-son, Itoman, Naha, Motobu-cho, Nakagusuku Castle Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Ikema Ohashi Bridge. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Sunayama Beach, head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Miyakojima trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 5 hours. Traveling from Onna-son in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Miyakojima, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse
Yabiji
Yabiji

4
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.
Head to Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Artfor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Step out of Ishigaki to go to Iriomote-jima and see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Kondoi Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, get great views at Cape Ongazaki, and walk around Kabira Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki attractions planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. March in Ishigaki sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Island Countryside Settlement, Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

5
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum and Ryoma History Museam. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kotohira-gu and Zentsu-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kochi: Zentsuji (Nogi Museum & Kyu Zentsujikaikosya), Izutama Shrine (in Kotohira-cho) and Buraku-ji Temple Yakushido (in Otoyo-cho). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, make a trip to Muroto Cape, and identify plant and animal life at Namekawakeikoku.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kochi visit planning site.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Kochi in 6.5 hours. When traveling from Ishigaki in March, plan for little chillier days in Kochi, with highs around °C, while nights are much colder with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Zentsuji, Kotohira-cho, Muroto, Ryoma History Museam, Matsuyama Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Zentsu-ji Temple ©
Zentsu-ji Temple

7
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hase-dera Temple and Naritasan Omote Sando. Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple (in Narita), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Kashima Jingu (in Kashima). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Katori Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, don't miss a visit to Tokyo National Museum, and see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kochi to Tokyo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Narita, Kamakura, Katori Jingu Shrine, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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