60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Ishigaki
— 7 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 7 nights
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
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Kanazawa
— 7 nights
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Nikaho
— 1 night
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
— 9 nights
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Ishigaki

— 7 nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Banna Park. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, and make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki online trip itinerary maker.

Rome, Italy to Ishigaki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Ishigaki is 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rome in April: highs in Ishigaki hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Motobu-cho

— 5 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Onna-son (Manza Dream Hole, Cape Manzamo, &more), Ginoza Roadside Station (in Ginoza-son) and Ie-son (Iejima Beach Side Horse Park & Mt. Iegusuku). And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, get outside with Akabaka Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Yohena Ajisai Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Anchihama.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho trip app.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Ishigaki in April, Motobu-cho is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 5 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Family-friendly places like Miyajima and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Motobu-cho in April, with highs in Hiroshima at 22°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Attractions like Himeji Castle and Okayama Korakuen Garden make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Otsuka Museum of Art (in Naruto), Matsue Swimming Beach (in Akashi) and Awajishima Park (in Awaji). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, walk around Kunimi no Mori Park, examine the collection at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, and relax in the rural setting at Nanaku Strawberry Farm.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Himeji online itinerary planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Osaka

— 7 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Gyoja no Taki (in Izumisano), Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Mt. Koya, &more) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mt. Omine, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and get in on the family fun at SpaWorld.

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Getting from Himeji to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Himeji in May: highs in Osaka hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 8 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.
Bring the kids along to Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa), Ishitera Tea Plantation (in Wazuka-cho) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, go for a walk through Arashiyama, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel planning website.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 7 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Takayama Jinya and Hida Takayama Museum of Art. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi), Takayama (Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Kanazawa travel route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nikaho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Nikaho

— 1 night
On the 27th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Nakajimadai Recreation no Mori and then identify plant and animal life at Nakajimadai Shishigahana Marsh.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nikaho trip maker.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Nikaho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nikaho, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikaho

Wildlife · Parks

Hakone-machi

— 5 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Mount Fuji and The Hakone Open-Air Museum. Explore Hakone-machi's surroundings by going to Fujiyoshida (Chureito Pagoda, Arakurayama Sengen Park, &more), Fujinomiya (Fujinomiya Route & Kusushi Shrine) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Lake Kawaguchi & Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum). Spend the 31st (Mon) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), stroll around Onshi Hakone Park, steep yourself in history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi online road trip planner.

You can drive from Nikaho to Hakone-machi in 8.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In May, daytime highs in Hakone-machi are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 9 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.
Family-friendly places like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Meiji Jingu Shrine will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, &more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip maker website.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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.