60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Belgrade
Fly + train:  20​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
3
Onna-son
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly:  45​min
5
Miyakojima
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
6
Hakodate
— 5 nights
+2
train + Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
7
Teshikaga-cho
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Shari-cho
— 6 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  8​h 45​min
9
Yakushima-cho
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h
10
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Belgrade

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Nijo-jo Castle and Kinkaku-ji are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Dotonbori and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Castle) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kyoto Imperial Palace, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip site .

Belgrade, Serbia to Kyoto is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Belgrade in October; daily highs in Kyoto reach 27°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi and Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center. Fukui Dinosaur Museum and Takayama Jinya are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Tateyama-machi (Mikurigaike Pond & Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route), Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho) and Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall & Higashiyama Walking Course). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Takayama, Tateyama-machi, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Tojinbo Cliff, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

6
nights
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Onna Station Nakayukui Market and Okuma Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nakijin Castle Remains and Sefa-Utaki. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Cape Zampa (in Yomitan-son), Motobu-cho (Emerald Beach & Okichan Theater) and Daisekirinzan (in Kunigami-son). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Sea Glass Beach, head off the coast to Kouri-jima Island, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Onna-son planner .

Do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Kanazawa to Onna-son in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kanazawa in November: high temperatures in Onna-son hover around 28°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kunigami-son, Nanjo, Motobu-cho, Nago, Cape Zampa
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okuma Beach ©
Okuma Beach
Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan

6
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Nishihama Beach and Yonehara Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Kondoi Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Hama-jima Island (The Phantom Island) (in Kohama-jima), Pemuchi Beach (in Hateruma-jima) and Iriomote-jima (Nakano Beach, Hoshisuna Beach, & more). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, kick back and relax at Shimanakahama, stroll through Yara Beach, and take a memorable drive along Nagurao Bridge.

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Do a combination of taxi and flight from Onna-son to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Onna-son in November since evenings lows in Ishigaki dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima, Hatoma-jima, Hateruma-jima, Taketomi-cho, Hama-jima Island (The Phantom Island)
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Nishihama Beach ©
Nishihama Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

7
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Aragusuku Beach and Yonaha Maehama Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Sunayama Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Maja Beach.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes an hour. November in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. 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
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward. Shop till you drop at Hakodate Morning Market and Hakodate Community Design Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakodate: Higashidori-mura (Kandachi Horses and Their Habitats & Shiriyazaki), Cape Chikyu (in Muroran) and Nanae-cho (Onuma Lake & Onuma Park Walking Path). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Motomachi, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, head outdoors with Tachimachi Cape, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakodate holiday website .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Hakodate takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train. In November, Hakodate is colder than Miyakojima - with highs of 10°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Higashidori-mura, Nanae-cho, Cape Chikyu
Highlights from your plan
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
Onuma Lake ©
Onuma Lake

5
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Mashu and Kaminoko Pond. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Kussharo and Akan National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Teshikaga-cho: Akan Lake (in Kushiro), Bihorotoge Lookout (in Bihoro-cho) and Meakan-dake (in Akan National Park). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Io, head outdoors with Notsuke Peninsula, enjoy breathtaking views from Kaiyodai, and trek along Kitanemuro Ranch Way.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Teshikaga-cho trip builder website .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hakodate to Teshikaga-cho in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In November, daytime highs in Teshikaga-cho are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nakashibetsu-cho, Betsukai-cho, Akan-Mashu National Park, Bihorotoge Lookout, Akan Lake
Highlights from your plan
Kaminoko Pond ©
Kaminoko Pond
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
Notsuke Peninsula ©
Notsuke Peninsula

6
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 Shiretoko Beach and Shiretoko Goko Lake. Get outdoors at Oshin Koshin Falls and Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall. Explore Shari-cho's surroundings by going to Rausu-cho (Shiretoko National Park & Lake Rausu) and Abashiri (Abashiri Coast, Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, & more). Spend the 7th (Fri) exploring nature at Abashiri Quasi-National Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Furepe Waterfall, explore the striking landscape at Oronko Rock, take an in-depth tour of Shiretoko World Heritage Conservation Center, and wander the streets of Utoro Onsen.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. In December in Shari-cho, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Abashiri, Shiretoko National Park, Lake Rausu
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko National Park ©
Shiretoko National Park
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall

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.
Bring the kids along to Yakusugi Land and Kayaking & Canoeing. Take a break from the city and head to Oko no Taki Fall and Isso Beach. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, take a stroll through Wilson Stump, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake, and delve into the lush surroundings at Shakunagenomori Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip planning app .

Getting from Shari-cho to Yakushima-cho by combination of taxi and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car, flight, and taxi. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Shari-cho in December; daily highs in Yakushima-cho reach 18°C and lows reach 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

5
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo DisneySea. Appreciate the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Yokohama (Minato Mirai 21 & Sankeien Gardens) and Ikspiari (in Urayasu). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Ginza, get a taste of the local shopping with Omotesando, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Tokyo in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Yakushima-cho in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach 14°C and lows reach 4°C. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urayasu, Yokohama, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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