60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly + Drive:  20 h 15 min
1
Kutchan-cho
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  7 h 15 min
2
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
3
Yamanouchi-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Takayama
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Kyoto
— 6 nights
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
7
Kochi
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6 h 45 min
8
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6 h 15 min
9
Onna-son
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
10
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Ferry:  4 h
11
Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
Ferry:  1 h
12
Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Dublin

5
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Step off the beaten path and head to Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Niseko Hanazono Resort. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kutchan-cho: Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho), Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Shinsennuma (in Kyowa-cho). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Rusutsu Resort Ski, look for all kinds of wild species at Kagaminuma, explore the activities along Lake Toya, and enjoy the sand and surf at Shimamu Beach.

Before you visit Kutchan-cho, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Dublin, Ireland to Kutchan-cho is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dublin in February, with highs in Kutchan-cho at -1°C and lows at -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Shakotan-cho, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Shinsennuma, Otaru Canal, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Shinsennuma ©
Shinsennuma

6
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.
For shopping fun, head to Minato Mirai 21 or Takeshita Street. Explore hidden gems such as Pola Museum of Art and Hitachi Seaside Park. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo visit planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Kutchan-cho to Tokyo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or take a train. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Kutchan-cho in February: highs in Tokyo hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, Tokyo Disneyland, Hitachi Seaside Park, Pola Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Ginza ©
Ginza
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

4
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort and Suginohara. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yamanouchi-machi: Kusatsu-machi (Onsen Resorts & Sainokawara Park), Hokusai-kan (in Obuse-machi) and Hakuba-mura (Hakuba, Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, & more). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha, get outside with Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, and identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi day trip site .

Getting from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi by combination of train and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in February; daily highs in Yamanouchi-machi reach 4°C and lows reach -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura, Nagano, Kusatsu-machi, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, Suginohara
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Onsen Resorts
Hakuba ©
Hakuba

5
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tenshukakau Observatory and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: Matsumoto (Norikura Kogen (Highland) & Matsumoto Castle), Nakasendo Tsumagojuku (in Nagiso-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, and admire the engineering at Kurobe Dam.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Takayama trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Takayama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Takayama sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama-machi, Matsumoto, Omamiya, Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Highlights from your plan
Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Tenshukakau Observatory ©
Tenshukakau Observatory
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

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 Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center and MIKOTO Tea House. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Gallery Otera (in Takaoka), Sakai (Tojinbo Cliff & Maruoka Castle) and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Gokayama, steep yourself in history at Ainokura Gassho Community, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in February, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Nanto, Sakai, Gallery Otera, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Notojima Aquarium
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Tojimbo Cliff ©
Tojimbo Cliff

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tofuku-ji Temple and Kyo no Takumi. Head to Dotonbori and Nishiki Market Shopping Districtfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana), Osaka Castle (in Osaka) and Nara Park (in Nara). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara Park
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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.
For shopping fun, head to Sunday Market or Thursday City. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kotohira-gu and Kochi Castle. Explore Kochi's surroundings by going to Muroto (Muroto UNESCO Global Geopark & Muroto Cape), Hidaka-mura (Imoya Kinjiro Hidaka Honten & Nagoya Chinka Bridge) and Namekawakeikoku (in Toon). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Katsura Hama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple, snap pictures at Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge, and take in the awesome beauty at Kamegamori Forest.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kochi online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Kyoto to Kochi by combination of train and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Kochi are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Muroto, Hidaka-mura, Kami, Namekawakeikoku, Kamegamori Forest
Highlights from your plan
Sunday Market
Sunday Market
Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Yakusugi Land and Oko no Taki Fall. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, make a trip to Taikoiwa, hike along Seibu Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Anbo River.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho journey planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kochi to Yakushima-cho in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Kochi in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Yakushima-cho. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM and Onna Station Nakayukui Market. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Bise no Fukugi Tree Road. Venture out of the city with trips to Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo), Nakijin Castle Ruins (in Nakijin-son) and Motobu-cho (Tropical Dream Center & Okichan Theater). It doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Onna-son road trip site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. While traveling from Yakushima-cho, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Onna-son, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Shopping Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Nakijin Castle Ruins, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, Sefa-Utaki
Highlights from your plan
Onna Station Nakayukui Market ©
Onna Station Nakayukui Market
Scuba & Snorkeling
AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM ©
AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Toguchi no Hama and Sunayama Beach. There's lots more to do: get outside with Aragusuku Beach, go for a walk through Imugya Marine Garden, see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, and take in panoramic vistas at Makiyama Observatory.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima road trip app .

Getting from Onna-son to Miyakojima by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Onna-son in March since evenings lows in Miyakojima dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

4
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hoshisuna Beach and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, identify plant and animal life at Sakiyama North Corner, and don't miss a visit to Funauki Village.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip itinerary website .

Traveling by ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center ©

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kondoi Beach and Tamatorizaki Observatory. Shop till you drop at Yurateiku Market and 730 COURT. Venture out of the city with trips to Ubutaki Lookouts (in Kohama-jima) and Kuro-shima (Iko Pier & Nakamoto Beach). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, and take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki journey maker app .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In March, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Kuro-shima, Ubutaki Lookouts, Island Countryside Settlement
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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