60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Nikko
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Nikko
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 6 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly to Naha Airport, Drive to Zamami-son
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Zamami-son
— 2 nights
Drive
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Onna-son
— 6 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
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— 3 nights
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Shari-cho

— 4 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shiretoko Goko Lake and Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shari-cho: Kiyosato-cho (Shiretoko Tourist & Kaminoko Pond) and Teshikaga-cho (Lake Mashu, Mt. Mashu, &more). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls, walk around Pereke River Shore Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shari, and cruise along Road to Heaven.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Shari-cho online attractions planner.

Toronto, Canada to Shari-cho is an approximately 27.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in September, expect nights in Shari-cho to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nikko

— 6 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yudaki Falls and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Venture out of the city with trips to Nasushiobara (Toda Mizube Park & Ryuka Waterfall), Nasu-machi (Nasu Highlands & Nasu Heisei no Mori) and Oshiraji Falls (in Yaita). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, take in the dramatic scenery at Ryumon Waterfall, snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, and hike along Odashirogahara.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nikko sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Shari-cho to Nikko in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or drive. In September, Nikko is a bit warmer than Shari-cho - with highs of 29°C and lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 7 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like teamLab☆Planets and Sarushima Island (Monkey Island). Venture out of the city with trips to Minatomirai (Sky Garden & Yokohama Landmark Tower), Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Yokosuka) and Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Yokohama). There's lots more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, hike along Kamakura Hiking Trails, and relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo tour itinerary planning website.

Getting from Nikko to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 7 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kamogawa River and Kyoto Railway Museum. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Sagawa Art Museum (in Moriyama) and Hiyoshi-Taisha Shrine (in Otsu). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, and don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Osaka

— 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Itami Sky Park and Nigatsu-do Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Awaji (Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park, Izanagi Shrine, &more) and Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple, Walking tours, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, stroll around Nakanoshima Park, and ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka sightseeing website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Sunayama Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji, get outside with Nakanoshima Beach, and take in the pleasant sights at Nishihenna Cape.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima online trip maker.

Getting from Osaka to Miyakojima by flight takes about 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Osaka in October; daily highs in Miyakojima reach 33°C and lows reach 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Iriomote-jima

— 4 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hoshisuna Beach and Ida no Hama Beach. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, identify plant and animal life at Amitori Asaba, kick back and relax at Shirahama Port, and take in the pleasant sights at Ruins of Amitory Village.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima day trip planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Ishigaki

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Yonehara Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Ishigaki side-trips: Kuro-shima (Fuki Beach, Nakamoto Beach, &more) and Kohama-jima (Hama-jima Island (The Phantom Island), Ubutaki Lookouts, &more). There's still lots to do: get outside with Kondoi Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, and enjoy the sand and surf at Maezato Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki road trip planning tool.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Zamami-son

— 2 nights
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
On the 17th (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at Kaminohama Observatory, step off the mainland to explore Kerama Islands, head off the coast to Amuro Island, then identify plant and animal life at Toma, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kushibaru Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Furuzamami Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ibinume Shrine, enjoy the sand and surf at Gahijima Sand Dune, then step off the mainland to explore Gahi Island, then step off the mainland to explore Aka Island, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nishibama.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Zamami-son route builder website.

Explore your travel options from Ishigaki to Zamami-son with the Route module. In October, daily temperatures in Zamami-son can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Onna-son

— 6 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Minnajima Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Onna-son: Kouri Beach (in Nakijin-son), Kunigami-son (Daisekirinzan & Okuma Beach) and Fukuji Dam (in Higashi-son). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Manza Beach, make a trip to Onna Station Nakayukui Market, kick back and relax at Emerald Beach, and Head underground at Blue Cave.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Onna-son day trip app.

You can drive from Zamami-son to Onna-son in 2.5 hours. In October in Onna-son, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Yakushima-cho

— 3 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Oko no Taki Fall and Wilson Stump. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land, admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mocchomudake, and take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Onna-son in October, you will find days in Yakushima-cho are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Takachiho-cho

— 3 nights
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Takachiho Shrine and Amano Yasugawara. Explore Takachiho-cho's surroundings by going to Aso Mizuki Meguri (in Aso), Kuju Mountain Range (in Kokonoe-machi) and Ikeyama Springs (in Ubuyama-mura). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso, go for a walk through Takachihokyo Passage, appreciate the views at Kuju Highland, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho online journey planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, train, and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Takachiho-cho, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.