60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Towada
— 4 nights
Bus to Hachinohe, Train to Nikko
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Nikko
— 6 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Motobu-cho
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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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, and enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki online vacation maker.

Perth, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Ishigaki. Traveling from Perth in November, Ishigaki is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Towada.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Towada

— 4 nights
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Change things up with these side-trips from Towada: Hachimantai (Hachimandaira Promenade Peak, Hachimantai Asupite line, &more) and Aomori (Tashirotai Heights & Jogakura Stream). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Mountain Stream, take in the awesome beauty at Hakkoda Mountains, explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center, and admire the sheer force of Hakufu no Taki.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Towada online day trip planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Towada by flight takes about 8 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in November, things will get colder in Towada: highs are around 11°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nikko: Nasu-machi (Fujishiro Seiji Museum, Mt. Nasu, &more) and Sanbon Yaridake Moutain (in Nasushiobara). Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Sainoko Lake, and contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip itinerary maker app.

Do a combination of bus and train from Towada to Nikko in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Towada in November; daily highs in Nikko reach 15°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo journey planning website.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Nikko, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Fuji View Hotel Japanese Garden, Lake Kawaguchi, &more), Keigashima Canyon (in Susono) and Imamiya Tea Plantation (in Fuji). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and visit Sengokuhara.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Hakone-machi fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (13°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Museums · Nature · Classes

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 5 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kaminaridaki Falls (in Takayama-mura), Kaidakogen Plateau (in Kiso-machi) and Takayama (Takayama Jinya & Hida Takayama Museum of Art). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, take a peaceful walk through Tsugaike Natural Park, hike along Happo-one Nature Study Course, and get outside with Hakubaoike.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Matsumoto online road trip planner.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in November, Matsumoto is slightly colder at night with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more), Hakusan (Mount Hakusan, Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road, &more) and Tateyama-machi (Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Mikurigaike Pond, &more). The adventure continues: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, get outside with Shishiku Park, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kanazawa travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Matsumoto in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Byodoin (in Uji). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, visit Arashiyama, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Osaka

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more), Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more) and Kobe (Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, &more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Kuromon Market, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka online vacation planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Miyajima, &more), Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

Plan trip to Hiroshima with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Motobu-cho

— 6 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.
Explore Motobu-cho's surroundings by going to Onna-son (Cape Manzamo, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more), Nago (Busena Beach & Fukugawa Falls) and Ishiyama Viewing Platform (in Ogimi-son). There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, kick back and relax at Minna Beach, get outside with Akabaka Beach, and take a pleasant ride with Iejima Beach Side Horse Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hiroshima in December, with highs in Motobu-cho at 24°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

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.