60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 6 nights
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Sasebo
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
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Kanazawa
— 6 nights
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Matsumoto
— 6 nights
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 6 nights
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Tokyo
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and stroll through Sukuji Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planner.

Findon, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Findon in May, with highs in Ishigaki at 34°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Motobu-cho side-trips: Ginoza Roadside Station (in Ginoza-son), Onna-son (Sun Marina Beach, Manza Dream Hole, &more) and Nago (Busena Beach, Nago citizen Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Akabaka Beach, explore the gorgeous colors at USS Emmons, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Minna Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Motobu-cho trip builder tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho takes 5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Ishigaki in May: high temperatures in Motobu-cho hover around 30°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Sasebo.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Sasebo

— 3 nights
With its U.S. Navy base, Sasebo has certainly developed pockets with an international feel: in downtown, often known as Sailor Town, you'll happen upon a number of eateries serving American-style hamburgers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sasebo: Nagasaki (Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki Peace Park, &more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Huis Ten Bosch, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yumihari, explore the striking landscape at Meganeiwa, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ohashikannonji.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Sasebo journey maker.

Getting from Motobu-cho to Sasebo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Motobu-cho in May since evenings lows in Sasebo dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kure (Yamato Museum & Mt.Noro), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and head outdoors with Tobishima Kaido.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip builder website.

Traveling by train from Sasebo to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism (in Kato), Matsue Swimming Beach (in Akashi) and Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter & Ohara Museum of Art). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji route builder site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Arashiyama, stop by Gion, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online road trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 6 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Tateyama-machi (Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall), &more), Tonami Tulip Park (in Tonami) and Shirakawa-mura (Mt. Sampoiwadake, Nagase house, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online holiday builder.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Matsumoto side-trips: Shiraike Lake (in Itoigawa), Takayama (Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), Takayama Jinya, &more) and Zenko-ji Temple (in Nagano). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle, stroll through Happo-one Nature Study Course, delve into the lush surroundings at Tashiro Shitsugen, and explore the activities along Taisho Pond.

To find ratings and other tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip itinerary app.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 6 nights
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more), Fujiyoshida (Nishiura & Onshirin Garden) and Kengamine (in Fujinomiya). Spend the 3rd (Sat) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, take in the pleasant sights at Hirano Lake Shore, enjoy breathtaking views from Nakanokura Pass Observation Point, and walk around Nagaike Shinsui Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi vacation maker.

Drive from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. While traveling from Matsumoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 8 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 Tokyo's surroundings by going to Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and visit Akihabara.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online vacation builder.

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.