60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

New Delhi
subway + Fly + subway:  13​h 30​min
Fukuoka
— 7 nights
train:  30​min
Kitakyushu
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Hiroshima
— 8 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Onomichi
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Okayama
— 8 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Kyoto
— 9 nights
Drive:  30​min
Nara
— 6 nights
Drive:  30​min
Osaka
— 8 nights
subway + Fly + train:  14​h
New Delhi

7
days
Fukuoka

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Visiting Yoshinogari Historical Park and Chimachibo Park will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Karatsu Castle and Saga Castle History Museum. Explore Fukuoka's surroundings by going to Nijino Matsubara (in Karatsu), Iki (Tatsunoshima Island Beach, Irukahana (nose of dolphin), & more) and Saga 21 Century Kenmin no Mori (in Saga). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Nokonoshima Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, and let the kids burn off some steam at Uminonakamichi Seaside Park.

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New Delhi, India to Fukuoka is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from New Delhi to Fukuoka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Delhi in March, you will find days in Fukuoka are colder (16°C), and nights are a bit cooler (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Iki, Karatsu, Saga, Yoshinogari Historical Park, Chimachibo Park
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Yoshinogari Historical Park
Kushida Shrine
Nijino Matsubara

7
days
Kitakyushu

An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Akiyoshi Limestone Cave and Tsunoshima Ohashi. Get in touch with nature at Kanmon Kaikyo and Beppu Bentenike. Venture out of the city with trips to Akiyoshidai Karst Observatory (in Mine), Usajingu Shrine (in Usa) and Shimonoseki (Kanmon Bridge, Karato market, & more). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Mojiko Retro, find something for the whole family at Space World, make a trip to Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, and step into the grandiose world of Kokura Castle.

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Kitakyushu is just a stone's throw from Fukuoka. In March, daily temperatures in Kitakyushu can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Shimonoseki, Mine, Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, Matama Beach, Usajingu Shrine
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Akiyoshi Limestone Cave
Usajingu Shrine
Mojiko Retro

7
days
Hiroshima

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mount Misen and Dogo Onsengai. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Miyajima and Yamato Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Mikasahama Beach, & more), JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure) and Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Kintai Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and admire all the interesting features of Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima.

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Traveling by train from Kitakyushu to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Onomichi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Iwakuni, Kure, Matsuyama, Tobishima Kaido
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Mount Misen

7
days
Onomichi

A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
Get in touch with nature at Okunoshima Island and Mt. Shirataki. Popular historic sites such as Imabari Castle and Fukuyama Castle are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Onomichi: Imabari (Mt. Kiro Observatory Park & Kurushima Straits Observation Hall), Tomo no Ura (in Fukuyama) and Kamegamori Forest (in Saijo). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senkoji & Senkoji Park, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Senkoji Ropeway, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Hiruzen, and trek along Mt. Unpenji.

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Drive from Hiroshima to Onomichi in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Hiroshima, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Onomichi, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Okayama.

Things to do in Onomichi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Imabari, Fukuyama, Okunoshima Island, Bihoku Hillside Park, Mt. Hiruzen
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Okunoshima Island
Tomo no Ura
Senkoji & Senkoji Park

8
days
Okayama

A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kompira-gu Shrine and Ohara Museum of Art. Get in touch with nature at Naoshima and Rashomon. Change things up with these side-trips from Okayama: Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Oharake Jutaku, & more), Marugame (Marugame Castle & Kameyama Park (Marugame Castle)) and Bizen (Katatetsu Roman Cycling Road & Hinase Islands). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at RSK Bara Garden, and contemplate the long history of Nishie Residence.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Okayama trip generator.

You can drive from Onomichi to Okayama in 1.5 hours. April in Okayama sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Naoshima-cho, Takahashi, Bizen, Marugame
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Naoshima
Kompira-gu Shrine
Marugame Castle

9
days
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Philosopher's Walk and Lake Biwa. Gion and Sanjusangendo Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Hikone Castle (in Hikone) and Miyama Town Nature Cultural Village (in Nantan). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari Taisha, contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River, take a stroll through Pontocho, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninna-ji Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto holiday planner.

You can take a train from Okayama to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hikone, Miyama Town Nature Cultural Village
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Kiyomizu-dera
Fushimi Inari Taisha
Nijo Castle

6
days
Nara

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Tōdai-ji and Iga-ryu Ninja Museum will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Nara Park and Wakakusa Hill. Explore Nara's surroundings by going to Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall (in Nabari), Kamikitayama-mura (Mount Odaigahara & Odaigahara) and Tanizeno Tsuribashi (in Totsukawa-mura). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, get outside with Mt. Yoshinoyama, and steep yourself in history at Naramachi.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara custom trip planner.

Nara is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In April, daytime highs in Nara are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kamikitayama-mura, Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall, Iga-ryu Ninja Museum, Mt. Yoshinoyama, Tanizeno Tsuribashi
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Nara Park
Tōdai-ji
Kasuga Grand Shrine

7
days
Osaka

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.
Get some cultural insight at Osaka Castle and Minami (Namba). Okunoin and Matsuzakagyu Yakiniku M, Hozenji Yokocho will appeal to history buffs. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Mount Koyasan (in Koya-cho) and Kobe (Kobe Harborland, Kobe Port Tower, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Dotonbori, get great views at Tempozan Ferris Wheel, shop like a local with Shinsaibashi, and meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka holiday planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Nara. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Kobe, Koya-cho
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Mount Koyasan
Okunoin
Osaka Castle

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