60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
train:  30​min
1
Kyoto
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Nagasaki
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Naha
— 7 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  1​h 45​min
5
Taketomi-jima
— 1 night
ferry:  15​min
6
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  45​min
7
Miyakojima
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 9 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Nikko
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
+3
shuttle + train + taxi + Fly:  6​h
11
Sapporo
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Osaka

7
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.
Kyoto National Museum and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan will appeal to museum buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotonbori and Kyoto Station Building. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Osaka Castle & Shinsaibashi), Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe) and Nara (Nara Park & Tōdai-ji). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and make a trip to Gion.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip generator.

Osaka to Kyoto is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also drive; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 25:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Miyajima and Hiroshima Castle will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Matsuyama (Thermal Spas & Matsuyama Castle) and Mount Misen (in Hatsukaichi). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima tour planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. January in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

5
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Visiting Mt. Inasa and Hashima Island will get you outdoors. Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Dejima will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo (about 1:15 hours away). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, don't miss a visit to Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, contemplate the long history of Former Glover Residence, and take a stroll through Shinchi Chinatown.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki vacation builder.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 3:
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Mt. Inasa ©
Mt. Inasa
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden

7
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Visit Furuzamami Beach and Tropical Beach for some beach relaxation. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shurijo Castle and Tamaudoun Site. Venture out of the city with trips to Ikei Beach (in Uruma), Sunset Beach (in Chatan-cho), Yomitan-son (Nirai Beach & Yachimun no Sato), Onna-son (Manza Beach, Cape Manza, & more) and Aharen Beach (in Tokashiki-son). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Naminoue Beach, stroll through Bibi Beach Itoman, enjoy breathtaking views from Naha Airport, and appreciate the history behind Naha Airport.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Naha vacation planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Naha by combination of train and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Nagasaki in February, with highs in Naha at 23°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Onna-son, Yomitan-son, Sunset Beach, Tropical Beach, Ikei Island Beach Camping Ground
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 10:
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Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach

1
night
Taketomi-jima

Taketomi-jima ©
A tiny island in the Yae-yama archipelago, Taketomi-jima enjoys popularity as a beach getaway, best known for its stretches of "star sand"--sand made up of tiny star-shaped exoskeletons of ancient fossils.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stroll through Kaiji Beach and then stroll through Kondoi Beach.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Naha to Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho in 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Kaiji Beach ©
Kaiji Beach

4
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.
Visiting Kabira Bay and Fusaki Beach will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Yonehara Beach and Hoshisuna Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Pinaisara Falls in Taketomicho Iriomote-jima (about 2 hours away). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sukuji Bathing Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Ishigaki online itinerary creator.

Ishigaki is just a stone's throw from Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho. February in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Iriomote-jima
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 15:
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Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Sukuji Beach ©
Sukuji Beach

6
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Relax by the water at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Toguchinohama and Painagama Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, explore the activities along Toriike Pond, step off the mainland to explore Kuri-jima Island, and snap pictures at Kurima Bridge.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima itinerary maker.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in an hour. In February in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 21:
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

9
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.
Get some historical perspective at Tokyo National Museum and Tokyo Central Railway Station. Shop till you drop at Tsukiji Market and Harajuku Takeshita-dori. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama) and Ghibli Museum (in Mitaka). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Ginza, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Tokyo itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in February, things will get colder in Tokyo: highs are around 10°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Tokyo DisneySea, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Yokohama Chinatown
Find places to stay Feb 21 — Mar 2:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

7
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kegon Falls and Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park. Get in touch with nature at Lake Chuzenji and Oze National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nikko: Fukuroda Falls (in Daigo-machi) and Nasu Garden Outlet (in Nasushiobara). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikkō Tōshō-gū, steep yourself in history at Taiyuinbyo Shrine, take in the views from Shinkyo, and explore the activities along Ryuzu Waterfall.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nikko itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fukuroda Falls, Oze National Park, Nasu Garden Outlet
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

2
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and then hit the slopes at Yamada Ranch / Yamaboku Wild Snow Park.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nikko to Yamanouchi-machi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In March in Yamanouchi-machi, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. You will leave for Sapporo on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Yamada Farm, Yamaboku Wild Snow Park
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 11:
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

7
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Get outdoors at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Rusutsu Resort Ski. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu), Otaru Canal (in Otaru), Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho) and Niseko Hanazono Resort (in Kutchan-cho). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Mt. Okura Observatory, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Moiwa, and wander the streets of Susukino.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo vacation planner.

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Sapporo by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in March, things will get slightly colder in Sapporo: highs are around 1°C and lows about -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho, Rusutsu Resort Ski, Otaru Canal, Jigokudani, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 18:
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani

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