60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train
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Nagasaki
— 5 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 7 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Taketomi-jima
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Taketomi-jima
— 1 night
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 6 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 9 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 7 nights
Drive
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 7 nights
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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Kyoto National Museum and Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design. Head to Dotombori District and Nishiki Market Shopping Districtfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe) and Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple). There's much more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto attractions app.

Osaka to Kyoto is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 25:

Hiroshima

— 4 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Miyajima and Hiroshima Museum of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Matsuyama (Thermal Spas & Matsuyama Castle). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima road trip site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:

Nagasaki

— 5 nights

City of Peace

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.
Get some historical perspective at Glover Garden and Glover House and Office. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Shinchi Chinatown. Step out of Nagasaki to go to Sasebo and see Huis Ten Bosch, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, take in the waterfront at Seafood market Nagasaki Port Dejima Wharf shop, contemplate the long history of Suwa Shrine, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Ryoma Sakamoto's Boots.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip maker site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°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 · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 3:

Naha

— 7 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shurijo Castle and Tamaudun. Relax by the water at Aharen Beach and Nirai Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Onna-son (Manza Beach, Cape Manzamo, &more), Ikei Island Beach Camping Ground (in Ikei-jima) and Sunset Beach (in Chatan-cho). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Furuzamami Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Fukushu-en Garden, stop by Yachimun no Sato, and head outdoors with Naminoue Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Naha online trip planner.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Naha in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nagasaki in February: high temperatures in Naha hover around 22°C and lows are around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Taketomi-jima.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 10:

Taketomi-jima

— 1 night
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.
On the 11th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach and then head outdoors with Kondoi Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Taketomi-jima trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Naha to Taketomi-jima by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Taketomi-jima can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 11:
Highlights from your trip

Ishigaki

— 4 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Yonehara Beach and Sukuji Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Kabira Bay and Hoshisuna Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Pinaisara Falls in Iriomote-jima (about 2h 15 min away). There's more to do: take a memorable tour with Fusaki Beach and stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Taketomi-jima to Ishigaki takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 15:

Miyakojima

— 6 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visiting Yonaha Maehama Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and head off the coast to Kouri Island.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 21:

Tokyo

— 9 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. Shop till you drop at Ginza and Asakusa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Odaiba District, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online journey maker.

Fly from Miyakojima to Tokyo in 6 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in February, expect nights in Tokyo to be much colder, around 2°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 21 — Mar 2:

Nikko

— 7 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.
Get some cultural insight at Nikko Tosho-gu and Taiyuimbyo Shrine. Visit Kanaya Hotel History House and Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Nasu Garden Outlet (in Nasushiobara) and Fukuroda Falls (in Daigo-machi). Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Oze National Park. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, and take in breathtaking views at Ryuokyo Canyon.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nikko online journey maker.

Drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, you will find days in Nikko are slightly colder (13°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 9:

Yamanouchi-machi

— 2 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 10th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and then stroll through Yamada Farm, Yamaboku Wild Snow Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi online trip builder.

Drive from Nikko to Yamanouchi-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nikko in March, plan for little chillier nights in Yamanouchi-machi, with lows around 3°C. You'll set off for Sapporo on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 11:
Highlights from your trip

Sapporo

— 7 nights

CIty of Ramen

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 Sapporo's surroundings by going to Otaru Canal (in Otaru), Niseko Hanazono Resort (in Kutchan-cho) and Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, visit Susukino, and take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Yamanouchi-machi to Sapporo takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. In March, Sapporo is a bit cooler than Yamanouchi-machi - with highs of 1°C and lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 18:

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.