60 days in Hokkaido, Japan & Kyushu Itinerary

60 days in Hokkaido, Japan & Kyushu Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 5 nights
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Shakotan-cho
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Biei-cho
— 4 nights
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Teshikaga-cho
— 4 nights
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Shari-cho
— 6 nights
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Matsue
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Miyakojima
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Iriomote-jima
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Zamami-son
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Onna-son
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Yakushima-cho
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Takachiho-cho
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Fly to Chūbu Centrair, Train to Takayama
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Takayama
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Tateyama-machi
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Nikko
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Sapporo

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Moerenuma Park and Shinsennuma. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Chitose (Royce' Chocolate World & Lake Shikotsu), Yoichi-cho (Candle Rock & Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery) and JR Otaru Station (in Otaru). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu, take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, stroll around Nakajima Park, and explore the world behind art at Sapporo Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Sapporo trip itinerary maker website.

Toronto, Canada to Sapporo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. When traveling from Toronto in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Sapporo, with highs around 23°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 14:

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Shakotan-cho

Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
On the 15th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Shimamu Beach, explore the striking landscape at Cape Kamui, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Kamui Lighthouse, then take in the dramatic natural features at Shakotan Peninsula, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Numasaki Landslide.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Shakotan-cho trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Sapporo to Shakotan-cho by car takes about 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Shakotan-cho can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

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Biei-cho

Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Asahi-dake and Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower. Venture out of the city with trips to Higashikawa-cho (Asahidake Ropeway & Tenninkyo Gorges), Roller Coaster Road (in Kamifurano-cho) and Furano (Garden of Wind, Furano Ski Resort, &more). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Shikisai no Oka, walk around Shinei no Oka Tenbo Koen, admire the natural beauty at Zerubunoka Atomunooka, and shop like a local with Takushinkan.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Biei-cho tour planner.

Traveling by car from Shakotan-cho to Biei-cho takes 4.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Shakotan-cho in September since evenings lows in Biei-cho dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:

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Teshikaga-cho

A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Mashu and Kaminoko Pond. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Teshikaga-cho: Nakashibetsu-cho (Kaiyodai Observatory & Mount Moan), Bihoro-cho (Bihorotoge Lookout & Michi-no-Eki Gurutto Panorama Bihorotoge) and Uramashu Observatory (in Kiyosato-cho). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Onneto, examine the collection at Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, take in the natural beauty of Lake Kussharo Sand Bath, and get engrossed in the history at Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples.

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Getting from Biei-cho to Teshikaga-cho by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In September in Teshikaga-cho, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:

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Shari-cho

Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shiretoko National Park and Mt. Rausu. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shari-cho: Betsukai-cho (Notsuke Penninsula Nature Center, Notsuke Peninsula, &more), Kanayama Waterfall (in Shibetsu-cho) and Rausu-cho (Seseki Fall & Shiretoko Highway). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Shiretoko Misaki, admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls, get outside with Shiretoko Pass, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings and other tourist information, go to the Shari-cho trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 29:

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Matsue

Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
On the 30th (Thu), admire the striking features of Izumotaisha mae Station, get advice or help at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, make a trip to Former Taisha Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, then take in nature's colorful creations at Adachi Museum of Art, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Matsue Vogel Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake, then admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisen, and finally stop by Daisen Makiba Milk no Sato.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsue road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Shari-cho to Matsue takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Shari-cho in September, with highs in Matsue at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:

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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like East Henna Cape and Ikema Ohashi Bridge. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, and head outdoors with Nakanoshima Beach.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima day trip planner.

Fly from Matsue to Miyakojima in 6.5 hours. In October, Miyakojima is somewhat warmer than Matsue - with highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Hama Island (in Taketomi-jima) and Kuro-shima (Nishinohama, Nakamoto Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, and get great views at Cape Ongazaki.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 9:

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Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Explore hidden gems such as Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. There's still lots to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, kick back and relax at Todomari Beach, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Utara Tanko.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima visit planning site.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 2 hours. October in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12:

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Zamami-son

The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Kerama Islands, kick back and relax at Aka Beach, get outside with Nishibama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Furuzamami Beach, then head off the coast to Zamami Island, and finally kick back and relax at Ama Beach.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Zamami-son road trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Iriomote-jima to Zamami-son. In October, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 13:

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Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Manza Beach. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Motobu-cho (Minnajima Island, Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, &more), Nakijin-son (Nakijin Castle Ruins & Kouri Beach) and Nirai Beach (in Yomitan-son). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Cape Maeda, stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, take some stellar pictures from Cape Hedo, and go for a walk through Cape Chinen Park.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Onna-son trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Zamami-son to Onna-son takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:

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Yakushima-cho

A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oko no Taki Fall and Nagata Inakahama. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, trek along Seibu Trail, explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land, and make a trip to Wilson Stump.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho online trip builder.

You can fly from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Onna-son in October, expect nights in Yakushima-cho to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 23:

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Takachiho-cho

The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nabegataki Falls and Tsujun Bridge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takachiho-cho: Kikuchi Gorge (in Kikuchi), Aso (Kusasenrigahama & Daikanbo) and Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka, and go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Takachiho-cho attractions planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, train, and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, Takachiho-cho is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:

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Takayama

Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory. Explore Takayama's surroundings by going to Matsumoto (Kappa Bashi, Taisho Pond, &more), Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen (in Shirakawa-mura) and Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community, Ainokura Gassho Community, &more). There's lots more to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, don't miss a visit to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, and contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya.

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Getting from Takachiho-cho to Takayama by combination of flight and train takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. When traveling from Takachiho-cho in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Takayama, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tateyama-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:

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Tateyama-machi

The small town of Tateyama-machi, nestled in the hills of Mount Tate, remains most notable as the gateway to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall), then take a memorable drive along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Shomyo Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Jigoku Valley, see human ingenuity at work at Kurobe Dam, then explore the activities along Mikurigaike Pond, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Tateyama.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tateyama-machi itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Takayama to Tateyama-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. October in Tateyama-machi sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tateyama-machi

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yudaki Falls and Lake Chuzenji. Change things up with these side-trips from Nikko: Haruna Shrine (in Takasaki), Ikaho Shrine (in Shibukawa) and Nasu-machi (Mt. Nasu, Nasu Animal Kingdom, &more). Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Senjogahara Field, admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall, explore the stunning scenery at Ryuokyo Canyon, and snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko holiday maker tool.

Getting from Tateyama-machi to Nikko by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nikko when traveling from Tateyama-machi in November, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 6:

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.

Kyushu travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Enthusiastic shutterbugs and lovers of all things picturesque often choose to tour Kyushu-Okinawa on one of the island's epic train trips, leading through a landscape shaped by thousands of years of volcanic activity. With mild winters, warm summers, and plenty of developed beaches, the region offers a wealth of marine sports and recreation. Those with relaxation on their mind take a vacation in Kyushu-Okinawa for a chance to explore some of Japan's finest onsens, in which pristine nature meets modern amenities for an unforgettable tourist experience.