60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  16​h
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Nikko
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Nagano
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Naha
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Ishigaki
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h 15​min
8
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  45​min
10
Nagoya
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Phoenix

6
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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder site .

Phoenix, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to Tokyo is 16 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach 54°F and lows reach 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 8:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ishikiri Sammyaku (in Kasama), Kinu Green Park (in Takanezawa-machi) and Sun Green Asahi (in Hokota). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, find something for the whole family at Pep Kids Koriyama, and don't miss a visit to Shigehachi.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nikko day trip planning app .

Take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect nights in Nikko to be somewhat warmer, around 45°F, while days are slightly colder, around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Katashina-mura, Ishikiri Sammyaku, Sun Green Asahi, Odairanosato Shinsui Park, Taru no Kanko Strawberry Park
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 14:
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Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
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.
Explore Fujikawaguchiko-machi's surroundings by going to Reijin Brewery (in Suwa), Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya) and Mt. Mano (in Shizuoka). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, see the interesting displays at Ikeda museum of 20th century art, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip builder tool .

You can drive from Nikko to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Nagano.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Mt. Mano, Matsumoto Castle, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

5
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Venture out of the city with trips to Takayama-mura (Thermal Spas & Yamada Farm, Yamaboku Wild Snow Park), Kusatsu-machi (Kusatsu Forest Stage & Yubatake) and Yamanouchi-machi (Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, hit the slopes at Togakushi Ski Area, head outdoors with Kijimadaira Ski Resort, and take in the pleasant sights at Shiga Kogen.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Nagano trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Nagano takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Nagano, with lows around 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Kusatsu-machi, Takayama-mura, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, Kijimadaira Ski Resort
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more), Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida) and Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), & more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Nagano to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Nagano in December, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

6
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.
Explore Naha's surroundings by going to Motobu-cho (Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, & more), Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo) and Nakijin-son (Aiai Farm, Kouri Ohashi, & more). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, explore the striking landscape at Cape Manzamo, take a memorable tour with Tours, and enjoy breathtaking views from Amagusuku Observatory.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Naha holiday builder site .

You can fly from Kanazawa to Naha in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Kanazawa in December; daily highs in Naha reach 70°F and lows reach 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nakijin-son, Onna-son, Tomigusuku, Heiwa no Ishiji
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 3:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Scuba & Snorkeling

6
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.
Step out of Ishigaki to go to Iriomote-jima and see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, head outdoors with Yarabudake, and kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki journey builder app .

Fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 3 hours. January in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Kondoi Beach, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 9:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, get outside with Paddle Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In January, Hiroshima is cooler than Ishigaki - with highs of 49°F and lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Ohara Museum of Art
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, take a stroll through Gion, and steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple, Himeji Castle
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 19:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

5
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagoya side-trips: Ise (Okageza, Ise Grand Shrine, & more), Toba (Mikimoto Pearl Island & Toba Aquarium) and Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, take in the dramatic scenery at Hyakken-daki Waterfall, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 43°F to lows of 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ise, Hamamatsu, Toba, Chubu Park, Hyakken-daki Waterfall
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:
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Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

5
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 out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu), Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). On the 27th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place. The adventure continues: walk around Odori Park, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, and head outdoors with Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Nagoya to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Nagoya in January, expect Sapporo to be little chillier, temps between 27°F and 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, Otaru Canal, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Jigokudani
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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