60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Takamatsu
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Kagoshima
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Naha
— 6 nights
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Tokyo
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Sapporo

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Otaru Canal (in Otaru), Noboribetsu Date Historic Village (in Noboribetsu) and Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place (in Kutchan-cho). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: stroll around Odori Park, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, get outside with Maruyama Genshirin, and steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Sapporo driving holiday planning site.

Seattle, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Seattle to Sapporo. In December, Sapporo is little chillier than Seattle - with highs of 32°F and lows of 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 8:

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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: Aratama Valley (in Komatsu), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, get engrossed in the history at Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and fly down the slopes at Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa online travel route planner.

Fly from Sapporo to Kanazawa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sapporo in December, with highs in Kanazawa at 49°F and lows at 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 14:

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Honan Market (in Toyonaka). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, walk around Nara Park, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kyoto day trip tool.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 21:

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Himeji

The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Bizen (Hattoji Furusatomura & Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei), Tarumino Ozakura (in Yabu) and Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Honzanji Temple.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Himeji trip maker.

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:

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Takamatsu

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art, Japanese Rural Toy Museum, &more), Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & Inujima Seirensho Art Museum) and Kotohira-cho (Kotohira-gu & Kotohiragu shrine office). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ritsurin Garden, enjoy breathtaking views from Bizan Ropeway Summit Observatory Deck, take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, and don't miss a visit to Zuiganji Temple.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Takamatsu trip itinerary site.

Getting from Himeji to Takamatsu by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:

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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more), Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Kanyoji Temple (in Shunan). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, head outdoors with Mt.Noro, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Takamatsu to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:

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Kagoshima

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kagoshima: Kirishima (Kirishima Distillery & Kirishima Shrine), Onsen Resorts (in Ibusuki) and Minamikyushu (Bandokorobana Park, Sebira Park, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Dolphin Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Kagoshima Agriculture Center, and get impressive views of Sakurajima.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kagoshima online day trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kagoshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Kagoshima are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:

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Nagasaki

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 out of town with these interesting Nagasaki side-trips: Sasebo (Huis Ten Bosch & Mt. Yumihari). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagasaki Peace Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki day trip site.

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

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Naha

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more), Heiwa no Ishiji (in Itoman) and Nakijin-son (Aiai Farm, Kouri Ohashi, &more). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Katsuren Castle Ruins, identify plant and animal life at Toma, and don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Naha trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Nagasaki to Naha by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In January, Naha is a bit warmer than Nagasaki - with highs of 67°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 18:

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, walk around Kabira Park, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki holiday planner.

Getting from Naha to Ishigaki by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 24:

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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 out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Tokyo takes 5 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in January, with highs in Tokyo at 50°F and lows at 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 30:

Japan travel guide

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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.