60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
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Naha
— 5 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 4 nights
Fly
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 5 nights
Taxi to Iiyama, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Kamakura
— 6 nights
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Tokyo
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Ishigaki

— 5 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.
Spend 7th (Fri) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and walk around Kabira Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip maker tool.

London, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Ishigaki. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in January: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 24°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 7:

Motobu-cho

— 5 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ginoza Roadside Station (in Ginoza-son), Nakijin-son (Kouri Beach & Kouri Ohashi) and Nago (Busena Marine Park & Atelier43). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, get outside with Uppama Coast, take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and meet the residents at Okichan Theater.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho online tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Motobu-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Naha.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:

Naha

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Nanjo (Sangui, Sefa-Utaki, &more), Blue Sky (in Nakagusuku-son) and American Village (in Chatan-cho). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, pause for some photo ops at Heiwa no Ishiji, get a new perspective on nature at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers.

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Drive from Motobu-cho to Naha in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Motobu-cho in January, Naha is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:

Nagasaki

— 4 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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagasaki side-trips: Yutoku Inari Shrine (in Kashima), Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai) and Nannyo Shrine (in Saga). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Huis Ten Bosch, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, and get great views at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Naha in January, you will find days in Nagasaki are a bit cooler (11°C), and nights are much colder (4°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mizuho Highland (in Ohnan-cho), Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, test the waters at Hiroshima Stretch, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 25:

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nara Park), Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and go for a walk through Gion.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto travel planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:

Himeji

— 4 nights
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 Himeji's surroundings by going to Jodoji Temple (in Ono), Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art & Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter) and Aotama Shrine (in Taka-cho). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji itinerary planning website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January in Himeji, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 4:

Yamanouchi-machi

— 5 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yamanouchi-machi: Kijimadaira-mura (Kijimadaira Ski Resort & Tosen-ji Temple), Hakuba-mura (Hakuba Lion Adventure & Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort) and Snow Monkey Resorts (in Nagano). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, don't miss a visit to Amidado, hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, and go for a walk through Shiga Kogen.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Himeji to Yamanouchi-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Himeji in February, things will get slightly colder in Yamanouchi-machi: highs are around 4°C and lows about -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 9:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more), Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida) and Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan) & Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan)). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary site.

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Kanazawa by combination of taxi and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in February, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to fly to Kamakura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 13:

Kamakura

— 6 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Explore Kamakura's surroundings by going to Azumayama Park (in Ninomiya-machi), Inoue Sake Brewery (in Oi-machi) and Mitsuishiyama Kannon-ji Temple (in Kimitsu). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in, enjoy the sea views from Enoshima Sea Candle, and look for gifts at Samuraikibun Kamakura.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kamakura online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Kamakura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Kamakura can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 19:

Tokyo

— 10 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Sojiji (in Nishitokyo). Have a day of magic on the 1st (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kamakura to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kamakura in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 12°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 19 — Mar 1:

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.