60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
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Koya-cho
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Nagoya
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Kamakura
— 4 nights
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Nikko
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
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Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Ide Sake Brewery & Lake Kawaguchi), Imamiya Tea Plantation (in Fuji) and Yamanakako-mura (Lake Yamanaka & Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck). Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, explore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art, explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, and make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi holiday planning site.

Dallas, USA to Hakone-machi is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. When traveling from Dallas in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 52°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:

Koya-cho

— 4 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Koya-cho side-trips: Katsuragi Highlands (in Gose), Gyoja no Taki (in Izumisano) and Taimadera Nakanobo (in Katsuragi).

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Koya-cho trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Hakone-machi to Koya-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Hakone-machi in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Koya-cho: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:

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.
Step out of Ishigaki with an excursion to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima--about 1h 55 min away. Spend 11th (Thu) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki travel route website.

You can fly from Koya-cho to Ishigaki in 4 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Koya-cho in November: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 80°F and lows are around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to fly to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 15:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagasaki: Akaeza (in Arita-cho), Chimachibo Park (in Takeo) and Sasebo (Balinese Salon Sasebo, Huis Ten Bosch, &more). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, make a trip to Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, stop by Ishimaru Bunkoudou, and snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

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Getting from Ishigaki to Nagasaki by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in November, things will get little chillier in Nagasaki: highs are around 64°F and lows about 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 19:

Hiroshima

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Onomichi (Fukuyama University Marine Biocenter Aquarium, Kosanji Temple, &more), Momijidani Park (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Paddle Park, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and relax and rejuvenate at Hiroshima Stretch.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planning app.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 24:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & Okayama Castle), Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu) and Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter & Ohara Museum of Art). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and make a trip to Takeda Castle Ruins.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji online journey builder.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 28:

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe) and Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Universal Studios Japan, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and go for a walk through Gion.

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Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 4:

Nagoya

— 5 nights
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 (Ise Ninja Kingdom, Ise Grand Shrine, &more), Chubu Park (in Toin-cho) and Nagahama (Omi Kohoan, Keisoku-ji Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, look for gifts at Miura Knives Shop, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mt. Garyu Gyoukiji Temple, and examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nagoya journey maker app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in December: highs in Nagoya hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 9:

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
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 (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more), Takayama (Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), &more) and Aratama Valley (in Komatsu). There's still lots to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and take some stellar pictures from Kasa no Misaki.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Nagoya to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Kamakura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 14:

Kamakura

— 4 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 Umanose Domon (in Miura) and Mt. Miura Fuji (in Yokosuka). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Kōtoku-in, get to know the fascinating history of Nagoe Excavation, hike along Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple Kannondo.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Kamakura trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Kamakura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kamakura when traveling from Kanazawa in December, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:

Nikko

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nikko: Ryushun Fall (in Nasushiobara) and Nasu-machi (Nasu Highlands, Nasu Nature Study Paths, &more). Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, find something for the whole family at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura, explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge, and make a trip to Senjogahara Field.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Kamakura to Nikko by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and subway; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Nikko are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:

Tokyo

— 7 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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip site.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 39°F in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 30:

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.