60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Naha
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Sapporo
— 5 nights
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Matsumoto
— 6 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
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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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip itinerary maker.

Minneapolis, USA to Ishigaki is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Minneapolis to Ishigaki, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in September, you will find days in Ishigaki are somewhat warmer (89°F), and nights are warmer (79°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 29:

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son), Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more) and Heiwa no Ishiji (in Itoman). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market, head off the coast to Zamami Island, and enjoy the sand and surf at Furuzamami Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Naha day trip site.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Naha can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 4:

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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, Spas, &more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Takahama Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Nagasaki online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Naha to Nagasaki by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In October, Nagasaki is little chillier than Naha - with highs of 75°F and lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 9:

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Himeji trip app.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Himeji, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 13:

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Osaka

Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Venture out of the city with trips to KIshiwada Castle Garden Hachijin no Niwa (in Kishiwada), Koya-cho (Mt. Koya & Koyasan Okunoin) and Nara (Nara Park, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and make a trip to Kuromon Market.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Himeji to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Osaka, with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:

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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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara, about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 24:

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi), Gokayama (in Nanto) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, make a trip to Omicho Market, and stop by Higashichaya Old Town.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 29:

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Noboribetsu (Jigokudani & Noboribetsu Date Historic Village), Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Otaru (Tomioka Catholic Church & Otaru Canal). There's still lots to do: walk around Odori Park, don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and contemplate the long history of Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sapporo day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Sapporo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kanazawa in October; daily highs in Sapporo reach 55°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 3:

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Matsumoto

A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Snow Monkey Resorts), Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), &more) and Mt. Nagamine (in Azumino). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, gain insight at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Tateyama, and explore the activities along Mikurigaike Pond.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto road trip planning tool.

Getting from Sapporo to Matsumoto by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sapporo in November, you will find days in Matsumoto are a bit warmer (54°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 9:

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Hakone-machi

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tree Cross Adventure Atsugi Nanasawa (in Atsugi), Kazurayama Castle Ruins (in Susono) and Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji (in Izu). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and push the limits with Fun2Drive.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi online vacation planner.

Drive from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Matsumoto in November since evenings lows in Hakone-machi dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 14:

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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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo Disneyland in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in November, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Theme Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 21:

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.