60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
+2
Fly + subway + train:  16​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  3​h 45​min
2
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Naha
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Kita
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 8 nights
train:  45​min
6
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Nagoya
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Sapporo
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Kanazawa
— 6 nights
train:  4​h
10
Nikko
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
11
Tokyo
— 8 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Copenhagen

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Miyajima and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima holiday site .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Hiroshima is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Hiroshima. Traveling from Copenhagen in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Hiroshima: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 21:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

4
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Nagasaki Peace Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagasaki: Sasebo (Huis Ten Bosch & Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara) and Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai). There's still lots to do: stroll through Glover Garden, contemplate the long history of Kazagashira Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and head off the coast to Hashima Island.

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Take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. November in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sasebo, Nagasaki Bio Park
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 25:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shurijo Castle and The Tower of Himeyuri. Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Aharen Beach (in Tokashiki-son), Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo) and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman). Spend the 30th (Fri) exploring nature at Kerama Islands. There's much more to do: make a trip to Makishi Public Market, stroll through Nirai Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Tropical Beach, and take a stroll through Yachimun Street.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Naha online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of train, taxi, and flight from Nagasaki to Naha takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Nagasaki in November, expect Naha to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°C and 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Kita.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Onna-son, Itoman, Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, Tropical Beach, Furuzamami Beach
Find places to stay Nov 25 — Dec 1:
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Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

6
nights
Kita

Kita ©
Osaka Castle and Shinsaibashi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kita: Minoo Park (in Mino), Hanshin Koshien Stadium (in Nishinomiya) and Itami Sky Park (in Itami).

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kita trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Naha to Kita. While traveling from Naha, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Kita, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kita

Theme Parks Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Itami Sky Park, Minoo Park, Hanshin Koshien Stadium
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 7:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

8
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.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Byodoin (in Uji) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Nishiki Market, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Drive from Kita to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Byodoin
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 15:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Himeji

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji online holiday planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

6
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.
Ise Grand Shrine and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagoya: Ise (Oharai-machi, Okage Yokocho, & more), Toba (Mikimoto Pearl Island & Toba Aquarium) and Chubu Park (in Toin-cho). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, take a stroll through Sakae, stroll through Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden, and explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nagoya online trip builder .

You can take a train from Himeji to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Himeji in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Nagoya, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ise, Toba, Inuyama, Chubu Park
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 22:
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Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

6
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Noboribetsu (Jigokudani & Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). There's still lots to do: stroll through Odori Park, take a stroll through Susukino, take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, and take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Nagoya to Sapporo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Nagoya in December, with highs in Sapporo at 0°C and lows at -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Otaru Canal
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 28:
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Clock Tower (Tokei-dai) ©
Clock Tower (Tokei-dai)

6
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Takayama Jinya and The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck, & more), Takayama (Sanmachi Suji & Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato)) and Gokayama (in Nanto). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, cruise along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, enjoy the sand and surf at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, and make a trip to Omicho Market.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Sapporo to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sapporo in December, with highs in Kanazawa at 11°C and lows at 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Nikko.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Tateyama-machi, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Gokayama
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 3:
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
Get some cultural insight at Nikko Tosho-gu and Nikko National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Mt. Nasu in Nasu-machi (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and get in on the family fun at Tobu World Square.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Nikko journey tool .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Nikko in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mt. Nasu
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

8
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura)) and Sankeien Gardens (in Yokohama). Have a day of magic on the 17th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo route maker website .

You can take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nikko in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Sankeien Gardens, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 17:
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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