60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  19 h 15 min
1
Kanazawa
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Ise
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
6
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6 h 15 min
7
Onna-son
— 6 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
8
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
9
Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Ferry:  1 h
10
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
+3
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly:  8 h 45 min
11
Takachiho-cho
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
12
Kochi
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h
13
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Newark

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and D. T. Suzuki Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Takayama Jinya, &more), Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community & Gokayama) and Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine, make a trip to Maruoka Castle, stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

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Newark, USA to Kanazawa is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Newark to Kanazawa, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Nanto, Maruoka Castle, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Kanda house ©
Kanda house

3
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Sengukan and Okageza will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ise Shrine Geku and Oharai-machi. Take a break from Ise with a short trip to Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck in Shima, about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Ise Ninja Kingdom, observe the fascinating underwater world at Ise Meotoiwa Interactive Aquarium (Ise Sea Paradise), and don't miss a visit to Meotoiwa.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ise tour app .

Getting from Kanazawa to Ise by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, Ise is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck, Toba Aquarium
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 11:
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Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho online visit planner .

You can drive from Ise to Nachikatsura-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

7
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Do your shopping at Dotonbori and Hankyu Umeda Honten. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Osaka Castle & Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori), Himeji (Nishi no Maru, Himeji Castle, &more) and Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Kyoto, with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Osaka, Nara, Himeji, Byodoin
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 20:
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yamato Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Appreciate the collections at JMSDF Kure Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki), Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi) and Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Miyajima, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, get outside with Tobishima Kaido, and pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Tobishima Kaido, Ohara Museum of Art, Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 24:
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip tool .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Yakushima-cho, with lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

6
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. You'll explore and learn at Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum and Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Onna-son: Nanjo (Sefa-Utaki & Cape Chinen Park), St. Clara Church (in Yonabaru-cho) and Kitanakagusuku-son (Nakagusuku Castle Ruins & AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, head outdoors with Manza Beach, step into the grandiose world of Katsuren Castle Ruins, and stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Onna-son itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, train, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in April, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Kunigami-son, Kitanakagusuku-son, Motobu-cho, Nanjo
Find places to stay Apr 26 — May 2:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yonaha Maehama Beach and Yabiji. Visiting Kayaking & Canoeing and Toguchi no Hama will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, and make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima route planner.

Getting from Onna-son to Miyakojima by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing

6
nights
Ishigaki

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.
Get in touch with nature at Cape Hirakubozaki and Scuba & Snorkeling. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Iko Pier (in Kuro-shima) and Ubutaki Lookouts (in Kohama-jima). There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, and get outside with Kondoi Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki driving holiday planner .

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in May, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Ubutaki Lookouts, Island Countryside Settlement, Iko Pier
Find places to stay May 5 — 11:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pinaisara Falls and Hoshisuna Beach. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip itinerary tool .

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

4
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Takachiho Gorge and Takachiho Shrine. Step out of the city life by going to Daikanbo and Manai Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Takachiho-cho side-trips: Aso (Monzenmachi Shopping Street, Kusasenri, &more), Taketa (Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus & Kuju Flower Park) and Harajiri Falls (in Bungoono). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka, get outside with Mount Atago, and admire the sheer force of Nabegataki Falls.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Takachiho-cho in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Iriomote-jima in May; daily highs in Takachiho-cho reach 77°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Hyuga, Taketa, Nabegataki Falls, Mt. Aso
Find places to stay May 14 — 19:
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

5
nights
Kochi

Kochi ©
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kotohira-gu and Kochi Castle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Marugame Castle and Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Kochi: Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama), Kamegamori Forest (in Saijo) and Zentsu-ji Temple (in Zentsuji). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, admire the verdant scenery at Muroto UNESCO Global Geopark, browse the fresh offerings at Thursday City, and make a trip to Muroto Cape.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kochi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Takachiho-cho to Kochi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Muroto, Kotohira-gu, Matsuyama Castle, Old Samurai Residence of Rojyu Doi, Zentsu-ji Temple
Find places to stay May 19 — 24:
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Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Zentsu-ji Temple ©
Zentsu-ji Temple

6
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.
Hase-dera Temple and Asakusa Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kencho-ji Temple and Semba Boadwalk will appeal to history buffs. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Oarai Isosaki Shrine (in Oarai-machi), Hitachi Seaside Park (in Hitachinaka) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu & Pola Museum of Art). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Tokyo National Museum, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and stop by Pokemon Mega Center Tokyo.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo journey tool .

You can fly from Kochi to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Semba Boadwalk, Hitachi Seaside Park
Find places to stay May 24 — 30:
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Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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