60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Drive
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Matsue
— 4 nights
Fly
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Teshikaga-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Nakijin-son
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Nakijin-son
— 3 nights
Taxi to Naha, Ferry to Kumejima-cho
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Kumejima-cho
— 3 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Takachiho-cho
— 4 nights
Fly to Chūbu Centrair, Train to Takayama
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train
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Nikko
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Towada
— 3 nights
Drive to Hakodate Airport, Fly to Los Angeles International Airport

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nijo Castle and Toji. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and explore the activities along Kamogawa River.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and JMSDF Kure Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yamato Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Daishoin Temple, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima travel planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:

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Matsue

Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Popular historic sites such as Former Taisha Station and Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo and Shimane Art Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Matsue side-trips: Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine (in Oda), Kuniga Bay (in Nishinoshima-cho) and The Mizuki Shigeru Road (in Sakaiminato). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Adachi Museum of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miho Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle, and contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsue day trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Matsue by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 18:

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Teshikaga-cho

A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Get outdoors at Lake Mashu and Lake Kussharo. Explore hidden gems such as Kaminoko Pond and Kaiyodai Observatory. Get out of town with these interesting Teshikaga-cho side-trips: Bihorotoge Lookout (in Bihoro-cho), Akan Lake (in Kushiro) and Lake Onneto (in Ashoro-cho). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Notsuke Peninsula, identify plant and animal life at Narawara, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mashu, and get impressive views of Meakan-dake.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Teshikaga-cho trip planner.

You can fly from Matsue to Teshikaga-cho in 7 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Matsue in September, with highs in Teshikaga-cho at 67°F and lows at 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 22:

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Shari-cho

Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Let the collections at Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples and Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Shiretoko Goko Lake and Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall. Change things up with these side-trips from Shari-cho: Abashiri (Abashiri Prison Museum & Cape Notoro). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Shiretoko Peninsula, take a memorable drive along Road to Heaven, take in the dramatic scenery at Furepe Waterfall, and get answers to all your questions at Shiretoko World Heritage Conservation Center.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Shari-cho are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Oko no Taki Fall. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yakusugi Land and Seibu Trail. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the sheer force of Sempiro Falls, kick back and relax at Isso Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaku Shrine.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Shari-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Shari-cho in September; daily highs in Yakushima-cho reach 83°F and lows reach 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Nakijin-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:

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Nakijin-son

Steeped in Ryukyuan history, Nakijin-son tourism centers around the ruins of an ancient stonewall castle.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Emerald Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Manza Beach and Nakijin Castle Ruins. Change things up with these side-trips from Nakijin-son: Yoron-cho (Terasaki Beach & Yurigahama) and Blue Cave (in Onna-son). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, kick back and relax at Akabaka Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, and stroll through Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nakijin-son itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Yakushima-cho to Nakijin-son takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Nakijin-son can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kumejima-cho.

Things to do in Nakijin-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 4:

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Kumejima-cho

The town of Kumejima-cho spans several islands, including the main island of the same name.
Kumejima Cultural Center and Museum and Kumejima Hotaru Kan will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Hatenohama and Tonbara. Step out of Kumejima-cho to go to Nanjo and see Ojima Coast, which is approximately 5 hours away. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Kumejima Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Ala Beach, take a memorable drive along Tsumugi Bridge, and explore the striking landscape at Torinokuchi Rock.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kumejima-cho trip website.

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Nakijin-son to Kumejima-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Kumejima-cho can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kumejima-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:

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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yabiji and Sunayama Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Toguchi no Hama. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima online attractions planner.

Fly from Kumejima-cho to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cape Hirakubozaki and Nishihama Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Yonehara Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Iriomote-jima (Mizuochi Falls & Nara no Taki Falls). There's lots more to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip planning website.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Takachiho Shrine and Takachiho Gorge. Get in touch with nature at Onino Sentakuita and Mt. Yufu. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takachiho-cho: Aoshima Island (in Miyazaki), Aso (Daikanbo & Kusasenrigahama) and Yufuin Area (in Yufu). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, don't miss a visit to Shirakawa Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso, and take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho travel route planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Takachiho-cho in 7.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Ishigaki in October: high temperatures in Takachiho-cho hover around 75°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:

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Takayama

Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Visit Takayama Jinya and Wada House for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Norikura Kogen and Higashiyama Walking Course. Change things up with these side-trips from Takayama: Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen (in Shirakawa-mura) and Matsumoto (Kappa Bashi & Taisho Pond). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama day trip planning website.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Takayama by combination of flight and train takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. While traveling from Takachiho-cho, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Takayama, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:

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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.
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and D. T. Suzuki Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Mt. Tateyama. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho), Mikurigaike Pond (in Tateyama-machi) and Ichijodani Asakurashi Ruin (in Fukui). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, see the vivid underwater world at Tojimbo Cliff, and step into the grandiose world of Maruoka Castle.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip planner.

Drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 26:

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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 a sense of the local culture at Yudaki Falls and Lake Chuzenji. Take a break from the city and head to Ryuzu Waterfall and Ryuokyo Canyon. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Futarasan jinja, don't miss a visit to Senjogahara Field, and go for a walk through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nikko sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Nikko in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nikko when traveling from Kanazawa in October, with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at teamLab☆Planets and Madame Tussauds Tokyo. You'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum and Nezu Museum. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, contemplate the long history of Toshogu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Western Art, and get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo day trip site.

Drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 60°F at night. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Towada.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 2:

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Towada

Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Towada Shrine and Sambongi Inari Shrine. Step out of the city life by going to Choshi Otaki Waterfall and Kudan no Taki Waterfall. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Towada Art Center, explore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, head outdoors with Tsuta Numa, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Towada online tour planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Towada by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: high temperatures in Towada hover around 49°F and lows are around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 5:

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.