60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Lethbridge
Fly + Drive:  31​h
1
Shari-cho
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Shimoda
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Takayama
— 5 nights
+3
train + taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
5
Matsue
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
6
Yakushima-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h
7
Amami
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
8
Onna-son
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
ferry:  4​h
10
Iriomote-jima
— 5 nights
ferry:  1​h
11
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  6​h 30​min
12
Tanabe
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Lethbridge

3
nights
Shari-cho

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kita no Alp Art Museum and Raiun Shrine. Step out of the city life by going to Shiretoko Goko Lake and Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall. Get out of town with these interesting Shari-cho side-trips: Kiyosato-cho (Sakura Falls & Kaminoko Pond) and Teshikaga-cho (Lake Mashu, Lake Kussharo, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Beach, cruise along Road to Heaven, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Io.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Shari-cho itinerary maker website .

Lethbridge, Canada to Shari-cho is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 16 hours. Traveling from Lethbridge in August, you will find days in Shari-cho are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are a bit warmer (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho, Kiyosato-cho, Mt. Io
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu

5
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.
Head to Pola Museum of Art and Minato Mirai 21for plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Odaiba and Ginza. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Takeshita Street, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online holiday builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Shari-cho in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Shimoda.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Pola Museum of Art, Minato Mirai 21
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21

5
nights
Shimoda

Shimoda ©
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Get outdoors at Tomari Beach and Kisami Ohama Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sawajiri Beach and Tatadohama Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Shimoda: Nishiizu-cho (Otago Beach & Tagosehama Beach), Toshiki Beach (in Oshima-machi) and Inatori Ukiuki Beach (in Higashiizu-cho). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Shirahama Beach, kick back and relax at Sotoura Beach, look for gifts at Ogiso Shoten Honten, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hino Broccolini Garden.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Shimoda online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Shimoda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Shimoda sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nishiizu-cho, Inatori Ukiuki Beach, Hino Broccolini Garden, Tomari Beach, Toshiki Beach
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Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach
Shirahama Beach ©
Shirahama Beach
Sotoura Beach ©
Sotoura Beach

5
nights
Takayama

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Takayama Jinya and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. Do your shopping at Curnontue and Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takayama: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi), Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku (in Nagiso-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, Wada House, & more). On the 20th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Norikura Kogen. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daio-ji Temple, and explore the stunning scenery at Gandate Canyon.

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You can drive from Shimoda to Takayama in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gandate Canyon, Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
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Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku ©
Norikura Kogen (Highland) ©
Norikura Kogen (Highland)
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

3
nights
Matsue

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.
Adachi Museum of Art and Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Akiya Beach and Kuniga Shores. Explore Matsue's surroundings by going to Jokyu Sea Way Kinnyamonya Center (in Ama-cho), Oki Chibu Red Cliff (in Chibu-mura) and Izumo (Former Taisha Station & Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, kick back and relax at Koura Beach, explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle, and admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Matsue road trip planner .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Takayama to Matsue in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August in Matsue, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Izumo, Ama-cho, Kuniga Shores, Oki Chibu Red Cliff, Adachi Museum of Art
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Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Yakusugi Land and Oko no Taki Fall. Step off the beaten path and head to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Nagata Inakahama. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mocchomudake.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Matsue to Yakushima-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Amami.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

2
nights
Amami

Amami ©
Set on the island of Amami Oshima, the city of Amami serves as an oasis for tourists.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mangrove Forested Area and Amami Wildlife Center. Step off the beaten path and head to Tomori Beach and Kuninao Beach. Explore Amami's surroundings by going to Tatsugo-cho (Full Fula Garden & Kurasaki Beach) and Honohoshi Beach (in Setouchi-cho). It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Ohama Seaside Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Amami visit planning app .

You can drive from Yakushima-cho to Amami in 20 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Amami

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tatsugo-cho, Yamato-son, Honohoshi Beach
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Tomori Beach ©
Tomori Beach
Mangrove Primeval Forest ©
Mangrove Primeval Forest
Ohama Seaside Park ©
Ohama Seaside Park

3
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Get some cultural insight at Nakijin Castle Ruins and Sefa-Utaki. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM (in Kitanakagusuku-son), Kunigami-son (Okuma Beach & Daisekirinzan) and Kouri-jima Island (in Nakijin-son). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, and see the interesting displays at Oceanic Culture Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Onna-son online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Amami to Onna-son takes 12 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Kunigami-son, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, Nakijin Castle Ruins, Sefa-Utaki
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okuma Beach ©
Okuma Beach
Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan

5
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step out of the city life by going to Aragusuku Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sunayama Beach and Yabiji. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, stroll through Nagamahama Beach Coast, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Onna-son to Miyakojima by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

5
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll get in some beach time at Ida no Hama Beach and Todomari Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Nakama-river Protected Region, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima tour builder site .

You can ride a ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In September, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Kayaking & Canoeing
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

4
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.
Visiting Yonehara Beach and Cape Hirakubozaki will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kondoi Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's much more to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, stroll around Banna Park, and get outside with Yarabudake.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki online trip itinerary maker .

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. September in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tanabe.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

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nights
Tanabe

Tanabe ©
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
Escape the urban bustle at Shirarahama Beach and Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine and Oyunohara - Original Kumano Hongu Taisha Site. Change things up with these side-trips from Tanabe: Taki no Hai (in Kozagawa-cho) and Hashigui Rock (in Kushimoto-cho). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Nakata Foods Nakata Umeboshi Kobo, appreciate the extensive heritage of 十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail, and contemplate the long history of Kumano Sansho Shrine.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tanabe trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Tanabe in 6.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in September, with highs in Tanabe at 32°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tanabe

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Shirahama-cho, 十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail, Hashigui Rock, Taki no Hai
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Shirarahama Beach ©
Shirarahama Beach
Hashigui Rock ©
Hashigui Rock
十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail ©
十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Craft Shop Asahi Toan. Get a sense of the local culture at Dotonbori and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple) and Osaka (Osaka Castle & Museum of Oriental Ceramics). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and make a trip to Nishiki Market.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner .

You can drive from Tanabe to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Tanabe in September since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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