60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Trondheim
Fly + Drive:  19 h 30 min
1
Nikko
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train + Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Matsumoto
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train + Taxi:  5 h 15 min
8
Takachiho-cho
— 4 nights
Drive + Ferry:  7 h 15 min
9
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 15 min
10
Onna-son
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
11
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
12
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Ferry:  1 h
13
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  29 h
End: Trondheim

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nikko National Park and Yudaki Falls. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kammangafuchi Gorge and Taiyuimbyo Shrine. Go for a jaunt from Nikko to Minakami-machi to see River Rafting & Tubing about 2h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Yomeimon (Main Gate), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, explore the different monuments and memorials at Okumiya, and explore the stunning scenery at Ryuokyo Canyon.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Nikko holiday planner.

Trondheim, Norway to Nikko is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Trondheim to Nikko is 8 hours. While traveling from Trondheim, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Nikko National Park
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 5:
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Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Yomeimon (Main Gate) ©
Yomeimon (Main Gate)
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hase-dera Temple and Naritasan Omote Sando. Get some cultural insight at Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Senso-ji Temple. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kōtoku-in, &more), Chichibu (Mitsumine Shrine & Fudo Falls) and Katori Jingu Shrine (in Katori). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashima Jingu, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Narita, Chichibu, Kashima Jingu, Katori Jingu Shrine
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 11:
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

5
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls. Get a sense of the local culture at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and Pola Museum of Art. Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja (in Fujiyoshida), Kinomiya Shrine (in Atami) and Ito (Omuro Mountain Lift, Mount Omuro, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, get outside with Tatadohama Beach, contemplate the long history of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

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Do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tokyo in June, you will find days in Hakone-machi are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ito, Shimoda, Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Kinomiya Shrine
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 16:
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Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
Jogasaki Coast ©
Jogasaki Coast
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

6
nights
Matsumoto

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Togakushi Shrine Okusha and Naraijuku. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Suwa Shrine and Kaichi Gakko Primary School. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Nozawaonsen-mura (Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort & Thermal Spas), Kurumayama Highland (in Chino) and Suwa (Kirigamine Marshland & Kirigamine Nature Conservation Center). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle, explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and visit Matsumoto Castletown Springs.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Matsumoto road trip planning website.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in June, expect nights in Matsumoto to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura, Takayama, Suwa, Shiojiri, Nozawaonsen-mura
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 22:
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Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Naraijuku ©
Naraijuku

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Ainokura Gassho Community. Get in touch with nature at Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Katsuyama (Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum & Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine)), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Nanto (Ainokura Kaiyu Hodo, Gokayama, &more). There's still lots to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa day trip planner.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Nanto, Takayama, Katsuyama, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kodai-ji Temple and Koyasan Okunoin. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Ise (Sarutahiko Shrine, Ise Shrine Geku, &more), Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more) and Himeji (Nishi no Maru, Himeji Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, wander the streets of Gion, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

Plan trip to Kyoto with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Ise, Nara, Himeji, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 4:
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Kodai-ji Temple ©
Kodai-ji Temple
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku. Explore hidden gems such as Itsukushima Shrine Torii and JMSDF Kure Museum. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Paddle Park, &more), Yamato Museum (in Kure) and Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima sightseeing planning app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 8:
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Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Takachiho Gorge and Takachiho Shrine. Amano Yasugawara and Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Takachiho-cho: Kikuchi Gorge (in Kikuchi), Nabegataki Falls (in Oguni-machi) and Aso (Daikanbo, Couples, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine, identify plant and animal life at Ogi Rice Terraces, and get impressive views of Mt. Aso.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho online road trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Taketa, Kikuchi Gorge, Nabegataki Falls, Harajiri Falls
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 12:
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, thenexplore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then make a trip to Taikoiwa. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip planning site.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho by combination of car and ferry takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. July in Yakushima-cho sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Tachudake ©
Tachudake

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nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Popular historic sites such as Sefa-Utaki and Nakijin Castle Ruins are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Valley of Gangala. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Kunigami-son (Okuma Beach, Daisekirinzan, &more), Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Kitanakagusuku-son) and Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, make a trip to Sangui, and admire the natural beauty at Tropical Dream Center.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Onna-son route planner.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nanjo, Kunigami-son, Motobu-cho, Nakijin-son, Itoman
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan

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nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yabiji and Toguchi no Hama. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Aragusuku Beach will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, get outside with Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and take in the views from Kurima Bridge.

Start your trip to Miyakojima by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Fly from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 5 hours. July in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cape Hirakubozaki and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kondoi Beach and Tamatorizaki Observatory. Step out of Ishigaki with an excursion to Ubutaki Lookouts in Kohama-jima--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and stroll around Banna Park.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki vacation planning tool.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement, Ubutaki Lookouts
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 26:
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get outside with Ida no Hama Beach, admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

You can plan Iriomote-jima trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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