60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sofia
Fly:  22​h
1
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
ferry:  4​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
4
Onna-son
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
6
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
train:  1​h
7
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
8
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
10
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
11
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly + train:  7​h
12
Kutchan-cho
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Sofia

5
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Toguchi no Hama and Sunayama Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Aragusuku Beach and Yabiji. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, and enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima attractions app .

Sofia, Bulgaria to Miyakojima is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sofia in March: highs in Miyakojima hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ida no Hama Beach and Iriomote Island. Escape the urban bustle at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island, and look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Barasu Island ©
Barasu Island

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Hirakubozaki and Nakamoto Beach. There's lots more to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, stroll around Kabira Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip builder app .

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about an hour. In March, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement, Nakamoto Beach
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 28:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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.
Head to AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM and Onna Station Nakayukui Marketfor plenty of shopping. Get some historical perspective at Nakijin Castle Ruins and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Uruma (Katsuren Castle Ruins & Kafu Banta), Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo) and Motobu-cho (Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, Okichan Theater, & more). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Cape Maeda, kick back and relax at Okuma Beach, and steep yourself in history at Nakagusuku Castle Ruins.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Onna-son trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Ishigaki to Onna-son in 5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in March, Onna-son is little chillier at night with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Kitanakagusuku-son, Kunigami-son, Uruma, Nakijin-son
Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 3:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Yakusugi Land and Nagata Inakahama. Discover out-of-the-way places like Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Oko no Taki Fall. The adventure continues: get answers to all your questions at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Museum-lovers will appreciate JMSDF Kure Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine Torii will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Taikodani Inari Shrine (in Tsuwano-cho), Yamato Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle.

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Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, plan for little chillier nights in Hiroshima, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama, Kure, Taikodani Inari Shrine, Senkoji & Senkoji Park
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

4
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Otsuka Museum of Art and Himeji Castle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chichu Art Museum and Benesse House Museum. Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Art House Project (in Naoshima-cho), Takeda Castle Ruins (in Asago) and Okayama (Kibitsuhiko Shrine, Kibitsu Shrine, & more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Himeji trip planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Himeji are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Naoshima-cho, Okayama, Takeda Castle Ruins, Otsuka Museum of Art, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 15:
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Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins

6
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hikone Castle and Toji. Explore hidden gems such as Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Tofuku-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nara Park) and Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Hikone Castle
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 21:
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Toji ©
Toji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Hashigui Rock, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Kyoto in April, Nachikatsura-cho is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Higashiyama Walking Course. You'll explore and learn at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and D. T. Suzuki Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Nanto (Ainokura Gassho Community, Suganuma Gassho Community, & more), Takayama Jinya (in Takayama) and Shirakawa-mura (Kanda house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Maruoka Castle, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Kanazawa online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kanazawa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April, plan for little chillier nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Takayama, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 28:
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

7
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.
Popular historic sites such as Tokyo National Museum and Kōtoku-in are in your itinerary. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pola Museum of Art and Asakusa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Minato Mirai 21 (in Yokohama), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, and explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online day trip planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Kōtoku-in, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Sojiji, Minato Mirai 21
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 5:
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21

6
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area and Niseko Hanazono Resort. Get outdoors at Rusutsu Resort Ski and Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kutchan-cho: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho), Tomioka Catholic Church (in Otaru) and Shakotan-cho (Shakotan Peninsula, Cape Kamui, & more). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Niseko Outdoor Center and explore the activities along Lake Toya.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kutchan-cho trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Kutchan-cho by combination of flight and train takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in May, with highs in Kutchan-cho at 17°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Shakotan-cho, Niseko-cho, Rusutsu Resort Ski, Tomioka Catholic Church, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Find places to stay May 5 — 11:
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Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort

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