60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Ankara
bus + Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Shimoda
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h
4
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly:  45​min
5
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + train + foot + bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Nanjo
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  4​h 30​min
7
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Hakodate
— 3 nights
+2
train + Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
10
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h
11
Matsue
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
12
Yakushima-cho
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 30​min
13
Goto
— 4 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Ankara

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Minato Mirai 21 and TOKYO Solamachi. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Mitaka to see Ghibli Museum about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Ginza, wander the streets of Omotesando, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip builder website .

Ankara, Turkey to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Ankara to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ankara in July, expect nights in Tokyo to be slightly colder, around 27°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Shimoda.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Minato Mirai 21
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Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Tomari Beach and Habushiura Beach. Get outdoors at Sawajiri Beach and Sotoura Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shimoda: Tagosehama Beach (in Nishiizu-cho), Inatori Ukiuki Beach (in Higashiizu-cho) and Akasaki Boardwalk (in Kozushima-mura). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Tatadohama Beach, make a trip to Perry Road, stroll through Kisami Ohama Beach, and look for gifts at Ogiso Shoten Honten.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Shimoda fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Tokyo to Shimoda in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in July: highs in Shimoda hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Shimoda

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kozushima-mura, Niijima-mura, Tagosehama Beach, Inatori Ukiuki Beach
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Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach
Sotoura Beach ©
Sotoura Beach
Perry Road ©
Perry Road

4
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Visiting Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Hoshisuna Beach will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Iriomote Island and Ida no Hama Beach. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, kick back and relax at Nakano Beach, contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi, and look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and ferry from Shimoda to Iriomote-jima in 8.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Shimoda in July, with highs in Iriomote-jima at 38°C and lows at 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach

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.
Relax by the water at Yonehara Beach and Kaiji Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Kondoi Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, look for gifts at Pinion Direct Shop, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and steep yourself in history at Ishigaki Yaima Village.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki holiday planner.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

5
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get outdoors at Aragusuku Beach and Toguchi no Hama. Relax by the water at Sunayama Beach and Tomori Imugya Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and snap pictures at Irabu Bridge.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip planner .

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nanjo.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

4
nights
Nanjo

With a long Pacific coastline, Nanjo offers fantastic views of the ocean from high cliffs covered with lush greenery, as well as from its long sandy beaches.
Get some historical perspective at Sefa-Utaki and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aharen Beach and Furuzamami Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nanjo: Onna-son (Onna Station Nakayukui Market & Scuba & Snorkeling), AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM (in Kitanakagusuku-son) and Fish Center (in Itoman). There's more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ashibina Outlet Mall and Head underground at Okinawa World Bunka Okoku Gyokusendo.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nanjo trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Miyakojima to Nanjo in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Nanjo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nanjo

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Onna-son, Itoman, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, Furuzamami Beach, Aharen Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Head to Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi and Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Centerfor some retail therapy. Takayama Jinya and Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Fukui Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen (in Shirakawa-mura) and Gokayama (in Nanto). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Nanjo to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nanjo in August since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Takayama, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Gokayama, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

5
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 some historical perspective at Nijo-jo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. Get a sense of the local culture at Dotonbori and Gion. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Kobe Harborland (in Kobe). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the striking features of Kyoto Station Building, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji.

Discover how to plan a Kyoto trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in August, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple, Kobe Harborland
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Head to Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and Hakodate Morning Marketfor some retail therapy. Get some historical perspective at Onuma Park Walking Path and Hakodate Orthodox Church. Step out of Hakodate to go to Nanae-cho and see Onuma Lake, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Motomachi, get into the urban bustle at Hakodate Community Design Center, look for gifts at Hakodate Tsutaya Books, and contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakodate trip itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Hakodate in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in August: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 28°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Nanae-cho
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Onuma Lake ©
Onuma Lake
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shiretoko Goko Lake and Lake Mashu. Escape the urban bustle at Oshin Koshin Falls and Shiretoko World Heritage Conservation Center. Explore Shari-cho's surroundings by going to Abashiri (Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum & Abashiri Prison Museum). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Beach, take a stroll through Utoro Onsen, and take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Shari-cho road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hakodate to Shari-cho in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. August in Shari-cho sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Abashiri, Lake Mashu
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 2:
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Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Akiya Beach and Kuniga Shores. Visit Former Taisha Station and Matsue Castle for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Matsue: Jokyu Sea Way Kinnyamonya Center (in Ama-cho), Adachi Museum of Art (in Yasugi) and The Mizuki Shigeru Road (in Sakaiminato). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, make a trip to Onimai Overlooking Platform, and contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Matsue trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Matsue takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Shari-cho in September, expect Matsue to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Izumo, Ama-cho, Nishinoshima-cho, Adachi Museum of Art, The Mizuki Shigeru Road
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:
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Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Nagata Inakahama and Harutahama Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Wilson Stump. Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake, and stroll through Isso Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Matsue to Yakushima-cho takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Matsue in September since evenings lows in Yakushima-cho dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Goto.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

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

4
nights
Goto

Goto ©
Old Gorin Church and Mizunoura Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tontomari Beach and Fukuejima.

To find maps and other tourist information, go to the Goto driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yakushima-cho to Goto. When traveling from Yakushima-cho in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Goto: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Goto

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Takahama Beach ©
Takahama Beach
Dozaki Cathedral ©
Dozaki Cathedral
Tontomari Beach ©
Tontomari Beach

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