60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sofia
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Naha
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
4
Takachiho-cho
— 4 nights
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Nikko
— 5 nights
11
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
12
Hakone-machi
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Sofia

5
nights
Naha

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Step off the beaten path and head to Aka Beach and Furuzamami Beach. Visit Tokashiku Beach and Nishibama Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Onna-son (Onna Station Nakayukui Market & Scuba & Snorkeling), Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri & Okinawa Peace Memorial Park) and Aharen Beach (in Tokashiki-son). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Clara Church.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Naha visit planning website .

Sofia, Bulgaria to Naha is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Sofia to Naha. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sofia in October: highs in Naha hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Naha

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Zamami-son, Tokashiki-son, Onna-son, Itoman, Katsuren Castle Ruins
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach

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 Scuba & Snorkeling and Toguchi no Hama. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yabiji and Yonaha Maehama Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take in the views from Kurima Bridge.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Naha to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

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

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Nakamoto Beach and Yonehara Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kondoi Beach. Step out of Ishigaki to go to Kuro-shima and see Iko Pier, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and stop by Yurateiku Market.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki journey planner .

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Kuro-shima, Taketomi-jima
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Amano Iwato Shrine and Oka Castle Ruins. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Takachiho Gorge and Takachiho Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takachiho-cho: Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus (in Taketa), Aso (Daikanbo & Kusasenri) and Onsen Resorts (in Minamioguni-machi). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, and contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Takachiho-cho in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Ishigaki in October, things will get slightly colder in Takachiho-cho: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketa, Aso, Onsen Resorts, Mt. Aso, Nabegataki Falls
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nagata Inakahama and The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center. Visiting Oko no Taki Fall and Yakusugi Land will get you outdoors. There's more to do: take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Yakushima-cho, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:
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Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like JMSDF Kure Museum and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Senjokaku. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Yamato Museum (in Kure), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Gekijyo, & more) and Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary app .

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. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Yakushima-cho in October: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 26°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 26:
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple

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.
Hikone Castle and Tenryuji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Toji and Tofuku-ji Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

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

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Hikone Castle, Todai-ji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 26 — Nov 1:
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple. Popular historic sites such as Ainokura Gassho Community and Natadera Temple are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community & Gokayama), Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Maruoka Castle (in Sakai). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kanda house, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa itinerary builder app .

Take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Natadera Temple, Toyama Glass Art Museum, Maruoka Castle
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino and Hokusai-kan. Step out of the city life by going to Norikura Kogen (Highland) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Suwa Shrine (in Suwa), Onsen Resorts (in Kusatsu-machi) and Nagano (Togakushi Shrine Okusha & Old Mejima Residence). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Museum of Art, examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Matsumoto trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kanazawa in November: highs in Matsumoto hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Takayama, Nagano, Hokusai-kan, Onsen Resorts, Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Norikura Kogen (Highland) ©
Norikura Kogen (Highland)

5
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.
Get outdoors at Oze National Park and Ryuokyo Canyon. Explore hidden gems such as Yudaki Falls and Ryuzu Waterfall. Explore Nikko's surroundings by going to Fukuroda Falls (in Daigo-machi), Oya Stone Museum (in Utsunomiya) and Haruna Shrine (in Takasaki). The adventure continues: witness the site of a historic battle at Senjogahara Field, explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushido, and steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nikko trip planner.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Nikko in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nikko, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oze National Park, Oya Stone Museum, Haruna Shrine, Fukuroda Falls
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Yudaki Falls ©
Yudaki Falls
Haruna Shrine ©
Haruna Shrine
Yomeimon (Main Gate) ©
Yomeimon (Main Gate)

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.
Tokyo National Museum and Samurai Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Hase-dera Temple and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Minato Mirai 21 (in Yokohama), Sojiji (in Nishitokyo) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, take a stroll through Takeshita Street, get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, and get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nikko in November: highs in Tokyo hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Minato Mirai 21, Sojiji
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 21:
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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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.
Head to Pola Museum of Art and Kamatsuru Himono Honten, Atami Ginzadorifor plenty of shopping. Let the collections at Narukawa Art Museum and The Hakone Open-Air Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya), Shimoda (Tatadohama Beach, Shirahama Beach, & more) and Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls (in Kawazu-cho). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Omuro, explore the striking landscape at Jogasaki Coast, and don't miss a visit to Kiunkaku.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi online day trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (13°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Atami, Shimoda, Ito, Mount Fuji, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©

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