60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Narita, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Train to Iiyama, Taxi to Yamanouchi-machi
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Toyooka
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train
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Nagasaki
— 5 nights
Fly
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Onna-son
— 4 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kochi
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
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Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Oyama Shrine. Appreciate the collections at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, &more) and Nanto (Ainokura Gassho Community & Gokayama). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa travel planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Kanazawa is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from San Jose in January, expect Kanazawa to be much colder, temps between 7°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 24:

Yamanouchi-machi

— 4 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Hakuba and Hokusai-kan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort and Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Yamanouchi-machi: Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort (in Hakuba-mura), Ganshoin Temple (in Obuse-machi) and Kusatsu-machi (Jukambo National Museum, Onsen Resorts, &more). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Kuzuryusha, and hit the slopes at Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Kanazawa to Yamanouchi-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, Yamanouchi-machi is little chillier than Kanazawa - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:

Ise

— 5 nights
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Head to Ise Meotoiwa Interactive Aquarium (Ise Sea Paradise) and Kumihimo Hiraifor some retail therapy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ise Shrine Geku and Tsukiyominomiya. Get out of town with these interesting Ise side-trips: Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck (in Shima), Aonominesan Shofuku-ji Temple (in Toba) and Takinomiya (in Taiki-cho). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, don't miss a visit to Meotoiwa, steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, and take an in-depth tour of Jingu Chokokan Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ise trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Ise takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus, train, tram, and flight. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Ise: highs are around 9°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:

Kyoto

— 6 nights
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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple for their historical value. Do your shopping at Dotombori District and Shigeharu Cutlery. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Nara (Nara Park & Nigatsu-do Temple), Namban Culture Center (in Osaka) and Asahiyaki (in Uji). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninna-ji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Ise to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Ise in February, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 8:

Toyooka

— 4 nights
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Appreciate the collections at The Sand Museum and Toyooka City Konotori Bunkakan. Get a sense of the local culture at Street of Kinosaki Onsen and Izushi Castle Town. Change things up with these side-trips from Toyooka: Miyazu (Amanohashidate View Land & Amanohashidate), San'in Kaigan Geopark Museum of the Earth and Sea (in Iwami-cho) and Ine no Funaya (in Ine-cho). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Arayu, contemplate the long history of Takeda Castle Ruins, observe the fascinating underwater world at Kinosaki Marine World, and pick up some local products at Toyooka Sanchoku Magokoro Market.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Toyooka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Toyooka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. When traveling from Kyoto in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Toyooka: temperatures range from 6°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 12:

Hiroshima

— 5 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yamato Museum and Mazda Museum. Get some cultural insight at Tomo no Ura and Senjokaku. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Fukuzen-ji Temple (in Fukuyama), Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima road trip planning website.

Take a train from Toyooka to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Toyooka in February, you will find days in Hiroshima are somewhat warmer (11°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 17:

Nagasaki

— 5 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Appreciate the collections at Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture and Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Get some historical perspective at Yutoku Inari Shrine and Karematsu Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Unzen (Onsen Resorts, Unzen Jigoku (Unzen Hell), &more), Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai) and Honkoji Temple (in Shimabara). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Suwa Shrine, see the interesting displays at Dejima, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki route builder site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 22:

Onna-son

— 4 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nakijin Castle Ruins and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Tower of Himeyuri and Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater & Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park), Shurijo Castle (in Naha) and Kunigami-son (Cape Hedo, Daisekirinzan, &more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, get engrossed in the history at Himeyuri Peace Museum, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Onna-son day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Onna-son takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Nagasaki in February, expect Onna-son to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 22 — 26:

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and East Henna Cape. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Sunayama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Imugya Marine Garden.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima itinerary builder.

Getting from Onna-son to Miyakojima by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Onna-son in February since evenings lows in Miyakojima dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 1:

Ishigaki

— 4 nights
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.
Head to Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Artfor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Step out of Ishigaki to go to Iriomote-jima and see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Kondoi Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, get great views at Cape Ongazaki, and walk around Kabira Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki attractions planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. March in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 5:

Kochi

— 5 nights
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum and Ryoma History Museam. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kotohira-gu and Kochi Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Kochi: Buraku-ji Temple Yakushido (in Otoyo-cho), Izutama Shrine (in Kotohira-cho) and Zentsuji (Nogi Museum, Zentsu-ji Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market, make a trip to Muroto Cape, admire the verdant scenery at Muroto UNESCO Global Geopark, and step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kochi trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Kochi in 6.5 hours. While traveling from Ishigaki, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Kochi, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 10:

Tokyo

— 7 nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Kashima Jingu. Head to Ginza and Imadeya Ginzafor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, &more), Katori Jingu Shrine (in Katori) and Naritasan Omote Sando (in Narita). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum Mitaka.

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You can fly from Kochi to Tokyo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Tokyo are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 17:

Japan travel guide

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Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.