60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Jose
Fly:  24 h
1
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Train + Taxi:  2 h
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
3
Ise
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Toyooka
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
7
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
8
Onna-son
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
9
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
10
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
11
Kochi
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
12
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  22 h 45 min
End: San Jose

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Oyama Shrine. Appreciate the collections at Takayama Showa Museum and D. T. Suzuki Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Nanto (Ainokura Gassho Community & Gokayama). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary maker website.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Kanazawa is an approximately 24- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from San Jose to Kanazawa due to the time zone 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

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Komatsu, Nanto, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 24:
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community

4
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
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 Togakushi Shrine Okusha and Onsen Resorts. Change things up with these side-trips from Yamanouchi-machi: Hakuba-mura (Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park & Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort), Ganshoin Temple (in Obuse-machi) and Kusatsu-machi (Jukambo National Museum & Sainokawara Park). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tosen-ji Temple, and identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi journey website.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Kanazawa to Yamanouchi-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kanazawa in January: high temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura, Kusatsu-machi, Nagano, Obuse-machi, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Hokusai-kan ©
Hokusai-kan

5
nights
Ise

Ise ©
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 Oharai-machi. Get out of town with these interesting Ise side-trips: Aonominesan Shofuku-ji Temple (in Toba), Takinomiya (in Taiki-cho) and Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck (in Shima). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, take an in-depth tour of Saiku Histrical Museum, make a trip to Meotoiwa, and contemplate the long history of Jingu Chokokan Museum.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ise trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Ise takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car, train, and flight. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in January, expect Ise to be somewhat warmer, temps between 9°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Meiwa-cho, Aonominesan Shofuku-ji Temple, Takinomiya, Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck, Yume Utsutsu
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:
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Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

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.
Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Osaka Castle for their historical value. Do your shopping at Dotombori and Nishiki Market Shopping District. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Nara (Nara Park & Nigatsu-do Temple) and Namban Culture Center (in Osaka). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planning app.

Drive from Ise to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Ise in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 1°C in Kyoto. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Asahiyaki
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

4
nights
Toyooka

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 Ine no Funaya. Change things up with these side-trips from Toyooka: San'in Kaigan Geopark Museum of the Earth and Sea (in Iwami-cho), Miyazu (Amanohashidate View Land & Amanohashidate) and Arayu (in Shinonsen-cho). Next up on the itinerary: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, contemplate the long history of Izushi Castle Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and savor the flavors at Toyooka Sanchoku Magokoro Market.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Toyooka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Toyooka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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

Side Trips

Miyazu, San'in Kaigan Geopark Museum of the Earth and Sea, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Ine no Funaya, Takeda Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
Ine no Funaya ©
Ine no Funaya
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen

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 Mazda Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Tomo no Ura. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Yamato Museum (in Kure), Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukuzen-ji Temple.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima road trip site.

Take a train from Toyooka to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Toyooka in February: highs in Hiroshima hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 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

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kurashiki, Fukuyama, Yamato Museum, Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

5
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
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 Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture. Get some historical perspective at Yutoku Inari Shrine and Honkoji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Unzen (Onsen Resorts, Unzen Jigoku (Unzen Hell), &more) and Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Suwa Shrine, see the interesting displays at Dejima, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and explore the world behind art at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, 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

Side Trips

Unzen, Yutoku Inari Shrine, Honkoji Temple, Nagasaki Bio Park
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Yutoku Inari Shrine ©
Yutoku Inari Shrine
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine

4
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
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 Katsuren Castle Ruins. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nakagusuku Castle Ruins and Himeyuri Peace Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Kunigami-son (Cape Hedo, Daisekirinzan, &more), Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater & Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park) and Naha (Shurijo Castle & Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clara Church.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Onna-son tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Onna-son takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Nagasaki in February; daily highs in Onna-son reach 22°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Itoman, Kunigami-son, Motobu-cho, Naha, St. Clara Church
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
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 Ikema-jima Island. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and take in panoramic vistas at Makiyama Observatory.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Miyakojima trip itinerary builder tool.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Onna-son in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Miyakojima, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 1:
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse
Yabiji
Yabiji

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.
Head to Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Artfor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at Island Countryside Settlement and Cape Hirakubozaki. Step out of Ishigaki to go to Iriomote-jima and see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, stroll around Kabira Park, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and explore the activities along Kabira Bay.

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You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Island Countryside Settlement, Kondoi Beach, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 5:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

5
nights
Kochi

Kochi ©
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: Zentsuji (Nogi Museum, Zentsu-ji Temple, &more), Izutama Shrine (in Kotohira-cho) and Buraku-ji Temple Yakushido (in Otoyo-cho). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, admire the verdant scenery at Muroto UNESCO Global Geopark, and hunt for treasures at Sunday Market.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Kochi trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Kochi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. 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 Parks Museums

Side Trips

Zentsuji, Kotohira-cho, Muroto, Namekawakeikoku, Old Samurai Residence of Rojyu Doi
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Zentsu-ji Temple ©
Zentsu-ji Temple

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and Naritasan Omote Sando. Head to Ginza and Imadeya Ginzafor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka), Kashima Jingu (in Kashima) and Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple (in Narita). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple).

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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

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Narita, Kamakura, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Kashima Jingu
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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