60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 8 nights
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
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Ise
— 3 nights
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Hakuba-mura
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ito
— 8 nights
Fly to Kumamoto, Bus to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 4 nights
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Drive to Kumamoto, Train to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Ferry to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Fly
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Onna-son
— 7 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 5 nights
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Ishigaki
— 9 nights
Fly
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Kyoto

— 8 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.
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden and Honen-in will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kyoto Botanical Garden and Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Uji (Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan & Mimurotoji Temple) and Nara (Yoshikien, Daibutsuden, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley, take a stroll through Shinbashi Dori, and get to know the fascinating history of Kiyamachi Street.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip itinerary builder.

San Diego, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Kyoto is 17 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Diego in April since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 9:

Nachikatsura-cho

— 2 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the activities along Nachi Forest, take a peaceful walk through Nachi Primeval Forest, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudarakusanji Temple, then stroll through Shingu Inosawa Ukijima Plant Community, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ota Town Ishigaki Memorial Hall. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Kajitorizaki, see the interesting displays at Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall, then stroll through Kujirahama Beach, then head off the coast to Kinomatsushima Island, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nachikatsura-cho when traveling from Kyoto in April, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

Ise

— 3 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Former Toyomiyazaki Library and Saiku Heian no Mori. Get in touch with nature at Mt. Asama and Isuzugawa. Explore Ise's surroundings by going to Toba (Uramuracho & Aonominesan Shofuku-ji Temple) and Shima (Iseshima Summit Memorial Museum Samieru, Ichigo Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Itsukinomiya Hall for Historical Experience, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takanomiya, contemplate the waterfront views at Miyagawa Zutsumi, and learn more about the world around you at Jingu Nogyokan Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ise road trip planning site.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:

Hakuba-mura

— 4 nights
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Matsushiro and Oyama Shrine. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt. Shirouma and Sanada House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakuba-mura: Nagano (Old Battlefield of Kawanakajima, Sanada Treasure Museum, &more), Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd. (in Tateyama-machi) and Otari-mura (Hakubaoike & Ushikata Inn). There's much more to do: make a trip to Okukane-Kyo Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount. Tsurugi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wadano no Mori Church, and hike along Happo-one Nature Study Course.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakuba-mura sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Ise to Hakuba-mura in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ise in April since evenings lows in Hakuba-mura dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Ito.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 18:

Ito

— 8 nights
Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
Get some cultural insight at Shirahama Jinja Shrine and Sasuke Inari Shrine. Step out of the city life by going to Iritahama Beach and Kisami Ohama Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Ito side-trips: Kamakura (Sugimotodera Temple, Kakuonji Temple, &more), Minamiizu-cho (Minamiizu Aloe Center & Hino Broccolini Garden) and Murakami Gasshozukuri Mingeikan (in Shimoda). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Izu Highland Stained Glass Museum, don't miss a visit to Otome Toge, stroll around Izu Oceanic Park Diving Center - I.O.P., and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ito tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Ito in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Hakuba-mura in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 58°F in Ito. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Ito

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 26:

Takachiho-cho

— 4 nights
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.
Aso Mizuki Meguri and Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Kuju Highland and Kushifuru Shrine. Explore Takachiho-cho's surroundings by going to Mt. Kuju (in Taketa), Kokonoe-machi (Mt. Mimata & Tadewara Wetlands) and Aso Panorama Line (in Aso). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, make a trip to Akimoto Shrine, examine the collection at Aso Highland Museum Park, and explore the striking landscape at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho attractions planning tool.

Getting from Ito to Takachiho-cho by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Ito in April, Takachiho-cho is slightly colder at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 30:

Yakushima-cho

— 3 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and Yakushima Shrine. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Isso Beach and Tashiro Beach. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls, stroll through Okinasugi, make a trip to Yahazu Cape, and take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of car, train, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Yakushima-cho, with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:

Onna-son

— 7 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Appreciate the collections at Oceanic Culture Museum and Kemmin no Mori Forest Science Museum. Get some cultural insight at Urasoe Castle Ruins and JAXA Okinawa Tracking and Communication Station. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Onna-son: Minatogawa Stateside Town (in Urasoe), Ginowan (Tropical Beach & Sakima Art Museum) and Motobu-cho (Minna Beach, Anchihama, &more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Kouri Beach, get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the gorgeous colors at Sunabe No.1, and stroll through Toguchi Beach.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Onna-son online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 69°F in Onna-son. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 10:

Iriomote-jima

— 5 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pinaisara Falls and Kanpiree Waterfall. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wasurenaishi and Residence of Niimori. Next up on the itinerary: see the sights as you ascend with Sima Mari Asibi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Haemida Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and admire the sheer force of Mariudo Fall.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Iriomote-jima vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima takes 4.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Onna-son in May since evenings lows in Iriomote-jima dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 10 — 15:

Ishigaki

— 9 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Island Countryside Settlement and Ishigaki City Yaeyama Museum. We've included these beaches for you: Hairumubushi Beach and Nakamoto Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kuro-shima (Iko Pier, Kuroshima Research Institute, &more) and Kohama-jima (Kohama Island Information Center, West Ufudaki Lookout, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Ishigaki Church, enjoy the sea views from Kannonzaki Lighthouse, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sukuji Beach.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip maker site.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 24:

Miyakojima

— 5 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Miyakojima City Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nagamahama Beach Coast and Sea Sky Hakuai. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Miyakojima Diving Shop Guide-Ya-San, steep yourself in history at Nudokubiabu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shigira Beach, and enjoy the sea views from Ikemashima Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay May 24 — 29:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.