60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Nikko
— 5 nights
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Sendai
— 2 nights
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Hachinohe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Akita
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kamakura
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Kobe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Nagoya
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Abashiri
— 2 nights
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Sapporo
— 6 nights
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Tokyo — 6 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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. Have a day of magic on the 6th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, stop by Akihabara, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel route planner.

Cleveland, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cleveland to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Tokyo are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nikko.
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Find places to stay Jun 2 — 8:

Nikko — 5 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Nikko to Utsunomiya to see Oya History Museum about 48 minutes away. Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, get in on the family fun at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura, take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall, and steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nikko itinerary builder.

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Nikko are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Sendai.
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Find places to stay Jun 8 — 13:

Sendai — 2 nights

Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 14th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum, take in the waterfront activity at Matsushima Bay, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsu-in Temple, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Sendaijo Ato, make a trip to Zuihoden, and then don't miss a visit to Sendai Station.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sendai travel app.

Traveling by train from Nikko to Sendai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Sendai sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Hachinohe.
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Find places to stay Jun 13 — 15:

Hachinohe — 2 nights

Tourism in Hachinohe centers around the port city's scenic coastline, lively food markets, and picturesque island with thousands of black-tailed gulls.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Towada Art Center, explore the activities along Oirase River, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Hasshoku Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Kabushima Island, then kick back and relax at Tanesashi Coast, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Ashigezaki Lookout.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hachinohe trip planning app.

Getting from Sendai to Hachinohe by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sendai in June; daily highs in Hachinohe reach 65°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Akita.
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Find places to stay Jun 15 — 17:

Akita — 2 nights

The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
On the 18th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Akita Museum Of Art, then step into the grandiose world of Kubota Castle, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Senshu Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Akita Akarenga Kyodokan, examine the collection at Akita city Minzoku Geinou Densho-kan, and then take in panoramic vistas at Michi-no-Eki Akita Port.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Akita trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hachinohe to Akita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Hachinohe in June, you will find days in Akita are a bit warmer (74°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Kamakura.
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Find places to stay Jun 17 — 19:

Kamakura — 3 nights

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kamakura is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in, step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, and contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

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

Getting from Akita to Kamakura by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Akita in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kamakura, with lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.
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Find places to stay Jun 19 — 22:

Hakone-machi — 3 nights

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Go for a jaunt from Hakone-machi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi to see Lake Kawaguchi about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Hakone-machi online route planner.

Drive from Kamakura to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Nagasaki.
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Find places to stay Jun 22 — 25:

Nagasaki — 2 nights

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
On the 26th (Sun), examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then steep yourself in history at Nagasaki Peace Park, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Megane Bridge, then see the interesting displays at Dejima, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ōura Church.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip maker website.

You can fly from Hakone-machi to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in June, you will find days in Nagasaki are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (69°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Jun 25 — 27:

Hiroshima — 3 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Noboricho Church, Memorial Cathedral for World Peace.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima travel route planning website.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.
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Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:

Himeji — 2 nights

The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ako Oishi Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Remains of Ako Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Otemae Street, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Nigiwai Koryu Hiroba.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Himeji trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Kobe.
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Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 2:

Kobe — 2 nights

Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, then admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, visit Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe Port Tower, and finally stop by Kobe Harborland.

To see maps and tourist information, read our Kobe attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Himeji to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Osaka.
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Find places to stay Jul 2 — 4:

Osaka — 2 nights

Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
On the 5th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then don't miss a visit to Kuchu Teien Observatory, and then stroll around Nara Park. On the next day, wander the streets of Dotombori District, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Kobe to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kobe in July, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 76°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 89°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:

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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately Nara away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker website.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a train to Nagoya.
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Find places to stay Jul 6 — 12:

Nagoya — 4 nights

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Ise (Ise Grand Shrine & Okage Yokocho), Hikone Castle (in Hikone) and Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Nagoya online journey planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Jul 12 — 16:

Kanazawa — 5 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Takayama Jinya, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's lots more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Nagoya to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can fly to Abashiri.
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Find places to stay Jul 16 — 21:

Abashiri — 2 nights

A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
On the 22nd (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples, examine the collection at Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Abashiri Prison Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Road to Heaven, admire the natural beauty at Koshimizu Primeval Garden, and then don't miss a visit to Kitahama Station.

To find out how to plan a trip to Abashiri, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Abashiri takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Kanazawa in July, expect Abashiri to be little chillier, temps between 76°F and 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Sapporo.
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Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:

Sapporo — 6 nights

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru (Yuzu Kobo Honten & Otaru Canal) and Noboribetsu (Spas & Jigokudani). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Odori Park, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and take a stroll through Susukino.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sapporo travel planner.

Fly from Abashiri to Sapporo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July in Sapporo, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Jul 23 — 29:

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.
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