60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
Train
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Aomori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Odate
— 1 day
Drive
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Akita
— 3 nights
Train
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Sendai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shiroishi
— 1 night
Drive
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Nihonmatsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive
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Utsunomiya
— 2 nights
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Nagano
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Gotemba
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nagoya
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Tottori
— 2 nights
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Matsue
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Kumamoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
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Kochi
— 3 nights
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Tokushima
— 2 nights
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Kobe
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Sapporo — 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt. Moiwa and Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Otaru (Otaru Canal & Mount Kenashi View Point), Chitose (Lake Shikotsu & Chitose City Maizo Bunkazai Center) and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Hokkaido Jingu, take in nature's colorful creations at Mishima's Shibazakura Garden, hit the slopes at Niseko Hanazono Resort, and get great views at Sapporo TV Tower.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip itinerary builder app.

Seoul, South Korea to Sapporo is an approximately 6-hour flight. Traveling from Seoul in June, things will get little chillier in Sapporo: highs are around 20°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Noboribetsu.
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Find places to stay Jun 11 — 16:

Noboribetsu — 2 nights

Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): try out the rides at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Oku no Yu. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Tokkarisho Lookout, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Temple, and then contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Usu.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Noboribetsu day trip planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Noboribetsu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sapporo in June since evenings lows in Noboribetsu dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Hakodate.
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Find places to stay Jun 16 — 18:

Hakodate — 2 nights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, contemplate the waterfront views at Onuma Lake, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappist Monasteries. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kyu Soma-tei.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakodate trip planning app.

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Hakodate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can take a train to Aomori.
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Find places to stay Jun 18 — 20:

Aomori — 2 nights

Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Komakino Ruins, don't miss a visit to Snow Corridor, pause for some photo ops at Showa Daibutsu, then examine the collection at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, then make a trip to Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, and finally get your bearings at Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Sannai-Maruyama Site, make a trip to Jomon Jiyukan, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then admire the masterpieces at Aomori Museum of Art, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Manjufukashi.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Aomori trip itinerary website.

You can take a train from Hakodate to Aomori in 2.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Aomori are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Odate.
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Find places to stay Jun 20 — 22:

Odate — 1 day

Odate is a city in Akita Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Akitainu Hall, don't miss a visit to Akita Inu Fureaidokoro, pause for some photo ops at Odate Hachiko, then catch a live event at Nipro Hachiko Dome, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Odate online tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Aomori to Odate in 1.5 hours. In June in Odate, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Akita.
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Find places to stay Jun 22 — 23:

Akita — 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): browse the exhibits of Ishiguro Samurai House, take an in-depth tour of Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, then take a stroll through Samurai District, then don't miss a visit to Akita Marugoto Market, and finally look for gifts at Akita Kensanhin Plaza. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Senshu Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Michi-no-Eki Akita Port, and then see the interesting displays at Namahage Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Akita online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Odate to Akita takes 2 hours. In June in Akita, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Sendai.
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Find places to stay Jun 22 — 25:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): savor the flavors at Itagaki, Asaichi and then hunt for treasures at Sendai Asaichi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Zuihoden, steep yourself in history at Sendaijo Ato, then stroll around Michinoku Lakeside National Government Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sendai trip itinerary website.

You can take a train from Akita to Sendai in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Akita in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sendai, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Shiroishi.
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Find places to stay Jun 25 — 27:

Shiroishi — 1 night

Shiroishi is a city in Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. On the 28th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Shiroishi Castle, stroll around Water, Stones and Talking Park, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Miyagi Zao Fox Village, and finally examine the collection at Shiroishi City Yajiro Kokeshi Village.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Shiroishi trip tool.

Drive from Sendai to Shiroishi in an hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Shiroishi when traveling from Sendai in June, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nihonmatsu.
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Find places to stay Jun 27 — 28:

Nihonmatsu — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Ebisu Circuit and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Adatara.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nihonmatsu online journey planner.

Drive from Shiroishi to Nihonmatsu in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Nikko.
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Find places to stay Jun 28 — 29:

Nikko — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kammangafuchi Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, then admire the sheer force of Ryuka Waterfall, and then take in the views from Kinu Tateiwa Otsuribashi (Suspension bridge).

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nikko road trip website.

Getting from Nihonmatsu to Nikko by car takes about 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Nihonmatsu in June since evenings lows in Nikko dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Utsunomiya.
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Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 1:

Utsunomiya — 2 nights

The capital city of Tochigi Prefecture, Utsunomiya bursts at the seams with festivals, Japanese dumplings, jazz, and cherry blossoms.
On the 2nd (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Matsugamine Catholic Church, then see the interesting displays at Oya History Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Oya temple, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ashikaga Flower Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Nakagawa Aquatic Park, admire the sheer force of Ryumon Waterfall, and then get curious at Tochigi Science Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Utsunomiya trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Nikko to Utsunomiya in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Utsunomiya can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Nagano.
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Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:

Nagano — 2 nights

Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 4th (Thu), make a trip to Yugama, admire the sheer force of Kaminaridaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganshoin Temple, and finally look for gifts at Yawataya Isogoro Honten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): trek along Myoko Kogen.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Nagano tour planner.

Traveling by train from Utsunomiya to Nagano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Nagano are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Jul 3 — 5:

Tokyo — 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and Kamogawa Sea World. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Hase-dera Temple (in Kamakura) and Sankeien Gardens (in Yokohama). Have a day of magic on the 10th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagano to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Gotemba.
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Find places to stay Jul 5 — 10:

Gotemba — 2 nights

Trips to Gotemba, a city at the foot of Mount Fuji, offer plenty of opportunities to admire Japan's most famous natural feature.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Kusushi Shrine, take some stellar pictures from Kengamine, and then get impressive views of Mount Fuji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jinbayama Shrine and then play a few rounds at Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Gotemba journey tool.

You can drive from Tokyo to Gotemba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Tokyo in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Gotemba: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Nagoya.
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Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

Nagoya — 3 nights

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): observe the fascinating underwater world at Minami Chita Beach Land, take in the pleasant sights at Tokoname City Pottery Footpath, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Chubu Denryoku MIRAI TOWER.

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You can fly from Gotemba to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gotemba in July: highs in Nagoya hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

Kyoto — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then take a stroll through Pontocho District.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nagoya in July: highs in Kyoto hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Tottori.
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Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:

Tottori — 2 nights

A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Watanabe Art Museum. On your second day here, have fun and explore at Warabekan, then explore the striking landscape at Tottori Sand Dunes, then browse the exhibits of The Sand Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tottori trip builder tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Tottori by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in July, expect nights in Tottori to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Matsue.
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Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:

Matsue — 3 nights

Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the masterpieces at Adachi Museum of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Grand Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, then don't miss a visit to Former Taisha Station, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Matsue online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tottori to Matsue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Matsue to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kumamoto.
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Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:

Kumamoto — 3 nights

Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Sakuranobaba Johsaien. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, buy something for everyone on your list at Shimotori Shotengai, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, then take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Tetori Church.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto trip maker website.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kumamoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Takachiho-cho.
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Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:

Takachiho-cho — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Yasugawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Shirakawa Springs, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heitate Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho tour planner.

Traveling by car from Kumamoto to Takachiho-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Kochi.
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Find places to stay Jul 27 — 28:

Kochi — 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Harimaya Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, then admire the masterpieces at Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Katsura Hama. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tosa Shrine, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture, then take in the dramatic scenery at Biwa Waterfall, and finally snap pictures at Iya Kazura Bridge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kochi day trip planning tool.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Kochi by combination of bus and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. July in Kochi sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tokushima.
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Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:

Tokushima — 2 nights

Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
On the 31st (Wed), examine the collection at Awa Odori Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Bizan, then explore the activities along Shimmachi River, then admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, and finally don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokushima trip app.

Getting from Kochi to Tokushima by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Tokushima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Kobe.
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Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:

Kobe — 3 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 (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then take a stroll through Kobe Harborland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), catch a live event at Hanshin Koshien Stadium, and then take an in-depth tour of Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan).

Start your trip to Kobe by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Tokushima to Kobe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Kobe sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.
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Find places to stay Aug 2 — 5:

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 (Mon), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

You can drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kobe in August, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:

Tokyo — 2 nights

On the 7th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea, and then take a stroll through Akihabara. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, walk around Ueno Park, then admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Western Art, and finally get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planning website.

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Aug 7 — 9:

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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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