60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 6 nights
Train
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Matsumoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 8 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 7 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
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Nagasaki — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagasaki: Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo), Togo Nakaoyama (in Hasami-cho) and Former Kusumoto Masataka Mansion (in Omura). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, examine the collection at Dejima, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip itinerary tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Nagasaki is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in November; daily highs in Nagasaki reach 20°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Nov 1 — 5:

Kanazawa — 6 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Senkoji Temple (in Tonami), Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Nanto (Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple & Angoji Temple). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, make a trip to Omicho Market, and take in panoramic vistas at Kenrokuen Yamazakiyama.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nagasaki in November, expect Kanazawa to be little chillier, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Matsumoto.
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Find places to stay Nov 5 — 11:

Matsumoto — 6 nights

A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Takayama (Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), &more), Otari-mura (Hakubaoike & Tsugaike Natural Park) and Okaya (Prince & Skyline Museum & Ilf Doga Museum). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and see the interesting displays at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan).

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Kanazawa to Matsumoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in November, expect nights in Matsumoto to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.
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Find places to stay Nov 11 — 17:

Hakone-machi — 4 nights

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Onshirin Garden (in Fujiyoshida), Kazurayama Castle Ruins (in Susono) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Fuji View Hotel Japanese Garden, Lake Kawaguchi, &more). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, enjoy breathtaking views from Tenkakudai, steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Hakone-machi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Nov 17 — 21:

Tokyo — 8 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Ochiai River and Minamisawa Springs (in Higashikurume), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.
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Find places to stay Nov 21 — 29:

Nikko — 7 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Katashina-mura (Shigehachi & Oze Plant Research Specimen Garden), Nasu-machi (Nasu Highlands, Mount Nasudake, &more) and Sanbon Yaridake Moutain (in Nasushiobara). Spend the 1st (Sun) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and hike along Odashirogahara.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nikko online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, you will find days in Nikko are slightly colder (15°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 6:

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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, Universal Studios Japan, &more), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Kofuku-ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

Plan my day in Kyoto using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Nikko to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nikko in December, Kyoto is slightly colder at night with lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Himeji.
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Find places to stay Dec 6 — 14:

Himeji — 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ohara Museum of Art, &more), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei (in Bizen). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Himeji tour planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:

Hiroshima — 5 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 Mt.Noro (in Kure), Hatsukaichi (Paddle Park, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Okonomimura, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.
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Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:

Ishigaki — 7 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.
Take a break from Ishigaki with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima, about 1h 55 min away. Spend 24th (Tue) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, walk around Banna Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki road trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Hiroshima in December, you will find days in Ishigaki are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are much warmer (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Dec 23 — 30:

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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