60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Niigata
— 1 night
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Sado
— 2 nights
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Niigata
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 9 nights
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Kobe
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Hakodate
— 4 nights
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 3 nights
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Sendai
— 3 nights
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Yamagata
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
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Tokyo — 3 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.
Tokyo is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker site.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can fly to Niigata.
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Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:

Niigata — 1 night

The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Niigata tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Niigata takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Niigata, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 57°F. You will leave for Sado on the 4th (Tue).
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Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:

Sado — 2 nights

Experience remote island living in Sado, a city in Niigata Prefecture encompassing all of the inhabited areas of Sado Island.
Sado is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: go deep underground at Kitazawa Fuyusenkojo Remains, explore the activities along Senkakuwan, stop by Sado Steamship, and see the interesting displays at Sado Nishimikawa Gold Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sado trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Niigata to Sado in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Niigata.
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Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:

Niigata — 2 nights

On the 7th (Fri), look for gifts at Ponshukan Niigata Station, take an in-depth tour of Northern Culture Museum, stop by Pia Bandai, enjoy breathtaking views from Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, then take in the views from Bandai Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakusan Shrine.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Niigata visit planner.

Drive from Sado to Niigata in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

Kanazawa — 4 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Takayama Jinya, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Nagase house, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Niigata to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Oct 8 — 12:

Kyoto — 9 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa), Byodoin (in Uji) and Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Todai-ji Temple, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, visit Arashiyama, wander the streets of Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can fly to Nagasaki.
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Find places to stay Oct 12 — 21:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagasaki side-trips: Sasebo (Miuracho Catholic Church, Huis Ten Bosch, &more) and Spas (in Ureshino). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Nagasaki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:

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. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Misen Wild Woods, Senjokaku, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary maker site.

Take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.
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Find places to stay Oct 25 — 30:

Himeji — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, get in on the family fun at Taiyo Park, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Himeji attractions planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Kobe.
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Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:

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.
Kobe is known for sightseeing, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, and stroll around Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kobe trip planner.

Traveling by car from Himeji to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:

Tokyo — 4 nights

Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 4th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. See some other sides of Tokyo: visit Odaiba District, indulge your senses at ►► Withlocals™ - Local Private Tours 🇯🇵, step into the grandiose world of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), and stroll around Ueno Park.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kobe to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to fly to Hakodate.
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Find places to stay Nov 3 — 7:

Hakodate — 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hakodate side-trips: Nanae-cho (Onuma Lake, Onuma Park Walking Path, &more). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, and steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate itinerary planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Hakodate by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 48°F and lows are around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Sapporo.
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Find places to stay Nov 7 — 11:

Sapporo — 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Otaru (Asakusa Bridge, Otaru Canal, &more). There's much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, and get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip planner.

Getting from Hakodate to Sapporo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hakodate in November, expect nights in Sapporo to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Noboribetsu.
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Find places to stay Nov 11 — 14:

Noboribetsu — 3 nights

Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sobetsu-cho (Showa Shinzan Kumabokujo & Showashinzan) and Toyako-cho (Silo Viewing Platform & Ukimido Park). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, don't miss a visit to Enmado, take in the natural beauty of Oyunuma, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu day trip site.

Drive from Sapporo to Noboribetsu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Noboribetsu sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can fly to Sendai.
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Find places to stay Nov 14 — 17:

Sendai — 3 nights

Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Explore Sendai's surroundings by going to Matsushima-machi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Zuiganji, &more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Sendai Station, stroll around Aobayama Park, step into the grandiose world of Sendaijo Ato, and take in the dramatic scenery at Akiu Fall.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sendai online road trip planner.

Fly from Noboribetsu to Sendai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Noboribetsu in November; daily highs in Sendai reach 53°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yamagata.
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Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:

Yamagata — 4 nights

The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tsuruoka (Mt. Haguro & Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium), Sankyo Soko Storehouse (in Sakata) and Zao-machi (Daikokuten, Okama Crater, &more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Yamagata Kyodokan, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and fly down the slopes at Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yamagata trip planning site.

You can drive from Sendai to Yamagata in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sendai in November, plan for little chillier nights in Yamagata, with lows around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Nov 20 — 24:

Tokyo — 3 nights

Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kōtoku-in, &more), Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more) and Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama). See some other sides of Tokyo: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, visit Asakusa, get a taste of the local shopping with Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour itinerary app.

You can fly from Yamagata to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yamagata in November; daily highs in Tokyo reach 62°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Nov 24 — 27:

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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Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.
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Tohoku travel guide

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Long a poor rural area known for its harsh climate, Tohoku remained off the tourist radar for most of modern Japanese history. Today, tourism in Tohoku remains refreshingly subdued, offering the chance to discover some of the country's finest natural scenery without the crowds. The area encompasses many scenic hot springs, developed ski areas, picturesque lakes, and historic castles and former samurai residences. Tohoku also serves as an ideal spot for that quintessential Japanese activity, the cherry blossom viewing: the trees bloom later here than elsewhere in the country, making the region a great alternative if you arrive a bit late in the season.
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