60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Takayama
— 5 nights
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
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Nikko
— 6 nights
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Tokyo
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Ishigaki

— 6 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima (about 1h 55 min away). Spend 30th (Sun) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and walk around Banna Park.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki sightseeing planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, Ishigaki is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to fly to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 4:

Nagasaki

— 4 nights

City of Peace

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagasaki: Sasebo (Huis Ten Bosch & Balinese Salon Sasebo). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ōura Church, ponder the world of politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, and see the interesting displays at Dejima.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Nagasaki takes 5.5 hours. In November, Nagasaki is slightly colder than Ishigaki - with highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 8:

Hiroshima

— 5 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Paddle Park, &more), Mt.Noro (in Kure) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Okonomimura, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 13:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum, Ohara Museum of Art, &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read Himeji planning app.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Himeji are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 17:

Kyoto

— 7 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nara Park), Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, &more) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip app.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 24:

Kanazawa

— 5 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: Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan) and Aratama Valley (in Komatsu). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa day trip app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In November, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 29:

Takayama

— 5 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Nagase house, &more) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and stop by Sanmachi Suji.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Takayama online tour planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 4:

Matsumoto

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Myogi Petting Plaza Momijinoyu (in Tomioka), Togakushi Shrine Okusha (in Nagano) and Kumoba Pond (in Karuizawa-machi). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Matsumoto Castle, head outdoors with Mt.Takatsuma, explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and walk around Matsumotojo Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Matsumoto attractions planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Takayama in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 0°C in Matsumoto. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 9:

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: Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Itchiku Kubota Art Museum & Lake Kawaguchi). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, cruise along Hakone Skyline, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, and make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

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

Getting from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hakone-machi when traveling from Matsumoto in December, with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:

Nikko

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nikko side-trips: Sanbon Yaridake Moutain (in Nasushiobara), Mt.Tairatsupyo (in Niigata) and Mount Nasudake (in Nasu-machi). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Shirane Mountain, and hike along Odashirogahara.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip planning site.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Nikko in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Nikko, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 19:

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: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). Have a day of magic on the 25th (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

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

Getting from Nikko to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 4°C in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 27:

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.