60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
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Matsumoto
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Nagasaki
— 5 nights
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— 6 nights
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Tokyo

— 7 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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 26th (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Ginza, stop by Odaiba District, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday builder site.

Durham, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Durham to Tokyo. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Durham in September since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 28:

Hakone-machi

— 5 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hakone-machi: Fujiyoshida (Arayayama Shrine Okumiya & Mt. Shakushi) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). Spend the 2nd (Sat) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, cruise along Hakone Skyline, and examine the collection at Hakone Venetian Glass Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi itinerary maker site.

Do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 3:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Yashimagahara Marsh (in Shimosuwa-machi), Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Snow Monkey Resorts) and Mt. Nagamine (in Azumino). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, get engrossed in the history at Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), take in the awesome beauty at Hotaka Mountain Range, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Zuisho Matsumotokan.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip builder.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Matsumoto, with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 9:

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: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nara Park) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and awaken your taste buds at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker site.

You can fly from Matsumoto to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Matsumoto in October; daily highs in Kyoto reach 74°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 16:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ohara Museum of Art, &more), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Hattoji Furusatomura (in Bizen). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, kick back and relax at Matsue Swimming Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Himeji are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Gekijyo, &more), Jusaburo Tsujimura-Museum Miyoshi History and Folklore Museum (in Miyoshi) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip builder app.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 25:

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.
Take a break from Ishigaki with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima, about 1h 55 min away. Spend 31st (Sun) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, and get great views at Cape Ongazaki.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki tour planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hiroshima in October: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 85°F and lows are around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can fly to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 31:

Nagasaki

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagasaki: Sasebo (Huis Ten Bosch & Balinese Salon Sasebo). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, pause for some photo ops at Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church Hongouchi, and walk around Nagasaki Peace Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Nagasaki takes 5.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ishigaki in October: high temperatures in Nagasaki hover around 75°F and lows are around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 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: Tateyama-machi (Mikurigaike Pond & Mt. Tateyama) and Shirakawa-mura (Mt. Sampoiwadake, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa.

For more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, Kanazawa is little chillier than Nagasaki - with highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 11:

Sapporo

— 7 nights

CIty of Ramen

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 Noboribetsu (Noboribetsu Date Historic Village & Jigokudani), Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). There's lots more to do: stroll around Odori Park, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, and take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

Take the guesswork out of planning a Sapporo vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Sapporo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Kanazawa in November, expect Sapporo to be slightly colder, temps between 42°F and 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 18:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.