60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train
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Nikko
— 4 nights
Train to Iiyama, Taxi to Yamanouchi-machi
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Takaoka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fujiyoshida
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 6 nights
Bus to Odawara Station, Train to Hikone
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Hikone
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Takatsuki
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
Drive
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Masuda
— 2 nights
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Kitakyushu
— 2 nights
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Kumamoto
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 6 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Meguro River and Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Ginza. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Kōtoku-in & Kamakura Hiking Trails), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Ochiai River and Minamisawa Springs (in Higashikurume). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take a stroll through Akihabara, and don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street.

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Billum, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Billum in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 8:

Nikko

— 4 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.
Nikko Tosho-gu and Kegon Falls are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Fujiya YUBA and Sano Premium Outletfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nikko: Ashikaga Flower Park (in Ashikaga) and Oya History Museum (in Utsunomiya). Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, get in on the family fun at Tobu World Square, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Okumiya.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Nikko trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in April: highs in Nikko hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 12:

Yamanouchi-machi

— 5 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Hokusai-kan and MIDORI Nagano. Get outdoors at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Snow Monkey Resorts. Change things up with these side-trips from Yamanouchi-machi: Hakuba-mura (Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort & Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden), Ganshoin Temple (in Obuse-machi) and Nagano (Kankeiji Temple, Zenko-ji Temple, &more). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, take in the pleasant sights at Shiga Kogen, head outdoors with Shigakogen Plateau, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Jigokudani Funsen.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Nikko to Yamanouchi-machi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Yamanouchi-machi when traveling from Nikko in April, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Takaoka.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 17:

Takaoka

— 3 nights
Takaoka is a city in the northwestern portion of Toyama Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): make a trip to Zuiryuji Temple, steep yourself in history at Ikadai Residence, kick back and relax at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Himi Banyagai, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Amaharashi Coast. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Suganuma Gassho Community, take a stroll through Gokayama, admire the natural beauty at Tonami Tulip Park, then explore the historical opulence of Takaoka Castle Ruins, and finally make a trip to Takaoka Daibutsu Buddha.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Takaoka tour planner.

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Takaoka in 4 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Takaoka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Takaoka

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 20:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 4 nights
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Shop till you drop at Maihime Breweries and Resort Outlet Yatsugatake. Visiting Lake Kawaguchi and Fugaku Wind Cave will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Takato Castle Remains Park (in Ina), Suwa Shrine (in Suwa) and Shiraito Falls (in Fujinomiya). The adventure continues: make a trip to Motosuko Lake, explore the world behind art at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine, and delve into the lush surroundings at Aokigahara Forest.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary website.

Drive from Takaoka to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 5.5 hours. While traveling from Takaoka, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 24:

Fujiyoshida

— 3 nights
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mount Fuji and Omuro Sengen Shrine (Shimosengen). Get outdoors at Mt. Takao and Fuji Safari Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujiyoshida: Fujinomiya (Kengamine & Fujinomiya Route). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, walk around Arakurayama Sengen Park, don't miss a visit to Chureito Pagoda, and get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland.

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Fujiyoshida is just a short distance from Fujikawaguchiko-machi. In April in Fujiyoshida, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:

Hakone-machi

— 6 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
For shopping fun, head to Pola Museum of Art or Gotemba Premium Outlets. Get a sense of the local culture at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakone-machi: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji) and Ito (Jogasaki Beach Picnical Course, Mount Omuro, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, and take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi vacation tool.

Drive from Fujiyoshida to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Hikone.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 3:

Hikone

— 4 nights
A small city on the shores of the country's largest lake, Hikone draws in visitors with its fine castle.
Head to La Collina Omihachiman and Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuofor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hikone Castle and Omishonin Street. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hikone: Tsuruga (Kehi Shrine & Kehi no Matsubara), Mt. Ibuki (in Maibara) and Metasequoia Namiki (in Takashima). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Biwa, don't miss a visit to Azuchi Castle Ruins, take an in-depth tour of Nagahama Castle Historical Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Rakuraku Garden.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hikone holiday builder app.

You can fly from Hakone-machi to Hikone in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Hikone can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hikone

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 7:

Kyoto

— 5 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.
For shopping fun, head to Nishiki Market Shopping District or Kimono Atelier Akane. Escape the urban bustle at Ume Sakura and Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by train from Hikone to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hikone in May: highs in Kyoto hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Takatsuki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay May 7 — 12:

Takatsuki

— 2 nights
Takatsuki is a city located in Osaka Prefecture, Japan.As of 2016, the city had an estimated population of 350,914 and a population density of 3,300 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Imashirozuka Ancient History Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Katsuo-ji Temple, and then admire the sheer force of Waterfall of Mino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Expo '70 Commemorative Park, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethnology, get engrossed in the history at Takatsuki City Shiroato History Museum, contemplate the long history of Iwashimizu Hachimangu, then admire the masterpieces at Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagaoka Tenmangu.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Takatsuki trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Kyoto to Takatsuki by car takes about an hour. May in Takatsuki sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Takatsuki

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 14:

Osaka

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nara Park and Mt. Koya. Do your shopping at Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more) and Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Minami (Namba), get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Osaka using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takatsuki to Osaka takes an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 14 — 18:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Hattoji Furusatomura and Mt Shosha hiking. Get a sense of the local culture at Himeji Castle and Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Matsue Swimming Beach (in Akashi), Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum, Ohara Museum of Art, &more) and Mt. Kuma (in Bizen). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and take an exotic tour of Himeji Central Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Himeji trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in May, plan for slightly colder days in Himeji, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Masuda.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 18 — 22:

Masuda

— 2 nights
Masuda is a city located in Shimane Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Susa Hornfels, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kakinomoto Shrine, enjoy the sand and surf at Mochiishi Seacoast, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Manpukuji Temple, and finally explore the world behind art at Shimane Prefectural Iwami Art Museum. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tsuwano Catholic Church, explore the world behind art at Anno Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Taikodani Inari Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Tsuwano Castle, and finally get engrossed in the history at Mori Ogai Memorial Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Masuda trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Himeji to Masuda takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Masuda

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 22 — 24:

Kitakyushu

— 2 nights
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
On the 25th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Sugao Waterfall, take in the dramatic natural features at Hiraodai, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kawachi Reservoir, head outdoors with Mt Sarakura, then explore the wide array of goods at Izutsuya, Kokura, and finally make a trip to Kokura Castle. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mekari Shrine, contemplate the waterfront views at Kanmon Kaikyo, stop by Karato market, then see the interesting displays at Kyushu Railway History Museum, then wander the streets of Mojiko Retro, and finally stop by Tanga Ichiba.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Kitakyushu road trip app.

Getting from Masuda to Kitakyushu by car takes about 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Kitakyushu can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 24 — 26:

Kumamoto

— 3 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kumamoto Castle and Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto. Step out of the city life by going to Daikanbo Lookout and Mt. Aso. Venture out of the city with trips to Yanagawa (Hakushu Memorial Museum, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more), Aso (Aso Station & Kusasenrigahama) and Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino (in Minamiaso-mura). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Sakuranobaba Johsaien, and examine the collection at Ishibashi Bunka Center.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kumamoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kitakyushu to Kumamoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Kumamoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 29:

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.

Osaka Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Theme Parks · Parks
Osaka Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kansai region on Honshu, the main island of Japan. The capital is the city of Osaka. It is the center of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto area. Osaka is one of the two "urban prefectures" of Japan, Kyoto being the other (Tokyo became a "metropolitan prefecture", or to, in 1941).HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Osaka prefecture was known as Kawachi, Izumi, and Settsu provinces.Osaka Prefecture was created on June 21, 1868, at the very beginning of the Meiji era. During the instigation of Fuhanken Sanchisei in 1868, the prefecture received its suffix fu, designating it as an urban prefecture.On September 1, 1956, the city of Osaka was promoted to a city designated by government ordinance and thereby divided into 24 wards.In 2000, Fusae Ota became Japan's first female governor when she replaced Knock Yokoyama, who resigned after prosecution for sexual harassment.

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