60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Ishigaki
— 7 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 6 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 6 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Nanjo
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Nanjo
— 3 nights
Bus to Kamiizumi, Fly to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 5 nights
Fly
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Tanabe
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 5 nights
Drive
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Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
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Hakuba-mura
— 4 nights
Fly to New Chitose, Train to Kutchan-cho
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Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
Train to New Chitose, Fly to Matsue
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Matsue
— 5 nights
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nosoko Mape and Yurateiku Market. Island Countryside Settlement and Cape Hirakubozaki are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Kohama-jima (Mangrove at Ishinagata Beach, Ubutaki Lookouts, &more). Spend 12th (Sat) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki, take in the waterfront activity at Taketomi Port, and Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki online route planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Ishigaki is an approximately 29.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town to Ishigaki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cape Town in February: highs in Ishigaki hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 18:

Iriomote-jima

— 6 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ida no Hama Beach and Pinaisara Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Kanpiree Waterfall and Todomari Beach. On the 23rd (Wed), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, take in the waterfront activity at Uehara, kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima route site.

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In February in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 24:

Miyakojima

— 6 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get some historical perspective at Harimizu Utaki and Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse. Get in touch with nature at Nakanoshima Beach and Shimojishima Island. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Makiyama Observatory, explore the different monuments and memorials at Nakasone Toyumya Tomb, head off the coast to Kouri Island, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Miyakojima journey builder site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. In February in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Nanjo.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 24 — Mar 2:

Nanjo

— 3 nights
With a long Pacific coastline, Nanjo offers fantastic views of the ocean from high cliffs covered with lush greenery, as well as from its long sandy beaches.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Tower of Himeyuri and Sefa-Utaki. Visit Nakagusuku Castle Ruins and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Kudakajima Island, get engrossed in the history at Himeyuri Peace Museum, stroll around Cape Chinen Park, and appreciate the views at Valley of Gangala.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Nanjo day trip app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Nanjo in 4 hours. March in Nanjo sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Nanjo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 5:

Yakushima-cho

— 5 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seibu Trail and Taikoiwa. Escape the urban bustle at Yakusugi Land and Oko no Taki Fall. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Yakushima Environmental Culture Village Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagata Inakahama, make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, and take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho day trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Nanjo to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nanjo in March, with highs in Yakushima-cho at 20°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can fly to Tanabe.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 10:

Tanabe

— 4 nights
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oyunohara - Original Kumano Hongu Taisha Site and Onsen Resorts. Escape the urban bustle at Kawayu Onsen and Shirarahama Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Tanabe: Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan & Koyasan Okunoin). There's more to do: hike along Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tanabe trip planner.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Tanabe in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. When traveling from Yakushima-cho in March, plan for little chillier days in Tanabe, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Tanabe

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 14:

Nachikatsura-cho

— 4 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Get in touch with nature at Hashigui Rock and Nachi Mitaki Falls. Get some historical perspective at Kamikura Shrine and Seiganto-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nachikatsura-cho: Kumano Hayatama Taisha (in Shingu), Muryoji - Rosetsuji Kushimoto Okyo Rosetsu Hall (in Kushimoto-cho) and Kumano (Hanano Iwaya Caves & Onigajo). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine and don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho online trip planner.

Getting from Tanabe to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 18:

Ise

— 5 nights
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Popular historic sites such as Tsukiyominomiya and Shinmei Shrine are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sengukan and Yokoyama Ishigami Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ise: Gozaisho-dake (in Komono-cho) and Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck (in Shima). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Former Toyomiyazaki Library, get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Meotoiwa Rocks.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ise trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Nachikatsura-cho, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ise, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 23:

Shirakawa-mura

— 2 nights
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Akiba Shrine, then take some stellar pictures from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, and then steep yourself in history at Shirakawago. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Old Toyama Folk House Museum, steep yourself in history at Kanda house, and then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Shirakawa-mura trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Ise to Shirakawa-mura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Shirakawa-mura, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:

Nozawaonsen-mura

— 2 nights
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
On the 26th (Sat), hit the slopes at Giant Ski Resort, then hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, and then fly down the slopes at Ichinose Family Ski Resort. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, soak in some Japanese tradition at Nozawa Onsen, and then stroll through Yamase Onsen Ski Area.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nozawaonsen-mura trip app.

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Nozawaonsen-mura takes 4 hours. In March in Nozawaonsen-mura, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Baths

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:

Hakuba-mura

— 4 nights
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Get some cultural insight at Hakuba and Kaichi Gakko Primary School. Step off the beaten path and head to Suginohara and Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort. Step out of Hakuba-mura to go to Nagano and see Snow Monkey Resorts, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, admire the natural beauty at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Happoone, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakuba-mura vacation maker.

Getting from Nozawaonsen-mura to Hakuba-mura by car takes about 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 27 — 31:

Kutchan-cho

— 4 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Escape the urban bustle at Niseko Hanazono Resort and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area. Explore Kutchan-cho's surroundings by going to Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho), Cape Kamui (in Shakotan-cho) and Rusutsu Resort Ski (in Rusutsu-mura). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and explore the activities along Lake Toya.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kutchan-cho road trip site.

Getting from Hakuba-mura to Kutchan-cho by combination of flight and train takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Hakuba-mura in March, things will get a bit cooler in Kutchan-cho: highs are around 1°C and lows about -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 4:

Matsue

— 5 nights
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Miho Shrine and Hinomisaki Shrine. Get in touch with nature at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Shinji Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsue: Mizuki Shigeru Museum (in Sakaiminato), Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi) and Adachi Museum of Art (in Yasugi). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamosu Shrine, get all the information you need at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, don't miss a visit to Former Taisha Station, and admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Matsue day trip planning website.

Do a combination of train and flight from Kutchan-cho to Matsue in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Kutchan-cho in April, with highs in Matsue at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 9:

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.