60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Sapporo
— 6 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nagano
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 6 nights
Fly
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train
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Kagoshima
— 5 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 6 nights
Ferry to タクマ3乗船券販売所, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Sapporo

— 6 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.
Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Otaru (Otaru Canal & Yuzu Kobo Honten), Niseko-cho (Niseko Outdoor Center & Niseko Village Ski Resort) and Kitahiroshima Cycling Road (in Kitahiroshima). There's lots more to do: get out on two wheels at White Isle Niseko, take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and take a stroll through Susukino.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Sapporo trip itinerary builder tool.

Charlotte, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Charlotte in December, expect nights in Sapporo to be little chillier, around 28°F, while days are cooler, around 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 23:

Noboribetsu

— 2 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, then ride a horse along Lake Toya Ranch, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Noboribetsu day trip tool.

Drive from Sapporo to Noboribetsu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Noboribetsu, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Nagano.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Nagano

— 5 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagano side-trips: Horigane Bussan Center (in Azumino), Yamanouchi-machi (Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort, Shiga Kogen, &more) and Matsumoto (Zuisho Matsumotokan & Matsumoto Castle). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Snow Monkey Resorts, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, hit the slopes at Yamada Farm, Yamaboku Wild Snow Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagano trip maker website.

You can fly from Noboribetsu to Nagano in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from Noboribetsu, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nagano, ranging from highs of 43°F to lows of 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 1st (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planning site.

You can take a train from Nagano to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Nagano in December, with highs in Tokyo at 54°F and lows at 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 6:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck (in Yamanakako-mura), Hakone-machi (Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more) and Fujinomiya (Kusushi Shrine & Kengamine). Pack the 11th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Fuji-Q Highland. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, get impressive views of Mount Fuji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, and get great views at Fujiyama Sushi-Making Tour.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 40°F, while lows dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Theme Parks · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 12:

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: Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & Okayama Castle), Hatsukaichi (Paddle Park, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more) and Japanese Rural Toy Museum (in Kurashiki). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima online trip builder.

You can fly from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Hiroshima in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hiroshima: temperatures range from 49°F by day to 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:

Kagoshima

— 5 nights

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Get out of town with these interesting Kagoshima side-trips: Rokkannon Miike Pond (in Ebino), Tadamoto Park (in Isa) and Ibusuki (Ibusuki Golf Club & Mt. Kaimondake). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, enjoy breathtaking views from Kagoshima Prefectural Office Observation Lobby, admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum, and don't miss a visit to Kareigawa Station.

Planning Kagoshima trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kagoshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. January in Kagoshima sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Nature · Museums · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:

Motobu-cho

— 6 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Explore Motobu-cho's surroundings by going to Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son), Ginoza Roadside Station (in Ginoza-son) and Nago (Busena Marine Park & Atelier43). There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, kick back and relax at Okuma Beach, and experience rural life at Aiai Farm.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Motobu-cho day trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kagoshima to Motobu-cho in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kagoshima in January: high temperatures in Motobu-cho hover around 66°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 28:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours about 1h 55 min away. Spend 29th (Sat) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, stroll around Kabira Park, and examine the collection at MInsah Kogei Museum.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Ishigaki trip app.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki in 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ishigaki when traveling from Motobu-cho in January, with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can fly to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 3:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagasaki side-trips: Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo) and Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, stroll around Nabekanmuriyama Park, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Nagasaki takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in February, things will get colder in Nagasaki: highs are around 51°F and lows about 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 7:

Kyoto

— 6 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: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan), Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Kobe) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and stroll through Nara Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto sightseeing site.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nagasaki in February since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 13:

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.