60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Narita, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ito
— 8 nights
Fly
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Takachiho-cho
— 4 nights
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Drive to Kumamoto, Train to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Ferry to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Fly
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Onna-son
— 7 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote
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Iriomote-jima
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 9 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 5 nights
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Kyoto

— 8 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.
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden and Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kyoto Botanical Garden and Bishamondo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara (Yoshikien, Daibutsuden, &more) and Uji (Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan & Mimurotoji Temple). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daikaku-ji, take a stroll through Shinbashi Dori, and admire the striking features of Chishaku-in.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

San Diego, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Diego to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kyoto, with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 9:

Nachikatsura-cho

— 2 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the activities along Nachi Forest, take a peaceful walk through Nachi Primeval Forest, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudarakusanji Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shingu Inosawa Ukijima Plant Community, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ota Town Ishigaki Memorial Hall. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Kajitorizaki, see the interesting displays at Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall, then head outdoors with Kujirahama Beach, then head off the coast to Kinomatsushima Island, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nachikatsura-cho when traveling from Kyoto in April, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

Ise

— 3 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Naiku Kaguraden and Former Toyomiyazaki Library. Get in touch with nature at Mt. Asama and Isuzugawa. Explore Ise's surroundings by going to Toba (Uramuracho & Aonominesan Shofuku-ji Temple) and Shima (Iseshima Summit Memorial Museum Samieru, Ichigo Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Itsukinomiya Hall for Historical Experience, contemplate the waterfront views at Miyagawa Zutsumi, explore the historical opulence of Tamaru Castle Ruin, and get a new perspective on nature at Jingu Nogyokan Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ise tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Ise, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Matsushiro and Ushikata Inn. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt. Shirouma and Hakuba Mountain Harbor. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakuba-mura: Hakubaoike (in Otari-mura), Tateyama-machi (Oyama Shrine & Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd.) and Nagano (Old Battlefield of Kawanakajima, Sanada Treasure Museum, &more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Okukane-Kyo Bridge, trek along Happo-one Nature Study Course, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wadano no Mori Church, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakuba-mura sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Ise to Hakuba-mura in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ise in April since evenings lows in Hakuba-mura dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Ito.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 18:

Ito

— 8 nights
Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
Get some cultural insight at Shirahama Jinja Shrine and Sugimotodera Temple. Step out of the city life by going to Iritahama Beach and Otome Toge. Get out of town with these interesting Ito side-trips: Kamakura (Kakuonji Temple, Sasuke Inari Shrine, &more), Shimoda (Murakami Gasshozukuri Mingeikan & Kisami Ohama Beach) and Minamiizu-cho (Minamiizu Aloe Center & Hino Broccolini Garden). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Inatori Hosono Kogen, don't miss a visit to Hashidate Tsuribashi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kintoki, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Gempeigawa River.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ito travel route tool.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Ito in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Traveling from Hakuba-mura in April, Ito is a bit warmer at night with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Ito

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 26:

Takachiho-cho

— 4 nights
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Aso Mizuki Meguri and Hutagami Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Kuju Highland and Mt. Kuju. Explore Takachiho-cho's surroundings by going to Aso (Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine & Aso Panorama Line), Minamiaso-mura (Aso Highland Museum Park & Yoshidajyo Gokenjyokumiba) and Kokonoe-machi (Mt. Mimata & Tadewara Wetlands). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, steep yourself in history at Kushifuru Shrine, go for a walk through Takachihokyo Passage, and identify plant and animal life at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho driving holiday tool.

Traveling by flight from Ito to Takachiho-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Ito in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Takachiho-cho, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 30:

Yakushima-cho

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and Yaku Shrine. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Isso Beach and Tashiro Beach. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Okinasugi, make a trip to Yahazu Cape, and take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of car, train, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Yakushima-cho, with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:

Onna-son

— 7 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Appreciate the collections at Oceanic Culture Museum and JAXA Okinawa Tracking and Communication Station. Get some cultural insight at Urasoe Castle Ruins and Kemmin no Mori Forest Science Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Onna-son: Minatogawa Stateside Town (in Urasoe), Ginowan (Tropical Beach & Sakima Art Museum) and Motobu-cho (Minna Beach, Anchihama, &more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Kouri Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the gorgeous colors at Sunabe No.1, and head outdoors with Akabaka Beach.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Onna-son online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 69°F in Onna-son. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 10:

Iriomote-jima

— 5 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pinaisara Falls and Funauki Village. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wasurenaishi and Residence of Niimori. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, get outside with Haemida Beach, admire the sheer force of Kura Falls, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip tool.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima in 7 hours. Traveling from Onna-son in May, Iriomote-jima is a bit warmer at night with lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 10 — 15:

Ishigaki

— 9 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Island Countryside Settlement and Kannonzaki Lighthouse. We've included these beaches for you: Hairumubushi Beach and Nakamoto Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kohama-jima (Kohama Island Information Center, West Ufudaki Lookout, &more) and Kuro-shima (Iko Pier, Kuroshima Research Institute, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Ishigaki Church, Head underground at Ibaruma Sabichi Cave, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sukuji Beach.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip maker site.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 24:

Miyakojima

— 5 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Miyakojima City Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nagamahama Beach Coast and Miyakojima Diving Shop Guide-Ya-San. There's still lots to do: get outside with Tomori Imugya Beach, steep yourself in history at Uibya Mountain Site, see the interesting displays at Underground Dam Museum, and kick back and relax at Shigira Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima online journey planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in May, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay May 24 — 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.