60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 6 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
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Kamakura
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Hakodate
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Ishigaki — 5 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.
Spend 4th (Sat) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, make a trip to Yaeyama-yashi of Yonehara, take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, and stroll around Kabira Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planner.

London, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Ishigaki is 9 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from London in June: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 37°C and lows are around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Nagasaki.
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Find places to stay Jun 1 — 7:

Nagasaki — 5 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sasebo (Huis Ten Bosch & Mt. Yumihari). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, stop by Ishimaru Bunkoudou, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nagasaki road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Nagasaki takes 5.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Ishigaki in June: high temperatures in Nagasaki hover around 30°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Jun 7 — 12:

Hiroshima — 6 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, &more), Kure (Yamato Museum & Mt.Noro) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and step off the mainland to explore Okunoshima Island.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip tool.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can take a train to Himeji.
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Find places to stay Jun 12 — 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, &more), Kobe (Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) & Nunohiki River Valley) and Okayama (Okayama Castle & Okayama Korakuen Garden). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Himeji trip itinerary builder site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Himeji, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Jun 18 — 22:

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: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, &more), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Nara (Nara Park, Todai-ji Temple, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto driving holiday planning website.

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Jun 22 — 29:

Kanazawa — 5 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen Yamazakiyama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyama Shrine.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. When traveling from Kyoto in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Kanazawa, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Matsumoto.
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Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 4:

Matsumoto — 5 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: Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), &more), Mammo Kaitaku Peace Memorial Hall (in Achi-mura) and Umamizuka Park (in Komagane). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, take a peaceful walk through Tashiro Shitsugen, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagano Gokoku Shrine.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.
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Find places to stay Jul 4 — 9:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Hirano Lake Shore (in Yamanakako-mura), Kengamine (in Fujinomiya) and Jurigi Highlands (in Susono). Spend the 14th (Thu) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Shakushi Toge.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi day trip planning app.

Drive from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Matsumoto in July: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kamakura.
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Find places to stay Jul 9 — 14:

Kamakura — 5 nights

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kamakura: Miura (Umanose Domon & Moroiso Shores) and Hashirimizu Kannonzaki Boardwalk (in Yokosuka). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, hike along Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi, contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Taura Umenosato.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kamakura trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Kamakura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Jul 14 — 19:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). Have a day of magic on the 22nd (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo route planner.

Drive from Kamakura to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kamakura in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Hakodate.
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Find places to stay Jul 19 — 26:

Hakodate — 4 nights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Hakodate is known for sightseeing, nature, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hakodate Park, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, and steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hakodate trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Tokyo to Hakodate by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, Hakodate is slightly colder than Tokyo - with highs of 26°C and lows of 22°C. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:

Japan travel guide

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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.
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