60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
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Sapporo
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Matsumoto
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki
— 5 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
Ferry to タクマ3乗船券販売所, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 7 nights
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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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Ginza, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online road trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Brisbane in September, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.
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Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks
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Find places to stay Sep 9 — 16:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Susono (Jurigi Highlands & Kazurayama Castle Ruins). Spend the 21st (Sat) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, see the interesting displays at Hakone Venetian Glass Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, and take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi day trip website.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tokyo in September, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can fly to Sapporo.
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Nature · Parks · Museums · Spas
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Find places to stay Sep 16 — 21:

Sapporo — 6 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden (in Sobetsu-cho), Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu) and Otaru (Tomioka Catholic Church & Otaru Canal). There's much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, take a stroll through Susukino, enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo TV Tower, and take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo online trip maker.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Sapporo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. September in Sapporo sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Sep 21 — 27:

Kanazawa — 5 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, enjoy breathtaking views from Kenrokuen Yamazakiyama, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. While traveling from Sapporo, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Matsumoto.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks
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Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 2:

Matsumoto — 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Snow Monkey Resorts (in Nagano), Yashimagahara Marsh (in Shimosuwa-machi) and Prince & Skyline Museum (in Okaya). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, relax and rejuvenate at Zuisho Matsumotokan, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Matsumoto road trip planner.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in October, you will find days in Matsumoto are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to fly to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Oct 2 — 8:

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: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Kobe) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Matsumoto to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Matsumoto in October: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 27°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Himeji.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks
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Find places to stay Oct 8 — 14:

Himeji — 2 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.
On the 15th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura and then see the interesting displays at Ako City Folk Shiryokan.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Himeji trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:

Hiroshima — 5 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Outdoor Trips Japan, &more), Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and examine the collection at Japanese Rural Toy Museum.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima travel route planning site.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.
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Find places to stay Oct 16 — 21:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagasaki: Sasebo (Huis Ten Bosch & Balinese Salon Sasebo). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, and get outside with Takahama Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.
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Find places to stay Oct 21 — 26:

Motobu-cho — 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Onna-son (Manza Dream Hole & Cape Manzamo) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, head outdoors with Anchihama, take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and see the vivid underwater world at Sesoko Labyrinth.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Nagasaki to Motobu-cho takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Nagasaki in October, things will get a bit warmer in Motobu-cho: highs are around 33°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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Find places to stay Oct 26 — 31:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima (about 1h 55 min away). Spend 6th (Wed) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki takes 5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
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Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 7:

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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