60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Iwami-cho
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Naha
— 7 nights
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Miyakojima
— 6 nights
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Ishigaki
— 8 nights
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Koya-cho
— 5 nights
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Kamakura
— 6 nights
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Tokyo
— 8 nights
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Kanazawa — 4 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Let the collections at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall and Hida Takayama Museum of Art capture your imagination. Visiting Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Gongenmori Beach will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more), Takayama (Takayama Jinya & Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan)) and Kita Family House (in Hodatsushimizu-cho). There's lots more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planning site.

Detroit, USA to Kanazawa is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Detroit to Kanazawa. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Detroit in April: high temperatures in Kanazawa hover around 63°F and lows are around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Do your shopping at Dotombori District and Ninja Dojo and Store. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and visit Arashiyama.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Iwami-cho.
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Iwami-cho — 4 nights

Step out of the city life by going to Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore and Uradome Seacoast Marine Park. Get a sense of the local culture at The Sand Museum and San'in Kaigan Geopark Museum of the Earth and Sea. Step out of Iwami-cho to go to Tottori and see Hakuto Beach, which is approximately 38 minutes away.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Iwami-cho trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Iwami-cho in 4 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in April: highs in Iwami-cho hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 4:

Hiroshima — 3 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Itsukushima Shrine and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Tahoto, &more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima road trip site.

Traveling by car from Iwami-cho to Hiroshima takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Naha.
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Naha — 7 nights

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Furuzamami Beach and Aka Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Gahijima Sand Dune and Emerald Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Zamami-son (Hizushi Beach, Kushibaru Beach, &more), Akabaka Beach (in Nakijin-son) and Nanjo (Miibaru Beach & Ojima Coast). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, kick back and relax at Toyosaki Kaihin Koen, and head outdoors with Toguchi Beach.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Naha trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Naha by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hiroshima in May since evenings lows in Naha dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can fly to Miyakojima.
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Find places to stay May 7 — 14:

Miyakojima — 6 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step out of the city life by going to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Sunayama Beach and Sawada no hama Beach. It doesn't end there: get outside with Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach and kick back and relax at Boraga Beach.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip planner.

Getting from Naha to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In May in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to fly to Ishigaki.
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Find places to stay May 14 — 20:

Ishigaki — 8 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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Yonehara Beach and Shiraho Beach. Visiting Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Sukuji Beach will get you outdoors. Explore Ishigaki's surroundings by going to Kuro-shima (Nishinohama & Nakamoto Beach) and Kohama-jima (Hairumubushi Beach, Hama-jima Island (The Phantom Island), &more). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Kondoi Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Beach, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read Ishigaki travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In May in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to fly to Koya-cho.
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Find places to stay May 20 — 28:

Koya-cho — 5 nights

Get some historical perspective at Koyasan Okunoin and Kinpusenji Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mt. Koya and Kongobu-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Yoshino-cho (Yoshimizu Shrine, Yoshino Mikumari Shrine, &more), Ubuyu Beach (in Hidaka-cho) and Enjugahama (in Mihama-cho).

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Koya-cho trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Koya-cho takes 4 hours. In May, Koya-cho is little chillier than Ishigaki - with highs of 74°F and lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Kamakura.
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Kamakura — 6 nights

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Take a break from the city and head to Moroiso Shores and Morito Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kōtoku-in and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kamakura: Wadaura Beach (in Minamiboso), Araihama Beach (in Miura) and Shirosaki Beach (in Kamogawa). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Kencho-ji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi, and enjoy the sand and surf at Akiya, Tateishi Coast.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kamakura using our trip planner.

You can fly from Koya-cho to Kamakura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Koya-cho in June, expect nights in Kamakura to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are slightly colder, around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 8 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.
Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo Central Railway Station will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Hakone-machi (Narukawa Art Museum & The Hakone Open-Air Museum) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Odaiba District, stroll through Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, and visit Akihabara.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planner.

Getting from Kamakura to Tokyo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kamakura in June: highs in Tokyo hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 8 — 16:

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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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