60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Iwami-cho
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Kanazawa
— 6 nights
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Hakuba-mura
— 5 nights
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Shari-cho
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Nagasaki — 4 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Nijino Matsubara and Takahama Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Nagasaki Peace Park. Get out of town with these interesting Nagasaki side-trips: Minamishimabara (Maehama Beach, Minamishimabara Dolphin Watching, &more), Yokan Museum (in Ogi) and Hado Misaki (in Karatsu). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Glover Garden, take an in-depth tour of 26 Martyrs Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kannondo, and see the interesting displays at Dejima.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nagasaki tour itinerary maker tool.

Toronto, Canada to Nagasaki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Nagasaki, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in April: high temperatures in Nagasaki hover around 22°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Ishigaki.
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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.
Let the collections at Ishigaki Yaima Village and Ishigaki City Yaeyama Museum capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Hirakubozaki and MInsah Kogei Museum. Take a break from Ishigaki with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima, about 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Shiraho Beach, get outside with Akashi Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki itinerary planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Ishigaki by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nagasaki in April: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 30°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Miyakojima.
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Find places to stay Apr 6 — 12:

Miyakojima — 4 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visit Yonaha Maehama Beach and Tomori Imugya Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, head outdoors with Ikizu Beach, and see some colorful creatures with Miyakojima Diving Shop Guide-Ya-San.

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Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Apr 12 — 16:

Hiroshima — 4 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Itsukushima Shrine. Your inner history buff will appreciate Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Atomic Bomb Dome. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Kure (Kure City Irifuneyama Memorial Hall, JMSDF Kure Museum, &more) and Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Mikasahama Beach, &more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, see the interesting displays at Honkawa Peace Museum, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima attractions app.

Getting from Miyakojima to Hiroshima by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in April, things will get slightly colder in Hiroshima: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Iwami-cho.
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Find places to stay Apr 16 — 20:

Iwami-cho — 3 nights

San'in Kaigan Geopark Museum of the Earth and Sea and Watanabe Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore and Higashihama Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Iwami-cho: Shinonsen-cho (Arayu & Onsen Resorts).

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read Iwami-cho vacation planning tool.

Drive from Hiroshima to Iwami-cho in 5 hours. While traveling from Hiroshima, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Iwami-cho, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Osaka.
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Find places to stay Apr 20 — 23:

Osaka — 6 nights

Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Nara Park and Japan Tour Adventure in Nara. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kobe (Kawasaki Good Times World, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), &more), Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Amore Beach (in Akashi). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, wander the streets of Minami (Namba), and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

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You can drive from Iwami-cho to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Iwami-cho in April, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Apr 23 — 29:

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.
Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakurafor some retail therapy. You'll explore and learn at Kyoto International Manga Museum and Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design. Venture out of the city with trips to Uji (Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan & Byodoin) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip website.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 6:

Kanazawa — 6 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll explore and learn at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts and Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan). Get some historical perspective at The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Nagamachi Neighborhood. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Toyama (Hokugin Galerie Millet, J-Wet Adventures, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Amaharashi Coast, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

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You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hakuba-mura.
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Find places to stay May 6 — 12:

Hakuba-mura — 5 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Matsumoto Castle and Zenko-ji Temple. Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan) and Matsumoto City Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakuba-mura: Kashimayarigatake (in Omachi), Snow Monkey Resorts (in Nagano) and Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort (in Otari-mura). There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, take in nature's colorful creations at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, get outside with Hakuba Sanosaka Ski Resort, and stop by Hakuba.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakuba-mura trip website.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Hakuba-mura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.
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Yamanouchi-machi — 4 nights

The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Get outdoors at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Nozawa Onsen. Venture out of the city with trips to Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura), Togari Onsen Ski Resort (in Iiyama) and Kijimadaira Ski Resort (in Kijimadaira-mura). There's much more to do: get outside with Mt.Tairatsupyo, hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ryuoo Mountain Park, and take in the pleasant sights at Shiga Kogen.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Yamanouchi-machi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay May 17 — 21:

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Shop till you drop at Ginza and Wa Space. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi), Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course (in Gotemba) and Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Tokyo are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Shari-cho.
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Find places to stay May 21 — 28:

Shari-cho — 2 nights

Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
On the 29th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Furepe Waterfall, kick back and relax at Shiretoko Beach, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Shari-cho online day trip planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Shari-cho in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tokyo in May, with highs in Shari-cho at 18°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
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Find places to stay May 28 — 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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