60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan planner
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Tokyo
— 9 nights
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Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 7 nights
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Matsumoto
— 7 nights
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 6 nights
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Kamakura
— 8 nights
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Ishigaki
— 7 nights
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Tokyo — 9 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.
Appreciate the collections at Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. Senso-ji Temple and Fukagawa Edo Museum will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: America Camp Village (in Okutama-machi), Kamiyatsuno Okusuu (in Ogose-machi) and Rock Garden (in Ome). Have a day of magic on the 16th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba District, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Fort Lauderdale in May, with highs in Tokyo at 76°F and lows at 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can fly to Shirakawa-mura.
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Find places to stay May 7 — 16:

Shirakawa-mura — 2 nights

Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Sampoiwadake, contemplate the long history of Kanda house, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then contemplate the long history of Wada House, then don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally steep yourself in history at Nagase house. Here are some ideas for day two: soak in some Japanese tradition at Oshirakawa Onsen Shiramizu no Yu, take a stroll through Ogimachi, then take some stellar pictures from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, and finally contemplate the long history of Shirakawago.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Shirakawa-mura visit website.

You can fly from Tokyo to Shirakawa-mura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect little chillier with lows of 55°F in Shirakawa-mura. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay May 16 — 18:

Kanazawa — 7 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Higashichaya Old Town and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple. Get outdoors at Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Tojimbo Cliff. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Katsuyama (Katsuyama Dino Park, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, &more), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Tateyama-machi (Shomyo Falls, Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall), &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Kanazawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can take a train to Matsumoto.
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Find places to stay May 18 — 25:

Matsumoto — 7 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Matsumoto Castle and Togakushi Shrine Okusha. Museum-lovers will get to explore Japan Ukiyo-e Museum and Matsumoto City Timepiece Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Chihiro Art Museum Azumino (in Matsukawa-mura), Nagano (Snow Monkey Resorts, Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden, &more) and Karuizawa-machi (Kumoba Pond, Shiraito Falls, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), get outside with Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Pond Tashiro.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Matsumoto tour planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Matsumoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to fly to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay May 25 — Jun 1:

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nara Park and Kyoto Isshu Trail Higashiyama Course. Let the collections at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Panasonic Museum (in Kadoma), Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Matsumoto to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.
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Find places to stay Jun 1 — 9:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Himeji Castle and Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown). Kids will enjoy Ohara Museum of Art and Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Kobe (Kitano Ijinkan-gai, Kobe Harborland, &more), Kurashiki (Kurashiki Folkcraft Museum & Japanese Rural Toy Museum) and Matsue Swimming Beach (in Akashi). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and take an exotic tour of Himeji Central Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji road trip planning site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kyoto in June, you will find days in Himeji are a bit cooler (76°F), and nights are about the same (69°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Jun 9 — 13:

Hiroshima — 6 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Escape the urban bustle at Miyajima and Mikasahama Beach. You'll explore and learn at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Outdoor Trips Japan, &more), Kure (Kure City Irifuneyama Memorial Hall & Yamato Museum) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, explore the engaging exhibits at Hiroshima Children's Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima tour planning website.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to fly to Kamakura.
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Find places to stay Jun 13 — 19:

Kamakura — 8 nights

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kōtoku-in and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Visiting Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi and Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Yokosuka (Verny Commemorative Museum, Memorial Warships Mikasa, &more), Okeba Gallery & Shop (in Chigasaki) and Miura (Koajiro Forest, Moroiso Shores, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, trek along Kamakura Hiking Trails, step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, and contemplate the long history of Kencho-ji Temple.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kamakura road trip planning website.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kamakura by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Hiroshima in June: highs in Kamakura hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 68°F. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Ishigaki.
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Find places to stay Jun 19 — 27:

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.
Get outdoors at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kabira Bay and Yonehara Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Iriomote-jima (Kanpiree Waterfall & Iriomote Island). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, kick back and relax at Sunset Beach, head outdoors with Kondoi Beach, and look and learn at Ishigakijima Observatory.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki vacation builder website.

You can fly from Kamakura to Ishigaki in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Kamakura in June, expect Ishigaki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 89°F and 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 4:

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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