60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route maker

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Ishigaki
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Naha
— 5 nights
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Fukuoka
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Nagoya
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Nikko
— 4 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
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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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, stop by Miyara River Hirugi Grove, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and get great views at Cape Ongazaki.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip planner.

Hammamet, Tunisia to Ishigaki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Hammamet to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hammamet in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Ishigaki. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 7:

Naha

— 5 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Motobu-cho (Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more), Heiwa no Ishiji (in Itoman) and American Village (in Chatan-cho). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, let little ones run wild at Ginoza Roadside Station, don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market, and head off the coast to Senagajima Island.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Naha trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Naha takes 3.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Naha can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 12:

Fukuoka

— 5 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fukuoka: Kumamoto (Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Kumamoto Castle, &more), Dazaifu (Kyushu National Museum, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more) and Hirabaru Historical Park (in Itoshima). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Kurume Tsubaki Park, and stroll through Ohori Park.

Plan my day in Fukuoka using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Fukuoka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Naha in April: high temperatures in Fukuoka hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 17:

Hiroshima

— 5 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, &more), Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima visit app.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 22:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine (in Takasago), Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Namban Culture Center, gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 28:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Tarao no Yu (in Koka), Ishitera Tea Plantation (in Wazuka-cho) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, stop by Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 4:

Nagoya

— 5 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagoya: Chubu Park (in Toin-cho), Nabana no Sato (in Kuwana) and Takenari Gohyaku Rakan (in Komono-cho). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, visit Nagoya City Agricultural Center, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, and meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nagoya sightseeing planning site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in May: highs in Nagoya hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 9:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Takayama Jinya, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Nagoya in May, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 13:

Nikko

— 4 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Change things up with a short trip to Odairanosato Shinsui Park in Midori (about 1h 10 min away). Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, and explore the activities along Lake Kirikomiko Karikomiko.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nikko day trip website.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Nikko in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Nikko. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 17:

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), Ivory Craft Museum (in Izu) and Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course (in Gotemba). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Fuji, cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and take in the pleasant sights at Tenkakudai.

To see reviews and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip planner.

Getting from Nikko to Hakone-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Theme Parks · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 22:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 30:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.