60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Naha
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Fukuoka
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Kobe
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Nagoya
— 6 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Naha

— 4 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 Naha's surroundings by going to Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater & Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium), Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Nakagusuku-son) and Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, sample the fine beverages at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers, test the waters at Apeman Spa, and make a trip to Makishi Public Market.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Naha online trip itinerary maker.

Helsinki, Finland to Naha is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 7 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Naha hover around 24°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 5:

Nagasaki

— 4 nights

City of Peace

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 (Mt. Yumihari & Huis Ten Bosch). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and stop by Ishimaru Bunkoudou.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Nagasaki 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 December: high temperatures in Nagasaki hover around 13°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 9:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kunenan (in Kanzaki), Itoshima (Hirabaru Historical Park & Raizan Sennyoji Daihioin) and Kumamoto Castle (in Kumamoto). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, go for a walk through Ohori Park, don't miss a visit to Hakata Station, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Organic Esthe Salon Fuu.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka journey planner.

You can drive from Nagasaki to Fukuoka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 14:

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: Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & Okayama Castle), Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Miyajima, &more) and Japanese Rural Toy Museum (in Kurashiki). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and walk around Momijidani Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 19:

Kobe

— 5 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kobe: Hara Hirone Road (in Inagawa-cho), Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda) and Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Royu Driveway, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokkosan Kaburaiji Temple, deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, and admire the natural beauty at KIshiwada Castle Garden Hachijin no Niwa.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kobe road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kobe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. December in Kobe sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:

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 out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and stop by Arashiyama.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online holiday planner.

You can take a train from Kobe to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 31:

Nagoya

— 6 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: Kannon-ji Temple (in Tsushima), Chubu Park (in Toin-cho) and Ise (Ise Shrine Geku & Ise Grand Shrine). There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Doganji Kannondo, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and admire the verdant scenery at Chiiwa Valley.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in December, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are little chillier, around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 6:

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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. Have a day of magic on the 12th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Nagoya in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 13:

Hakone-machi

— 6 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Lake Kawaguchi & Fujiyama Sushi-Making Tour) and Imamiya Tea Plantation (in Fuji). Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and explore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi itinerary app.

Do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 19:

Kanazawa

— 5 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), Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Takayama Jinya, &more) and Aratama Valley (in Komatsu). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, make a trip to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa journey maker.

Traveling by flight from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. January in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:

Sapporo

— 5 nights

CIty of Ramen

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Noboribetsu (Spas & Jigokudani) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, and take a stroll through Susukino.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Sapporo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Kanazawa in January, expect Sapporo to be little chillier, temps between -3°C and -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 29:

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.