60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

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Fukuoka
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 6 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Nagoya
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Kobe
— 5 nights
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Naha
— 5 nights
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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 Itoshima (Hirabaru Historical Park & Raizan Sennyoji Daihioin), Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more) and Kumamoto (Newspaper Museum & Kumamoto Castle). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Hakata Station, take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Organic Esthe Salon Fuu.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Fukuoka day trip planner.

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam to Fukuoka is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brunei Darussalam Time (BNT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Bandar Seri Begawan in December; daily highs in Fukuoka reach 13°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (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 1 — 6:

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.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & Okayama Castle), Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Japanese Rural Toy Museum (in Kurashiki). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Fukuoka to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 11:

Sapporo

— 4 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 Sapporo's surroundings by going to Noboribetsu (Spas & Jigokudani) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, walk around Odori Park, and make a trip to Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Hiroshima to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Hiroshima in December, plan for colder days in Sapporo, with highs around 0°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:

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) and Takayama (Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Takayama Jinya, &more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Sapporo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sapporo in December; daily highs in Kanazawa reach 11°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to fly to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Itchiku Kubota Art Museum & Lake Kawaguchi) and Itajiki Valley (in Kofu). Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple, and make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Hakone-machi trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Hakone-machi can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 26:

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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 29th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and stop by Odaiba District.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo holiday planner.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by combination of bus and train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 2:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagoya side-trips: Chubu Park (in Toin-cho), Jakkoin (in Inuyama) and Kokeizan Eihoji Temple (in Tajimi). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, appreciate the views at Koran Valley, and meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Nagoya trip simple and quick.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in January, you will find days in Nagoya are slightly colder (7°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online vacation planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 14:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kobe: Negoro-ji Temple Daimon (in Iwade), Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more) and Site of Miyama Batttery (in Wakayama). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Royu Driveway, shop like a local with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Akamon Oneribei, and admire the sheer force of Kozataki Falls.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kobe trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Kyoto to Kobe by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can fly to Naha.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 19:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater & Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Kadena-cho) and Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, soak in some Japanese tradition at Apeman Spa, make a trip to Kokusaidori, and learn more about the world around you at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Naha online trip planner.

You can fly from Kobe to Naha in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. While traveling from Kobe, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Naha, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to fly to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:

Nagasaki

— 5 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). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, look for gifts at Ishimaru Bunkoudou, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and see the interesting displays at Dejima.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki road trip website.

Getting from Naha to Nagasaki by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Naha in January, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Nagasaki: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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.