60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Nimes
Fly:  30 h
1
Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Naha
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Nagasaki
— 5 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Kagoshima
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
5
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Himeji
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
7
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
9
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  4 h
10
Sapporo
— 9 nights
Fly:  30 h
End: Nimes

6
nights
Ishigaki

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, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, visit Miyara River Hirugi Grove, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki itinerary builder website.

Nimes, France to Ishigaki is an approximately 30-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Nimes to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Nimes in December: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 26°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 5:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal ©
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal

5
nights
Naha

Naha ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naha: Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo), Motobu-cho (Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more) and Itoman (Himeyuri Peace Museum, Heiwa no Ishiji, &more). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, get your game on at Ryuso Studio Chura Bijin, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo.

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Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Naha takes 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Itoman, Onna-son, Nanjo, Yomitan-son
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo

5
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagasaki: Shimabara (Honkoji Temple & Yusui Garden Shimeisou), Unzen (Onsen Resorts & Nita Toge) and Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Glover Garden, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, ponder the world of politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, and take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Nagasaki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. While traveling from Naha, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Nagasaki, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Shimabara, Unzen, Huis Ten Bosch
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

5
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Get out of town with these interesting Kagoshima side-trips: Tarumizu Sembon Ginkgo Garden (in Tarumizu), Aira Sanryo (in Kanoya) and Kinko-cho (Kamikawa Otaki Park & Kamikawaotaki Falls). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, take in panoramic vistas at Yunohira Lookout, explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum, and get a taste of life in the country at Kirishima Art Ranch.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kagoshima travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Kagoshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Minamikyushu, Kinko-cho, Kirishima, Tarumizu Sembon Ginkgo Garden, Aira Sanryo
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Nagashima Museum ©
Nagashima Museum

5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Miyajima (Mt. Misen & Shishiiwa Tenbodai) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner.

Take a train from Kagoshima to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Tobishima Kaido
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Wakasu Kogen Oya Ski Area (in Yabu), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum & Ohara Museum of Art). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, shop like a local with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kobe, Tottori, Kurashiki, Ako City Folk Shiryokan, Wakasu Kogen Oya Ski Area
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

6
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Osaka (Imperial Hotel Plaza Osaka & Universal Studios Japan) and Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo (in Namba). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 4:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Takayama (Wine Tours & Tastings, Sanmachi Suji, &more), Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Komatsu (Aratama Valley & Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute). The adventure continues: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Neagarimatsu, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa road trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in February, you will find days in Kanazawa are little chillier (7°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Komatsu, Ishikawa Jumoku Park
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

7
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder website.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in February, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (12°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

9
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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: Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden (in Sobetsu-cho), Noboribetsu (Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, Jigokudani, &more) and Doraemon Wakuwaku Sky Park (in Chitose). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Odori Park, get your game on at HOKKAIDO NINJA DO!, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and don't miss a visit to Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo visit planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Tokyo, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of -1°C to lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Otaru, Niseko-cho, Rusutsu Resort Ski, Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani

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