60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Naha
— 5 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Kamakura
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Osaka
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter & Ohara Museum of Art), Okayama (Kibitsu Shrine & Okayama Korakuen Garden) and Honzanji Temple (in Misaki-cho). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jodoji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and see the interesting displays at Ako City Folk Shiryokan.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Himeji trip planning tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Himeji is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:

Hiroshima

— 4 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 Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, &more) and Kure (JMSDF Kure Museum & Shirayukiro). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip website.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 31:

Nagasaki

— 3 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.
Step out of Nagasaki to go to Sasebo and see Huis Ten Bosch, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Glover Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki online visit planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naha: American Village (in Chatan-cho), Nakagusuku-son (Blue Sky & Nakagusuku Castle Ruins) and Nanjo (Sangui & Sefa-Utaki). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, make a trip to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Clara Church, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Naha trip planner.

Fly from Nagasaki to Naha in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nagasaki in February: high temperatures in Naha hover around 22°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 8:

Motobu-cho

— 5 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Get out of town with these interesting Motobu-cho side-trips: Izena-son (Shirasagi Lookout & Mt. Izena Forest Park), Nakijin-son (Kouri Ohashi & Kouri Beach) and Noho Ohashi (in Iheya-son). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, get outside with Gorilla Chop, take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Motobu-cho tour planning website.

Getting from Naha to Motobu-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Naha in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 14°C in Motobu-cho. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 13:

Ishigaki

— 6 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: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, and stroll around Kabira Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki travel route builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Motobu-cho in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ishigaki, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Kamakura.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 19:

Kamakura

— 4 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tateishi Park (in Yokosuka), Azumayama Park (in Ninomiya-machi) and Atami (Kinomiya Shrine & Izusan Jinja Shrine). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, visit a coastal fixture at Enoshima Sea Candle, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Inoue Sake Brewery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple Kannondo.

For traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Kamakura holiday app.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Kamakura takes 5.5 hours. In February, Kamakura is colder than Ishigaki - with highs of 6°C and lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 19 — 23:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba District, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo holiday maker website.

You can drive from Kamakura to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kamakura in February: highs in Tokyo hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 23 — Mar 2:

Yamanouchi-machi

— 4 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Get out of town with these interesting Yamanouchi-machi side-trips: Kijimadaira-mura (Kijimadaira Ski Resort & Tosen-ji Temple), Nagano (Zenko-ji Post Office & Snow Monkey Resorts) and Nozawaonsen-mura (Nozawa Onsen & Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, hit the slopes at Shiga Kogen, head outdoors with Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, and stroll through Ryuoo Mountain Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yamanouchi-machi driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, Yamanouchi-machi is a bit cooler than Tokyo - with highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 6:

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more), Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida) and Takayama (Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), Takayama Jinya, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, make a trip to Omicho Market, and visit Higashichaya Old Town.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 11:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa), Byodoin (in Uji) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto day trip site.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 17:

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: Nishinomiya (Koshikiiwa Shrine & Nishinomiya Shrine), Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more) and Kiyoshikojin Seichoji (in Takarazuka). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and stop by Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Osaka online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 23:

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.