60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip builder

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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 5 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 6 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Chennai

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima (about 1h 55 min away). Spend 2nd (Tue) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, walk around Banna Park, take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site, and enjoy some diversion at Yonekoyaki Craft Center.

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Chennai, India to Ishigaki is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 3.5 hours. Traveling from Chennai in November, expect nights in Ishigaki to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are little chillier, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can fly to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 7:

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.
Explore Nagasaki's surroundings by going to Togo Nakaoyama (in Hasami-cho) and Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, examine the collection at Dejima, and get a sense of history and politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Nagasaki takes 5.5 hours. In November, Nagasaki is little chillier than Ishigaki - with highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 12:

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: Toyama (Former Uchiyama Residence & Sotoshu Chokeiji Temple) and Aratama Valley (in Komatsu). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa attractions planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Kanazawa by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nagasaki in November, things will get a bit cooler in Kanazawa: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 17:

Takayama

— 5 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Nagase house, &more) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), get engrossed in the history at Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Takayama day trip website.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 22:

Matsumoto

— 5 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Otari-mura (Hakubaoike & Tsugaike Natural Park) and Snow Monkey Resorts (in Nagano). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, explore the activities along Matsumotojo Park, take in the awesome beauty at Hotaka Mountain Range, and admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Matsumoto tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 27:

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hakone-machi: Mount Omuro (in Ito), Nishiizu Skyline (in Izu) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Ishiwari, take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Hakone-machi when traveling from Matsumoto in November, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 1:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 6th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, visit Odaiba District, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Tokyo online trip builder.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 8:

Nikko

— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nikko: Sanbon Yaridake Moutain (in Nasushiobara), Mount Nasudake (in Nasu-machi) and Mount Tanigawa (in Yuzawa-machi). Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, hike along Odashirogahara, take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall, and explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nikko travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: highs in Nikko hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 14:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Todai-ji Temple, &more), Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, Universal Studios Japan, &more) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto vacation maker.

Getting from Nikko to Kyoto by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nikko in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kyoto, with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 21:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum, Ohara Museum of Art, &more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, and take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Himeji trip builder website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Paddle Park, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 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.