60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Narita, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ito
— 8 nights
Fly
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Takachiho-cho
— 4 nights
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Drive to Kumamoto, Train to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Ferry to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Fly
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Onna-son
— 7 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote
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Iriomote-jima
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 9 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 5 nights
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Kyoto

— 8 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.
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden and Honen-in will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kyoto Botanical Garden and Myoshinji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara (Yoshikien, Daibutsuden, &more) and Uji (Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan & Mimurotoji Temple). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unryuin, contemplate the long history of Daikaku-ji, stop by Shinbashi Dori, and admire the striking features of Chishaku-in.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

San Diego, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Diego to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kyoto, with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 9:

Nachikatsura-cho

— 2 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the activities along Nachi Forest, take a peaceful walk through Nachi Primeval Forest, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudarakusanji Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shingu Inosawa Ukijima Plant Community, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ota Town Ishigaki Memorial Hall. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Kajitorizaki, see the interesting displays at Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall, then head outdoors with Kujirahama Beach, then head off the coast to Kinomatsushima Island, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nachikatsura-cho when traveling from Kyoto in April, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

Ise

— 3 nights
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Naiku Kaguraden and Anorisaki Lighthouse. Get in touch with nature at Mt. Asama and Miyagawa Zutsumi. Explore Ise's surroundings by going to Shima (Iseshima Summit Memorial Museum Samieru & Ichigo Beach) and Toba (Uramuracho & Aonominesan Shofuku-ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Itsukinomiya Hall for Historical Experience, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kazenomiya, step into the grandiose world of Tamaru Castle Ruin, and contemplate the long history of Former Toyomiyazaki Library.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ise trip planning app.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Ise sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:

Hakuba-mura

— 4 nights
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Matsushiro and Matsushiro Literary and Military School. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt. Shirouma and Oyama Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakuba-mura: Nagano (Old Battlefield of Kawanakajima, Sanada Treasure Museum, &more), Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd. (in Tateyama-machi) and Otari-mura (Hakubaoike & Ushikata Inn). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Okukane-Kyo Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Mount. Tsurugi, hike along Happo-one Nature Study Course, and get outside with Hakuba Daisekkei Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hakuba-mura trip planner.

Drive from Ise to Hakuba-mura in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Ise in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 48°F in Hakuba-mura. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ito.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 18:

Ito

— 8 nights
Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
Get some cultural insight at Shirahama Jinja Shrine and Gempeigawa River. Step out of the city life by going to Iritahama Beach and Inatori Hosono Kogen. Get out of town with these interesting Ito side-trips: Shimoda (Murakami Gasshozukuri Mingeikan & Kisami Ohama Beach), Kamakura (Sugimotodera Temple, Kakuonji Temple, &more) and Minamiizu-cho (Minamiizu Aloe Center & Hino Broccolini Garden). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Izu Highland Stained Glass Museum, head outdoors with Otome Toge, make a trip to Cherry Blossom Trees at Izu Kogen Highlands, and admire the natural beauty at Sakura no Sato.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ito itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Ito takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hakuba-mura in April since evenings lows in Ito dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Ito

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 26:

Takachiho-cho

— 4 nights
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Aso Mizuki Meguri and Aratate Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Kuju Highland and Kushifuru Shrine. Explore Takachiho-cho's surroundings by going to Aso (Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine & Aso Panorama Line), Kokonoe-machi (Mt. Mimata & Tadewara Wetlands) and Mt. Kuju (in Taketa). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, examine the collection at Aso Highland Museum Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, and go for a walk through Takachihokyo Passage.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Takachiho-cho trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Ito to Takachiho-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Ito in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Takachiho-cho, with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 30:

Yakushima-cho

— 3 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Get some cultural insight at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and Yakushima Shrine. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Isso Beach and Tashiro Beach. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Okinasugi, make a trip to Yahazu Cape, and take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of car, train, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Yakushima-cho, with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:

Onna-son

— 7 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Appreciate the collections at Oceanic Culture Museum and Kemmin no Mori Forest Science Museum. Get some cultural insight at Urasoe Castle Ruins and JAXA Okinawa Tracking and Communication Station. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Onna-son: Minatogawa Stateside Town (in Urasoe), Motobu-cho (Minna Beach, Anchihama, &more) and Ginowan (Tropical Beach & Sakima Art Museum). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Busena Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the gorgeous colors at Sunabe No.1, and head outdoors with Sun Marina Beach.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Onna-son online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 69°F in Onna-son. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 10:

Iriomote-jima

— 5 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pinaisara Falls and Ida no Hama Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wasurenaishi and Residence of Niimori. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, get outside with Haemida Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and admire the sheer force of Mariudo Fall.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Iriomote-jima vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima takes 7 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Onna-son in May since evenings lows in Iriomote-jima dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 10 — 15:

Ishigaki

— 9 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Island Countryside Settlement and Kannonzaki Lighthouse. We've included these beaches for you: Hairumubushi Beach and Sukuji Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kohama-jima (Kohama Island Information Center, West Ufudaki Lookout, &more) and Kuro-shima (Iko Pier, Nakamoto Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, see the interesting displays at Taketomi Yugafu-kan, look for all kinds of wild species at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torinji Temple.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip maker site.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 24:

Miyakojima

— 5 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Miyakojima City Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nagamahama Beach Coast and Miyakojima Diving Shop Guide-Ya-San. There's still lots to do: get outside with Tomori Imugya Beach, steep yourself in history at Uibya Mountain Site, see the interesting displays at Underground Dam Museum, and kick back and relax at Shigira Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima online journey planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in May, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay May 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.