60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 9 nights
Train:  30​min
2
Yokohama
— 6 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Yokosuka
— 2 nights
Train:  15​min
4
Kamakura
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
5
Fujisawa
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Kurashiki
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
7
Okayama
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
8
Hiroshima
— 7 nights
Train:  2​h
9
Osaka
— 9 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
10
Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Kumano
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
Ise
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
13
Kyoto
— 9 nights
Train + Fly:  18​h
End: Istanbul, Turkey

9
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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Ghibli Museum (in Mitaka) and Urayasu (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Istanbul, Turkey to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Istanbul to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Istanbul in July, with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Museums

Side Trips

Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

6
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Step out of Yokohama with an excursion to Lazona Kawasaki Plaza in Kawasaki--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Sankeien Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, take a stroll through Minato Mirai 21, and take in the pleasant sights at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yokohama trip planner .

Yokohama is just a stone's throw from Tokyo. July in Yokohama sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Yokosuka.

Things to do in Yokohama

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Lazona Kawasaki Plaza
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 25:
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Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21

2
nights
Yokosuka

Yokosuka ©
The coastal city of Yokosuka has been historically known for its links to the navy.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Umihotaru, relax in the rural setting at Mother Farm, and then take some stellar pictures from Nokogiriyama Nihonji Tenbodai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Verny Park, then stroll through Mikasa Park, and then head off the coast to Sarushima Island (Monkey Island).

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yokosuka trip itinerary maker site .

Yokosuka is just a short distance from Yokohama. When traveling from Yokohama in July, plan for little chillier days in Yokosuka, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Yokosuka

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Mother Farm, Umihotaru, Nokogiriyama Nihonji Tenbodai
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:
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Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) ©
Sarushima Island (Monkey Island)
Nokogiriyama Nihonji Tenbodai ©
Nokogiriyama Nihonji Tenbodai
Mother Farm ©
Mother Farm

3
nights
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kamakura is known for historic sites, parks, trails, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kamakura Seaside Park Yuigahama Area, and contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Kamakura sightseeing planner.

Kamakura is just a stone's throw from Yokosuka. In July, daytime highs in Kamakura are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fujisawa.

Things to do in Kamakura

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zushi Beach
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:
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Yuigahama Beach ©
Yuigahama Beach
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

2
nights
Fujisawa

Fujisawa ©
Situated on Kanagawa's Sagami Bay, the city of Fujisawa serves as the gateway to beaches on the small island of Enoshima, as well as the sandy coast and temples of nearby Kamakura.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): kick back and relax at Southern Beach Chigasaki and then meet the residents at Enoshima Aquarium. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, then don't miss a visit to Enoshima Sea Candle, and then explore the striking landscape at Enoshima Iwaya Caves.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Fujisawa trip maker tool .

Fujisawa is just a stone's throw from Kamakura. In July, daily temperatures in Fujisawa can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Fujisawa

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Southern Beach Chigasaki
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:
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Enoshima Island ©
Enoshima Island
Southern Beach Chigasaki ©
Southern Beach Chigasaki
Enoshima Aquarium ©
Enoshima Aquarium

2
nights
Kurashiki

Kurashiki ©
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Sami Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, then admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art, and finally make a trip to Kurashiki Ivy Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get some fabulous bargains at Mitsui Outlet Park Kurashiki, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bicchukokubunji Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Kinojo Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Bitchu Matsuyama Castle.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Kurashiki holiday builder site .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Fujisawa to Kurashiki in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Fujisawa in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Kurashiki, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Okayama.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Soja, Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:
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Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle ©
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle

2
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
On the 4th (Sat), buy something for everyone on your list at Aeon Mall Okayama, appreciate the history behind Momotaro Statue, step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, then explore the world behind art at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Korakuen Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Tsuneyama, cruise along Great Seto Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saijo Inari Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsu Shrine.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Okayama day trip planning tool .

Okayama is very close to Kurashiki. In August, daytime highs in Okayama are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mt. Tsuneyama, Great Seto Bridge
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 5:
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Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Kibitsu Shrine ©
Kibitsu Shrine

7
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 Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Takehara (Streets of Takehara & Okunoshima Island) and Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Miyajima, & more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Okonomimura, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima online holiday builder .

Getting from Okayama to Hiroshima by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Takehara
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 12:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

9
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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 Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, & more), Nishinomiya (KidZania Koshien & Hanshin Koshien Stadium) and Kobe (Mt. Maya, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, & more). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Kuromon Market, shop like a local with Shinsaibashi, and get great views at Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In August, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, Nishinomiya
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 21:
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
nights
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Koyasan Daimon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Daishi Kyokai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Koyasan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Danjo Garan. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Okunoin, then take an in-depth tour of Kudoyama Sanada Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jison-in Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Koyasan Station.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho travel route planner.

Getting from Osaka to Koya-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. August in Koya-cho sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Kumano.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Kudoyama-cho
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:
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Koyasan Daimon ©
Koyasan Daimon
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

2
nights
Kumano

Kumano ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Wagunohama Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jonohama Beach. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanano Iwaya Caves, stroll through Kihocho Umigame Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Onigajo.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kumano vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Koya-cho to Kumano by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Ise.

Things to do in Kumano

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kihoku-cho, Kamikura Shrine, Michi-no-Eki Kihocho Umigame Park
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:
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Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Onigajo ©
Onigajo

3
nights
Ise

Ise ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Ise side-trips: Matsusaka (Ruins of Matsusaka Castle (Matsusaka Park) & Matsunase Beach). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, take in the waterfront activity at Futami-ura, explore the activities along Meotoiwa, and contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ise trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Kumano to Ise in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Matsusaka
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 28:
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Okage Yokocho ©
Okage Yokocho

9
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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Byodoin in Uji--about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip website .

Traveling by car from Ise to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ise in August: highs in Kyoto hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 29°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Byodoin
Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 6:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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