60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly + train:  15​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 7 nights
train:  45​min
4
Himeji
— 5 nights
train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
6
Nagasaki
— 6 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  6​h
7
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 30​min
8
Nagoya
— 5 nights
9
Matsumoto
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 6 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  16​h
End: Portland

6
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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Urayasu and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 24th (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo online visit planner .

Portland, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Tokyo is 17 hours. In May, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Portland - with highs of 76°F and lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay May 20 — 26:
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan), Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more) and Amo Natural Park (in Hida). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, make a trip to Omicho Market, and do a tasting at Yamafuji Vineyard & Horizon Winery.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa route planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kanazawa, with lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Amo Natural Park, Gongenmori Beach, Ishikawa Jumoku Park, Yamafuji Vineyard & Horizon Winery
Find places to stay May 26 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market, and take a stroll through Gion.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Jishu Shrine
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 7:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Okayama (Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest & Korakuen Garden), Bizen (Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei & Hattoji Furusatomura) and Chinatown (Nankinmachi) (in Chuo). Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kitaharima Yokamura Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, and explore and take pictures at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Himeji travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Himeji, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Okayama, Bizen, Kobe, Kitaharima Yokamura Park, Mt. Takamikura
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Korakuen Garden ©
Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Matsuyama (Kashima Kaisuiyokujo, Thermal Spas, & more) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, & more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima online road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagasaki side-trips: Dosekiryu Hisai Kaoku Hozon Park (in Minamishimabara), Yusui Garden Shimeisou (in Shimabara) 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, stroll through Nagao Castle Park, and kick back and relax at Takahama Beach.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip maker tool .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Huis Ten Bosch, Yusui Garden Shimeisou, Nagao Castle Park, Dosekiryu Hisai Kaoku Hozon Park
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

5
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, historic sites, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Banna Park, and head outdoors with Yarabudake.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Nagasaki to Ishigaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Nagasaki in June, with highs in Ishigaki at 89°F and lows at 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

5
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Venture out of the city with trips to Toba (Mikimoto Pearl Island & Toba Aquarium), Ise (Ise Shrine Geku, Okage Yokocho, & more) and Inuyama (Inuyama Castle & The Museum Meiji-mura). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nagoya trip itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Nagoya in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in June, with highs in Nagoya at 76°F and lows at 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ise, Toba, Inuyama, Chubu Park, Jozanen
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 5:
Highlights from your plan
Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

6
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Matsumoto side-trips: Mt. Nagamine (in Azumino), Takayama (Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Takayama Jinya, & more) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle, explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, stroll through Matsumoto Alps Park, and get outside with Mt.Takatsuma.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Matsumoto travel itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Matsumoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Takayama, Chubu, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Mt. Nagamine
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

6
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji), Asaya Winery (in Koshu) and Panoramic Viewing Platform (in Yamanakako-mura). Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring nature at Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Mount Fuji, find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland, examine the collection at Nirasaki Omura Art Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Matsumoto in July, plan for little chillier days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Chubu, Nirasaki Omura Art Museum, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Asaya Winery, Panoramic Viewing Platform
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Fuji Hakone Izu National Park ©
Fuji Hakone Izu National Park
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

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