60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Naha
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Okayama
— 2 nights
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Kobe
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Takayama
— 3 nights
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Nagoya
— 4 nights
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Hamamatsu
— 3 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Niigata
— 2 nights
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Otaru
— 4 nights
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
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Osaka
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Naha

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clara Church, then explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, and finally make a trip to Yachimun Street. On your second day here, get interesting insight from Street Kart Okinawa, don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market, then make a trip to Kokusaidori, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at Taste of Okinawa Cooking Experience.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Naha online road trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Naha is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Naha due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in May, you will find days in Naha are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Naha

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 18:

Fukuoka

— 4 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Get out of town with these interesting Fukuoka side-trips: Nagasaki (Nagasaki Peace Park, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, &more), Dazaifu (Dazaifu Tenman-gu & Komyozen-ji Temple) and Kurume (Ishibashi Bunka Center & Kurume Tsubaki Park). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, test your team's savvy at Escape Games Fukuoka, and get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Archaeology Center.

To see ratings and other tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip planner.

Getting from Naha to Fukuoka by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Naha in May since evenings lows in Fukuoka dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 18 — 22:

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and head outdoors with Tobishima Kaido.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima road trip planning website.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Okayama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 22 — 26:

Okayama

— 2 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Keshigo, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kuma. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Inukai Bokudo Memorial Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art, then examine the collection at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, and finally stroll around Tokoen.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Okayama trip itinerary app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Okayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Okayama sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

Kobe

— 3 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yoneda Taishiji Temple (in Takasago) and Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and take a memorable drive along Royu Driveway.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Kobe visit planner.

You can take a train from Okayama to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Okayama in May since evenings lows in Kobe dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 28 — 31:

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara, about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto planner.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kobe in May: highs in Kyoto hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 5:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Ikadai Residence (in Takaoka). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, sample the tasty concoctions at Yachiya Sake Brewery, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:

Takayama

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takayama: Shomyo Falls (in Tateyama-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, take an in-depth tour of Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and stop by Shofuen Matsuno Chaho.

Plan my day in Takayama using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:

Nagoya

— 4 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagoya side-trips: Ise (Ise Shrine Geku, Okage Yokocho, &more), Chubu Park (in Toin-cho) and Kasumi Yumekujira Park (in Yokkaichi). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, and let the kids burn off some steam at Todagawa Kodomo Land.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nagoya trip planning site.

Drive from Takayama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Nagoya are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can take a train to Hamamatsu.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 15:

Hamamatsu

— 3 nights

City of Music

An important industrial hub with a sizable immigrant population from South America, Hamamatsu has developed a taste for international cuisine and arts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hamamatsu: Shinshiro (Kawatsu Cherry Blossom Avenue (Shinshiro), Kaore Plum Garden, &more), Toyohashi General Botanical Garden, Non Hoi Park (in Toyohashi) and Kawazakaya (in Kakegawa). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Hamanako Garden Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hojuin, stop by Irikawaya, Mikkabi Honten, and get engrossed in the history at Hamamatsu City Regional Heritage Center.

Find out how to plan Hamamatsu trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Hamamatsu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daytime highs in Hamamatsu are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Hamamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 15 — 18:

Hakone-machi

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Fujiyoshida (Nishiura & Shinsekai Kanpai Street), Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji (in Izu) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Itchiku Kubota Art Museum & Lake Kawaguchi). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, and contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Hamamatsu to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Hamamatsu in June, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are little chillier, around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 21:

Tokyo

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Yokohama (Yokohama Silk Museum, Sankeien Gardens, &more) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, stop by Akihabara, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Niigata.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 27:

Niigata

— 2 nights
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
On the 28th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakusan Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, stroll around Hakusan Park, then stroll around Muramatsu Park, and finally stroll around Toyanogata Park. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marinepia Nihonkai, don't miss a visit to The Old Saito Residence, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, then get engrossed in the history at Northern Culture Museum, then explore the activities along Fukushima-gata, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Akatani Cycling Road.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Niigata trip itinerary planning app.

Take a train from Tokyo to Niigata in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Tokyo in June, expect nights in Niigata to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 27 — 29:

Sapporo

— 4 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Leksand Memorial Park (in Tobetsu-cho), Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu) and Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu). The adventure continues: walk around Odori Park, explore the activities along Moerenuma Park, hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sapporo road trip website.

You can fly from Niigata to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Niigata in June, with highs in Sapporo at 20°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Otaru.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 3:

Otaru

— 4 nights

Town of Hills

The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Otaru: Shakotan-cho (Shimamu Beach, Cape Shakotan, &more), Niseko Outdoor Center (in Niseko-cho) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, see the interesting displays at The Glass Studio in Otaru, wander the wide-open spaces of Haruka Horse Ranch, and pause for some serene contemplation at Tomioka Catholic Church.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Otaru online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Otaru takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 7:

Hakodate

— 2 nights

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
On the 8th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakodate Orthodox Church, wander the streets of Motomachi, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, then don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, then contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hakodate Park. On the next day, stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, then walk around Goryokaku Park, and finally stroll around Yanagawa Kotsu Park.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hakodate online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Otaru to Hakodate takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

Osaka

— 5 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 Osaka's surroundings by going to Koshien History Museum (in Nishinomiya), Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan & Mt. Koya) and Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, squeeze the most out of the city with Photoguider-Japan, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Hakodate to Osaka in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hakodate in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Osaka: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 14:

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.