60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  23 h 45 min
1
Shari-cho
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Matsumoto
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  4 h
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6 h 15 min
6
Onna-son
— 6 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  5 h 30 min
7
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h
8
Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h
9
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  7 h 15 min
10
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
11
Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
12
Kanazawa
— 6 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: San Francisco

4
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Step out of the city life by going to Shiretoko National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Shiretoko Goko Lake. Explore Shari-cho's surroundings by going to Abashiri (Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples & Abashiri Prison Museum), Teshikaga-cho (Mt. Io, Lake Mashu, &more) and Kaminoko Pond (in Kiyosato-cho). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Road to Heaven, take in panoramic vistas at Kaiyodai Observatory, get outside with Notsuke Peninsula, and admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho travel route site.

San Francisco, USA to Shari-cho is an approximately 24- hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Shari-cho. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Shari-cho: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho, Hokkaido, Abashiri, Bihorotoge Lookout, Notsuke Peninsula
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 9:
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Shiretoko National Park ©
Shiretoko National Park
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples ©
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples

7
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.
Head to Pola Museum of Art and Takeshita Streetfor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hase-dera Temple and Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Lalique Museum Hakone (in Hakone-machi), Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba) and Yokohama (Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 & Joinus Terrace Futamatagawa). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, visit Odaiba, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Shari-cho in June; daily highs in Tokyo reach 79°F and lows reach 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Yokohama, Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, Gotemba Premium Outlets
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 16:
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Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Togakushi Shrine Okusha and Higashiyama Walking Course. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chihiro Art Museum Azumino and Kaichi Gakko Primary School. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, &more), Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort (in Hakuba-mura) and Suwa Shrine (in Suwa). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Naraijuku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganshoin Temple, make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Takayama, Nagano, Kusatsu-machi, Lake Suwa Science Museum Gishodo, Stone Church
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Naraijuku ©
Naraijuku

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and JMSDF Kure Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Daishoin Temple and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Yamato Museum (in Kure), Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Miyajima, &more) and Momijidani Park (in Miyajima). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, head outdoors with Tobishima Kaido, and pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima travel route builder.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Matsumoto to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. June in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Tobishima Kaido
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple

3
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yakusugi Land and Oko no Taki Fall. Step out of the city life by going to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Seibu Trail. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Nagata Inakahama, make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, and admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip maker.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

6
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Do your shopping at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM and Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Onna-son: St. Clara Church (in Yonabaru-cho), Kayaking & Canoeing (in Kadena-cho) and Nanjo (Cape Chinen Park, Sefa-Utaki, &more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Okuma Beach, get outside with Sun Marina Beach, stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and steep yourself in history at Katsuren Castle Ruins.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Onna-son tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, train, bus, and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yakushima-cho in June; daily highs in Onna-son reach 85°F and lows reach 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nanjo, Nakijin-son, Kunigami-son, Motobu-cho, Kitanakagusuku-son
Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 4:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Explore hidden gems such as Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Iriomote Island. Get in touch with nature at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Hoshisuna Beach. The adventure continues: get outside with Ida no Hama Beach, admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Amitori Asaba, and head off the coast to Barasu Island.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Iriomote-jima route maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 82°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 7:
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

6
nights
Ishigaki

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.
Do your shopping at Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Art. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Hirakubozaki and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ishigaki: Ubutaki Lookouts (in Kohama-jima) and Iko Pier (in Kuro-shima). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, enjoy the sand and surf at Sukuji Beach, get outside with Kondoi Beach, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki sightseeing site.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Ubutaki Lookouts, Island Countryside Settlement, Iko Pier
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sunayama Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get in touch with nature at Yabiji and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, head off the coast to Ikema-jima Island, get outside with Aragusuku Beach, and make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima route planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In July in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 80°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 18th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, then admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, and finally explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Miyakojima to Nachikatsura-cho by combination of flight and train takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train. When traveling from Miyakojima in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nachikatsura-cho: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

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.
Shop till you drop at Dotombori and Nishijin Textile Center. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Koya-cho (Kodai-in Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more), Himeji (Nishi no Maru, Himeji Castle, &more) and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, and steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle.

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Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Ise, Osaka, Himeji
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

6
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Suganuma Gassho Community and Nomura Family Samurai House will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Gokayama. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine) (in Katsuyama) and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho). The adventure continues: get outside with Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, explore the world behind art at Hokugin Galerie Millet, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Takayama, Nanto, Shirakawa-mura, Katsuyama, Hokugin Galerie Millet
Find places to stay Jul 26 — Aug 1:
Highlights from your plan
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

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