60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 9 nights
2
Matsumoto
— 8 nights
3
Kanazawa
— 6 nights
4
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
5
Kyoto
— 12 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
7
Naha
— 6 nights
8
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
9
Ishigaki
— 7 nights

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.
teamLab☆Planets and Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Asakusa Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Tokyo Disneyland (in Maihama), Katori Jingu Shrine (in Katori) and Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple, Kōtoku-in, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Mori Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo vacation maker tool.

Jerusalem, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Jerusalem to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In August in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Narita, Katori Jingu Shrine, Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 11:
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teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

8
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.
Togakushi Shrine Okusha and Karuizawa Kogen Church will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Chihiro Art Museum Azumino and Naraijuku. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Prince & Skyline Museum (in Okaya), Nihyaku Jizo (in Shiojiri) and Takayama (Sanmachi Suji, Higashiyama Walking Course, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Anrakuji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, and sample the fine beverages at Suntory Hakushu Distillery.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip planning tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Matsumoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Nagano, Karuizawa-machi, Takayama, Hokuto, Shiojiri
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 19:
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Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Naraijuku ©
Naraijuku

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Gokayama. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oyama Shrine and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine) (in Katsuyama). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Ainokura Gassho Community, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, and admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa road trip planning app.

Drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Katsuyama, Takayama, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 25:
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, then examine the collection at Taiji Whale Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Hashigui Rock.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nachikatsura-cho route maker app.

Getting from Kanazawa to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nachikatsura-cho when traveling from Kanazawa in August, with lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock, Taiji Whale Museum
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

12
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Tenryuji Temple and Koyasan Okunoin. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Hikone Castle. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka), Koshien History Museum (in Nishinomiya) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Ise, Koya-cho, Osaka, Hikone
Find places to stay Aug 27 — Sep 8:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

4
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 explore and learn at Yamato Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Daishoin Temple and Peace Bell. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima day trip site.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Mazda Museum
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 12:
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

6
nights
Naha

Naha
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Himeyuri Peace Museum and Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center. Sefa-Utaki and Zakimi Castle Ruins are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Nakijin-son (Nakijin Castle Ruins & Kouri Beach), Sangui (in Nanjo) and Motobu-cho (Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park & Okichan Theater). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Tokashiku Beach, head outdoors with Nirai Beach, step into the grandiose world of Katsuren Castle Ruins, and steep yourself in history at Nakagusuku Castle Ruins.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Naha trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Hiroshima to Naha in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in September, things will get a bit warmer in Naha: highs are around 36°C and lows about 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Yomitan-son, Itoman, Nakijin-son, Onna-son, Zamami-son
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 18:
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Tokashiku Beach
Tokashiku Beach
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins ©
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Yukishio Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aragusuku Beach and Yabiji. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Sunayama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Ikema-jima Island, get interesting insight from Tours, and make a trip to East Henna Cape.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima itinerary planner.

You can fly from Naha to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. September in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 22:
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

7
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Ishigaki Yaima Village and Nei Museum of Art. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Island Countryside Settlement. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, get outside with Sukuji Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip planning tool.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In September in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 29:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

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