60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Jose
Fly:  24 h
1
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Train + Taxi:  2 h
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
3
Ise
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Toyooka
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
7
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
8
Onna-son
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
9
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
10
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
11
Kochi
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
12
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  22 h 45 min
End: San Jose

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Ainokura Gassho Community. Appreciate the collections at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, &more), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Gokayama (in Nanto). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Natadera Temple, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Aviation Plaza, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Kanazawa is an approximately 24- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Kanazawa is 15 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from San Jose in January: high temperatures in Kanazawa hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Komatsu, Nanto, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 24:
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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

4
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Hakuba and Ganshoin Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort and Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area. Change things up with these side-trips from Yamanouchi-machi: Hokusai-kan (in Obuse-machi), Hakuba-mura (Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park & Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort) and Kusatsu-machi (Jukambo National Museum, Onsen Resorts, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha, fly down the slopes at Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort, and look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi online travel route builder.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Kanazawa to Yamanouchi-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kanazawa in January: high temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nagano, Hakuba-mura, Kusatsu-machi, Obuse-machi, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Hokusai-kan ©
Hokusai-kan

5
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.
Head to Ise Meotoiwa Interactive Aquarium (Ise Sea Paradise) and Kumihimo Hiraifor some retail therapy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ise Shrine Geku and Tsukiyominomiya. Get out of town with these interesting Ise side-trips: Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck (in Shima), Aonominesan Shofuku-ji Temple (in Toba) and Takinomiya (in Taiki-cho). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, make a trip to Meotoiwa, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, and get engrossed in the history at Saiku Histrical Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Ise using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Ise takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car, train, and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in January; daily highs in Ise reach 9°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Meiwa-cho, Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck, Yume Utsutsu, Former Kasuyatei, Aonominesan Shofuku-ji Temple
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:
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Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

6
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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle for their historical value. Do your shopping at Dotombori and Nishiki Market Shopping District. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Namban Culture Center (in Osaka) and Nara (Nara Park & Nigatsu-do Temple). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Ise to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Ise in February, with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Asahiyaki
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

4
nights
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Appreciate the collections at The Sand Museum and Toyooka City Konotori Bunkakan. Get a sense of the local culture at Street of Kinosaki Onsen and Takeda Castle Ruins. Change things up with these side-trips from Toyooka: Miyazu (Amanohashidate View Land & Amanohashidate), San'in Kaigan Geopark Museum of the Earth and Sea (in Iwami-cho) and Ine no Funaya (in Ine-cho). Next up on the itinerary: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, browse the fresh offerings at Toyooka Sanchoku Magokoro Market, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Toyooka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Toyooka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of tram and flight. When traveling from Kyoto in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Toyooka: temperatures range from 6°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Miyazu, Takeda Castle Ruins, San'in Kaigan Geopark Museum of the Earth and Sea, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Shoshazan Engyoji
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Ine no Funaya ©
Ine no Funaya
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Yamato Museum and Ohara Museum of Art. Discover out-of-the-way places like Daishoin Temple and Tomo no Ura. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more), Fukuzen-ji Temple (in Fukuyama) and Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, walk around Momijidani Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima road trip site.

Take a train from Toyooka to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Toyooka in February: highs in Hiroshima hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 3°C. 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 Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kurashiki, Fukuyama, Yamato Museum, Mazda Museum
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

5
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

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.
Appreciate the collections at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum and Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture. Get some historical perspective at Yutoku Inari Shrine and Karematsu Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Unzen (Onsen Resorts, Unzen Jigoku (Unzen Hell), &more), Honkoji Temple (in Shimabara) and Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Suwa Shrine, see the interesting displays at Dejima, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and appreciate the history behind Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki route builder site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Unzen, Yutoku Inari Shrine, Honkoji Temple, Nagasaki Bio Park
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Yutoku Inari Shrine ©
Yutoku Inari Shrine
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine

4
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nakijin Castle Ruins and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Kunigami-son (Cape Hedo, Daisekirinzan, &more), Shurijo Castle (in Naha) and Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater & Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, steep yourself in history at The Tower of Himeyuri, explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins, and take an in-depth tour of Himeyuri Peace Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Onna-son day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Onna-son takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Nagasaki in February, expect Onna-son to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Kunigami-son, Itoman, Naha, Motobu-cho, Nakijin Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum ©
Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, enjoy breathtaking views from Makiyama Observatory, and don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima road trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Onna-son in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Miyakojima, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 1:
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse
Yabiji
Yabiji

4
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.
Head to Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Artfor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Step out of Ishigaki to go to Iriomote-jima and see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Kondoi Beach, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and stroll around Banna Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki visit planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kondoi Beach, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

5
nights
Kochi

Kochi ©
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum and Ryoma History Museam. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kotohira-gu and Sunday Market. Change things up with these side-trips from Kochi: Buraku-ji Temple Yakushido (in Otoyo-cho), Izutama Shrine (in Kotohira-cho) and Zentsuji (Nogi Museum, Zentsu-ji Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, and make a trip to Muroto Cape.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kochi visit planning site.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Kochi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Ishigaki in March, plan for little chillier days in Kochi, with highs around 17°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Zentsuji, Kotohira-cho, Muroto, Namekawakeikoku, Ryoma History Museam
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Zentsu-ji Temple ©
Zentsu-ji Temple

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Kashima Jingu. Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka), Naritasan Omote Sando (in Narita) and Katori Jingu Shrine (in Katori). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Kochi to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. March in Tokyo sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Narita, Kamakura, Kashima Jingu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

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