60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + train:  16​h 45​min
1
Takayama
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Nachikatsura-cho
— 3 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  8​h
3
Hirosaki
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h
4
Kochi
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
5
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
6
Takachiho-cho
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Ibusuki
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Yakushima-cho
— 5 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + train + bus:  7​h 15​min
9
Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
10
Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h
11
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
12
Miyakojima
— 9 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

6
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Tenshukakau Observatory. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takayama: Tateyama-machi (Kurobe Dam & Yuki no Otani), Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku (in Nagiso-machi) and Fugan Unga Kansui Park (in Toyama). And it doesn't end there: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and contemplate the long history of Wada House.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Takayama route builder app .

San Francisco, USA to Takayama is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Takayama is 17 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama-machi, Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku, Fugan Unga Kansui Park, Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 8:
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Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku ©
Wine Tours & Tastings
Yuki no Otani
Yuki no Otani

3
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Explore hidden gems such as Nachi Mitaki Falls and Seigantoji Temple. Explore Nachikatsura-cho's surroundings by going to Kumano (Hanano Iwaya Caves & Onigajo), Shingu (Kamikura Shrine & Kumano Hayatama Taisha) and Hashigui Rock (in Kushimoto-cho). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, and take in panoramic vistas at Hiramidaienchi.

Discover how to plan a Nachikatsura-cho trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Takayama to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Takayama in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 58°F in Nachikatsura-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kumano, Shingu, Hiramidaienchi, Hashigui Rock
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 11:
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Hashigui Rock ©
Hashigui Rock
Daimonzaka ©
Daimonzaka

5
nights
Hirosaki

Hirosaki ©
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hirosaki Park and Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse. Venture out of the city with trips to Tachineputa No Yakata (in Goshogawara), Aomori (Sannai-Maruyama Ruins & Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru) and Lake Juniko (in Fukaura-machi). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle, admire the masterpieces at Towada Art Center, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iwaki, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwakiyama Shrine.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hirosaki itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Nachikatsura-cho to Hirosaki in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April: high temperatures in Hirosaki hover around 52°F and lows are around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Aomori, Towada, Tachineputa No Yakata, Lake Juniko
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 17:
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Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park
Mt. Iwaki ©
Mt. Iwaki
Lake Juniko ©
Lake Juniko

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kotohira-gu Shrine and The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Kochi: Miyoshi (Iya Kazura Bridge & Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge), Muroto Cape (in Muroto) and Marugame Castle (in Marugame). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Katsura Hama, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kochi trip builder site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hirosaki to Kochi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hirosaki in April, with highs in Kochi at 67°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Miyoshi, Marugame Castle, Muroto Cape, Kotohira-gu
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Marugame Castle ©
Marugame Castle
Muroto Cape ©
Muroto Cape

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Shukkei-en Garden. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni), Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda (in Yamaguchi) and Kure (Yamato Museum & JMSDF Kure Museum). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, walk around Momijidani Park, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima road trip website .

You can take a train from Kochi to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Senkoji & Senkoji Park, Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, Ohara Museum of Art
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Momijidani Park ©
Momijidani Park
Hiroshima Museum of Art ©
Hiroshima Museum of Art

5
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Daikanbo and Amano Yasugawara. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takachiho-cho: Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura), Kusasenri (in Aso) and Tsujunkyo Bridge (in Yamato-cho). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Nabegataki Falls, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and get impressive views of Mt. Aso.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho online trip planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Takachiho-cho, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Shirakawa Springs, Nabegataki Falls, Tsujunkyo Bridge, Onsen Resorts
Find places to stay Apr 26 — May 1:
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

2
nights
Ibusuki

Ibusuki ©
A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ikeda, brush up on your military savvy at Chiran Peace Museum, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kaimondake. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Chiringashima, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then take a memorable drive along JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ibusuki online travel planner .

You can drive from Takachiho-cho to Ibusuki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Takachiho-cho in May: highs in Ibusuki hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Chiran Peace Museum
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Kaimondake ©
Mt. Kaimondake
Chiringashima ©
Chiringashima

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Taikoiwa. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and trek along Yakusugi Land.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho day trip app .

You can drive from Ibusuki to Yakushima-cho in 7 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay May 3 — 8:
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

4
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Sefa-Utaki. Change things up with these side-trips from Motobu-cho: Kunigami-son (Cape Hedo & Daisekirinzan) and Uruma (Kafu Banta & Katsuren Castle Ruins). There's lots more to do: walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, admire the natural beauty at Tropical Dream Center, and don't miss a visit to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Motobu-cho sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Yakushima-cho to Motobu-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Motobu-cho, with lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uruma, Kunigami-son, Nakijin Castle Ruins, Sefa-Utaki, Scuba & Snorkeling
Find places to stay May 8 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Tropical Dream Center ©
Tropical Dream Center
Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan

4
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Ida no Hama Beach. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Iriomote Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Motobu-cho to Iriomote-jima. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Motobu-cho in May since evenings lows in Iriomote-jima dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay May 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Barasu Island ©
Barasu Island

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Hirakubozaki and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, stroll around Kabira Park, stroll through Yonehara Beach, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

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

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in May, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Taketomi-jima
Find places to stay May 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kayaking & Canoeing
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

9
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 Ikema Ohashi Bridge and Sunayama Beach. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and take in the views from Kurima Bridge.

Planning Miyakojima trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay May 22 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse

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