60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Train:  16 h 45 min
1
Takayama
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Nachikatsura-cho
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Taxi + Fly + Bus:  8 h
3
Hirosaki
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  6 h
4
Kochi
— 4 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
5
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train + Taxi:  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
+5
Bus + Train + Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  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 Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall) and Takayama Showa Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takayama: Fugan Unga Kansui Park (in Toyama), Nakasendo Tsumagojuku (in Nagiso-machi) and Tateyama-machi (Kurobe Dam & Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route). The adventure continues: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, hike along Nakasendo Magome-juku, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and make a trip to Hida Furukawa Old Town.

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San Francisco, USA to Takayama is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Takayama. In April, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama-machi, Fugan Unga Kansui Park, Hida Furukawa Old Town, Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 8:
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Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall)
Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall)
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hashigui Rock and Onigajo. Explore Nachikatsura-cho's surroundings by going to Hanano Iwaya Caves (in Kumano) and Shingu (Kamikura Shrine & Kumano Hayatama Taisha). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, enjoy breathtaking views from Hiramidaienchi, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Nachikatsura-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Takayama in April, Nachikatsura-cho is a bit warmer at night with lows of 58°F. 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
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mt. Iwaki and Iwakiyama Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Hirosaki side-trips: Tachineputa No Yakata (in Goshogawara), Aomori (Sannai-Maruyama Site, Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, &more) and Lake Juniko (in Fukaura-machi). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center, stroll around Hirosaki Apple Park, step into the grandiose world of Hirosaki Castle, and explore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hirosaki visit planning app.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Nachikatsura-cho to Hirosaki takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April, with highs in Hirosaki at 52°F and lows at 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can 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
Iwakiyama Shrine ©
Iwakiyama Shrine

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chikurinji Temple and Sunday Market. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kochi: Kotohira-gu (in Kotohira-cho), Marugame Castle (in Marugame) and Muroto Cape (in Muroto). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, take in the views from Iya Kazura Bridge, step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, and head outdoors with Katsura Hama.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kochi online tour planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Hirosaki to Kochi in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hirosaki in April; daily highs in Kochi reach 67°F and lows reach 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Miyoshi, Kotohira-gu, Marugame Castle, Muroto Cape
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden ©
The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden
Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple
Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge ©
Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge

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 Momijidani Park and Hiroshima Museum of Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda (in Yamaguchi), Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Kure (Yamato Museum & JMSDF Kure Museum). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and stroll around Senkoji & Senkoji Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online trip maker.

You can take a train from Kochi to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up 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, Ohara Museum of Art, Senkoji & Senkoji Park, Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 26:
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Amano Iwato Shrine and Nabegataki Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Takachiho-cho: Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura), Tsujunkyo Bridge (in Yamato-cho) and Aso (Daikanbo & Kusasenrigahama). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, and take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho holiday planner.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. April in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Ibusuki

Ibusuki ©
A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
On the 2nd (Sat), explore the activities along Lake Ikeda, brush up on your military savvy at Chiran Peace Museum, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kaimondake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): 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 reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Ibusuki trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Ibusuki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in May, expect nights in Ibusuki to be a bit warmer, around 65°F, while days are little chillier, around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car 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
JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station
JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Yakusugi Land and Seibu Trail. There's much more to do: make a trip to Taikoiwa, delve into the lush surroundings at Shakunagenomori Park, take in the pleasant sights at Gejibe no Sato, and take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip planner.

You can drive from Ibusuki to Yakushima-cho in 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Trails
Find places to stay May 3 — 8:
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa
Seibu Trail ©
Seibu Trail

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 Daisekirinzan and Tropical Dream Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Onna-son), Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo) and Uruma (Kafu Banta & Katsuren Castle Ruins). The adventure continues: walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, and steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Motobu-cho trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Motobu-cho by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Motobu-cho, with lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Explore hidden gems such as Kanpiree Waterfall and Barasu Island. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get outside with Ida no Hama Beach.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Motobu-cho to Iriomote-jima in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Motobu-cho in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Iriomote-jima, with lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay May 13 — 17:
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Barasu Island ©
Barasu Island
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach

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 discover tucked-away gems like Kayaking & Canoeing and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, don't miss a visit to Euglena Mall, and get outside with Yonehara Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip maker tool.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

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

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 Yabiji and Nishihenna Cape. There's much more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Ryugujo Observatory, go for a walk through Imugya Marine Garden, and get outside with Toguchi no Hama.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima online travel planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in May, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay May 22 — 31:
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing

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