60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
2
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
3
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
4
Takachiho-cho
— 4 nights
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
7
Kyoto
— 5 nights
8
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
9
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
10
Hakuba-mura
— 3 nights
11
Ito
— 5 nights
12
Tokyo
— 6 nights
13
Sapporo
— 5 nights
14
Kutchan-cho
— 5 nights

4
nights
Miyakojima

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 Toguchi no Hama and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Nishihenna Cape, stroll around Imugya Marine Garden, step off the mainland to explore Ikema-jima Island, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip itinerary website.

Sydney, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Sydney in December, plan for little chillier days in Miyakojima, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Nishihenna Cape ©
Nishihenna Cape

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pinaisara Falls and Wasurenaishi. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and head outdoors with Hoshisuna Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima online trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
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 discover tucked-away gems like Kayaking & Canoeing and Nakamoto Beach. Explore Ishigaki's surroundings by going to Iko Pier (in Kuro-shima) and Kohama-jima (Kohama Island Information Center & Ubutaki Lookouts). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, stop by Yurateiku Market, stroll around Banna Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Ishigaki are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Kuro-shima, Kohama-jima, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 22:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kunimigaoka and Kuju Flower Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura), Harajiri Falls (in Bungoono) and Aso (Kusasenrigahama & Daikanbo). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Oka Castle Ruins, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Yasugawara, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and get impressive views of Mt. Aso.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho tour itinerary builder app.

Getting from Ishigaki to Takachiho-cho by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Ishigaki in December: high temperatures in Takachiho-cho hover around °C and lows are around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oguni-machi, Taketa, Aso, Mt. Aso, Shirakawa Springs
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Kunimigaoka ©
Kunimigaoka
Oka Castle Ruins ©
Oka Castle Ruins

2
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 Seibu Trail and Wilson Stump. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, admire the sheer force of Sempiro Falls, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land, and take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho travel planner.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho by combination of car and ferry takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. In December, Yakushima-cho is a bit warmer than Takachiho-cho - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Trails
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Seibu Trail ©
Seibu Trail
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa

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 discover tucked-away gems like Momijidani Park and Oyamazumi Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Kure (JMSDF Kure Museum & Yamato Museum), Iwakuni (Iwakuni Castle & Kintaikyo Bridge) and Taikodani Inari Shrine (in Tsuwano-cho). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tomo no Ura, and make a trip to Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima journey maker.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Yakushima-cho in December, with highs in Hiroshima at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Iwakuni, Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, Taikodani Inari Shrine
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Senkoji & Senkoji Park ©
Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Momijidani Park ©
Momijidani Park
Oyamazumi Shrine ©
Oyamazumi Shrine

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple & Kasuga Grand Shrine), Miyazu (Amanohashidate View Land, Amanohashidate, &more) and Tempozan Ferris Wheel (in Osaka). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, steep yourself in history at Byodoin, explore the historical opulence of Hikone Castle, and make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto day trip site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Miyazu, Nara, Atsuta Jingu Shrine, Byodoin, Tempozan Ferris Wheel
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Kasamatsu Park ©
Kasamatsu Park
Amanohashidate View Land ©
Amanohashidate View Land

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 9th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Taiji Whale Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nachikatsura-cho when traveling from Kyoto in January, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Taiji Whale Museum, Hashigui Rock
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Seisonkaku Villa. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho), Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Higashiyama Walking Course, &more) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Gyokusen-immaru Garden, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, and take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Kanazawa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in January; daily highs in Kanazawa reach °C and lows reach °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Fugan Unga Kansui Park, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Wine Tours & Tastings
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

3
nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hakuba and Suginohara. Explore Hakuba-mura's surroundings by going to Ganshoin Temple (in Obuse-machi), Togakushi Shrine Okusha (in Nagano) and Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort (in Otari-mura). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Happoone, hit the slopes at Glad Quad, stop by Hakuba Jump Arena, and get outside with Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hakuba-mura tour builder app.

Getting from Kanazawa to Hakuba-mura by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In January, Hakuba-mura is little chillier than Kanazawa - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Ito.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Suginohara, Ganshoin Temple, Togakushi Shrine Okusha, Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort, Kurobe Dam
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Hakuba ©
Hakuba
Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort

5
nights
Ito

Ito ©
Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mount Nesugatayama Observatory and Mt. Mihara. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ito: Fujinomiya (Lake Tanuki, Shiraito Falls, &more), Kinomiya Shrine (in Atami) and Shimoda (Tatadohama Beach, Shimoda Aquarium, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls, enjoy the sand and surf at Yumigahama Beach, explore the striking landscape at Aiai Misaki, and catch a ride on Omuro Mountain Lift.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ito trip planner.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Ito in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakuba-mura in January: high temperatures in Ito hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ito

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Shimoda, Fujinomiya, Minamiizu-cho, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Omuro ©
Mount Omuro
Lake Tanuki ©
Lake Tanuki
Mt. Mihara ©
Mt. Mihara

6
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chureito Pagoda and Kashima Jingu. Venture out of the city with trips to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi), Katori Jingu Shrine (in Katori) and Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja (in Fujiyoshida). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Jogashima Island, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo International Airport International Terminal Observation Deck, visit Ueno District, and laugh and play at Kamogawa Sea World.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo vacation maker site.

Traveling by train from Ito to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Ito in January, plan for little chillier nights in Tokyo, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Yokohama, Fujiyoshida, Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, Jogashima Island, Kashima Jingu
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World
Chureito Pagoda ©
Chureito Pagoda
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja ©
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja

5
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sapporo Teine and Asahiyama Kinen Koen. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Chitose (Royce' Chocolate World & Lake Shikotsu). There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort, stroll around Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and explore the world behind art at Sapporo Art Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Sapporo driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect nights in Sapporo to be little chillier, around °C, while days are cooler, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Chitose
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:
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Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Sapporo Teine ©
Sapporo Teine
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort ©
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort

5
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Explore Kutchan-cho's surroundings by going to Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho), Cape Kamui (in Shakotan-cho) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Fukidashi Park, fly down the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, get outside with Niseko Hanazono Resort, and explore the activities along Lake Toya.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kutchan-cho trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sapporo to Kutchan-cho in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Kutchan-cho can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Fukidashi Park, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, Rusutsu Resort Ski, Lake Toya, Cape Kamui
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 7:
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Niseko Mountain Resort  Grand Hirafu Ski Place ©
Fukidashi Park ©
Fukidashi Park
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort

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