60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Drive to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Fly to Narita International Airport, Drive to Narita
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Narita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 10 nights
Bus to Odawara Station, Train to Matsumoto
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Matsumoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki
— 5 nights
Train to Shin-Yokohama, Train to Kamakura
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Kamakura
— 4 nights
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Saitama
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 10 nights
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Narita

— 2 nights
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, stroll around Naritasan Park, then don't miss a visit to Naritasan Omote Sando, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Pagoda of Peace. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katori Jingu Shrine, then take in panoramic vistas at Narita International Airport Terminal 1, and then walk around Sakura no yama Park.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Narita travel itinerary planner.

Cleveland, USA to Narita is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Cleveland to Narita, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. May in Narita sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 55°F at night. On the 4th (Wed), you're off to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 2 — 4:

Hakone-machi

— 10 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Venture out of the city with trips to Arayayama Shrine Okumiya (in Fujiyoshida), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, Lake Kawaguchi, &more) and Fujinomiya (Kengamine & Fujinomiya Route). Spend the 12th (Thu) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, don't miss a visit to Gempeigawa River, see the interesting displays at Ikeda museum of 20th century art, and take some stellar pictures from Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi road trip app.

You can drive from Narita to Hakone-machi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Narita in May, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 14:

Matsumoto

— 4 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Togakushi Shrine Okusha) and Karuizawa-machi (Shiraito Falls & Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine, and take in the views from Kappa Bashi.

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You can drive from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in May, you will find days in Matsumoto are a bit warmer (73°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 14 — 19:

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Takayama (Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Takayama Jinya, &more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa visit website.

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Matsumoto in May, with lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 24:

Kyoto

— 7 nights
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 find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Byodoin (in Uji). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, visit Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

Start your trip to Kyoto by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 24 — 31:

Osaka

— 2 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
On the 1st (Wed), contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, then walk around Nara Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Dotombori District, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Osaka attractions planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Osaka sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 2:

Himeji

— 4 nights
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Okayama (Okayama Castle, Okayama Korakuen Garden, &more) and Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, &more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, make a trip to Otemae Street, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Himeji online itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in June, you will find days in Himeji are slightly colder (76°F), and nights are about the same (69°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can fly to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 6:

Nagasaki

— 5 nights

City of Peace

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagasaki: Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai) and Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Glover Garden, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, and take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Himeji to Nagasaki in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In June in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to fly to Kamakura.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 11:

Kamakura

— 4 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kamakura: Miura (Moroiso Shores & Umanose Domon) and Mt. Miura Fuji (in Yokosuka). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Kōtoku-in, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, and take in nature's colorful creations at Taura Umenosato.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kamakura sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Kamakura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Nagasaki in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kamakura: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saitama.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 16:

Saitama

— 3 nights
Though a fairly large city in its own right, Saitama has become known primarily for its proximity to the capital, Tokyo.
Saitama is known for parks, historic sites, and childrens museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: engage your brain at The Railway Museum, admire the masterpieces at The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum Saitama, don't miss a visit to Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street, and contemplate the long history of Toki no Kane.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Saitama visit planner.

Drive from Kamakura to Saitama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kamakura in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Saitama: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Saitama

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Transportation

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 19:

Tokyo

— 10 nights
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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. Have a day of magic on the 28th (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba District, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Saitama to Tokyo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 29:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.