60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route planner

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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Onna-son
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Onna-son
— 7 nights
Bus to Okinawa, Fly to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 4 nights
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Drive to Kumamoto, Train to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Ferry to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Drive
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Izumo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 6 nights
Train to Tokyo Narita, Fly to Perth

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Ishigaki

— 5 nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Explore hidden gems such as Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Yonehara Beach. Explore Ishigaki's surroundings by going to Iriomote-jima (Iriomote Island, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, walk around Banna Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaiji Beach, and take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

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Perth, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Perth to Ishigaki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Ishigaki. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 10:

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Kouri Island. Step off the beaten path and head to Toguchi no Hama and Irabu-jima Island. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Shimojishima Island, stroll through Sunayama Beach, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima visit site.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 14:

Onna-son

— 7 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Let the collections at Himeyuri Peace Museum and Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Okuma Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Uruma (Hamahiga Island & Katsuren Castle Ruins), Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Nakagusuku-son) and AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM (in Kitanakagusuku-son). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisekirinzan, get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Toyosaki Kaihin Koen, and contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Onna-son tour planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 4 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Onna-son. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 21:

Takachiho-cho

— 4 nights
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 discover tucked-away gems like Takachiho Gorge and Takachiho Shrine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Amano Iwato Shrine and Amano Yasugawara. Venture out of the city with trips to Aso (Daikanbo Lookout, Aso Mizuki Meguri, &more), Taketa (Oka Castle Ruins & Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus) and Kikuchi Gorge (in Kikuchi). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka, take in the dramatic scenery at Nabegataki Falls, and contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Takachiho-cho trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Takachiho-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Onna-son in November, with highs in Takachiho-cho at 19°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 25:

Yakushima-cho

— 3 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Yakusugi Land. Explore hidden gems such as Oko no Taki Fall and Wilson Stump. There's still lots to do: stroll through Seibu Trail, admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls, don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, and enjoy the sand and surf at Nagata Inakahama.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho journey site.

You can do a combination of car, train, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in November, expect Yakushima-cho to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:

Hiroshima

— 5 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku. Get in touch with nature at Miyajima and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni), Itsukushima Shrine (in Hatsukaichi) and Momijidani Park (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima tour planner.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, things will get little chillier in Hiroshima: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Izumo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 3:

Izumo

— 3 nights
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Explore hidden gems such as Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse and Hinomisaki Shrine. Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo and Shimane Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Izumo: Matsue (Kamosu Shrine, Yaegaki Shrine, &more) and Adachi Museum of Art (in Yasugi). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Former Taisha Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Grand Shrine, and contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Izumo road trip tool.

Getting from Hiroshima to Izumo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Izumo are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tenryuji Temple and Toji. Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nanzen-ji Temple for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more) and Mizuno Sportology Gallery (in Osaka). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read Kyoto road trip tool.

You can fly from Izumo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 13:

Ise

— 3 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ise Shrine Geku and Futami Okitama Shrine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Oharai-machi and Sengukan. When in Ise, make a side trip to see Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck in Shima, approximately Shima away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, don't miss a visit to Meotoiwa Rocks, get great views at Ise Ninja Kingdom, and contemplate the long history of Hinjitsukan.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ise day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Ise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kyoto in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ise, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:

Nachikatsura-cho

— 2 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine Temizuhachi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seiganto-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho road trip planning website.

You can drive from Ise to Nachikatsura-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:

Koya-cho

— 4 nights
Your inner history buff will appreciate Koyasan Okunoin and Kongobu-ji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Koyasan Danjo Garan and Kinpusenji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Koya-cho: Tanzan Shrine (in Sakurai) and Kusuri no Yakata (in Uda).

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Koya-cho trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Koya-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:

Tokyo

— 6 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Samurai Museum and Hase-dera Temple. Let the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and National Museum of Western Art capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yokohama Silk Museum (in Yokohama) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kōtoku-in). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo, get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, and step into the grandiose world of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin).

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Koya-cho to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Koya-cho in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Tokyo, with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 28:

Nikko

— 6 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ryuzu Waterfall and Lake Chuzenji. Get in touch with nature at Fukuroda Falls and Ryuokyo Canyon. Explore Nikko's surroundings by going to Nasu-machi (Fujishiro Seiji Museum & Mount Nasudake). Spend the 31st (Fri) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Kammangafuchi Gorge, explore the activities along Yunoko Lake, stroll around Sanbonmatu Park, and don't miss a visit to Senjogahara Field.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nikko trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Nikko, with highs around 11°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 3:

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.