60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey maker

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Kanazawa
— 6 nights
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Takayama
— 4 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
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Kamakura
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Tokyo

— 7 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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Tokyo. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Philadelphia in April since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 20:

Ishigaki

— 6 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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, and explore the activities along Kabira Bay.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Ishigaki takes 4.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Tokyo in April, with highs in Ishigaki at 78°F and lows at 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to fly to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 26:

Nagasaki

— 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, head off the coast to Hashima Island, take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck, and stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki day trip planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Nagasaki in 5.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in April; daily highs in Nagasaki reach 67°F and lows reach 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 30:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 5:

Himeji

— 5 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 Himeji's surroundings by going to Okayama (Okayama Castle & Okayama Korakuen Garden), Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso) and Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (in Kurashiki). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, walk around Yakuno Gembugan Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Tendaki Falls, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 5 — 10:

Osaka

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Nara Park, &more), Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe) and Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Mt. Koya, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and walk around Shukugawa Park.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Himeji to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Himeji in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Osaka, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 16:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Ishitera Tea Plantation (in Wazuka-cho) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and visit Arashiyama.

Plan trip to Kyoto with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 23:

Kanazawa

— 6 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan), Nanto (Ainokura Gassho Community & Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple) and Toyama (Former Uchiyama Residence, Sotoshu Chokeiji Temple, &more). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Kanazawa Station, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

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Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in May, you will find days in Kanazawa are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 23 — 29:

Takayama

— 4 nights
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.
Explore Takayama's surroundings by going to Matsumoto (Matsumoto City Museum, Matsumoto Castle, &more), Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Kanazawa to Takayama by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 2:

Hakone-machi

— 5 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Fujiyoshida (Shinsekai Kanpai Street, Arakurayama Sengen Park, &more), Fujinomiya (Fujinomiya Route & Nishiusuzuka Walking Trail) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, take in panoramic vistas at Tenkakudai, don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hakone-machi, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Takayama to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Takayama in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 7:

Kamakura

— 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Mt. Miura Fuji in Yokosuka (about 46 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nagoe Excavation, and hike along Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi.

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Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Kamakura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Kamakura can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 10:

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.