60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Fuji
— 3 nights
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Shirakawa
— 2 nights
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Niigata
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 5 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Koya-cho
— 7 nights
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Yoshinogawa
— 2 nights
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Tottori
— 4 nights
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Hagi
— 2 nights
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Takachiho-cho
— 5 nights
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Drive to Kumamoto, Train to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Ferry to Yakushima-cho
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— 4 nights
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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 to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo sightseeing planner.

Jerusalem, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Jerusalem to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jerusalem in November, expect Tokyo to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Fuji.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 8:

Fuji

— 3 nights
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Change things up with these side-trips from Fuji: Susono (Keigashima Canyon & Kazurayama Castle Ruins) and Ohatago Kashiwaya Historical Museum (in Fujieda). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, take in the pleasant sights at Obuchi Sasaba, relax in the rural setting at Imamiya Tea Plantation, and look for gifts at Tago no Tsuki Honten.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Fuji tour planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Fuji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Fuji can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Fuji

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 11:

Shirakawa

— 2 nights
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Yukiwari Canyon, delve into the lush surroundings at Angel Forest Nasu Shirakawa, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at Kashio Onsen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Shirakawa Sekinomori Park, then admire the sheer force of Otsujiga Falls, and then get engrossed in the history at Kominejo Catsle History Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Shirakawa journey maker.

Getting from Fuji to Shirakawa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Fuji in November: high temperatures in Shirakawa hover around 13°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Niigata.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks · Nature · Spas · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:
Highlights from your trip

Niigata

— 3 nights
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Explore Niigata's surroundings by going to Nagaoka Toki to Shizen no Gakushukan (in Nagaoka), Gosen (Muramatsu Park & Jikoji Temple) and Yahiko Shrine (in Yahiko-mura). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to The Old Saito Residence, admire the striking features of Ichishimatei, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Akatani Cycling Road.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Niigata tour app.

You can drive from Shirakawa to Niigata in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Niigata

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto travel route builder site.

Getting from Niigata to Kyoto by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Niigata in November, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (19°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 22:

Nara

— 5 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kusuri no Yakata (in Uda), Mt.Takami (in Matsusaka) and Ishitera Tea Plantation (in Wazuka-cho). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daibutsuden, look for gifts at Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo, and examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara trip builder tool.

Drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Nara are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 27:

Osaka

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle) and Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 1:

Koya-cho

— 7 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Koya-cho: Niukawakami Shrine Shimosha (in Shimoichi-cho), Katsuragi Highlands (in Gose) and Totsukawa-mura (Tamaki Shrine & Hatenashi Shuraku).

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Koya-cho route planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Koya-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Koya-cho sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Yoshinogawa.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 8:

Yoshinogawa

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the views from Kawashima Sensui Bridge, stroll around Asutamu-Land Tokushima, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Daiju zeki Weir of Yoshino River. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Amagoi no Taki, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kotsu, and then examine the collection at Yoshinogawa City Misato Firefly Center.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yoshinogawa trip site.

Drive from Koya-cho to Yoshinogawa in 4 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Koya-cho in December since evenings lows in Yoshinogawa dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Tottori.

Things to do in Yoshinogawa

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:

Tottori

— 4 nights
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Get out of town with these interesting Tottori side-trips: Matsue (Buke Yashiki & Matsue Castle), Adachi Museum of Art (in Yasugi) and Hiruzen Kogen (in Maniwa). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Tottori Sand Dunes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Samuhara Shrine, see the interesting displays at San'in Kaigan Geopark Museum of the Earth and Sea, and enjoy the sand and surf at Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tottori trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Yoshinogawa to Tottori takes 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Tottori are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hagi.

Things to do in Tottori

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:

Hagi

— 2 nights
A quiet castle town with a wealth of historic sites, Hagi draws visitors with its solid collection of traditional Japanese architecture.
On the 15th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Yukawa Family Old Residence, then steep yourself in history at Former House of Yamamura Family, and then steep yourself in history at Heian Bridge. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Jigokudai, explore the fascinating underground world of Akiyoshido, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Hyakumaizara.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hagi trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Tottori to Hagi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hagi can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hagi

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
Highlights from your trip

Takachiho-cho

— 5 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 find plenty of places to visit near Takachiho-cho: Ikeyama Springs (in Ubuyama-mura), Taketa (Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus & Nyuta Nakashima Park) and Aso (Daikanbo Lookout & Ogidake Park Viewing Platform). And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, and go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara.

Make your Takachiho-cho itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Hagi to Takachiho-cho in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. December in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 21:

Yakushima-cho

— 4 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.
Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Miyanouradake, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho online itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car, train, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Takachiho-cho in December: high temperatures in Yakushima-cho hover around 18°C and lows are around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:

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.
Explore Nagasaki's surroundings by going to Sasebo (Mt. Yumihari & Huis Ten Bosch). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, steep yourself in history at Suwa Shrine, don't miss a visit to Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, and snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nagasaki tour itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Nagasaki in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in December, expect Nagasaki to be little chillier, temps between 13°C and 7°C. On the 30th (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:

Japan travel guide

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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.

Niigata Prefecture travel guide

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Niigata Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Honshu on the coast of the Sea of Japan. The capital is the city of Niigata with which it shares the same name.HistoryUntil after the Meiji Restoration, the area that is now Niigata Prefecture was divided into Echigo Province (on the mainland) and Sado Province. During the Sengoku period, the Nagao clan, who were at times vassals to the Uesugi, ruled a fief in the western part of modern Niigata from Kasugayama Castle. The most notable member of the Nagao clan was Nagao Kagetora, later and better known as Uesugi Kenshin. He unified the leaders of Echigo Province and became its sole ruler. By taking the surname Uesugi, he also became the head of the Uesugi clan and effectively brought their realm under his control.The city of Niigata is now the third largest Japanese city facing the Sea of Japan, after Fukuoka and Kitakyushu. It was the first Japanese port on the Sea of Japan to be opened to foreign trade following the opening of Japan by Matthew Perry. It has since played an important role in trade with Russia and Korea. A freighter from North Korea visits Niigata once a month, in one of the few forms of direct contact between Japan and that country.

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Wakayama Prefecture travel guide

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Wakayama Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on the Kii Peninsula in the Kansai region on Honshū island. The capital is the city of Wakayama.HistoryPresent-day Wakayama is mostly the western part of the province of Kii.1953 flood disasterOn July 17–18, 1953, a torrential heavy rain occurred, followed by collapse of levees, river flooding and landslides in a wide area. Many bridges and houses were destroyed. According to an officially confirmed Japanese Government report, 1,015 people died, with 5,709 injured and 7,115 houses lost.GeographyCitiesNine cities are in Wakayama Prefecture:AridaGobōHashimoto IwadeKainanKinokawa ShingūTanabeWakayama (capital)Towns and villagesThese are the towns and villages in each district:

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Tottori Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Sacred & Religious Sites
Tottori Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region. The capital is the city of Tottori. It is the least populous prefecture in Japan.EtymologyThe word "Tottori" in Japanese is formed from two kanji characters. The first, means "bird" and the second, means "to get". Early residents in the area made their living catching the region's plentiful waterfowl. The name first appears in the Nihon shoki in the 23rd year of the Emperor Suiko when Yukuha Tana, an elder from the Izumo, visits the emperor. The imperial Prince Homatsu-wake was unable to speak, despite being 30 years of age. "Yukuha Tana presented the swan to the emperor. Homatsu-wake no Mikoto played with this swan and at last learned to speak. Therefore, Yukaha Tana was liberally rewarded, and was granted the title of Tottori no Miyakko." (Aston, translation)HistoryEarly historyTottori Prefecture was settled very early in the prehistoric period of Japan, as evidenced by remains from the Jōmon period (14,000 - 300 BC). The prefecture has the remains of the largest known Yayoi period (300 BC - 250 AD) settlement in Japan, the Mukibanda Yayoi remains, located in the low foothills of Mount Daisen in the cities of Daisen and Yonago. Numerous kofun tumuli from the Kofun period (250 - 538) are located across the prefecture. In 645, under the Taika reforms, the area in present-day Tottori Prefecture became two provinces, Hōki and Inaba.

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Yamaguchi Prefecture travel guide

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Bridges · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Yamaguchi Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Chūgoku region of the main island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Yamaguchi, in the center of the prefecture. The largest city, however, is Shimonoseki.HistoryYamaguchi Prefecture was created by the merger of the provinces of Suō and Nagato. During the rise of the samurai class during the Heian and Kamakura Periods (794–1333), the Ouchi family of Suō Province and the Koto family of Nagato Province gained influence as powerful warrior clans. In the Muromachi Period (1336—1573), Ouchi Hiroyo, the 24th ruler of the Ouchi family conquered both areas of Yamaguchi Prefecture. The Ouchi clan imitated the city planning of Kyoto. They gained great wealth through cultural imports from the continent and trade with Korea and Ming Dynasty China. As a result, Yamaguchi came to be known as the "Kyoto of the West," and Ouchi culture flourished. Sue Harutaka defeated the 31st ruler of the Ouchi clan. The Sue clan was then defeated by Mōri Motonari, and the Mōri family gained control of the Chugoku region. Yamaguchi was ruled as part of the Mōri clan domain during the Sengoku period. Mōri Terumoto was then defeated by Tokugawa Ieyasu in the battle of Sekigahara in 1600. He was forced to give up all his land except for the Suō and Nagato areas (current-day Yamaguchi Prefecture), where he built his castle in Hagi. Mōri sought to strengthen the economic base of the region and increase local production with his Three Whites campaign (salt, rice, and paper).

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Kyushu travel guide

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Enthusiastic shutterbugs and lovers of all things picturesque often choose to tour Kyushu-Okinawa on one of the island's epic train trips, leading through a landscape shaped by thousands of years of volcanic activity. With mild winters, warm summers, and plenty of developed beaches, the region offers a wealth of marine sports and recreation. Those with relaxation on their mind take a vacation in Kyushu-Okinawa for a chance to explore some of Japan's finest onsens, in which pristine nature meets modern amenities for an unforgettable tourist experience.