60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 7 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 7 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 10 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train
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— 8 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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Odaiba District, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo driving holiday app.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Tokyo is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Reykjavik in October, things will get much warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 4:

Nikko

— 7 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 out of town with these interesting Nikko side-trips: Maenikko Tsutsuji no Yu Koryukan (in Kanuma), Nasu-machi (Nasu Nature Study Paths, Mt. Nasu, &more) and Sanbon Yaridake Moutain (in Nasushiobara). Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls, trek along Odashirogahara, and explore the stunning scenery at Setoai-kyo Canyon.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nikko trip planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 11:

Kanazawa

— 7 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more), Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Takayama Jinya, &more) and Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road (in Hakusan). The adventure continues: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, and see the interesting displays at Dolls Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa tour planner.

You can take a train from Nikko to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Nikko in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kanazawa, with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 18:

Kyoto

— 8 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ginkakuji Temple, Kinkaku-ji, Nijo Castle, and other attractions. Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum & Universal Studios Japan) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Arashiyama, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

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Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 26:

Nara

— 10 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.
You've now added Todai-ji Temple to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Nara side-trips: Tsudoshiroyama Ancient Tomb (in Fujiidera), Koya-cho (Healing Space Koyasan Uguisu Seitaiin, Mt. Koya, &more) and The Kuzuharas House (in Tondabayashi). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Takaminosato, and contemplate the long history of Todaiji Keidaicho.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nara route website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Nara, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 6:

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, head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki travel route planner.

You can fly from Nara to Ishigaki in 6.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nara in December: highs in Ishigaki hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 12:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Mt.Noro (in Kure), Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Senseki Garden (in Higashihiroshima). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in December, with highs in Hiroshima at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 17:

Himeji

— 8 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.
You've now added Himeji Castle to your itinerary. Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Sato Fruit Kobo (in Nishiwaki), The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism (in Kato) and Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & Okayama Castle). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, don't miss a visit to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Himeji, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 25:

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.