60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 7 nights
train:  45​min
5
Nagoya
— 6 nights
6
Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
bus + train:  1​h 30​min
10
Kamakura
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Nikko
— 5 nights
+2
train + tram + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: London

3
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Nagasaki Shipyard Museum. Get some historical perspective at Glover Garden and Sofukuji Temple. Explore Nagasaki's surroundings by going to Yutoku Inari Shrine (in Kashima) and Togo Mt. Nakao (in Hasami-cho). And it doesn't end there: walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and get engrossed in the history at Hirosima Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip itinerary tool .

London, UK to Nagasaki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Nagasaki. Traveling from London in August, expect nights in Nagasaki to be much warmer, around 30°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Togo Mt. Nakao, Yutoku Inari Shrine, Hirosima Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 5:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Yamato Museum. Get some historical perspective at Itsukushima Shrine and Hiroshima Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Matsuyama (Matsuyama Castle, Dogo Onsengai, & more), JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Miyajima, & more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kosanji Temple, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hiroshima driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Baths

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama, Kure, Onomichi
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 10:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

5
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Himeji Castle and Yoneda Taishiji Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sumiyoshi Shrine and Nishi no Maru. Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Jodoji Temple (in Ono), Naoshima-cho (Benesse House Museum & Chichu Art Museum) and Inami Town History Museum (in Inami-cho). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, admire the masterpieces at FAN Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Shizutani School, and admire the natural beauty at Korakuen Garden.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji route planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Himeji are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takamatsu, Bizen, Naoshima-cho, Takasago, Inami Town History Museum
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 15:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum

7
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. Let the collections at Kyoto International Manga Museum and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, & more) and Osaka (Osaka Castle & Universal Studios Japan). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Gion, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and admire the natural beauty at Katsura Imperial Villa.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip maker tool .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Himeji in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 22:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

6
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Popular historic sites such as Ise Grand Shrine and Ninja Samurai Kingdom -Ise are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Okageza capture your imagination. Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Ise Shrine Geku (in Ise), Hamamatsu (Hokoji Temple & Hamamatsu City Regional Heritage Center) and Inuyama (The Museum Meiji-mura, The Little World Museum of Man, & more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Ama Shippoyaki Art Village, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya road trip website .

Take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in August, plan for little chillier days in Nagoya, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ise, Inuyama, Hamamatsu, Ama Shippoyaki Art Village, Toyohashi Museum of Natural History
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 28:
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

5
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall and Hida Takayama Museum of Art. Your inner history buff will appreciate Matsumoto Castle and Togakushi Shrine Okusha. Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Chihiro Art Museum Azumino (in Matsukawa-mura), Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Hida Takayama Retro Museum, & more) and Okaya (Irufu Doga Museum & Prince & Skyline Museum). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, admire the masterpieces at Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery, and see the interesting displays at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan).

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Matsumoto tour website .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Matsumoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Takayama, Nagano, Okaya, Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 2:
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Appreciate the collections at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Gallery Otera. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Wada House, & more), Nanto (Gokayama & Angoji Temple) and Katsuyama (Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum & Hataya Textile Factory Memorial Hall). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, steep yourself in history at Suwa Yakata Remains Garden, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

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

You can drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Katsuyama, Nanto, Gallery Otera, Hokugin Galerie Millet
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 7:
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

7
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Tokyo National Museum and Odaiba are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Sensō-ji and Tokyo Central Railway Station are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka (about 44 minutes away). Have a day of magic on the 14th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin).

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo vacation planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Tokyo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tokyo Disneyland, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

5
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Narukawa Art Museum. Mount Fuji and Izu Glass and Craft Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Hakone-machi's surroundings by going to Ito (Izu Highland Trick Clock Museum & Ikeda museum of 20th century art), Odawara Castle (in Odawara) and Izu (Ivory Craft Museum & Yomotokan). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, explore the world behind art at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and see the interesting displays at Hakone Venetian Glass Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip maker site .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Kamakura.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ito, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Izu, Mount Fuji, Odawara Castle
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

5
nights
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Get some historical perspective at Hase-dera Temple and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). You'll explore and learn at Kamakura Museum of National Treasures and Kamakura Museum of History and Culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kamakura: Yokosuka (Memorial Warships Mikasa & Yokosuka Museum of Art). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joukoumyouji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kencho-ji Temple, and head off the coast to Enoshima Island.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Kamakura travel planner .

Do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Yokosuka, Jimmu-ji Temple, Hoshun Yamaguchi Memorial Hall, Enoshima Island
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 24:
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

5
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
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.
Nikko Tosho-gu and Oyama-ji Temple Tomiya Kannon will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Oya Stone Museum and Kanaya Hotel History House. Step out of Nikko to go to Mashiko-machi and see Moegi Honten, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, explore the activities along Kinugawa River Source, take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushido.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nikko tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Kamakura to Nikko takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Nikko are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oyama-ji Temple Tomiya Kannon, Moegi Honten, Oya Stone Museum
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

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