60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 4 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Onna-son
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Onna-son
— 4 nights
Bus to Okinawa, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train
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Matsumoto
— 7 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 6 nights
Fly
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
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Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Bristol

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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Kyoto International Manga Museum and Hosomi Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Hikone Castle. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Minami (Namba) (in Namba) and Genkyuen Garden (in Hikone). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, visit Arashiyama, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto attractions planner.

Bristol, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 18-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Ise.
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Ise — 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Futami Okitama Shrine and Ise Shrine Geku. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sarutahiko Shrine and Hanano Iwaya Caves. Venture out of the city with trips to Onigajo (in Kumano), Yumekodo Owase (in Owase) and Shima (Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck & Ichigo Beach). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Meotoiwa Rocks, explore the historical opulence of Ise Ninja Kingdom, and see the interesting displays at Okageza.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ise visit website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ise, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Onna-son.
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Onna-son — 4 nights

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Zakimi Castle Ruins and Nakijin Castle Ruins. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Manza Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Onna-son side-trips: Kouri Beach (in Nakijin-son), Kunigami-son (Hiji Waterfall, Cape Hedo, &more) and Motobu-cho (Bisezaki & Emerald Beach). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Nirai Beach, Head underground at Blue Cave, take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Zampa, and shop like a local with Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Onna-son road trip planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Ise to Onna-son in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Onna-son are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.
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Miyakojima — 5 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visit Sunayama Beach and Sawada no hama Beach for some beach relaxation. Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Yukishio Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, step off the mainland to explore Ikema-jima Island, get outside with Shigira Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama.

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Getting from Onna-son to Miyakojima by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. August in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.
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Iriomote-jima — 4 nights

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Visiting Iriomote Island and Kayaking & Canoeing will get you outdoors. Visit Ida no Hama Beach and Maruma Beach for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, head outdoors with Hoshisuna Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hinai Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 4 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kondoi Beach and Island Countryside Settlement. Escape the urban bustle at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Sukuji Beach. Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Kuro-shima to see Nakamoto Beach about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, head outdoors with Sunset Beach, stop by Yurateiku Market, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to fly to Koya-cho.
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Koya-cho — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eko-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-in Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, then make a trip to Koyasan Danjo Garan, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Healing Space Koyasan Uguisu Seitaiin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Okunoin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryusen-in Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho trip itinerary site.

Fly from Ishigaki to Koya-cho in 4 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in September; daily highs in Koya-cho reach 32°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Do some cultural sightseeing at teamLab☆Planets and Mori Art Museum. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, take a stroll through Ueno District, and admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Western Art.

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Traveling by flight from Koya-cho to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Matsumoto.
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Matsumoto — 7 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Togakushi Shrine Okusha and Kaichi Gakko Primary School. Get in touch with nature at Kurumayama Highland and Pond Tashiro. Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Kirigamine Marshland (in Suwa), Yashimagahara Marsh (in Shimosuwa-machi) and Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple, Lake Kagami, &more). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, look for all kinds of wild species at Tsugaike Natural Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Taisho Pond, and admire the masterpieces at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in September; daily highs in Matsumoto reach 28°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.
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Kanazawa — 6 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Ainokura Gassho Community. Get some historical perspective at Oyama Shrine and Shirayama Hime Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Tateyama-machi (Shomyo Falls, Mikurigaike Pond, &more), Nanto (Gokayama & Suganuma Gassho Community) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Kanda house, &more). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, steep yourself in history at Ochaya Shima, examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and walk around Kenrokuen Garden.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Matsumoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Shari-cho.
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Shari-cho — 4 nights

Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Explore hidden gems such as Shiretoko Goko Lake and Mt. Rausu. Step out of the city life by going to Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Shiretoko Peninsula. Get out of town with these interesting Shari-cho side-trips: Teshikaga-cho (Lake Mashu, Mt. Io, &more), Kaminoko Pond (in Kiyosato-cho) and Betsukai-cho (Notsuke Peninsula & Narawara). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Misaki, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take in the dramatic scenery at Furepe Waterfall, and take a memorable drive along Road to Heaven.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho trip planning app.

Fly from Kanazawa to Shari-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kanazawa in September: high temperatures in Shari-cho hover around 22°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Shakotan-cho.
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Shakotan-cho — 2 nights

Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Shakotan Peninsula, then stroll through Cape Kamui, and then kick back and relax at Shimamu Beach.

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Traveling by car from Shari-cho to Shakotan-cho takes 7.5 hours. In September in Shakotan-cho, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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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.
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