60 days in Japan & Samoa Itinerary

60 days in Japan & Samoa Itinerary

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60 days in Japan & Samoa Itinerary

Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Ishigaki, Japan
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima, Japan
— 6 nights
train:  1​h
3
Himeji, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 7 nights
train:  45​min
5
Nagoya, Japan
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Kanazawa, Japan
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  24​h
9
Apia, Samoa
— 10 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Wellington, New Zealand


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5
nights
Ishigaki, Japan

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.
Step out of Ishigaki with an excursion to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima--about 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki day trip planning site .

Wellington, New Zealand to Ishigaki is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Wellington in May, things will get much hotter in Ishigaki: highs are around 34°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing

6
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
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: MIyoshi Sports Park Asobi no Okoku (in Miyoshi), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in May, with highs in Hiroshima at 28°C and lows at 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Onomichi, Senseki Garden, MIyoshi Sports Park Asobi no Okoku, Kintaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay May 22 — 28:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
nights
Himeji, Japan

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, & more), Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso) and Tendaki Falls (in Yabu). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, go for a walk through Takeda Teramachi Street, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, and get to know the fascinating history of Mikobata Senkojo Mine.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Himeji visit site .

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 May, daytime highs in Himeji are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Okayama, Asago, Tendaki Falls, Hattoji Furusatomura
Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 1:
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

7
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Todai-ji Temple, & more) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kyoto travel app .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 8:
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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, Japan

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagoya: Jozanen (in Anjo), Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama) and Henjoin Temple (in Chiryu). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, and head off the coast to Mikimoto Pearl Island.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip planning app .

Take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in June, you will find days in Nagoya are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Toba, Ise, Inuyama Castle, Jozanen, Henjoin Temple
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 14:
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Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

6
nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
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 (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more), Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), & more) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). There's much more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, and don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online travel route planner .

Drive from Nagoya to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Wajima, Musee de la Fleur, Fleuri, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 20:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

7
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Kōtoku-in & Hase-dera Temple), Nagakubo Park (in Fujisawa) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Urayasu, Kamakura, Nagakubo Park
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 27:
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

6
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya), Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), & more). Spend the 2nd (Thu) exploring nature at Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, see the interesting displays at Ikeda museum of 20th century art, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip planner .

Drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in June, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are a bit cooler (23°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Apia.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Ikeda museum of 20th century art, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 3:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

10
nights
Apia, Samoa

Apia ©
The Samoan capital of Apia serves as the first port of call for most visitors, and it plays home to a number of historic sites, a laid-back seaside promenade, and a range of hotels and restaurants keeping tourists entertained.
Get out of town with these interesting Apia side-trips: To Sua Ocean Trench (in Lotofaga), Giant Clam Sanctuary (in Savaia) and Lalomanu (Lalomanu Beach & Lalomanu Crater Walk). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral, stop by Mailelani Samoa, take in the dramatic scenery at Sopoaga Falls, and kick back and relax at Salamumu Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Apia trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Apia. The time zone difference when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Apia is 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Apia

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Upolu, Lalomanu, Giant Clam Sanctuary, To Sua Ocean Trench
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 14:
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To Sua Ocean Trench ©
To Sua Ocean Trench
Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral ©
Lalomanu Beach ©
Lalomanu Beach

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