10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9 h
1
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
2
Kumamoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Miyazaki
— 1 night
Train + Taxi:  2 h
4
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
5
Aso
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Beppu
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
7
Kitakyushu
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Singapore

1
night
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World umino-nakamichi, and then enjoy some diversion at Ohori Park.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka day trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Fukuoka is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Fukuoka reach 13°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife
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Marine World umino-nakamichi ©
Marine World umino-nakamichi
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park ©
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

2
nights
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kumamoto Zoo and Botanical Gardens, then walk around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt.Kinpozan Ichinotake.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto trip planner .

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kumamoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Mt.Kinpozan Ichinotake
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Kumamoto Zoo and Botanical Gardens ©
Kumamoto Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden

1
night
Miyazaki

Miyazaki ©
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): head off the coast to Aoshima Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aoshima Shrine, then take in nature's colorful creations at Miyazaki City Phoenix Zoo, and finally walk around Awakigaharashinrin Park, Shimin no Mori.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Miyazaki trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Kumamoto to Miyazaki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. While traveling from Kumamoto, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Miyazaki, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Aoshima Island ©
Aoshima Island
Miyazaki City Phoenix Zoo ©
Miyazaki City Phoenix Zoo
Aoshima Shrine ©
Aoshima Shrine

1
night
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushifuru Shrine, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Takachiho-cho driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Miyazaki to Takachiho-cho in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, Takachiho-cho is little chillier than Miyazaki - with highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Aso.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Manai Falls ©
Manai Falls
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine

1
night
Aso

Aso ©
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
On the 19th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from Daikanbo, get to know the resident critters at Cuddly Dominion, then cruise along Kusasenri, and finally examine the collection at Aso Volcano Museum. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Kikuchi Gorge, take in the pleasant sights at Futae Toge no Ishidatami, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Aso Farm land.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Aso route builder site .

You can drive from Takachiho-cho to Aso in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Aso

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Aso Farm land, Kikuchi Gorge
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Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Kusasenri ©
Kusasenri
Kikuchi Gorge ©
Kikuchi Gorge

1
night
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
On the 21st (Sat), witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Beppu online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Aso to Beppu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Beppu can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Umi Jigoku ©
Umi Jigoku

2
nights
Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu ©
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Mojiko Station, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kaikyokan, then wander the streets of Mojiko Retro, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kokura Castle.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kitakyushu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Beppu to Kitakyushu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Kitakyushu, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Shimonoseki
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Kaikyokan ©
Kaikyokan
Mojiko Retro ©
Mojiko Retro

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