11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Fukuoka
Train:  1​h 30​min
1
Kumamoto
— 2 nights
train to Nagasaki:  3​h
2
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Fukuoka
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Tokyo

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Suizenji Jojuen Garden as well as Cocosa. On the 18th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, then get all the information you need at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Kamitori Shopping Street. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at Cocosa and then don't miss a visit to Shimotori Shotengai.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kumamoto trip planner .

Fukuoka to Kumamoto is an approximately 1-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
Sakuranobaba Johsaien

2
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 list of things to see and do now includes Mirai Nagasaki Coco Walk, Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, steep yourself in history at Glover House and Office, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ōura Church, then make a trip to Glover Sky Road, and finally wander the streets of Shinchi Chinatown. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Dejima, admire the masterpieces at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally pause for some photo ops at Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki day trip app .

Drive from Kumamoto to Nagasaki in 3 hours. Traveling from Kumamoto in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nagasaki, with lows of 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kokura Castle, Fukuoka Castle Ruins, Sumiyoshi Shrine, and other attractions you added. There's lots more to do: let little ones run wild at Ohori Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, stroll around Momochi Seaside Park, and make a trip to Yatai.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Fukuoka attractions app .

Getting from Nagasaki to Fukuoka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Fun & Games Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Kokura Castle
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hiroshima Shinkansen Meitengai, Hiroshima Parco Shinkan, Hiroshima Hon Dori Shotengai, and other attractions you added. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo & Itsukushima Shrine Torii). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, make a trip to Peace Flame, and see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima day trip site .

Take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

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