11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Karatsu
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Aso
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Yufu
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Takahama Beach and Hashima Island. Get some cultural insight at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Suwa Shrine. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at 26 Martyrs Museum, take a stroll through Shinchi Chinatown, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church Hongouchi.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nagasaki route maker website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Nagasaki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Nagasaki is 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October; daily highs in Nagasaki reach 28°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Karatsu.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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1
night
Karatsu

Karatsu ©
The coastal city of Karatsu has long held importance for trade with China and the Korean Peninsula.
On the 23rd (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Karatsu Castle, take in the dramatic natural features at Tategamiiwa, then make a trip to Nagoya Castle Ruins, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsuru No Iwaya Temple.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Karatsu tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Nagasaki to Karatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Nagasaki in October since evenings lows in Karatsu dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Aso.

Things to do in Karatsu

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Nagoya Castle Ruins ©
Nagoya Castle Ruins
Karatsu Castle ©
Karatsu Castle
Tsuru No Iwaya Temple ©
Tsuru No Iwaya Temple

2
nights
Aso

Aso ©
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): get great views at Daikanbo, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kuju Flower Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso and then take a memorable drive along Kusasenri.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Aso road trip app .

Drive from Karatsu to Aso in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Aso when traveling from Karatsu in October, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Aso

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Onsen Resorts, Mt. Aso, Kuju Flower Park
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Kusasenri ©
Kusasenri
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Mt. Aso ©
Mt. Aso

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Yasugawara, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, then take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine.

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You can drive from Aso to Takachiho-cho in an hour. In October in Takachiho-cho, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

2
nights
Yufu

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yufu and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yufu road trip website .

You can drive from Takachiho-cho to Yufu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Yufu, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yufu

Nature Parks
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Mt. Yufu ©
Mt. Yufu

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