11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Fukuoka
1
Fukuoka
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
2
Kumamoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Ashikita-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Aso
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Fukuoka

4
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.
Attractions like Marine World umino-nakamichi and Uminonakamichi Seaside Park make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Blue Wing Moji (in Kitakyushu), Tsutsukihama Beach (in Iki) and Dazaifu (Dazaifu Temmangu & Tenkai Inari Shrine). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Ohori Park, make a trip to Hakata Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, and take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Fukuoka travel itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airport is Fukuoka Airport. July in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kitakyushu, Dazaifu, Tsutsukihama Beach, Kaikyokan, Miyajihama Beach
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Marine World umino-nakamichi ©
Marine World umino-nakamichi

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 12th (Fri): get advice or help at Sakuranobaba Josaien, explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Shimotori Shotengai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Okoshiki Beach, then look for gifts at KUMAMON products Nagataniya, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kumamoto Zoo and Botanical Gardens, and finally make a trip to Kumamon Square.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Kumamoto trip tool .

Getting from Fukuoka to Kumamoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Ashikita-machi.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Okoshiki Beach
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
Sakuranobaba Johsaien

1
night
Ashikita-machi

Ashikita-machi
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Otakimisaki Park, then stroll through Ashikita Seaside Comprehensive Park, and then Head underground at Kyusendo Limestone Cave.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ashikita-machi trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Kumamoto to Ashikita-machi takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Aso.

Things to do in Ashikita-machi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kyusendo Limestone Cave
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3
nights
Aso

Aso ©
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
On the 15th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Aso Volcano Museum, then cruise along Kusasenri, then get to know the resident critters at Cuddly Dominion, and finally take some stellar pictures from Daikanbo. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Aso Geopark.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Aso trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ashikita-machi to Aso takes 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Aso can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Aso

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge
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Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Cuddly Dominion ©
Cuddly Dominion
Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge ©
Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge

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