11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h
1
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Kumamoto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Beppu
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Matsuyama
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Singapore

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakozaki Shrine, steep yourself in history at Nanzoin, then steep yourself in history at Old Ito Denemon House, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Soshodaiji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamado Shrine. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shugakuin Temple, then get to know the fascinating history of Yoshinogari Historical Park, and finally browse the different shops at JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka travel planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Fukuoka is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Singapore to Fukuoka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Singapore in November; daily highs in Fukuoka reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Sasaguri-machi, Yoshinogari-cho, Old Ito Denemon House, Kamado Shrine
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Yoshinogari Historical Park ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Kamado Shrine ©
Kamado Shrine

1
night
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Tetori Church, admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, get to know the fascinating history of Kamitori Shopping Street, go for a walk through Kumamoto Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, and finally take an in-depth tour of Sakuranobaba Johsaien.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kumamoto trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Kumamoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Museums
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Kato Shrine ©
Kato Shrine
Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
Sakuranobaba Johsaien

2
nights
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 2nd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Yasugawara, take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aratate Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushifuru Shrine.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho online journey planner .

Drive from Kumamoto to Takachiho-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Takachiho-cho are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Beppu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Manai Falls ©
Manai Falls

1
night
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): stop by Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, look for all kinds of wild species at Oniyama Jigoku, then stroll through Mt. Tsurumi, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Beppu day trip planning site .

You can drive from Takachiho-cho to Beppu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. December in Beppu sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Beppu

Outdoors Parks Shopping
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Mt. Tsurumi ©
Mt. Tsurumi
Oniyama Jigoku ©
Oniyama Jigoku

1
night
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Akiyama Brothers' Birthplace, explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, don't miss a visit to Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Isaniwa Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ehime Gokoku Shrine.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Matsuyama trip itinerary site .

Getting from Beppu to Matsuyama by combination of ferry and car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Parks
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Isaniwa Shrine ©
Isaniwa Shrine
Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle) ©

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Daishoin Temple and Mitaki Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Itsukushima Shrine and Atomic Bomb Dome. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach & Itsukushima Shrine Torii). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, contemplate the waterfront views at Motoyasu River, examine the collection at Mazda Museum, and appreciate the history behind Peace Flame.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hiroshima trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Matsuyama to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mazda Museum
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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