12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
2
Kagoshima
— 1 night
3
Ibusuki
— 1 night
4
Kumamoto
— 1 night
5
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
6
Aso
— 1 night
7
Beppu
— 1 night
8
Fukuoka
— 2 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Statue, wander the streets of Shinchi Chinatown, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, and finally snap pictures at Megane Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, stop by Tatematsuru, then see the interesting displays at Dejima, and finally steep yourself in history at Glover Garden.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki online travel planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Nagasaki is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in April, expect Nagasaki to be much colder, temps between 22°C and 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park
Sōfuku-ji Temple ©
Sōfuku-ji Temple

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Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Sengan-en, buy something for everyone on your list at AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA, and then make a trip to Kagoshima Chuo Station.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima online trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Nagasaki to Kagoshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Shopping
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Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA ©
AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA
Kagoshima Chuo Station
Kagoshima Chuo Station

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Ibusuki

A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stop by Michi-no-Eki Iokaido, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kaimondake, then cruise along JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ibusuki road trip site.

You can ride a ferry from Kagoshima to Ibusuki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kagoshima in April, Ibusuki is a bit warmer at night with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Parks · Nature · Baths
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Onsen Resorts
Mt. Kaimondake ©
Mt. Kaimondake
JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station
JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station

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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 13th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, make a trip to Sakuranobaba Johsaien, then take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and finally browse the range of quality goods at Tsuruya Department Store.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kumamoto itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Ibusuki to Kumamoto in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kumamoto when traveling from Ibusuki in April, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Kato Shrine ©
Kato Shrine
Tsuruya Department Store ©
Tsuruya Department Store

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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 14th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, and finally go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Kumamoto to Takachiho-cho in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Takachiho-cho can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Aso.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:
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Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

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Aso

Aso ©
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
On the 15th (Mon), stop by Monzenmachi Shopping Street, then take a memorable drive along Kusasenrigahama, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, and finally take some stellar pictures from Daikanbo.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Aso trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Aso takes an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Aso

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 16:
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Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Kusasenrigahama ©
Kusasenrigahama

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Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
On the 16th (Tue), stop by Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, then take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Beppu vacation planning website.

Traveling by car from Aso to Beppu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Aso in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Beppu, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Onsen Resorts
Umi Jigoku ©
Umi Jigoku

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): stop by Mojiko Retro, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Yatai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Ohori Park, then see where the action happens at Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome, and then admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

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Traveling by car from Beppu to Fukuoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mojiko Retro, Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

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