12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Fukuoka
Drive:  1 h 15 min
1
Kumamoto
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Kagoshima
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Miyazaki
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Aso
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Beppu
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
End: Fukuoka

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.
On the 19th (Wed), go for a walk through Kumamoto Castle.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kumamoto online journey builder.

Fukuoka to Kumamoto is an approximately 1- hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December in Kumamoto, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

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

1
night
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.
For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Kagoshima road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Miyazaki.
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Saigo Takamori Statue ©
Saigo Takamori Statue

1
night
Miyazaki

Miyazaki ©
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
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Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Miyazaki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Miyazaki sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sat) before leaving for Aso.
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Horikiri Pass ©
Horikiri Pass

1
night
Aso

Aso ©
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
You've now added Kurokawa Onsen to your itinerary.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Aso trip planner.

Traveling by car from Miyazaki to Aso takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Miyazaki in December, expect Aso to be little chillier, temps between 12°C and 3°C. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Aso

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Kurokawa Onsen
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Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo

2
nights
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): observe the fascinating underwater world at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kinrin, 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 ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Beppu trip maker.

You can drive from Aso to Beppu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Beppu are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Oita, Lake Kinrin
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin
Umi Jigoku ©
Umi Jigoku

3
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.
On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Huis Ten Bosch.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Beppu to Nagasaki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Mt. Inasa ©
Mt. Inasa

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): go for a walk through Ohori Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, stop by Kawabatadori Shopping Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Karatsu Castle, then kick back and relax at Nijino Matsubara, and then browse the different shops at JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fukuoka trip planner.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Karatsu, Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Nijino Matsubara ©
Nijino Matsubara
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park

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