17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Aso
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3​h 30​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Subway + Train:  4​h 30​min
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  15​min
7
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine. On the next day, let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Komyozen-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Temmangu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine, and finally explore the ancient world of Ohnojo Castle Ruins - Mt. Shiojiyama.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip builder site .

Los Angeles, USA to Fukuoka is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Fukuoka is 17 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Aso.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Soeda-machi, Hiraodai
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

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 1st (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Daikanbo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ikeyama Springs, then explore the activities along Yamabuki Suigen, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Ogi Rice Terraces. On the next day, get impressive views of Mt. Aso, take in panoramic vistas at Aso Skyline View Place, and then admire the sheer force of Nabegataki Falls.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Aso online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Aso takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Aso, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Aso

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ubuyama-mura, Nabegataki Falls, Mt. Aso
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Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Nabegataki Falls ©
Nabegataki Falls
Mt. Aso ©
Mt. Aso

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 3rd (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, then take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Okue.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Aso to Takachiho-cho in an hour. June in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Mt. Okue
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

2
nights
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.
On the 5th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum, then contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Shiroyama, enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, then take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en Garden, and finally make a trip to Tenmonkan.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Kagoshima takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Kagoshima can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Mt. Shiroyama ©
Mt. Shiroyama

3
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Escape the urban bustle at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Oko no Taki Fall. Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls, make a trip to Taikoiwa, and get all the information you need at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kagoshima to Yakushima-cho in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Trails
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and then contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, then admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

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Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle

2
nights
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Paddle Park and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hatsukaichi trip planner .

Hatsukaichi is just a stone's throw from Hiroshima. In June in Hatsukaichi, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen

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