18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  4​h
3
Kumamoto
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Aso
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Beppu
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Yufu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Kumamoto
— Few hours
train:  1​h
9
Kagoshima
— Few hours
ferry + taxi:  4​h 15​min
10
Yakushima-cho
— 4 nights
taxi + ferry:  4​h 15​min
11
Kagoshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
12
Fukuoka
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
13
Osaka
— Few hours
train:  3​h 15​min
14
Tokyo
— 1 night
End: Tokyo

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Head to Takeshita Street and Asakusafor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Odaiba. Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning website .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In August, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

1
night
Kyoto

Kyoto
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 20th (Thu), you'll travel to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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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.
On the 20th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kengun Shrine, then go for a walk through Kumamoto Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Shimotori Shotengai.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kumamoto trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kumamoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can take a train to Aso.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Shopping
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Kato Shrine ©
Kato Shrine
Kengun Shrine ©
Kengun Shrine

1
night
Aso

Aso
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Aso trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Aso in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 21st (Fri), you're off toBeppu.

Things to do in Aso

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Usajingu Shrine and Rakanji Temple. Take a break from the city and head to Kurogahama Beach and Angel Kimono Rental Beppu. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Beppu: Bungotakada (Kumano Magaibutsu & Matama Beach). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Tanoura Beach, take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, admire the striking features of JR Oita City, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Beppu road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Aso to Beppu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Beppu are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Yufu.

Things to do in Beppu

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Oita, Bungotakada, Usajingu Shrine, Rakanji Temple
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Mt. Tsurumi ©
Mt. Tsurumi
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Usajingu Shrine ©
Usajingu Shrine

2
nights
Yufu

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
You've now added Yufuin Onsen to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Homme Blue Cafe and Yunotsubo Kaido. Visiting Mt. Yufu and Kuju Highland will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Yufu: Taketa (Guernsey Farm & Mt. Kuju), Mamedamachi Shopping Street (in Hita) and Harajiri Falls (in Bungoono). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Jion Falls, take in the views from Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kinrin.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yufu trip planner .

You can drive from Beppu to Yufu in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Yufu are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yufu

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Taketa, Jion Falls, Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge, Mamedamachi Shopping Street, Harajiri Falls
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Yufuin Onsen ©
Yufuin Onsen
Mt. Yufu ©
Mt. Yufu
Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin

1
night
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.
To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Yufu to Takachiho-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. You will leave for Kumamoto on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kumamoto

Kumamoto
To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kumamoto driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Kumamoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. You'll set off for Kagoshima on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Kumamoto

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Kagoshima City Aquarium, contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, and then admire the landmark architecture of Tsukiyomi Shrine.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kagoshima itinerary maker website .

Getting from Kumamoto to Kagoshima by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August in Kagoshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Tsukiyomi Shrine ©
Tsukiyomi Shrine
Kagoshima City Aquarium ©
Kagoshima City Aquarium

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Oko no Taki Fall. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and Yakushima Lighthouse (Nagata Lighthouse). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Nagata Inakahama, look for all kinds of wild species at Yakusugi Land, admire the sheer force of Sempiro Falls, and stop by Sugisho.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kagoshima to Yakushima-cho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In August in Yakushima-cho, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

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

1
night
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
On the 31st (Mon), take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, then buy something for everyone on your list at AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Meiji Restoration, and finally kick back and relax at Iso Beach. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shiroyama, don't miss a visit to Tenmonkan, then steep yourself in history at Chiran Samurai Residence Garden, then learn about all things military at Chiran Peace Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chirancho Gokoku Shrine.

Discover how to plan a Kagoshima trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Kagoshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Minamikyushu
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Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Chiran Peace Museum ©
Chiran Peace Museum
Mt. Shiroyama ©
Mt. Shiroyama

1
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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.
For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka road trip site .

Getting from Kagoshima to Fukuoka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
On the 2nd (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, look for gifts at Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo, and then shop like a local with Dotonbori.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip tool .

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Osaka in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): wander the streets of Akihabara, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo National Museum, then wander the streets of Ginza, and finally ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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