20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
2
Hirado
— 2 nights
3
Kumamoto
— 2 nights
4
Kirishima
— 2 nights
5
Ibusuki
— 2 nights
6
Miyazaki
— 2 nights
7
Oita
— 3 nights
8
Aso
— 3 nights
9
Fukuoka
— 1 night

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.
On the 7th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Yoshinogari Historical Park, kick back and relax at Nijino Matsubara, and then take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fukuoka trip builder site.

If you are flying in from France, the closest major aiport is Fukuoka Airport. October in Fukuoka sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hirado.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Yoshinogari Historical Park, Nijino Matsubara
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Tochoji Temple ©
Tochoji Temple
Yoshinogari Historical Park ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park
Nijino Matsubara ©
Nijino Matsubara

2
nights
Hirado

Hirado ©
Hirado, historically known as Firando is a city located in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. On the 9th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Francisco de Xavier Memorial Church, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Himosashi Church, and then let little ones run wild at Tabira Park. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Yamada Church, thenget outside with Hitotsuku Beach, and then head off the coast to Kujuku Island.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hirado day trip planning app.

You can drive from Fukuoka to Hirado in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Hirado

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Kujuku Island
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Kujuku Island ©
Kujuku Island
Francisco de Xavier Memorial Church ©
Francisco de Xavier Memorial Church
Himosashi Church ©
Himosashi Church

2
nights
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 11th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, thenstep into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, thencontemplate the long history of The Memorial Museum of the Fifth High School, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Ochozu no Mori. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Okoshiki Beach, step into the grandiose world of Historical Park Kikuchi Castle, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Tetori Church.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hirado to Kumamoto by car takes about 3.5 hours. October in Kumamoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kirishima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Okoshiki Beach, Historical Park Kikuchi Castle
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Okoshiki Beach ©
Okoshiki Beach
Kato Shrine ©
Kato Shrine

2
nights
Kirishima

Kirishima ©
The city of Kirishima, established in 2005 by the merging of several smaller towns, makes a popular base for exploring the volcanic mountain range of the surrounding national park.
Visit Kirishima Shrine and Sano Shrine for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Kokubu Coast and Mt. Shinmoe. Explore Kirishima's surroundings by going to Rokkannon Miike Pond (in Ebino), Takaharu-cho (Miike & Kirishima Higashi Shrine) and Kirishima Tamago Farm (in Miyakonojo). There's more to do: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kirishima trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Kumamoto to Kirishima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Kirishima sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Kirishima

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Takaharu-cho, Rokkannon Miike Pond, Kirishima Tamago Farm
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:
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Miike ©
Miike
Kirishima Higashi Shrine ©
Kirishima Higashi Shrine
Kirishima Shrine ©
Kirishima Shrine

2
nights
Ibusuki

Ibusuki ©
A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
On the 16th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirakiki Shrine, thentake in the awesome beauty at Mt. Uomidake, and then kick back and relax at Fushime Coast.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Ibusuki online trip builder.

Getting from Kirishima to Ibusuki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kirishima in October since evenings lows in Ibusuki dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Parks Nature Beaches
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Mt. Uomidake ©
Mt. Uomidake
Hirakiki Shrine ©
Hirakiki Shrine

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Matsuo no Maru, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Udo Shrine, thenhead off the coast to Aoshima Island, and finally don't miss a visit to Tachibana Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Aoshima Beach, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aoshima Shrine, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Onino Sentakuita, and finally steep yourself in history at Saitobaru Tomb.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyazaki journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Ibusuki to Miyazaki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Oita.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Nichinan, Saitobaru Tomb
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:
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Aoshima Island ©
Aoshima Island
Udo Shrine ©
Udo Shrine
Aoshima Shrine ©
Aoshima Shrine

3
nights
Oita

Oita ©
The gateway to a wealth of dynamic landscapes and some of the country's most atmospheric religious and cultural sites, Oita, in touristic terms, acts primarily as a transport hub.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nioza Rekishi no Michi and Sada Misaki. Popular historic sites such as Takase Stone Budda and Sasamuta Shrine are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oita: Chinda Fall (in Bungoono) and Usuki (Inabake Shimoyashiki, Ryugenji Temple, &more). It doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo and steep yourself in history at Oita Motomachi Stone Budda.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Oita tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Miyazaki to Oita takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Aso.

Things to do in Oita

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Usuki, Chinda Fall, Sada Misaki
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:
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Sasamuta Shrine ©
Sasamuta Shrine
Sada Misaki ©
Sada Misaki
Ryugenji Temple ©
Ryugenji Temple

3
nights
Aso

Aso ©
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
On the 22nd (Mon), take a memorable drive along Aso Panorama Line. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Aso Mizuki Meguri, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ikeyama Springs, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tadewara Wetlands.

To find ratings and tourist information, refer to the Aso attractions app.

Traveling by car from Oita to Aso takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. You will leave for Fukuoka on the 25th (Thu).

Things to do in Aso

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ubuyama-mura, Taketa, Tadewara Wetlands
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:
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Tadewara Wetlands ©
Tadewara Wetlands
Ikeyama Springs
Ikeyama Springs
Mt. Kuju ©
Mt. Kuju

1
night
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
On the 25th (Thu), take a stroll through Nishijin Shopping District, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Fukuoka road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Aso to Fukuoka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Hakozaki Shrine ©
Hakozaki Shrine
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Nishijin Shopping District ©
Nishijin Shopping District

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