23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Fukuoka
1
Fukuoka
— 8 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
Nobeoka
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Nichinan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Miyazaki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Kumamoto
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
End: Fukuoka

8
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.
For shopping fun, head to Ito Sai Sai or Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Fukuoka City Museum and Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Karatsu (Nanatsugama Caves, Nagoya Castle Ruins, &more), Tosu Premium Outlets (in Tosu) and Dazaifu Tenman-gu (in Dazaifu). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yutoku Inari Shrine, take a stroll through Shintencho Shopping Street, examine the collection at Iki City Ikikoku Museum, and look for gifts at Marinoa City Fukuoka.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Fukuoka travel itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major aiport is Fukuoka Airport. November in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Karatsu, Iki, Kanmon Bridge, Mifuneyama Rakuen, Hamanoura Rice Terrace
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 30:
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Yutoku Inari Shrine ©
Yutoku Inari Shrine
Former Takatori House ©
Former Takatori House
Nagoya Castle Ruins ©
Nagoya Castle Ruins

3
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 1st (Sat): look for gifts at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, and then identify plant and animal life at Yamaguchi Flower Land.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nobeoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum, Yamaguchi Flower Land
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 3:
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Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

1
night
Nobeoka

Nobeoka ©
Nobeoka is a city located in the north of Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan.As of the March 1, 2017 the city has an estimated population of 123,406 and a population density of 147.68 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Nobeoka Castle Ruins Shiroyama Park, see the interesting displays at Naito Memorial Center, sample the tasty concoctions at Hideji Beer Brewery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imayama Daishi, then contemplate the waterfront views at Iwaguma Iseki, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imayama Hachimangu.

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Traveling by car from Hiroshima to Nobeoka takes 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Nobeoka

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:
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Nobeoka Castle Ruins Shiroyama Park ©
Nobeoka Castle Ruins Shiroyama Park
Imayama Daishi ©
Imayama Daishi
Imayama Hachimangu ©
Imayama Hachimangu

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.
Takachiho Gorge has been added to your itinerary. On the 5th (Wed), stop by Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino, see a show at Seiwa Bunraku Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heitate Shrine, then snap pictures at Shinto Takachiho Bridge, then make a trip to Tochimata Tanada Rice Terrace, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai, take in the dramatic natural features at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushifuru Shrine.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Takachiho-cho trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nobeoka to Takachiho-cho in an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Takachiho-cho can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nichinan.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Yamato-cho, Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:
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Aratate Shrine ©
Aratate Shrine
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden

2
nights
Nichinan

Nichinan ©
Tourism in Nichinan, a town on Japan's southernmost island of Kyushu, flourishes thanks to the scenic Nichinan-Kaigan coastline, a stretch of secluded coves, islands, and tranquil beaches.
On the 7th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Sakamoto Rice Terrace, kick back and relax at Futo Beach, then contemplate the long history of Matsuo no Maru, and finally see the interesting displays at Shoka Museum. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Toimisaki Visitor Center, enjoy the sea views from Toimisaki Lighthouse, get engrossed in the history at Nichinan International Center and Komura Memorial Hall, then get to know the fascinating history of Obijyo Castle Ruins, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoshokan.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nichinan online vacation builder.

You can drive from Takachiho-cho to Nichinan in 3 hours. When traveling from Takachiho-cho in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Nichinan, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Nichinan

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kushima
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:
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Shoka Museum ©
Shoka Museum
Obijyo Castle Ruins ©
Obijyo Castle Ruins
Sakamoto Rice Terrace ©
Sakamoto Rice Terrace

3
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 9th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History, then take an in-depth tour of Saitobaru Archaeological Museum, then contemplate the long history of Saitobaru Tomb, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Shusen No Mori. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Ebino, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then make a trip to Eda Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyazakiagatamamorukuni Shrine.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyazaki trip planner.

You can drive from Nichinan to Miyazaki in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Museums Shopping Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Saito, Ebino, Shusen No Mori
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:
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Saitobaru Archaeological Museum ©
Saitobaru Archaeological Museum
Miyazakiagatamamorukuni Shrine ©
Miyazakiagatamamorukuni Shrine

3
nights
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kumamoto Castle. On the 11th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle. On the next day, look for gifts at Nankan Iki Iki Village, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then examine the collection at Yamaga Lanterns Folk Crafts Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Tetori Church.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kumamoto trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Miyazaki to Kumamoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Miyazaki in December, things will get little chillier in Kumamoto: highs are around 12°C and lows about 3°C. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Yamaga, Nankan Iki Iki Village
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Kato Shrine ©
Kato Shrine
Catholic Tetori Church ©
Catholic Tetori Church

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