41 days in Japan Itinerary

41 days in Japan Itinerary

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Sasebo
— 6 nights
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Karatsu
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
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Kitakyushu
— 2 nights
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Soeda-machi
— 1 night
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Saga
— 3 nights
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Oita
— 2 nights
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Kokonoe-machi
— 3 nights
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Aso
— 2 nights
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Kumamoto
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
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Ibusuki
— 2 nights
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
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Miyazaki
— 2 nights
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Nobeoka
— 2 nights

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Sasebo

Sasebo ©
With its U.S.
Get out of town with these interesting Sasebo side-trips: Hirado (Temple and the Church Scenery, Francisco de Xavier Memorial Church, &more), Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai) and The Kyushu Ceramic Museum (in Arita-cho). Pack the 2nd (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Huis Ten Bosch. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Kujuku Island, admire the natural beauty at Mifuneyama Rakuen, make a trip to Imari Okawachiyama, and enjoy breathtaking views from Ishidake Observatory.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sasebo road trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Sasebo. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Karatsu.

Things to do in Sasebo

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 7:
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Island
Kujuku Island
4.6
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Theme Park
Huis Ten Bosch
3.6
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Garden
Tenkaiho
4.4

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Karatsu

Karatsu ©
The coastal city of Karatsu has long held importance for trade with China and the Korean Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kagami Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Kagamiyama West Observation Deck, kick back and relax at Nijino Matsubara, contemplate the long history of Former Takatori House, then examine the collection at Hikiyama Exhibition Hall, and finally steep yourself in history at Karatsu Shrine. On the next day, hunt for treasures at Yobuko Morning Market, don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle Ruins, explore the activities along Nanatsugama Caves, then go for a walk through Karatsu Hikiyama Chikatsuro Gallery, then step into the grandiose world of Karatsu Castle, and finally make a trip to Previously Karatsu Bank.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Karatsu trip builder tool.

You can drive from Sasebo to Karatsu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Sasebo in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Karatsu: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Karatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:
Highlights from your trip
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Historic Site
Former Takatori House
4.4
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Castle
Karatsu Castle
3.7

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Fukuoka

Fukuoka

City of Yatai

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 10th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Yatai, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenkai Inari Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Komyozen-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, then take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, and finally go for a walk through Ohori Park.

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Traveling by car from Karatsu to Fukuoka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Karatsu in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Fukuoka, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:
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Religious Site
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
4.3
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Scenic Walking Area
Ohori Park
4.3
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Religious Site
Kushida Shrine
4.1

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Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu ©
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Shimonoseki Nabecho Post Office, visit Karato market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Akama Shrine, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kanmon Kaikyo, then snap pictures at Kanmon Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Kanmon Tunnel for Humans (Shimonoseki Side). On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Mojiko Retro Tenbowsitsu, see the interesting displays at Kyushu Railway History Museum, visit Mojiko Retro, then make a trip to Old Mojimitsui Club, then make a trip to Yasaka Shrine, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kokura Castle.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Kitakyushu journey planner.

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Kitakyushu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Soeda-machi.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:
Highlights from your trip
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Castle
Kokura Castle
3.8
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Neighborhood
Mojiko Retro
3.9

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Soeda-machi

Soeda-machi ©
On the 14th (Sat), examine the collection at Koishiwarayaki Traditional Industry Plaza, make a trip to Michi-no-Eki Koishiwara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hikosan Shrine, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Hiko, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hoheiden, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Hikosan Slope Car Hanaeki.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Soeda-machi trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Kitakyushu to Soeda-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Soeda-machi are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saga.

Things to do in Soeda-machi

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 14:
Highlights from your trip
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Mountain
Mt. Hiko
4.4

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Saga

Saga ©
Saga is the capital city of Saga Prefecture, located on the island of Kyushu, Japan.Saga was the capital of Saga Domain in the Edo period, and largest city of former Hizen Province.As of February 28, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 234,453 and a population density of 543 persons per km². You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saga: Yanagawa (Yanagawa Castle Moat Water Gate, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more) and Kashima (Hizenhamashuku, Yutoku Inari Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nannyo Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Sage Prefectural Government Observation Deck, walk around Sagajo Park, and expand your horizons at Yoshinogari Historical Park.

Before you visit Saga, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Soeda-machi to Saga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Soeda-machi in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Saga, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Oita.

Things to do in Saga

Historic Sites · Parks · Classes · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 17:
Highlights from your trip
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Historic Walking Area
Yoshinogari Historical Park
4.1
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Religious Site
Yutoku Inari Shrine
4.6

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Kamado Jigoku, take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, and finally browse the different shops at JR Oita City.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Oita trip planning site.

Getting from Saga to Oita by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kokonoe-machi.

Things to do in Oita

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 19:
Highlights from your trip
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Hot Spring
Hells of Beppu
3.4
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Hot Spring
Umi Jigoku
4.0

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Kokonoe-machi

Kokonoe-machi ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kokonoe-machi: Nakatsu (Ao Cave Tonnel, Yabakei, &more), Mt. Kuju (in Taketa) and Yufu (Sagiridai Observatory, Lake Kinrin, &more).

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kokonoe-machi trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Oita to Kokonoe-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Aso.

Things to do in Kokonoe-machi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:
Highlights from your trip
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Water Body
Lake Kinrin
3.2
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Religious Site
Rakanji Temple
4.4

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Aso

Aso ©
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Aso Mizuki Meguri. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Aso Skyline View Place, take some stellar pictures from Daikanbo, then fly like a bird with Aso Nature Land, then head outdoors with Kusasenrigahama, and finally get impressive views of Mt. Aso.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Aso route tool.

Drive from Kokonoe-machi to Aso in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. November in Aso sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Aso

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:
Highlights from your trip
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Scenic Drive
Kusasenrigahama
4.2
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Lookout
Daikanbo
4.6
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Volcano
Mt. Aso
4.3

3
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kumamoto side-trips: Kamiamakusa (Amakusa Gokyo Bridge & Ai no Amakusamura), Tsujun Bridge (in Yamato-cho) and Misumi Nishiko Park (in Uki). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, make a trip to Kumamon Square, pause for some photo ops at Kato Kiyomasa Statue, and walk around Suizenji Jojuen Garden.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto travel route builder app.

Getting from Aso to Kumamoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In November in Kumamoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 27:
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Kumamoto Castle
4.3
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History Museum
Sakuranobaba Johsaien
3.6

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Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©

City of Peace

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.
Nagasaki is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, and snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

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You can take a train from Kumamoto to Nagasaki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In November in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 30:
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Glover Garden
4.1

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Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©

Naples of the East

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 1st (Tue), take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, make a trip to Tenmonkan, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, then make a trip to Kagoshima Chuo Station, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Saigo Takamori Statue, take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory, then admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum, then get impressive views of Sakurajima, and finally stop by Michi-no-Eki Sakurajima.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kagoshima route maker app.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Kagoshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Nagasaki in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Kagoshima, with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:
Highlights from your trip
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Scenic Walking Area
Sengan-en
4.4
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Volcano
Sakurajima
4.3
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Art Museum
Nagashima Museum
4.4

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Ibusuki

Ibusuki ©
A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): make a trip to Chiran Samurai Residence Garden, brush up on your military savvy at Chiran Peace Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chirancho Gokoku Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kaimondake, then head outdoors with JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Flower Park Kagoshima, take some stellar pictures from Cape Nagasakibana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryugu Shrine, then explore the activities along Lake Ikeda, then walk around Sebira Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamafuta Shirine.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ibusuki trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Kagoshima to Ibusuki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. Traveling from Kagoshima in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ibusuki, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Baths

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:
Highlights from your trip
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Mountain
Mt. Kaimondake
4.5
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Onsen Resort
Onsen Resorts
4.3
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Military Museum
Chiran Peace Museum
4.5

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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.
Yakushima-cho is known for nature, baths, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, and enjoy the sand and surf at Nagata Inakahama.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ibusuki to Yakushima-cho takes 3 hours. Traveling from Ibusuki in December, you will find days in Yakushima-cho are a bit warmer (18°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:
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Hiking Trail
Seibu Trail
4.4
Waterfall
Oko no Taki Fall
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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 8th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Onino Sentakuita, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aoshima Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Aoshima Island, then take some stellar pictures from Horikiri Pass, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Udo Shrine. On the next day, stroll around Heiwadai Park, admire the natural beauty at Haniwa Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyazaki Shinto Shrine, then stop by AEON MALL Miyazaki, then take in nature's colorful creations at Florante Miyazaki, and finally make a trip to Eda Shrine.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyazaki route planner.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Miyazaki by combination of ferry and car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in December, expect little chillier with lows of 6°C in Miyazaki. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nobeoka.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:
Highlights from your trip
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Island
Aoshima Island
4.1
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Religious Site
Udo Shrine
4.6
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Religious Site
Aoshima Shrine
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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. On the 10th (Thu), test the waters at a local thermal spa, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mukabaki, admire the sheer force of Mukabaki Falls, then take in nature's colorful creations at Nobeoka Botanical Garden, then get outside with Mount Atago, and finally step into the grandiose world of Nobeoka Castle Ruins Shiroyama Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): make a trip to Cruss Sea, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Udo Shrine, and then make a trip to Mimitsu Historical District.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nobeoka trip itinerary website.

Getting from Miyazaki to Nobeoka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive.

Things to do in Nobeoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:
Highlights from your trip
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Mountain
Mt. Mukabaki
4.8
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Waterfall
Mukabaki Falls
4.6