7 days in Fukuoka, Saga & Nagasaki Itinerary

7 days in Fukuoka, Saga & Nagasaki Itinerary

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7 days in Fukuoka, Saga & Nagasaki Itinerary

Start: Fukuoka
1
Fukuoka
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
2
Saga
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
End: Fukuoka

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukuoka: Dazaifu Tenman-gu (in Dazaifu), Komenoyama Obsevatory (in Sasaguri-machi) and Karato market (in Shimonoseki). There's much more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park, admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station, explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple.

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

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Fukuoka Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 40°F. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Saga.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mojiko Retro, Karato market, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, Komenoyama Obsevatory
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Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Former Koga Bank (Saga City History and Folklore Museum), then don't miss a visit to Sage Prefectural Government Observation Deck, then browse the exhibits of Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Saga Shrine.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Saga trip planner .

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Saga in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Saga, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 36°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Nagasaki.

Things to do in Saga

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yoshinogari Historical Park
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Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park

2
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagasaki Peace Park, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally pause for some photo ops at Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing. On your second day here, head off the coast to Hashima Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, then see the interesting displays at Dejima, and finally admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki road trip planner .

Getting from Saga to Nagasaki by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Saga in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nagasaki, with lows around 43°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park