8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  10​h 45​min
1
Kagoshima
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
2
Kumamoto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Yufu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Singapore

1
night
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 5th (Sun): go for a walk through Sengan-en, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Satsuma Gojugura Galleria Hombo, Hombo Shuzo, and then get impressive views of Sakurajima.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Kagoshima tour itinerary maker tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Kagoshima is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Singapore to Kagoshima, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in April, things will get cooler in Kagoshima: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima

1
night
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 6th (Mon), get answers to all your questions at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kumamoto journey planner.

Take a train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kumamoto are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
Sakuranobaba Johsaien

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Kumamoto to Takachiho-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

2
nights
Yufu

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
On the 8th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kamado Jigoku, then take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, then take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, and finally take a stroll through Yunotsubo Kaido. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Iwashita Collection, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kinrin, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yufu.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yufu online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Yufu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Takachiho-cho, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Yufu, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Yufu

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Beppu
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Spas
Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): let little ones run wild at Ohori Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, take in panoramic vistas at Komenoyama Obsevatory, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Maizuru Park and then admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yufu to Fukuoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Komenoyama Obsevatory, Dazaifu Tenman-gu
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

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