9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  12 h 15 min
1
Nagasaki
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Sasebo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
4
Kumamoto
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Beppu
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): head off the coast to Hashima Island, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, then walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally stroll through Glover Garden.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Nagasaki trip builder site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Nagasaki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Nagasaki. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November, expect Nagasaki to be much colder, temps between 20°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sasebo.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 15:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

1
night
Sasebo

Sasebo ©
With its U.S.
On the 16th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yumihari and then find something for the whole family at Huis Ten Bosch.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sasebo trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Nagasaki to Sasebo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks Nature Parks
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Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): examine the collection at Kyushu National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then take in nature's colorful creations at Komyozen-ji Temple, and finally make a trip to Hakata Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park, explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka road trip planning tool .

Drive from Sasebo to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Dazaifu
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:
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Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park

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 19th (Tue), go for a walk through Kumamoto Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Sakuranobaba Johsaien, then take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, then stop by KUMAMON products Nagataniya, and finally don't miss a visit to Sl Hitoyoshi.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Kumamoto visit planning website .

Getting from Fukuoka to Kumamoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Sl Hitoyoshi
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 19:
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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 20th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, then go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Kumamoto to Takachiho-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

2
nights
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, make a trip to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa, get in on the family fun at Centleisure Kiijima Highlands Park, then explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, then head outdoors with Mt. Tsurumi, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Jumonjibaru Observation Deck.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Beppu journey planning app .

Drive from Takachiho-cho to Beppu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Beppu are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beppu

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Kinrin
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin
Onsen Resorts

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