9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h
1
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Yufu
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Beppu
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Saga
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Singapore

1
night
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 25th (Wed): browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, make a trip to Hakata Station, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, then take in the pleasant sights at Fukuoka Tower, and finally let little ones run wild at Ohori Park.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka road trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Fukuoka is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Fukuoka due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Fukuoka hover around 13°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Fun & Games Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Hakata Station ©
Hakata Station

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.
On the 26th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Yasugawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho trip planner .

You can drive from Fukuoka to Takachiho-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Takachiho-cho are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

1
night
Yufu

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Iwashita Collection, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yufu, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kinrin, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Yufuin Area.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yufu trip planner .

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Yufu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Yufu sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Beppu.

Things to do in Yufu

Nature Parks Baths
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin
Yufuin Area ©
Yufuin Area
Iwashita Collection ©
Iwashita Collection

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Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
On the 28th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, and finally find something for the whole family at Centleisure Kiijima Highlands Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Beppu day trip website .

You can drive from Yufu to Beppu in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Saga.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Oita
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago ©
Spas

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 29th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Sagajo Park, admire the striking features of Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nannyo Shrine, then examine the collection at Yokan Museum, and finally make a trip to D51 206 Steam Locomotive.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Saga trip maker tool .

Drive from Beppu to Saga in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Beppu in December, Saga is slightly colder at night with lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Saga

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Yokan Museum
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Sagajo Park ©
Sagajo Park
Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum ©
Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum
D51 206 Steam Locomotive ©
D51 206 Steam Locomotive

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Nagasaki Peace Park and then find something for the whole family at Huis Ten Bosch. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, and finally contemplate the long history of Glover House and Office.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip maker site .

You can drive from Saga to Nagasaki in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Saga in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nagasaki, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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