16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
2
Beppu
— 2 nights
3
Fukuoka
— 4 nights
4
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
5
Kumamoto
— 2 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church Hongouchi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ōura Church.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nagasaki online trip itinerary maker.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Nagasaki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in May: high temperatures in Nagasaki hover around °C and lows are around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Beppu.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

2
nights
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
On the 30th (Thu), soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kamado Jigoku, take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, thentake in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, and finally make a trip to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, don't miss a visit to Yufuin Basin, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kinrin.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Beppu vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nagasaki to Beppu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagasaki in May, plan for little chillier days in Beppu, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Yufu, Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin
Umi Jigoku ©
Umi Jigoku

4
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.
When in Fukuoka, make a side trip to see Dazaifu Tenman-gu in Dazaifu, approximately Dazaifu away. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Ohori Park, contemplate the long history of Fukuoka Castle Ruins, make a trip to Hakata Station, and buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka day trip tool.

You can drive from Beppu to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Beppu in May, you will find days in Fukuoka are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dazaifu Tenman-gu
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome ©
Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, don't miss a visit to Sengan-en, thenpause for some photo ops at Saigo Takamori Statue, and finally don't miss a visit to Tenmonkan. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Kagoshima City Modern Literature Museum & Kagoshima Marchen Hall, contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, and then pause for some photo ops at Takamori Saigo Birthplace Monument.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kagoshima trip app.

Getting from Fukuoka to Kagoshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In June in Kagoshima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

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

2
nights
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine and then explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, examine the collection at Aso Highland Museum Park, and then contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kumamoto travel route planning site.

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Daikanbo, Aso Highland Museum Park, Mt. Aso
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo

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