17 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

17 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

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17 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong, China
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Beppu, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kumamoto, Japan
— 2 nights
train + taxi:  2​h 15​min
5
Takachiho-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
6
Kagoshima, Japan
— 1 night
ferry + taxi:  4​h 15​min
7
Yakushima-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Kagoshima, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
9
Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
End: Hong Kong, China

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then make a trip to Tokyo Tower, then admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

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Hong Kong, China to Tokyo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hong Kong to Tokyo is 1 hour. In June, Tokyo is a bit cooler than Hong Kong - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

1
night
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, appreciate the history behind Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital Workers Monument, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mikasahama Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Tokyo to Hiroshima by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Beppu.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

2
nights
Beppu, Japan

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): have fun at Tanoura Beach, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Beppu online attractions planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Beppu in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in June, expect nights in Beppu to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are little chillier, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Tanoura Beach
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Umi Jigoku ©
Umi Jigoku
Onsen Resorts

2
nights
Kumamoto, Japan

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Okoshiki Beach, walk around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, then explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Kamitori Shopping Street, don't miss a visit to Shimotori Shotengai, make a trip to Sakuranobaba Josaien, then get a sense of history and politics at Kumamoto City Hall, Large Hall Floor, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt.Kinpozan Ichinotake.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Kumamoto online itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Beppu to Kumamoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Kumamoto are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Okoshiki Beach, Mt.Kinpozan Ichinotake
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Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto ©
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto

2
nights
Takachiho-cho, Japan

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 29th (Sat): go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka, admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho day trip app .

You can drive from Kumamoto to Takachiho-cho in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. In June in Takachiho-cho, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

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

1
night
Kagoshima, Japan

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.
On the 1st (Mon), enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Shiroyama and then don't miss a visit to Sengan-en Garden.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kagoshima trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Takachiho-cho to Kagoshima in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Kagoshima are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Mt. Shiroyama ©
Mt. Shiroyama

2
nights
Yakushima-cho, Japan

Yakushima-cho
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Nagata Inakahama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

For ratings and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kagoshima to Yakushima-cho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In July in Yakushima-cho, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land

1
night
Kagoshima, Japan

Kagoshima ©
On the 5th (Fri), admire the striking features of Tsukiyomi Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory, and then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Meiji Restoration.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kagoshima trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Kagoshima in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and ferry. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Museum of the Meiji Restoration ©
Museum of the Meiji Restoration
Tsukiyomi Shrine ©
Tsukiyomi Shrine
Shiroyama Observatory ©
Shiroyama Observatory

2
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Peng Yu Path, then make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Hong Kong road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Kagoshima to Hong Kong in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time to Hong Kong Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Kagoshima in July, with highs in Hong Kong at 38°C and lows at 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) ©
Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)
Hong Kong Museum of History ©
Hong Kong Museum of History

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