17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Fukuoka
1
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Kitakyushu
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Beppu
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
4
Yufu
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Miyazaki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Kagoshima
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Kumamoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Nagasaki
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Sasebo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
11
Fukuoka
— 4 nights
End: Fukuoka

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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 29th (Sat): let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Fukuoka trip planner.

If you are flying in from South Korea, the closest major aiport is Fukuoka Airport. In February, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Tenjin Underground Shopping Center ©
Tenjin Underground Shopping Center

1
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Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu ©
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nakatsu Castle. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Nakatsu Castle, wander the streets of Mojiko Retro, then admire the landmark architecture of Osaka Shosen, and finally don't miss a visit to Kokura Station Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Kokura Castle, enjoy breathtaking views from Kitakyushu City Hall Rooftop Observation Deck, visit Karato market, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kanmon Kaikyo, and finally take in the views from Blue Wing Moji.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kitakyushu trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Kitakyushu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Beppu.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Neighborhoods Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nakatsu Castle, Karato market
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Mojiko Retro ©
Mojiko Retro
Karato market ©
Karato market
Kokura Castle ©
Kokura Castle

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Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Onyujima Island, Harajiri Falls and Kamado Jigoku. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): admire the sheer force of Harajiri Falls, head off the coast to Onyujima Island, take in the natural beauty of Kamado Jigoku, don't miss a visit to Oniishibozu Jigoku, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, and finally take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Beppu visit website.

Getting from Kitakyushu to Beppu by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Harajiri Falls, Onyujima Island
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Spas
Umi Jigoku ©
Umi Jigoku

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Yufu

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nabegataki Falls as well as Ao Cave Tonnel. On the 4th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Ao Cave Tonnel, admire the sheer force of Nabegataki Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yufu, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kinrin, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Yufuin Area.

To plan Yufu vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Beppu to Yufu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Yufu are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nabegataki Falls, Ao Cave Tonnel
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Mt. Yufu ©
Mt. Yufu
Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin
Yufuin Area ©
Yufuin Area

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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.
To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Takachiho-cho road trip planner.

You can drive from Yufu to Takachiho-cho in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

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

2
nights
Miyazaki

Miyazaki ©
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
On the 6th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Onino Sentakuita, step off the mainland to explore Aoshima Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aoshima Shrine, make a trip to Sunmesse Nichinan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Udo Shrine, and finally get great views at Horikiri Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyazaki Shinto Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Haniwa Garden, then visit AEON MALL Miyazaki, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Florante Miyazaki.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyazaki trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of taxi and train from Takachiho-cho to Miyazaki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nichinan
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Aoshima Island ©
Aoshima Island
Udo Shrine ©
Udo Shrine
Aoshima Shrine ©
Aoshima Shrine

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sakurajima. On the 8th (Sun), get impressive views of Sakurajima, take in the pleasant sights at Senganen, then take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory, and finally pause for some photo ops at Saigo Takamori Statue.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kagoshima vacation app.

Traveling by train from Miyazaki to Kagoshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Miyazaki in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kagoshima, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Senganen ©
Senganen
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shirakawa Springs, Kikuchi Gorge and Mt. Aso. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Shirakawa Springs, then appreciate the history behind Kato Kiyomasa Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Kumamoto Castle. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Mt. Aso and then admire the verdant scenery at Kikuchi Gorge.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kumamoto trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kumamoto are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mt. Aso, Kikuchi Gorge, Shirakawa Springs
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Mt. Aso ©
Mt. Aso
Shirakawa Springs ©
Shirakawa Springs

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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 11th (Wed): examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park, don't miss a visit to World Peace Symbol Zone, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and finally see the interesting displays at Dejima.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kumamoto to Nagasaki takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sasebo.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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Sasebo

Sasebo ©
With its U.S.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Huis Ten Bosch, Ishidake Observatory, Tenjin Park, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Ishidake Observatory, stroll around Tenjin Park, walk around Kozakibana Park, then get in on the family fun at Huis Ten Bosch, and finally let little ones run wild at Nagasaki Prefectural Saikaibashi Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sasebo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nagasaki to Sasebo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Sasebo can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games
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Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Ishidake Observatory ©
Ishidake Observatory
Nagasaki Prefectural Saikaibashi Park ©

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nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka
Explore Fukuoka's surroundings by going to Dazaifu (Kyushu National Museum, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more). Enjoy Fukuoka some more: make a trip to Hakata Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Nokonoshima Island, and browse the different shops at JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka day trip website.

Drive from Karatsu to Fukuoka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Karatsu in March, expect nights in Fukuoka to be a bit cooler, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for Minamioguni-machi.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Dazaifu
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 16:
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Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Hakata Station ©
Hakata Station
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

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