17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Shimabara
Drive:  2 h 45 min
1
Kurume
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Nakatsu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Oita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
Saiki
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Miyazaki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Kagoshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
8
Kumamoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
End: Shimabara

1
night
Kurume

Kurume ©
Admire the temples and shrines of Kurume, a small, compact town situated on the Chikushi Plain, known for its local products, such as an indigo woven fabric, bamboo lacquerware, and pork ramen.
On the 6th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Ishibashi Cultural Center and then examine the collection at Kyushu National Museum. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Yanagawa Ohana and then admire the landmark architecture of Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum.

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Shimabara to Kurume is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Traveling from Shimabara in May, you will find days in Kurume are little chillier (71°F), and nights are a bit warmer (68°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Nakatsu.

Things to do in Kurume

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yanagawa Ohana, Kyushu National Museum, Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum
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Kyushu National Museum ©
Kyushu National Museum
Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum ©
Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum
Ishibashi Cultural Center ©
Ishibashi Cultural Center

2
nights
Nakatsu

Nakatsu ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Nakatsu Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Yabakei, and then steep yourself in history at Ao Cave Tonnel.

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Getting from Kurume to Nakatsu by car takes about 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Nakatsu when traveling from Kurume in May, with lows around 61°F. On the 9th (Sat), you're off to Oita.

Things to do in Nakatsu

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Ao Cave Tonnel ©
Ao Cave Tonnel
Yabakei
Yabakei
Nakatsu Castle ©
Nakatsu Castle

2
nights
Oita

Oita ©
The gateway to a wealth of dynamic landscapes and some of the country's most atmospheric religious and cultural sites, Oita, in touristic terms, acts primarily as a transport hub.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo, thenmeet the residents at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, thenwitness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Beppu Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): browse the different shops at JR Oita City, make a trip to Oniishibozu Jigoku, thenmake a trip to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa, thenlearn about wildlife with up-close encounters at African Safari, and finally admire the masterpieces at Oita Prefectural Art Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Oita day trip tool.

Drive from Nakatsu to Oita in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Oita are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saiki.

Things to do in Oita

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Beppu, African Safari
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago ©
Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago
African Safari ©
African Safari

1
night
Saiki

Saiki ©
Saiki is a city located in Ōita Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shiroyama, don't miss a visit to Road of History and Literature, thenadmire the verdant scenery at Fujigawachi Valley, thendelve into the lush surroundings at Totoro no Mori, and finally make a trip to Totoro Bus Stop.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Saiki trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Oita to Saiki in an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Saiki

Nature Parks
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Mt. Shiroyama ©
Mt. Shiroyama
Totoro Bus Stop ©
Totoro Bus Stop

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nights
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 13th (Wed): 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, thenexplore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally admire the sheer force of Manai Falls. On your second day here, take in the pleasant sights at Takachihokyo Passage, walk around Tsukimawari Park, thenstroll around Takamori Yusui Tunnel Park, thendon't miss a visit to Shirakawa Springs, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoshidajyo Gokenjyokumiba.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho driving holiday planner.

Drive from Saiki to Takachiho-cho in 2 hours. Traveling from Saiki in May, you will find days in Takachiho-cho are somewhat warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Minamiaso-mura, Takamori-machi
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Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato 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 15th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Udo Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Udo Shrine, make a trip to Sunmesse Nichinan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aoshima Shrine, thenhead off the coast to Aoshima Island, and finally explore the striking landscape at Onino Sentakuita. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Haniwa Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyazaki Shinto Shrine, visit AEON MALL Miyazaki, kick back and relax at Aoshima Beach, thentake some stellar pictures from Horikiri Pass, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Airplane Park.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Miyazaki journey planner.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Miyazaki by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kagoshima: Minamikyushu (Chiran Samurai Residence Garden, Tokoshieni, Tokkoyushi Statue, &more) and Ibusuki (Cape Nagasakibana, JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, &more). There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, don't miss a visit to Tenmonkan, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Meiji Restoration, and browse the different shops at AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kagoshima trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Miyazaki to Kagoshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Miyazaki in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 58°F in Kagoshima. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ibusuki, Minamikyushu
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Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Onsen Resorts
Shiroyama Observatory ©
Shiroyama Observatory

3
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 20th (Wed): make a trip to JR Kumamoto Station, walk around Suizenji Ezuko Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Kumamoto Zoo and Botanical Gardens, and finally stroll around Misumi Nishiko Park. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at Shimotori Shotengai, don't miss a visit to Kamitori Shopping Street, admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, thendon't miss a visit to Kumamon Square, thenappreciate the history behind Kato Kiyomasa Statue, and finally take an in-depth tour of Sakuranobaba Johsaien.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kumamoto trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Misumi Nishiko Park
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto ©
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto