8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Singapore
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  10 h 45 min
1
Kagoshima
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
2
Kumamoto
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Yufu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h
End: Singapore

1
night
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 5th (Sun): go for a walk through Sengan-en, thenbrush up on your knowledge of spirits at Satsuma Gojugura Galleria Hombo, Hombo Shuzo, and then get impressive views of Sakurajima.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Kagoshima travel route planning tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Kagoshima is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in April; daily highs in Kagoshima reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

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

1
night
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 6th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Sakuranobaba Johsaien, explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kumamoto trip itinerary app.

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
Sakuranobaba Johsaien

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Yasugawara, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, thenexplore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho route planner.

Traveling by car from Kumamoto to Takachiho-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. April in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yufu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

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

2
nights
Yufu

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
On the 8th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the natural beauty of Kamado Jigoku, thenwitness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, thentake in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, and finally take a stroll through Yunotsubo Kaido. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Iwashita Collection, explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yufu.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yufu trip builder.

Drive from Takachiho-cho to Yufu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Takachiho-cho in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Yufu: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Beppu
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Spas
Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin

2
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.
On the 10th (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, thentake in panoramic vistas at Komenoyama Obsevatory, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Maizuru Park and then make a trip to Hakata Station.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Fukuoka road trip site.

You can drive from Yufu to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. April in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Komenoyama Obsevatory, Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

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