10 days in Japan & Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

10 days in Japan & Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 1 night
Fly
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Fukuoka, Japan
— 1 day
Train
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Kumamoto, Japan
— 1 night
Train
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Kagoshima, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Kirishima, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Takachiho-cho, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Minami-cho, Japan
— 1 day
Drive
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Beppu, Japan
— 1 day
Drive
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Nagasaki, Japan
— 1 night
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

— 1 night

Garden City of Lights

A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
On the 24th (Fri), enjoy breathtaking views from Menara Kuala Lumpur, admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, then explore the fascinating underground world of Batu Caves, and finally stroll around KL Bird Park. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, then look for gifts at Kia Klemenz Gifts & Souvenirs, then walk around KLCC Park, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Central Market Kuala Lumpur.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kuala Lumpur trip maker site.

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major aiports are Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Fukuoka, Japan

— 1 day

City of Yatai

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 26th (Sun), buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, pick up some local products at Osakana Tengoku, then take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, and finally explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Kuala Lumpur to Fukuoka in 10.5 hours. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Fukuoka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in May, things will get a bit cooler in Fukuoka: highs are around 28°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping · Parks · Museums

Kumamoto, Japan

— 1 night
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 27th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Kenmotsu Daijumoku Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, then stroll around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and finally get engrossed in the history at Newspaper Museum.

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You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kumamoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Kagoshima, Japan

— 1 night

Naples of the East

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and finally explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima road trip planner.

Take a train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kagoshima are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kirishima.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums

Kirishima, Japan

— 1 night
The city of Kirishima, established in 2005 by the merging of several smaller towns, makes a popular base for exploring the volcanic mountain range of the surrounding national park.
On the 29th (Wed), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kirishima Distillery, take in breathtaking views at Kirishima Shinsuikyo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kirishima Shrine, and finally make a trip to Kareigawa Station.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kirishima attractions tool.

Traveling by car from Kagoshima to Kirishima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Kirishima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kirishima

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Takachiho-cho, Japan

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, and finally go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara.

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Traveling by car from Kirishima to Takachiho-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. May in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Minami-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Minami-cho, Japan

— 1 day
On the 31st (Fri), see the interesting displays at Hiwasa Chelonian Museum Caretta, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakuoji Temple, then explore the activities along Semba Kaigai, then cruise along Minami Awa Sun Line, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Ebisudo.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Minami-cho road trip app.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Minami-cho by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Takachiho-cho in May, plan for little chillier days in Minami-cho, with highs around 24°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Beppu.

Things to do in Minami-cho

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Beppu, Japan

— 1 day
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
On the 1st (Sat), stroll through Beppu Park, then admire the natural beauty at Tekizanso, then take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Beppu itinerary planner.

Drive from Minami-cho to Beppu in 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Spas · Baths

Side Trip

Nagasaki, Japan

— 1 night

City of Peace

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 2nd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki journey maker site.

Getting from Beppu to Nagasaki by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums
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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.