11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9 h
1
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Kumamoto
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Sasebo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Nagasaki
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Beppu
— 1 night
Ferry + Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Matsuyama
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Singapore

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Archaeology Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Temmangu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Hakata Station, then enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, then look for all kinds of wild species at Ohori Park, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Taito Station, Fukuoka Tenjin.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fukuoka travel tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Fukuoka is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Fukuoka is 1 hour. In November, Fukuoka is much colder than Singapore - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Fun & Games Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dazaifu
Highlights from your plan
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Taito Station, Fukuoka Tenjin ©
Taito Station, Fukuoka Tenjin
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire the striking features of Second Sight, then walk around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, then take an in-depth tour of Sakuranobaba Johsaien, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kumamoto planner .

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kumamoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sasebo.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
Sakuranobaba Johsaien

1
night
Sasebo

Sasebo ©
With its U.S.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yumihari and then get in on the family fun at Huis Ten Bosch.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sasebo trip planner .

Drive from Kumamoto to Sasebo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kumamoto in December since evenings lows in Sasebo dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and finally snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Sasebo to Nagasaki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Mt. Inasa ©
Mt. Inasa
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

1
night
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
On the 4th (Wed), look for gifts at Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, then take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Beppu online trip planner .

You can drive from Nagasaki to Beppu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Beppu

Shopping Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Umi Jigoku ©
Umi Jigoku
Onsen Resorts

4
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsuyama: Anaba Shrine (in Imabari), Naka (Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, Children's Peace Monument, & more) and Kosanji Temple (in Onomichi). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, don't miss a visit to Kochi Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, and head off the coast to Hojo Kashima.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama route builder website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Beppu to Matsuyama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of ferry and train. In December, daily temperatures in Matsuyama can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hiroshima, Kochi Castle, Anaba Shrine, Kosanji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Hojo Kashima ©
Hojo Kashima
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle

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