11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kagoshima
— 1 night
Train
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Kumamoto
Drive
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Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Fukuoka
— 1 night
Fly
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Kyoto
Drive
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Mino
— 1 night
Drive
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Yamanashi
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kagoshima

— 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.
Sakurajima Visitor Center has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get all the information you need at Sakurajima Visitor Center, admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum, and then pause for some photo ops at Okubo Toshimichi Statue.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kagoshima road trip website.

Vancouver, Canada to Kagoshima is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Kagoshima due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Vancouver, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kagoshima, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Museums

Kumamoto

Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 20th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumamoto Prefecture Gokoku Shrine and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt.Kinpozan Ichinotake.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kumamoto trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Kumamoto sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Takachiho-cho

— 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.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho trip planner.

You can drive from Kumamoto to Takachiho-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Takachiho-cho are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites

Fukuoka

— 1 night

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.
For maps and tourist information, use the Fukuoka road trip planning website.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Fukuoka by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Kyoto

The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
On the 22nd (Thu), explore the activities along Kamogawa River and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninna-ji Temple.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto online tour planner.

Fly from Fukuoka to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Mino.

Things to do in Kyoto

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Mino

— 1 night
Mino is a city located in the Gifu Prefecture of central Japan, founded on April 1, 1954.As of July 2011, the city has an estimated population of 22,447 and a population density of 190 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kosaka Sake Shop, then get engrossed in the history at Seki City Enku Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Miroku-ji Temple Kangaisekigun, and finally pause for some photo ops at Enkunyujozuka.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mino trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Mino in 2.5 hours. In March in Mino, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Yamanashi.

Things to do in Mino

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yamanashi

— 1 night
For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yamanashi route builder app.

Traveling by car from Mino to Yamanashi takes 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mino in March: highs in Yamanashi hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 7°C. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 24th (Sat).

Things to do in Yamanashi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Tokyo

— 4 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chidorigafuchi and Samurai Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine (in Kamakura), Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa) and Kamogawa Sea World (in Kamogawa). And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, admire the landmark architecture of Yokohama Landmark Tower, browse the different shops at Ikspiari, and get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Yamanashi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Yamanashi in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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.