12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Fukuoka
Train:  1 h
1
Saga
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Kumamoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Yufu
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
4
Beppu
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Nagasaki
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
6
Fukuoka
— 3 nights
End: Fukuoka

2
nights
Saga

Saga ©
Saga is the capital city of Saga Prefecture, located on the island of Kyushu, Japan.Saga was the capital of Saga Domain in the Edo period, and largest city of former Hizen Province.As of February 28, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 234,453 and a population density of 543 persons per km². On the 10th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Former Koga Bank (Saga City History and Folklore Museum), contemplate the long history of Former Morinaga Residence, admire the landmark architecture of Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum, don't miss a visit to Saga Castle Shachinomon & Tsuzuki Yagura, then enjoy breathtaking views from Sage Prefectural Government Observation Deck, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saga Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get lost in a book at Takeo City Library, make a trip to Takeo no Okusu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takeo Shrine, admire the striking features of Sakuramon, then identify plant and animal life at Mifuneyama Rakuen, and finally boost your wellbeing at Takeo Onsen.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Saga tour builder app .

Fukuoka to Saga is an approximately 1-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. March in Saga sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. On the 12th (Thu), you'll travel to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Saga

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Takeo, Sasebo, Karatsu, Yoshinogari Historical Park, Ishibashi Museum
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Yoshinogari Historical Park ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park
Chimachibo Park ©
Chimachibo Park
Kujuku Island ©
Kujuku Island

2
nights
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Mt. Aso, Former Kumamoto City Hall Entrance, Kamitori Shopping Street, and other attractions. Explore Kumamoto's surroundings by going to Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine (in Takamori-machi), Aso (Kusasenri, Aso Volcano Museum, &more) and Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, and take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kumamoto trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Saga to Kumamoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. March in Kumamoto sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Yufu.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aso, Shirakawa Springs, Mt. Aso, Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo

1
night
Yufu

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
You've now added Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): look for gifts at Cheese Factory Yufuin, appreciate the extensive heritage of Yufuin Area, and then take an in-depth tour of Iwashita Collection.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yufu holiday site .

Traveling by car from Kumamoto to Yufu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Yufu sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks Historic Sites Spas

Side Trip

Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge
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Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin
Yufuin Area ©
Yufuin Area
Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge ©
Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge

2
nights
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
You've added Beppu Tower, Amu Plaza Oita, Hyotan Hot Springs, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take a stroll through Yunotsubo Kaido, categoryPhrases.phrase.get_up_close_and_personal_with_brilliant_marine_life_at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, then enjoy breathtaking views from Beppu Tower, and finally browse the different shops at Amu Plaza Oita. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Myoban Onsen, then make a trip to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa, and finally boost your wellbeing at Hyotan Hot Springs.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Beppu day trip planning site .

You can drive from Yufu to Beppu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Beppu can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Spas Nature

Side Trips

Oita, Yunotsubo Kaido
Highlights from your plan
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Umi Jigoku ©
Umi Jigoku
Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago ©

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.
You've now added Inasayama Observation Deck to your itinerary. On the 17th (Tue), walk around Nagao Castle Park, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, pause for some photo ops at Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, and finally steep yourself in history at Glover Garden. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ōura Church, stroll around Nakashimagawa Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, then snap pictures at Megane Bridge, and finally step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nagasaki road trip website .

You can drive from Beppu to Nagasaki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nagao Castle Park
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

3
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.
You've added Kokura Castle, Mojiko Retro, Kanmon Tunnel for Humans (Shimonoseki Side), and other attractions to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Fukuoka side-trips: Yutoku Inari Shrine (in Kashima) and Dazaifu Tenman-gu (in Dazaifu). And it doesn't end there: let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park, take in the pleasant sights at Fukuoka Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and walk around Maizuru Park.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Fukuoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kitakyushu, Shimonoseki, Yutoku Inari Shrine, Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Highlights from your plan
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

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