13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Fukuoka
1
Fukuoka
— Few hours
train:  2​h
2
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Kumamoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Beppu
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Kitakyushu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Fukuoka
— 3 nights
End: Fukuoka


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few
hours
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.
For more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka vacation planner .

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airport is Fukuoka Airport. In November, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You will leave for Nagasaki on the 17th (Sun).

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Inasayama Observation Deck and Sakitsu athedral Church. Get out of town with these interesting Nagasaki side-trips: Yutoku Inari Shrine (in Kashima), Sakitsu Museum Minatoya (in Amakusa) and Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and steep yourself in history at Suwa Shrine.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip planner .

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Nagasaki in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Amakusa, Huis Ten Bosch, Yutoku Inari Shrine
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Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Inasayama Observation Deck ©
Inasayama Observation Deck
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Tetori Church, then ponder the world of politics at Kumamoto City Hall, Large Hall Floor, and finally get your bearings at Sakuranobaba Josaien. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt.Kinpozan Ichinotake, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get curious at Kumamoto City Water Science Museum, and finally make a trip to Shimotori Shotengai.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kumamoto trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nagasaki to Kumamoto takes 3 hours. Traveling from Nagasaki in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kumamoto, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Beppu.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mt.Kinpozan Ichinotake
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Kato Shrine ©
Kato Shrine
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden

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nights
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): look for gifts at Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, then take in the natural beauty of Kamado Jigoku, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Kijima Kogen Park, then explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, and then appreciate the history behind Yayoi Tengu.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Beppu journey planner.

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Beppu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Lake Kinrin
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Kijima Kogen Park ©
Kijima Kogen Park
Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin

2
nights
Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu ©
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
On the 25th (Mon), wander the streets of Mojiko Retro, contemplate the long history of Fukujuji Temple, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hiraodai, and finally don't miss a visit to Sarakurayama Cable Car Parking Lot. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Mt Sarakura, then contemplate the long history of Old Ito Denemon House, and then make a trip to Kokura Castle.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kitakyushu travel route planner .

Take a train from Beppu to Kitakyushu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. November in Kitakyushu sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Karato market, Old Ito Denemon House
Highlights from your plan
Mt Sarakura ©
Mt Sarakura
Hiraodai ©
Hiraodai
Sarakurayama Cable Car Parking Lot ©

3
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
On the 27th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki-gu, then take an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Ohori Park, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanzoin, then get engrossed in the history at Munakata Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Temmangu, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Yoshinogari Historical Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka day trip app .

Getting from Kitakyushu to Fukuoka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Yoshinogari Historical Park, Nanzoin, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, Munakata Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Hakozaki Shrine ©
Hakozaki Shrine
Fukuoka City Museum ©
Fukuoka City Museum
Munakata Shrine ©
Munakata Shrine

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