14 days in East Asia Itinerary

14 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Kumamoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yufu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Beppu
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Fukuoka
— 4 nights
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Kumamoto

— 2 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 23rd (Thu), indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, then explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Tsuruya Department Store. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at Aeon Mall Kumamoto, hunt for treasures at Kumamoto Wholesale Market, look for gifts at KUMAMON products Nagataniya, buy something for everyone on your list at Shimotori Shotengai, then admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Cocosa.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kumamoto driving holiday planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kumamoto is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in April; daily highs in Kumamoto reach 23°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Shopping · Historic Sites · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

Yufu

— 2 nights
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Yufuin Onsen has been added to your itinerary. On the 25th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kinrin, look for gifts at Wahaha, view the masterpieces at Homme Blue Cafe, stop by Yunotsubo Kaido, then soothe aching muscles at Yufuin Onsen, and finally see the interesting displays at Yufuin Stained Glas Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): admire the engineering at Hakusui Dam, explore the ancient world of Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus, then stroll around Nyuta Nakashima Park, then contemplate the long history of Oka Castle Ruins, and finally steep yourself in history at Fukoji Temple Cliff-Carved Budda.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yufu road trip planner.

Drive from Kumamoto to Yufu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Kumamoto in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Yufu: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Beppu

— 2 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, get outside with Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, then buy something for everyone on your list at JR Oita City, and finally browse the different shops at Amu Plaza Oita. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kamado Jigoku, then do a tasting at Ajimu Budoushu Koubou, then steep yourself in history at Usajingu Shrine, and finally browse the range of quality goods at Tokiwa Honten.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Beppu planner.

You can drive from Yufu to Beppu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daytime highs in Beppu are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Beppu

Shopping · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get some historical perspective at Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Castle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Itsukushima Shrine and Saijo. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Miyajima, &more) and Kamoizumi Sake Brewery (in Higashihiroshima). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Getting from Beppu to Hiroshima by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Fukuoka

— 4 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Dazaifu Tenman-gu and Kokura Castle are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Mojiko Retro and Kyoho Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Dazaifu (Tenkai Inari Shrine & Baien), Nagasaki (Glover Garden, Shinchi Chinatown, &more) and Kurume World Camellia Museum (in Kurume). And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, steep yourself in history at Old Mojimitsui Club, and explore the engaging exhibits at teamLab Future Park Canal City Hakata.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Fukuoka trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. May in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kumamoto Prefecture travel guide

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Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Kumamoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Kumamoto.HistoryHistorically, the area was called Higo Province; and the province was renamed Kumamoto during the Meiji Restoration. The creation of prefectures was part of the abolition of the feudal system. The current Japanese orthography for Kumamoto literally means "bear root/origin", or "origin of the bear".

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