15 days in East Asia Itinerary

15 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Fukuoka
— 1 night
Drive
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Saga
— 1 night
Drive
3
Nagasaki
— 1 night
Train
4
Kumamoto
— 1 night
Drive
5
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive
6
Beppu
— 1 night
Drive
7
Kitsuki
— 1 night
Drive
8
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
9
Takamatsu
— 1 night
Drive
10
Kurashiki
— 1 night
Train
11
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, and then admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Fukuoka trip builder.

Manila, Philippines to Fukuoka is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manila to Fukuoka is 1 hour. Traveling from Manila in March, expect Fukuoka to be much colder, temps between 17°C and 7°C. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Saga.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Saga

— 1 night
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 2nd (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikita Shrine and then admire the landmark architecture of Sagajo Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Saga trip website.

You can drive from Fukuoka to Saga in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Saga

Historic Sites · Parks

Nagasaki

— 1 night

City of Peace

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
On the 3rd (Thu), take in the views from Megane Bridge.

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You can drive from Saga to Nagasaki in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Kumamoto

— 1 night
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 5th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Newspaper Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, then see the interesting displays at Kumamoto Castle Museum Wakuwakuza, then step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, and finally explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kumamoto tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Kumamoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. March in Kumamoto sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Yasugawara, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, then go for a walk through Takachihokyo Passage, then make a trip to Akimoto Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kusakabeyoshimi Shrine.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Kumamoto to Takachiho-cho in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. March in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Beppu

— 1 night
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, take in panoramic vistas at Jumonjibaru Observation Deck, find something for the whole family at Centleisure Kiijima Highlands Park, explore the activities along Shidakako Lake, 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 see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Beppu attractions planner.

You can drive from Takachiho-cho to Beppu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kitsuki.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Baths

Side Trip

Kitsuki

— 1 night
Kitsuki is a city located in Ōita Prefecture, Japan.As of March 1, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 29,661 and a population density of 114.00 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): make a trip to Ameya no Saka, don't miss a visit to Suya no Saka, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kitsuki Castle Town, then walk around Itogahama Seaside Park, and finally appreciate the history behind Kaiten Oga Training Base Memorial Park.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kitsuki travel tool.

You can drive from Beppu to Kitsuki in an hour. In March in Kitsuki, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kitsuki

Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Kitsuki to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Takamatsu

— 1 night

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, then take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, then admire the striking features of Kagawa Prefectural Buildings, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yashima.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Takamatsu itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Takamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Museums · Nature

Kurashiki

— 1 night
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): look for gifts at Mamekichi Hompo, Kurashiki, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, then explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, then let little ones run wild at Tanematsuyama Park, and finally take a memorable drive along Mt. Washuzan Park (Foremer Mt. Washuzan Skyline).

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kurashiki road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Takamatsu to Kurashiki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March in Kurashiki, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Outdoors

Himeji

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 12th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Himeji trip site.

You can take a train from Kurashiki to Himeji in an hour. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Kurashiki in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 7°C in Himeji. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Baths · Spas · Parks

Osaka

— 3 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Jishu Shrine (in Otsu) and Kyoto (Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine & Kiyomizu-dera Temple). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotombori District, make a trip to Kuchu Teien Observatory, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka tour planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Osaka sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips