15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 4 nights
2
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
3
Beppu
— 1 night
4
Kokonoe-machi
— 1 night
5
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
6
Kumamoto
— 1 night
7
Shimabara
— 1 night
8
Nagasaki
— 1 night
9
Fukuoka
— 2 nights

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Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kyoto (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotombori District, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Osaka travel route website.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in November: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 20°C and lows are around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
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Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©

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 3rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Komyozen-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, enjoy breathtaking views from Komenoyama Obsevatory, then explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohori Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Fukuoka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Side Trips

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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu

1
night
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): stop by Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, enjoy breathtaking views from Jumonjibaru Observation Deck, 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 other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Beppu trip planner.

Drive from Fukuoka to Beppu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Beppu can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kokonoe-machi.

Things to do in Beppu

Shopping · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Onsen Resorts

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Kokonoe-machi

Kokonoe-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the views from Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mimata.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kokonoe-machi holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Beppu to Kokonoe-machi takes an hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Beppu in December since evenings lows in Kokonoe-machi dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kokonoe-machi

Parks · Nature · Baths · Spas
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Mimata ©
Mt. Mimata
Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge ©
Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge

1
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Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
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 7th (Sat): go for a walk through Takachihokyo Passage, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, and finally go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Kokonoe-machi to Takachiho-cho takes 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Takachiho-cho can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

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night
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 8th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, take in the history at Shimpuren Leader Tomoo Otaguro's Battle Site, admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, then buy something for everyone on your list at Shimotori Shotengai, then admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Kumamoto Castle.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kumamoto travel planner.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Kumamoto by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. In December in Kumamoto, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Shimabara.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Highlights from your plan
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto ©
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto

1
night
Shimabara

Shimabara
Shimabara is a city located on the north-eastern tip of the Shimabara Peninsula, facing Ariake Bay in the east and Mount Unzen (including Fugendake) in the west, in Nagasaki Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.As of October 1, 2016, the city has an estimated population of 44,936 and a population density of 540 persons per kmĀ². Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): engage your brain at Gamadasu Dome (Mt. Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall), make a trip to Samurai Houses, step into the grandiose world of Shimabara Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Yusui Garden Shimeisou, and finally make a trip to Shimabara Yusui Museum.

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You can drive from Kumamoto to Shimabara in 1.5 hours. December in Shimabara sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Shimabara

Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Shimabara Castle
Shimabara Castle
Samurai Houses ©
Samurai Houses

1
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Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©

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.
On the 10th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, stroll through Nagasaki Peace Park, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glover Garden, and finally take in the views from Megane Bridge.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki journey planner.

You can drive from Shimabara to Nagasaki in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Shimabara in December, Nagasaki is a bit warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©

City of Yatai

On the 11th (Wed), wander the streets of Mojiko Retro, stop by Karato market, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, and finally make a trip to Yatai. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Kokura Castle, then see the interesting displays at Kyushu National Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Archaeology Center, and finally don't miss a visit to Kego Shrine.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Fukuoka tour itinerary app.

Drive from Nagasaki to Fukuoka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Tochoji Temple ©
Tochoji Temple
Fukuoka City Archaeology Center
Fukuoka City Archaeology Center
Mojiko Retro ©
Mojiko Retro

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