15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
Drive:  3 h 30 min
1
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
2
Omihachiman
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
ferry:  13 h 30 min
4
Beppu
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Kumamoto
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h
6
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
End: Fukuoka

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
You've added Shofuen Matsuno Chaho, Higashichaya Old Town, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town and then stop by Shofuen Matsuno Chaho. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Hida Takayama Teddy Bear Eco Village, stop by Sanmachi Suji, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

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Osaka to Takayama is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Omihachiman.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Higashichaya Old Town, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

2
nights
Omihachiman

Omihachiman ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kurokabe Square. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Former Hachiman Post Office, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hachiman-bori, appreciate the extensive heritage of Omishonin Street, then contemplate the long history of House of Nishikawa Jingoro, then contemplate the long history of Shirahige Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Okitsushima Shrine.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Omihachiman trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Takayama to Omihachiman in 3.5 hours. May in Omihachiman sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Omihachiman

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kurokabe Square, Shirahige Shrine
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Kurokabe Square ©
Kurokabe Square
Hachiman-bori ©
Hachiman-bori
Okitsushima Shrine ©
Okitsushima Shrine

2
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Omihachiman to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 7th (Thu), you're off to Beppu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

2
nights
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
You've added Kitsuki Castle Town, Lake Kinrin, Yufuin Area, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, get to know the fascinating history of Yufuin Area, then explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Jumonjibaru Observation Deck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Nabegataki Falls, get to know the fascinating history of Kitsuki Castle Town, and then don't miss a visit to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Beppu tour site .

Take a train from Kyoto to Beppu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Beppu, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yufu, Nabegataki Falls, Kitsuki Castle Town
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Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Kitsuki Castle Town ©
Kitsuki Castle Town

1
day
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 10th (Sun), browse the range of quality goods at Tsuruya Department Store.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Kumamoto journey builder.

You can take a train from Beppu to Kumamoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Beppu, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kumamoto, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Shopping
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Tsuruya Department Store ©
Tsuruya Department Store

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Glover Garden. Get some historical perspective at Nagasaki Peace Park and Takashima Steamlined Gun. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, stop by Seifudo, Glover Garden-dori, and don't miss a visit to World Peace Symbol Zone.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kumamoto to Nagasaki in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Former Takatori House, step into the grandiose world of Karatsu Castle, then kick back and relax at Nijino Matsubara, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kagami Shrine.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fukuoka sightseeing website .

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. 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 15th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Karatsu, Dazaifu
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Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Nijino Matsubara ©
Nijino Matsubara
Former Takatori House ©
Former Takatori House

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