17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Saga
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Imari
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
4
Sasebo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Nagasaki
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
6
Unzen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Kumamoto
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
8
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Yufu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
10
Beppu
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
11
Kitakyushu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
12
Fukuoka
— Few hours
train:  1​h 45​min
13
Okayama
— 1 night
train:  45​min
14
Kobe
— Few hours
train:  30​min
15
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
16
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyajidake Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Nanzoin, then buy something for everyone on your list at Hakata Deitos, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamado Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Temmangu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenkai Inari Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaidan-in Temple, then take a stroll through Shintencho Shopping Street, and finally wander the streets of Nishijin Shopping District.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka trip itinerary planning website .

London, UK to Fukuoka is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Fukuoka, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, Fukuoka is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Saga.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Miyajidake Shrine, Nanzoin
Highlights from your plan
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Miyajidake Shrine ©
Miyajidake Shrine
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu

few
hours
Saga

Saga
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. You can plan Saga trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Fukuoka to Saga by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. November in Saga sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. You'll set off for Imari on the 18th (Mon).

Things to do in Saga

Historic Sites Parks Museums

few
hours
Imari

Imari
Imari is a city located in Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Izumiyama Jishakujo, look for gifts at Genemongama Aritakamamoto, and then steep yourself in history at Imari Okawachiyama.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Imari sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by car from Saga to Imari takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Saga in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Imari. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sasebo.

Things to do in Imari

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Arita-cho

1
night
Sasebo

Sasebo
With its U.S.
On the 18th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Kuroshima.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Sasebo route planner.

You can drive from Imari to Sasebo in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Sasebo

Historic Sites

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa and then get into the urban bustle at The Confucian Temple, the Chinese Museum of Successive Generations.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki travel planner.

Traveling by car from Sasebo to Nagasaki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Unzen.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Inasa ©
Mt. Inasa

1
night
Unzen

Set against a formidable volcano, the city of Unzen pulsates with scenic beauty.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Unzen trip planner .

You can drive from Nagasaki to Unzen in an hour. November in Unzen sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Wed) before leaving for Kumamoto.

Things to do in Unzen

Spas Baths Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Onsen Resorts
Tachibana Shrine ©
Tachibana Shrine

few
hours
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): get impressive views of Mt. Aso.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kumamoto day trip planning site .

You can drive from Unzen to Kumamoto in 2 hours. Traveling from Unzen in November, Kumamoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mt. Aso
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Aso ©
Mt. Aso

1
night
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.
You've now added Takachiho Gorge to your itinerary. On the 21st (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Aratate Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, then take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Kumamoto to Takachiho-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In November in Takachiho-cho, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yufu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden
Aratate Shrine ©
Aratate Shrine

1
night
Yufu

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): look for gifts at Wahaha.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Yufu trip planner .

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Yufu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Yufu are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Yufu

Spas Baths Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yufuin Area ©
Yufuin Area
Yufuin Onsen ©
Yufuin Onsen

2
nights
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Harmony Land, Hells of Beppu, Beppu Beach Sand Bath, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): look for gifts at Angel Kimono Rental Beppu and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at JR Oita City, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Beppu Beach Sand Bath, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Beppu trip builder .

You can drive from Yufu to Beppu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. November in Beppu sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Beppu

Shopping Parks Spas

Side Trips

Oita, Harmony Land
Highlights from your plan
JR Oita City ©
JR Oita City
Onsen Resorts
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu

1
night
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 24th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Kokura Castle and then take a stroll through Mojiko Retro.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kitakyushu day trip site .

You can take a train from Beppu to Kitakyushu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mojiko Retro ©
Mojiko Retro
Kokura Castle ©
Kokura Castle

few
hours
Fukuoka

Fukuoka
Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Fukuoka trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Kitakyushu to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will leave for Okayama on the 25th (Mon).

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

1
night
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
On the 25th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Inujima Seirensho Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Ohashi House, explore the landscape on two wheels at Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsuhiko Shrine, and finally wander the streets of Asahikawa no Hotori.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Okayama road trip planning website .

Take a train from Fukuoka to Okayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Fukuoka in November, with highs in Okayama at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Okayama

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, Ohashi House
Highlights from your plan
Kibitsuhiko Shrine ©
Kibitsuhiko Shrine
Ohashi House ©
Ohashi House
Inujima Seirensho Art Museum ©
Inujima Seirensho Art Museum

few
hours
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kobe Muslim Mosque, and then take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kobe trip planner .

You can take a train from Okayama to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Okayama in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kobe, with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland
Kobe Muslim Mosque ©
Kobe Muslim Mosque

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji and then look for gifts at Ippodo Tea Kyoto. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hosenin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Enkō-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamigamo Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kobe. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Thu) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Asakusa Shrine and Yanaka. Get some historical perspective at Kencho-ji Temple and Hozomon. Venture out of the city with trips to Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara) and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine (in Kamakura). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Ueno, steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kamakura, Oyama Afuri Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Ueno ©
Ueno
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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