17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Zurich
Fly + Drive:  20 h 30 min
1
Miyazaki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Nichinan
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Kirishima
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Kumamoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Takachiho-cho
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
6
Yufu
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
7
Unzen
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
8
Kitakyushu
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Zurich

3
nights
Miyazaki

Miyazaki ©
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Airplane Park, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, engage your brain at Miyzaki Science Center, thentake an in-depth tour of Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History, thenmake a trip to Saitobaru Tomb, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsuma Shrine.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Miyazaki day trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Miyazaki is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Miyazaki is 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in April, with highs in Miyazaki at 24°C and lows at 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Fri) before leaving for Nichinan.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Hyuga, Tsuno-cho, Saito
Highlights from your plan
Omi Shrine ©
Omi Shrine
Tsuno Shrine ©
Tsuno Shrine

few
hours
Nichinan

Nichinan
Tourism in Nichinan, a town on Japan's southernmost island of Kyushu, flourishes thanks to the scenic Nichinan-Kaigan coastline, a stretch of secluded coves, islands, and tranquil beaches.
On the 10th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Yoshokan.

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

Drive from Miyazaki to Nichinan in an hour. In April, daytime highs in Nichinan are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kirishima.

Things to do in Nichinan

Historic Sites

3
nights
Kirishima

Kirishima ©
The city of Kirishima, established in 2005 by the merging of several smaller towns, makes a popular base for exploring the volcanic mountain range of the surrounding national park.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kirishima Distillery and Kirishima Plain. Explore Kirishima's surroundings by going to Takaharu-cho (Kirishima Higashi Shrine & Sano Shrine), Maruike Pond Spring Water at the foot of Mt. Kirishima (in Yusui-cho) and Aira (Kamounobuke House, Nihonichi no Kyoju Kamo no Okusu, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shinmoe, explore the stunning scenery at Kirishima Shinsuikyo, enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Lookout Deck, and steep yourself in history at Uehara Jomon Forest.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kirishima journey planner.

Getting from Nichinan to Kirishima by car takes about 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nichinan in April since evenings lows in Kirishima dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kirishima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Aira, Takaharu-cho, Maruike Pond Spring Water at the foot of Mt. Kirishima
Highlights from your plan
Osumi Yokogawa Station ©
Osumi Yokogawa Station
Matsushita Art Museum ©
Matsushita Art Museum
Kirishima Higashi Shrine ©
Kirishima Higashi Shrine

3
nights
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Second Sight, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takahashi Inari Shrine, look for gifts at KUMAMON products Nagataniya, get engrossed in the history at Newspaper Museum, thenappreciate the history behind Morio Takahashi Bust Statue, and finally steep yourself in history at Former Kumamoto City Hall Entrance.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read our Kumamoto trip maker tool.

You can drive from Kirishima to Kumamoto in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Mt. Zengan Observation Deck
Highlights from your plan
Takahashi Inari Shrine ©
Takahashi Inari Shrine
Shimada Museum of Arts ©
Shimada Museum of Arts
Kumamoto City International Center ©
Kumamoto City International Center

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hours
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 16th (Thu): go for a walk through Takachihokyo Passage and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho driving holiday planning website.

Drive from Kumamoto to Takachiho-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. April in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Yufu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden

2
nights
Yufu

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Iwashita Collection and then contemplate the long history of Bussanji. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Yufuin Stained Glas Museum, explore the world behind art at Comico Art Museum Yufuin, admire the masterpieces at Trick 3D Art Yufuin, thenadmire the masterpieces at Yufuin Chagall Museum, thenstop by Wahaha, and finally steep yourself in history at Ogosha Shrine.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yufu online attractions planner.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Yufu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in April, expect nights in Yufu to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Unzen.

Things to do in Yufu

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Sky Park Azamidai Observatory
Highlights from your plan
Iwashita Collection ©
Iwashita Collection
Bussanji ©
Bussanji
Yufuin Stained Glas Museum ©
Yufuin Stained Glas Museum

2
nights
Unzen

Unzen
Set against a formidable volcano, the city of Unzen pulsates with scenic beauty.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Aino Observatory. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Unzendake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nita Toge, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Nita Pass Second Lookout, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Yusui Garden Shimeisou, and finally don't miss a visit to Shimabara Spring Group.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Unzen trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Yufu to Unzen in 3.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Unzen

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shimabara, Minamishimabara, Mt. Unzendake

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Old Kyushu Railroad Head Quarters.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kitakyushu day trip app.

Drive from Unzen to Kitakyushu in 3 hours. In April in Kitakyushu, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sakurayama Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Sakurayama Shrine ©
Sakurayama Shrine

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