20 days in Fukuoka, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

20 days in Fukuoka, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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20 days in Fukuoka, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Fukuoka
1
Fukuoka
— 14 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h
End: Fukuoka

14
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.
Bring the kids along to Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History and Kitakyushu Culture and Science Museum for Youth. Venture out of the city with trips to Old Ito Denemon House (in Iizuka), Sasaguri-machi (Komenoyama Obsevatory & Tennoin Temple) and Dazaifu (Dazaifu Temmangu, Komyozen-ji Temple, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, make a trip to Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kaikyokan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka online driving holiday planner .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airport is Fukuoka Airport. In November in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kitakyushu, Dazaifu, Karatsu, Sasaguri-machi, Shimonoseki
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Marine World umino-nakamichi ©
Marine World umino-nakamichi
Kaikyokan ©
Kaikyokan

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.
On the 8th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monkey Park Iwatayama, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then wander the streets of Gion, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Fukuoka to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take a stroll through Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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