21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h
1
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Kagoshima
— 1 night
Ferry + Taxi:  4​h 15​min
3
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  4​h 15​min
4
Kagoshima
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Minamioguni-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Kusatsu-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Singapore


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1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashii-gu, see the interesting displays at OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum, then see the interesting displays at Fukuoka Citizen’s Disaster Prevention Center, then hike along Aburayama Shimin no Mori, and finally stop by Fukuoka Washita Shop.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Fukuoka trip planning website .

Singapore, Singapore to Fukuoka is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Fukuoka is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in November, expect Fukuoka to be colder, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums Trails Outdoors
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OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum ©
OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum
Kashii-gu ©
Kashii-gu

1
night
Kagoshima

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, make a trip to Temmonkan Mujyaki, see the interesting displays at Ishibashi Park, steep yourself in history at Nanshu Shrine, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Nanshu Cemeteries, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Kagoshima Prefectural Office Observation Hall.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kagoshima trip planner .

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kagoshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Spas Historic Sites Museums
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Thermal Spas
Ishibashi Park ©
Ishibashi Park
Nanshu Shrine ©
Nanshu Shrine

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
On the 25th (Mon), get advice or help at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaku Shrine, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Isso Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls, and then go for a walk through Gejibe no Sato.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Kagoshima to Yakushima-cho by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi. In November, Yakushima-cho is a bit warmer than Kagoshima - with highs of 24°C and lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach

1
night
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
On the 27th (Wed), walk around Kagoshima Kenritsu Yoshino Park, then contemplate the long history of Sekiyoshi Sluice Gate of Yoshino Leat, then explore the world behind art at Kagoshima City Museum of Art, and finally explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Kagoshima in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Yakushima-cho in November; daily highs in Kagoshima reach 20°C and lows reach 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Nagashima Museum ©
Nagashima Museum
Kagoshima City Museum of Art ©
Kagoshima City Museum of Art
Kagoshima Kenritsu Yoshino Park ©
Kagoshima Kenritsu Yoshino Park

2
nights
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.
On the 28th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aratate Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kushifuru Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Takachiho Gorge Freshwater Fish Aquarium, and finally go for a walk through Takachihokyo Passage.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho road trip website .

You can drive from Kagoshima to Takachiho-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Takachiho-cho can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Minamioguni-machi.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Aratate Shrine ©
Aratate Shrine
Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden
Kushifuru Shrine ©
Kushifuru Shrine

2
nights
Minamioguni-machi

Minamioguni-machi ©
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Aso Mizuki Meguri and Kurokawa Jizoson. Explore hidden gems such as Kuju Mountain Range and Yamanami Highway. Explore Minamioguni-machi's surroundings by going to Onsen Resorts (in Yamaga), Aso Highland Museum Park (in Minamiaso-mura) and Aso Panorama Line (in Aso).

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Minamioguni-machi trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Takachiho-cho to Minamioguni-machi in 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Minamioguni-machi can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Minamioguni-machi

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Aso, Kokonoe-machi, Yamanami Highway, Mt. Kuju, Onsen Resorts
Highlights from your plan
Tadewara Wetlands ©
Tadewara Wetlands
Aso Panorama Line ©
Aso Panorama Line
Mt. Kuju ©
Mt. Kuju

1
night
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Minamioguni-machi to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Solaria Plaza ©
Solaria Plaza
Shikaumi Shrine ©
Shikaumi Shrine
Seinan Gakuin University Museum ©
Seinan Gakuin University Museum

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.
On the 3rd (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien, contemplate the long history of Hozomon, then get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, then see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Kiyose Sunflower Farm, examine the collection at Subway Museum, then expand your horizons at TOKYO Samurai Kembu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple, and finally explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT.

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Getting from Fukuoka to Tokyo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kiyose Sunflower Farm
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hikaru Museum and Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hida Bussankan and Osakacho Waterfalls. Change things up with these side-trips from Takayama: Kanazawa Phonograph Museum (in Kanazawa), Rakusuitei Art Museum (in Toyama) and Daiganbo (in Tateyama-machi). There's still lots to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, admire the masterpieces at Furui Machinami Museum Kiyoshi Yamashita Gengaten, see the interesting displays at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), and admire the landmark architecture of Takayama City Hall.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Takayama vacation planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Takayama by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Takayama, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Rakusuitei Art Museum, Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, Daikanbo, Osakacho Waterfalls
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum

2
nights
Kusatsu-machi

Kusatsu-machi ©
Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirane Shrine, don't miss a visit to Sai no Kawaradori, take in the natural beauty of Shogun Okumiage No Yuwaku, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoritomogu, then stop by Michi-no-Eki Kusatsu Undojaya Koen, and finally see the interesting displays at Balz Kinenkan.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kusatsu-machi trip builder .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kusatsu-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Takayama in December since evenings lows in Kusatsu-machi dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Shirane Shrine ©
Shirane Shrine

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoyogi Hachimangu Shrine, look for gifts at Kiddy Land Harajuku, see the interesting displays at Ota Memorial Museum of Art, explore the different monuments and memorials at Yanaka Cemetery Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Fukagawa Edo Museum, and finally examine the collection at Nissan Crossing.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip tool .

You can drive from Kusatsu-machi to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Kusatsu-machi in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach 14°C and lows reach 4°C. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ota Memorial Museum of Art ©
Ota Memorial Museum of Art
Nissan Crossing ©
Nissan Crossing
Kitanomaru Park ©
Kitanomaru Park

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