26 days in East Asia Itinerary

26 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Kitakyushu
— 1 night
Fly
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Reihoku-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Shimonoseki
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kobe
— 4 nights
Fly
8
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 4 nights
Drive
10
Hitachi
— 1 night
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Kitakyushu

— 1 night
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 4th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Kokura Castle. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at TOTO Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History, then engage your brain at Kitakyushu Culture and Science Museum for Youth, and finally don't miss a visit to Sarakurayama Cable Car Parking Lot.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kitakyushu day trip planning tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Kitakyushu is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Kitakyushu due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Singapore in September: high temperatures in Kitakyushu hover around 30°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Kagoshima

— 2 nights

Naples of the East

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.
On the 6th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, stroll around Tagayama Park, then get impressive views of Sakurajima, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Kagoshima Prefectural Office Observation Lobby. On the next day, admire the striking features of Kagoshima Prefectural Government Commemoration Hall, take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum, then make a trip to Ferris Wheel Amuran, and finally make a trip to Temmonkan Mujyaki.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kagoshima online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Kitakyushu to Kagoshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Kagoshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Reihoku-machi.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Reihoku-machi

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): cruise along Sunset Line, enjoy the sand and surf at Tomioka Beach, stroll around Tomioka Marine Park, then explore the historical opulence of Tomioka Castle, then look for gifts at Reihokumachi Bussan-kan, and finally explore the striking landscape at Oppaiiwa.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Reihoku-machi trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Kagoshima to Reihoku-machi takes 4 hours. In September in Reihoku-machi, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Shimonoseki.

Things to do in Reihoku-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Beaches

Shimonoseki

— 2 nights

Fugu Capital

A bustling port town noted as the site of two major battles in Japan's history, Shimonoseki also attracts gourmands as the world capital of the potentially poisonous pufferfish, or fugu--prepared only by licensed chefs and considered a delicacy.
On the 9th (Wed), kick back and relax at Kirara Beach Yakeno, then take a memorable drive along Ube Coastal Road, then Head underground at Akiyoshido, and finally snap pictures at Tsunoshimao Bridge. On your second day here, stop by Karato market, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kaikyokan, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Jokamachi Chofu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Shrine.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Shimonoseki trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Reihoku-machi to Shimonoseki in 4.5 hours. September in Shimonoseki sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Shimonoseki

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Misen Wild Woods, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and expand your horizons at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Hiroshima fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by train from Shimonoseki to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Himeji

— 4 nights
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Ako City Folk Shiryokan (in Ako), Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & Nanaku Strawberry Farm) and Kurashiki (Mamekichi Hompo, Kurashiki, Ohara Museum of Art, &more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, examine the collection at Watanabe Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hongan-ji Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary planning app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Kobe

— 4 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kobe: Hara Hirone Road (in Inagawa-cho), Naruto (Otsuka Museum of Art & Naruto Uchino Sea Park) and Zuiganji Temple (in Tokushima). There's lots more to do: gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, make a trip to Nunohiki River Valley, awaken your taste buds at Kampai Sake Tours, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kobe Muslim Mosque.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kobe trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Himeji to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Takayama.

Things to do in Kobe

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Takayama

— 3 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takayama: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, make a trip to Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Kobe to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kobe in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°C in Takayama. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 4 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsumoto: Hakuba-mura (Spas & Wellness, Happo Pond, &more), Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Snow Monkey Resorts) and Tateyama-machi (Kurobe Dam & Mt. Tateyama). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nagamine, and experience rural life at Daio Wasabi Farm.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hitachi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hitachi

— 1 night
Hitachi is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): walk around Kamine Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hitachi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Hitachi takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hitachi

Parks
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Kagoshima Prefecture travel guide

4.1
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Volcanos
Kagoshima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Kagoshima.HistoryKagoshima Prefecture corresponds to the ancient Japanese provinces Ōsumi and Satsuma, including the northern part of the Ryukyu Islands. This region played a key role in the Meiji Restoration (Saigō Takamori), and the city of Kagoshima was an important naval base during Japan's 20th century wars and the home of admiral Tōgō Heihachirō. More recent incidents are the sinking of a North Korean spy ship (100 ton class) in 2001 by the Coast Guard, which was later salvaged and exhibited in Tokyo, and the abduction of an office clerk from a Kagoshima beach in 1978 by agents from the same country. This became known only recently under the Koizumi administration.GeographyKagoshima Prefecture is located at the southwest tip of Kyushu on the Satsuma Peninsula and Ōsumi Peninsula. This prefecture also includes a chain of islands stretching further to the southwest of Kyushu for a few hundred kilometers. The most important group is the Amami Islands. Surrounded by the East China Sea to the west, Okinawa Prefecture in the south, Kumamoto Prefecture to the north, and Miyazaki Prefecture to the east, it has 2,632 km of coastline (including the 28 islands). It has a bay called Kagoshima Bay (Kinkowan), which is sandwiched by two peninsulas, Satsuma and Ōsumi. Its position made it a 'gateway' to Japan at various times in history. While Kyushu has about 13 million people, there are less than 2 million in this prefecture.

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Amakusa-gun travel guide

2.9
Castles · Geologic Formations · Scenic Drive

Yamaguchi Prefecture travel guide

3.8
Bridges · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Yamaguchi Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Chūgoku region of the main island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Yamaguchi, in the center of the prefecture. The largest city, however, is Shimonoseki.HistoryYamaguchi Prefecture was created by the merger of the provinces of Suō and Nagato. During the rise of the samurai class during the Heian and Kamakura Periods (794–1333), the Ouchi family of Suō Province and the Koto family of Nagato Province gained influence as powerful warrior clans. In the Muromachi Period (1336—1573), Ouchi Hiroyo, the 24th ruler of the Ouchi family conquered both areas of Yamaguchi Prefecture. The Ouchi clan imitated the city planning of Kyoto. They gained great wealth through cultural imports from the continent and trade with Korea and Ming Dynasty China. As a result, Yamaguchi came to be known as the "Kyoto of the West," and Ouchi culture flourished. Sue Harutaka defeated the 31st ruler of the Ouchi clan. The Sue clan was then defeated by Mōri Motonari, and the Mōri family gained control of the Chugoku region. Yamaguchi was ruled as part of the Mōri clan domain during the Sengoku period. Mōri Terumoto was then defeated by Tokugawa Ieyasu in the battle of Sekigahara in 1600. He was forced to give up all his land except for the Suō and Nagato areas (current-day Yamaguchi Prefecture), where he built his castle in Hagi. Mōri sought to strengthen the economic base of the region and increase local production with his Three Whites campaign (salt, rice, and paper).

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Hiroshima Prefecture travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · History Museums · Islands
Hiroshima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on Honshu island. The capital is the city of Hiroshima. It has a population of around 2.8 million.HistoryThe area around Hiroshima was formerly divided into Bingo Province and Aki Province. This location has been a center of trade and culture since the beginning of Japan's recorded history. Hiroshima is a traditional center of the Chūgoku region and was the seat of the Mōri clan until the Battle of Sekigahara.Hiroshima is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Atomic Dome in Hiroshima, one of the few remnants of prewar Hiroshima following the atomic bombing in 1945;The Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, famed for filling with water and appearing to "float" during high tide.GeographyHiroshima prefecture lies in the middle of Chūgoku. Most of the prefecture consists of mountains leading towards Shimane Prefecture; and rivers produce rich plains near the coast.The province faces Shikoku across the Seto Inland Sea. Hiroshima Bay opens on the Inland Sea. The prefecture also includes many small islands.

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Gifu Prefecture travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Gifu Prefecture is a prefecture in the Chūbu region of central Japan. Its capital is the city of Gifu.Located in the center of Japan, it has long played an important part as the crossroads of Japan, connecting the east to the west through such routes as the Nakasendō. During the Sengoku period, many people referred to Gifu by saying, "control Gifu and you control Japan."HistoryThe land area that makes up modern-day Gifu became part of the Yamato Court around the middle of the fourth century. Because it is in the middle of the island of Honshū, it has been the site of many decisive battles throughout Japan's history, the oldest major one being the Jinshin War in 672, which led to the establishment of Emperor Tenmu as the 40th emperor of Japan.The area of Gifu Prefecture consists of the old provinces of Hida and Mino, as well as smaller parts of Echizen and Shinano. The name of the prefecture derives from its capital city, Gifu, which was named by Oda Nobunaga during his campaign to unify all of Japan in 1567. The first character used comes from Qishan (岐山), a legendary mountain from which most of China was unified, whereas the second character comes from Qufu (曲阜), the birthplace of Confucius. Nobunaga chose those characters because he wanted to unify all of Japan and he wanted to be viewed as a great mind.

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