26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Oita
— 2 nights
2
Beppu
— 1 night
3
Miyazaki
— 3 nights
4
Kumamoto
— 2 nights
5
Shimabara
— 2 nights
6
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
7
Sasebo
— 3 nights
8
Saga
— 2 nights
9
Kashima
— 1 night
10
Takeo
— 2 nights
11
Arita-cho
— 1 night
12
Karatsu
— 3 nights

2
nights
Oita

Oita ©
The gateway to a wealth of dynamic landscapes and some of the country's most atmospheric religious and cultural sites, Oita, in touristic terms, acts primarily as a transport hub.
Historical Hoashi Honke Sake Brewing Factory has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): meet the residents at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Usuki Sekibutsu, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Historical Hoashi Honke Sake Brewing Factory. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at JR Oita City, observe the fascinating underwater world at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, and then admire the masterpieces at Oita Prefectural Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Oita trip planner.

Fukuoka to Oita is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Fukuoka in May, you will find days in Oita are slightly colder (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Oita

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Usuki Sekibutsu
Highlights from your plan
Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago ©
Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago
Usuki Sekibutsu ©
Usuki Sekibutsu
JR Oita City ©
JR Oita City

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night
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Kamado Jigoku, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kinrin, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Yukemuri Observatory.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Beppu trip builder tool.

Beppu is just a stone's throw from Oita. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. You'll set off for Miyazaki on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lake Kinrin
Highlights from your plan
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin
Kamado Jigoku ©
Kamado Jigoku

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyazaki Shinto Shrine, thenhead off the coast to Aoshima Island, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Aoshima Shrine, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Onino Sentakuita. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by En Haut, thenmake a trip to Sunmesse Nichinan, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Nichinan Coast, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Udo Shrine.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Miyazaki road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Beppu to Miyazaki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Miyazaki sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nichinan
Highlights from your plan
Aoshima Island ©
Aoshima Island
Udo Shrine ©
Udo Shrine
Aoshima Shrine ©
Aoshima Shrine

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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 10th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Daikanbo. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Sakuranobaba Johsaien, admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and then get impressive views of Mt. Aso.

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You can drive from Miyazaki to Kumamoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May in Kumamoto, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Shimabara.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Aso, Mt. Aso
Highlights from your plan
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo

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Shimabara

Shimabara ©
Shimabara is a city located on the north-eastern tip of the Shimabara Peninsula, facing Ariake Bay in the east and Mount Unzen (including Fugendake) in the west, in Nagasaki Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.As of October 1, 2016, the city has an estimated population of 44,936 and a population density of 540 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Yusui Garden Shimeisou, step into the grandiose world of Shimabara Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Samurai Houses, thentake a leisurely stroll along Shimabara Gaiko Seaport, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Gamadasu Dome (Mt. Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Shimabara Spring Group, get in on the family fun at Green Land, and then don't miss a visit to Mandakoh.

To see ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Shimabara trip planning tool.

Drive from Kumamoto to Shimabara in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Shimabara

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arao
Highlights from your plan
Green Land ©
Green Land
Shimabara Castle
Shimabara Castle
Samurai Houses ©
Samurai Houses

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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 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Dejima, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, thensteep yourself in history at Nagasaki Peace Park, thenget engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Megane Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and finally head off the coast to Hashima Island.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki road trip site.

You can drive from Shimabara to Nagasaki in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sasebo.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Hashima Island ©
Hashima Island

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nights
Sasebo

Sasebo ©
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On the 17th (Fri), find something for the whole family at Huis Ten Bosch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Sasebo Red Brick Warehouses, take in nature's colorful creations at Tenkaiho, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Ishidake Observatory, thenstroll through Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara.

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You can drive from Nagasaki to Sasebo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Saga.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Nagasaki Bio Park
Highlights from your plan
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Ishidake Observatory ©
Ishidake Observatory
Tenkaiho ©
Tenkaiho

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nights
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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Canal City Hakata. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): catch a movie at Canal City Hakata, learn and have fun at Yoshinogari Historical Park, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sage Prefectural Government Observation Deck. Keep things going the next day: get some fabulous bargains at Tosu Premium Outlets, thenadmire the masterpieces at Ishibashi Cultural Center, thencontemplate the long history of Yanagawa Ohana, and finally browse the exhibits of Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Saga trip planner.

Getting from Sasebo to Saga by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kashima.

Things to do in Saga

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Kurume, Tosu, Canal City Hakata, Yoshinogari Historical Park, Yanagawa Ohana
Highlights from your plan
Yoshinogari Historical Park ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park
Canal City Hakata ©
Canal City Hakata
Ishibashi Bunka Center ©
Ishibashi Bunka Center

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night
Kashima

Kashima ©
Kashima is a city located in the southern part of Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan.As of February 28, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 30,159 and a population density of 270 persons per km². On the 22nd (Wed), make a trip to Ariakekai Tideland, take in nature's colorful creations at Higashiyama Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yutoku Inari Shrine, thencontemplate the long history of Sakagura Dori, and finally contemplate the long history of Hizenhamashuku.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kashima online journey planner.

You can drive from Saga to Kashima in an hour. May in Kashima sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Takeo.

Things to do in Kashima

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Yutoku Inari Shrine ©
Yutoku Inari Shrine

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Takeo

Takeo ©
Takeo is a city located in Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan. On the 23rd (Thu), get lost in a book at Takeo City Library, engage your brain at The Saga Prefectural Space & Science Museum, admire the natural beauty at Mifuneyama Rakuen, thendon't miss a visit to Takeo no Okusu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takeo Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Sakuramon, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mifune, thensee the interesting displays at Shida-yaki Pottery Factory Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Kawagono Okusu.

Make your Takeo itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Takeo is just a stone's throw from Kashima. In May in Takeo, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Arita-cho.

Things to do in Takeo

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Shida-yaki Pottery Factory Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mifuneyama Rakuen ©
Mifuneyama Rakuen
Takeo City Library ©
Takeo City Library
Takeo Shrine ©
Takeo Shrine

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Arita-cho

Arita-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Kyushu Ceramic Museum, stop by Arita Porcelian Park Nonnoko no Sato, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tozan Shrine, thenmake a trip to Tonbaibei in the Back Street, and finally steep yourself in history at Imari Okawachiyama.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Arita-cho online trip builder.

Arita-cho is just a stone's throw from Takeo. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Karatsu.

Things to do in Arita-cho

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Imari Okawachiyama
Highlights from your plan
Tozan Shrine ©
Tozan Shrine
The Kyushu Ceramic Museum ©
The Kyushu Ceramic Museum
Arita Porcelian Park Nonnoko no Sato ©
Arita Porcelian Park Nonnoko no Sato

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Karatsu

Karatsu ©
The coastal city of Karatsu has long held importance for trade with China and the Korean Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): kick back and relax at Nijino Matsubara, enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Kagamiyama West Observation Deck, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hoto Shrine, thenexplore the historical opulence of Karatsu Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Previously Karatsu Bank. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Yobuko Morning Market, make a trip to Nagoya Castle Ruins, thenstroll around Kazenomieruoka Park, thentake in the views from Yobuko Ohashi, and finally see the interesting displays at Hikiyama Exhibition Hall.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Karatsu trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Arita-cho to Karatsu takes an hour. Traveling from Arita-cho in May, expect nights in Karatsu to be somewhat warmer, around °C, while days are little chillier, around °C. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Karatsu

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nagoya Castle Ruins ©
Nagoya Castle Ruins
Karatsu Castle ©
Karatsu Castle
Nijino Matsubara ©
Nijino Matsubara