29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fukuoka
— 1 day
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Oita
— 1 night
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Takachiho-cho
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Oita
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 16 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 8 nights
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Fukuoka

— 1 day

City of Yatai

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 1st (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashii-gu, enjoy the sand and surf at Katsuma Beach, then examine the collection at Fukuoka Citizen’s Disaster Prevention Center, then head outdoors with Aburayama Shimin no Mori, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Organic Esthe Salon Fuu.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Fukuoka is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Seattle to Fukuoka. Traveling from Seattle in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Fukuoka: highs are around 27°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Oita.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Outdoors · Spas · Beaches

Oita

— 1 night
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.
On the 2nd (Sat), steep yourself in history at Magari Stone Budda.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Oita trip planner.

Getting from Fukuoka to Oita by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Oita, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Oita

Historic Sites

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 2nd (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden.

Before you visit Takachiho-cho, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Oita to Takachiho-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In October in Takachiho-cho, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Oita.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Oita

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Manjuji Temple, steep yourself in history at Magari Stone Budda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sasamuta Shrine, steep yourself in history at Takase Stone Budda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yusuhara Hachiman Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tetsudo Shrine.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Oita trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Oita by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Oita

Historic Sites

Kyoto

— 16 nights
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.
Visiting Mt. Daimonji and Yase Momiji no Komichi will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple and Myoshinji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nagahama (Honjin Yakkyoku, Kinomotojuku, &more), Yokokuji Temple (in Nagaokakyo) and Hikoushio Goryo Tomb (in Takashima). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, contemplate the long history of Yasakanoto, take in nature's colorful creations at Shisendo Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daikaku-ji.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Oita to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 8 nights
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.
Visit Okitsu Beach and Ubara Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Oyama Rice Terraces and Yabitsu Pass. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Tokyo Horse Racetrack (in Fuchu), Minatomirai (Yokohama Museum of Art & Nipponmaru Memorial Park) and Takahata Fudoson Kongo-ji Temple (in Hino). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Hozomon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukagawa Edo Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Oita Prefecture travel guide

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Hot Springs · Historic Sites · Landmarks
Ōita Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on Kyūshū Island. The prefectural capital is the city of Ōita.HistoryAround the 6th century Kyushu consisted of four regions: Tsukushi Province, Hi Province, Kumaso Province and Toyo Province.Toyo Province was later divided into two regions, upper and lower Toyo Province, called Bungo Province and Buzen Province.After the Meiji Restoration, districts from Bungo and Buzen provinces were combined to form Ōita Prefecture. These provinces were divided among many local daimyōs and thus a large castle town never formed in Ōita. From this time that whole area became known as "Toyo-no-kuni", which means "Land of Abundance".The origins of the name Ōita are documented in a report from the early 8th century called the Chronicles of Bungo. According to the document, when Emperor Keikō visited the Kyushu region, stopping first in Toyo-no-kuni, he exclaimed that 'This is a vast land, indeed. It shall be known as Okita-Kuni!' Okita-Kuni, meaning "Land of the Great Fields", later came to be written as "Ōita". Present day interpretations based on Ōita's topography state that Oita's name comes from "Okita", meaning "many fields", rather than "vast" or "great" field, because of Ōita's complex terrain.

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Miyazaki Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Canyons · Landmarks
Miyazaki Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Miyazaki.HistoryHistorically, after the Meiji Restoration, Hyūga Province was renamed Miyazaki Prefecture.GeographyMiyazaki Prefecture is located on the eastern coast of the island of Kyushu, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the south and east, Ōita Prefecture to the north, and Kumamoto and Kagoshima Prefectures to the west. It is one of only two locations on Earth where the fungus Chorioactis geaster is found. Miyazaki is the home of the hyuganatsu fruit.As of April 1, 2012, 12% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Kirishima-Yaku National Park; Kyūshū Chūō Sanchi, Nichinan Kaigan, Nippō Kaigan, and Sobo-Katamuki Quasi-National Parks; and Mochio-Sekinoo, Osuzu, Saitobaru-Sugiyasukyō, Sobo Katamuki, Wanitsuka, and Yatake Kōgen Prefectural Natural Parks.

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