36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 day
Drive
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 1 night
Train
5
Shizuoka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fujiyoshida
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yokohama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 1 night
Train
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Sendai
— 1 night
Train
10
Morioka
— 1 night
Train
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Aomori
— 1 night
Train
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Niigata
— 1 night
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive
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Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fukui
— 1 night
Drive
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Tottori
— 1 night
Drive
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Drive
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Mine
— 1 night
Drive
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train
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Kumamoto
— 1 night
Train
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Ibusuki
— 1 night
Drive
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Miyazaki
— 1 night
Drive
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Beppu
— 1 night
Ferry to Yawatahama, Drive to Matsuyama
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Matsuyama
— 1 night
Drive
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Sanuki
— 1 night
Drive
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Kobe
— 1 night
Drive
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Osaka
— 1 night
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Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
On the 7th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, take some stellar pictures from Senri Riverbank, stroll around Hattori Ryokuchi Park, then walk around Expo '70 Commemorative Park, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethnology, and finally make a trip to Hanjotei. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Hozenji Yokocho, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, don't miss a visit to Abeno Harukas, take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Osaka travel route planning website.

Sapporo to Osaka is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sapporo in August, with highs in Osaka at 39°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara

— 1 day

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, steep yourself in history at Yoshikien, steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple.

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You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Kyoto

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, then examine the collection at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River, and finally make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamigamo Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kifune Shrine, get great views at Mt. Kurama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurama-dera, then get great views at Sagano, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Nagoya

— 1 night
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, then make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya day trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in August, plan for little chillier days in Nagoya, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Nagoya

Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Shizuoka

— 2 nights
With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
On the 13th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Shizuoka castle, explore the world behind art at Shizuoka City Serizawa Keisuke Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, then examine the collection at Tamiya Headquarter, then enjoy the sand and surf at Okuzure Seacoast, and finally make a trip to Ohatago Kashiwaya Historical Museum. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Fuji no Kuni Tagonoura Minato Park, look for gifts at Tago no Tsuki Honten, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then stop by Nihondaira Ropeway, and finally admire the striking features of Higashi Gomon Gate.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Shizuoka trip planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Shizuoka in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. August in Shizuoka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida

— 2 nights
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shakushi, explore the activities along Waku Pond, examine the collection at Hannoki Forest Museum / Sokonuke Pond, learn more about the world around you at Fujisan Museum, then let little ones run wild at Onshirin Garden, and finally snap pictures at Oshino Omiya Bridge.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Fujiyoshida itinerary planner.

You can drive from Shizuoka to Fujiyoshida in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. While traveling from Shizuoka, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujiyoshida, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Parks · Nature · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Yokohama

— 2 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stroll around Yokohama Negishi Forest Park, examine the collection at HARA Model Railway Museum, admire the masterpieces at Yokohama Museum of Art, then engage your brain at Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum, then get curious at Yokohama Science Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Kishamichi Promenade, examine the collection at Yokohama Port Museum, steep yourself in history at Nipponmaru Memorial Park, then take an in-depth tour of Memorial Warships Mikasa, then make a trip to Hashirimizu Shrine, and finally admire the masterpieces at Yokosuka Museum of Art.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yokohama trip builder website.

You can drive from Fujiyoshida to Yokohama in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Fujiyoshida in August, you will find days in Yokohama are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 1 night
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 18th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien, explore the world behind art at teamLab☆Planets, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, and finally don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo journey planning tool.

Getting from Yokohama to Tokyo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Spas · Fun & Games · Parks

Sendai

— 1 night
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 19th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Sendai Station, get curious at 3M Sendai Science Museum, sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery, then look and learn at Sendai Astronomical Observatory, then get a new perspective on nature at Tohoku University of Natural History, and finally don't miss a visit to Zuihoden.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Sendai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Tokyo in August, plan for little chillier days in Sendai, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Morioka.

Things to do in Sendai

Museums · Childrens Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Morioka

— 1 night
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
On the 20th (Fri), snap pictures at Yugaose Bridge, then see the interesting displays at Moriokamachiya Monogatarikan, then examine the collection at Morioka Museum of Letter, and finally admire the striking features of Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Morioka tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Sendai to Morioka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Morioka can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You will leave for Aomori on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Morioka

Museums

Aomori

— 1 night
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): delve into the distant past at Sannai-Maruyama Site.

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Traveling by train from Morioka to Aomori takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Morioka in August, with highs in Aomori at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Niigata.

Things to do in Aomori

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Niigata

— 1 night
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get outside with Nishikaigan Park and then take in the views from Bandai Bridge.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Niigata route planner.

You can take a train from Aomori to Niigata in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aomori in August: high temperatures in Niigata hover around 34°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Niigata

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Matsumoto

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yake, look for all kinds of wild species at Larch Forests In Kamikochi area, get outside with Karasawa Carl, then take in the awesome beauty at Yarigatake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Okamiya Shrine.

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Traveling by car from Niigata to Matsumoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. August in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Shirakawa-mura

— 1 night
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, steep yourself in history at Nagase house, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, explore the world behind art at Binen Yumeromu Museum, then contemplate the long history of Shirakawago Gassho Culture Hall (Old Matsui Family House), and finally take a stroll through Ogimachi.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Shirakawa-mura tour planner.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Shirakawa-mura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In August in Shirakawa-mura, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, surround yourself with nature on In Kanazawa House, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, look for gifts at Sakuda Honten, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirayama Hime Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Ishikawa Zoo, examine the collection at Motorcar Museum of Japan, get curious at Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa travel site.

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Fukui.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Fukui

— 1 night
Fukui is the capital city of Fukui Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakko-In Zen Temple, make a trip to Ichijodani Asakurashi Ruin, steep yourself in history at Suwa Yakata Remains Garden, steep yourself in history at Asakura Yakata Remains - Karamon, then take in the pleasant sights at Ichijodani Restored Townscape, and finally contemplate the long history of Maruoka Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Keya Kurotatsu Shrine, learn more about the world around you at Fukui City Museum of Natural History, get curious at Angel Land Fukui, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mikuni Sunset Beach, then see the vivid underwater world at Tojimbo Cliff, and finally steep yourself in history at Mikunicho.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Fukui online tour itinerary maker.

Drive from Kanazawa to Fukui in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Fukui are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tottori.

Things to do in Fukui

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tottori

— 1 night
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tottori trip planning app.

Getting from Fukui to Tottori by car takes about 5 hours. In August in Tottori, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. You will leave for Hiroshima on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Tottori

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 29th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Motoyasu River, see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Monument of the Atomic Bomb Sacrifice Hiroshima, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima day trip planning app.

Getting from Tottori to Hiroshima by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mine.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Mine

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the activities along Beppu Bentenike, enjoy breathtaking views from Akiyoshidai Karst Observatory, Head underground at Akiyoshido, take in the dramatic natural features at Hyakumaizara, then get to know the resident critters at Akiyoshidai Safari Land, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Akiyoshidai Eco Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nambaraji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zuishoan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Hachimangu, and finally contemplate the long history of Rokkakudo.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mine day trip planning website.

You can drive from Hiroshima to Mine in 2.5 hours. In August in Mine, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Mine

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Fukuoka

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, admire the striking features of Hakata Station, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, then examine the collection at Fukuoka Citizen’s Disaster Prevention Center, then stroll around Ohori Park, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Organic Esthe Salon Fuu.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mine to Fukuoka takes 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mine in August: highs in Fukuoka hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Spas · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Kumamoto

— 1 night
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 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to JR Kumamoto Station, look for gifts at KUMAMON products Nagataniya, get engrossed in the history at Newspaper Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, then enjoy breathtaking views from Kumamoto City Hall, Large Hall Floor, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Tetori Church.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kumamoto travel route planner.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kumamoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Fri) before leaving for Ibusuki.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Ibusuki

— 1 night
A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
On the 3rd (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Uomidake, examine the collection at Satsuma Denshokan, then take some stellar pictures from Cape Nagasakibana, then get outside with Fushime Coast, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Chiran Samurai Residence Garden, brush up on your military savvy at Chiran Peace Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Chiran Heiwa Park, take in the awesome beauty at Onodake, then walk around Sebira Park, and finally take a memorable drive along JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ibusuki trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by train from Kumamoto to Ibusuki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kumamoto in September: highs in Ibusuki hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Miyazaki

— 1 night
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.
On the 5th (Sun), make a trip to Eda Shrine, kick back and relax at Aoshima Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aoshima Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Aoshima Island, then take in the dramatic natural features at Onino Sentakuita, and finally engage your brain at Miyzaki Science Center.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Miyazaki itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Ibusuki to Miyazaki in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Beppu.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Parks · Nature · Museums · Spas

Beppu

— 1 night
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
On the 6th (Mon), explore the activities along Shidakako Lake, find something for the whole family at Kijima Kogen Park, trek along Mt. Tsurumi, then take in panoramic vistas at Jumonjibaru Observation Deck, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Beppu day trip site.

Traveling by car from Miyazaki to Beppu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Beppu are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Beppu

Nature · Parks · Spas · Trails

Matsuyama

— 1 night
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock, make a trip to Dogo Onsen Station, take a stroll through Dogo Onsengai, make a trip to Shinrokaku, then take some stellar pictures from Dogo Onsen Sora no Sampomichi, and finally explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsuyama trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Beppu to Matsuyama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and train. In September in Matsuyama, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sanuki.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas · Baths

Sanuki

— 1 night
Sanuki is a city located in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan.As of March 31, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 53,865, with 20,237 households and a population density of 339.01 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tawa Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Hiraga Gennai Memorial Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shidoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joraku-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fumon-in, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Okuboji Temple.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sanuki trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Sanuki takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Sanuki

Historic Sites · Museums

Kobe

— 1 night
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.
On the 9th (Thu), admire the striking features of Minatogawa Shrine, wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Suma Aqualife Park Kobe, get a taste of the local shopping with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kobe Muslim Mosque, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki).

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kobe visit planner.

Drive from Sanuki to Kobe in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kobe when traveling from Sanuki in September, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka

— 1 night
On the 10th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Tekijuku, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Asahi Breweries Suita Brewery, stroll around Itami Sky Park, then stroll around Minoo Park, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten.

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Drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Osaka

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks · Museums

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.

Aomori Prefecture travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Architectural Buildings · Specialty Museums
Aomori Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region. The capital is the city of Aomori.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Aomori prefecture was known as the northern part of Mutsu Province.During the Edo period the Hirosaki clan began building a seaport at the current city of Aomori. There were green woods near the city which were used as landmarks for the ships that came into port. These green woods called aoi-mori is where Aomori got its name. The prefecture came into existence in 1871. The town of Aomori was established in 1889. The town was incorporated as a city in 1898 with a population of 28,000. On May 3, 1910, a fire broke out in the Yasukata district. Fanned by strong winds, the fire quickly devastated the whole city. The conflagration claimed 26 lives and injured a further 160 residents. It destroyed 5,246 houses and burnt 19 storage sheds and 157 warehouses. At 10:30 p.m. on July 28, 1945, a squadron of American B29 bombers bombed over 90% of the city.Radio Aomori (RAB) made its first broadcast in 1951. Four years later, the first fish auctions were held. 1958 saw the completion of the Municipal Fish Market as well as the opening of the Citizen's Hospital. In the same year, the Tsugaru Line established a rail connection with Minmaya Village at the tip of the peninsula.

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