39 days in Japan Itinerary

39 days in Japan Itinerary

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Miyazaki
— 6 nights
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Ibusuki
— 6 nights
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Kagoshima
— 8 nights
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Kumamoto
— 6 nights
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Fukuoka
— 11 nights

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Miyazaki side-trips: Nichinan (Nichinan Coast, Sunmesse Nichinan, &more), Saitobaru Tomb (in Saito) and Toi (in Kushima). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Aoshima Island, explore the striking landscape at Onino Sentakuita, go for a walk through Cruss Sea, and take some stellar pictures from Horikiri Pass.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Miyazaki trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Miyazaki is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, things will get colder in Miyazaki: highs are around 16°C and lows about 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

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

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Ibusuki

Ibusuki ©
A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ibusuki: Minamikyushu (Chiran Peace Museum, Chiran Samurai Residence Garden, &more), Kanoya (Kirishimagaoka Park & Kanoya Rose Garden) and Makurazaki (Makurazaki Fish Center & JR Makurazaki Station). And it doesn't end there: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, make a trip to Chiringashima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirakiki Shrine, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kaimondake.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ibusuki itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Miyazaki to Ibusuki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Miyazaki in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ibusuki, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Mt. Kaimondake ©
Mt. Kaimondake
Onsen Resorts
Chiran Peace Museum ©
Chiran Peace Museum

8
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kagoshima: Kirishima (Kirishima Shrine & Kareigawa Station). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Sengan-en, explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, and appreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kagoshima attractions planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ibusuki to Kagoshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ibusuki in January, expect little chillier with lows of 1°C in Kagoshima. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Kirishima Shrine ©
Kirishima Shrine

6
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kumamoto: Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge (in Kokonoe-machi), Takachiho-cho (Takachiho Shrine, Takachiho Gorge, &more) and Aso (Kusasenrigahama & Daikanbo). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, make a trip to Shirakawa Springs, and explore the activities along Ono no Sensui Park.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto trip itinerary site.

You can take a train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden

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Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©

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.
Explore Fukuoka's surroundings by going to Kitakyushu (Est Hommachi Shopping Street, Mojiko Retro Tenbowsitsu, &more), Kurume (Nichirinji Old Tomb & Kurume Catholic Church) and Dazaifu (Dazaifu Tenman-gu, Kyushu National Museum, &more). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, stop by Karato market, and browse the different shops at JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata.

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Getting from Kumamoto to Fukuoka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

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