59 days in East Asia Itinerary

59 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Fukuoka Airport, Drive to Hiji-machi
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Hiji-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Beppu
Drive
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Yufu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kokonoe-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Miyazaki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanoya
— 1 night
Drive
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Nagasaki
— 1 night
Drive
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Nishisonogi-gun
— 1 night
Drive
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Saikai
— 1 night
Drive
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Sasebo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saga
— 1 night
Drive
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Karatsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kitakyushu
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fukuyama
— 2 nights
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Kurashiki
— 2 nights
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Okayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shikokuchuo
— 1 night
Drive
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Kochi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Osaka
— 21 nights
Drive
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Takatsuki
— 1 night
Drive to Osaka International Airport, Fly to Honolulu

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Hiji-machi

— 2 nights
To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Hiji-machi online journey planner.

Honolulu, USA to Hiji-machi is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 19 hours. While traveling from Honolulu, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Hiji-machi, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Beppu.

Things to do in Hiji-machi

Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Beppu

The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
On the 15th (Thu), stroll around Beppu Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Beppu Tower, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Kamado Jigoku, and finally explore the activities along Shidakako Lake.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Beppu trip itinerary maker.

Beppu is very close to Hiji-machi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yufu.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature

Yufu

— 2 nights
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
You've added Takachiho Gorge, Yufuin Area, Lake Kinrin, and other attractions to your itinerary.

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

You can drive from Beppu to Yufu in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Yufu are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kokonoe-machi.

Things to do in Yufu

Nature · Parks · Spas · Baths

Side Trip

Kokonoe-machi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Sendo Falls, take some stellar pictures from Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge, then explore the striking landscape at Handa Highland, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Tadewara Wetlands.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Kokonoe-machi trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Yufu to Kokonoe-machi in an hour. April in Kokonoe-machi sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Kokonoe-machi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Miyazaki

— 2 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Miyazaki Art Center as well as Phoenix Seagaia Resort. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): make a trip to Phoenix Seagaia Resort and then visit AEON MALL Miyazaki. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll around Miyazaki Art Center.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Miyazaki trip tool.

You can drive from Kokonoe-machi to Miyazaki in 4 hours. In April in Miyazaki, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 56°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kanoya.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Museums · Shopping

Kanoya

— 1 night
Kanoya is a city in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. On the 20th (Tue), find something for the whole family at Kirishimagaoka Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kanoya Rose Garden, and then examine the collection at Kanoya Air Base Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kanoya trip planner.

You can drive from Miyazaki to Kanoya in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in April, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kanoya

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Kagoshima Chuo Station, make a trip to Tenmonkan, don't miss a visit to Chiran Samurai Residence Garden, then meet the residents at Kagoshima City Aquarium, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Amu Plaza Kagoshima.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kagoshima vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Kanoya to Kagoshima takes 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Kagoshima when traveling from Kanoya in April, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trip

Nagasaki

— 1 night

City of Peace

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, see the interesting displays at Dejima, explore the wide array of goods at Nagasaki Hamaya, stroll around Nakashimagawa Park, then see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Nagasaki trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Nishisonogi-gun.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Nishisonogi-gun

— 1 night
On the 24th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at 26 Christian Martyrs Landing Site.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nishisonogi-gun trip itinerary planner.

Nishisonogi-gun is very close to Nagasaki. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Saikai.
Highlights from your trip

Saikai

— 1 night
On the 25th (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Nanatsugama Limestone Cave, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Nagasaki Bio Park, and then take in the pleasant sights at Nagasaki Holland Village.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Saikai trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Nishisonogi-gun to Saikai takes an hour. In April in Saikai, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sasebo.

Things to do in Saikai

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Sasebo

— 3 nights
With its U.S. Navy base, Sasebo has certainly developed pockets with an international feel: in downtown, often known as Sailor Town, you'll happen upon a number of eateries serving American-style hamburgers.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Maritime Self-Defense Force Sasebo Museum, Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara, Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort, and other attractions you added. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Tenkaiho, take in panoramic vistas at Ishidake Observatory, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Miuracho Catholic Church.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Sasebo trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Saikai to Sasebo by car takes about an hour. In April in Sasebo, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 54°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Thu) before leaving for Saga.

Things to do in Sasebo

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Saga

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): learn and have fun at Yoshinogari Historical Park, admire the landmark architecture of Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Mietsu Naval Dock.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Saga sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Sasebo to Saga in 1.5 hours. In April in Saga, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Karatsu.

Things to do in Saga

Historic Sites · Classes · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Karatsu

— 1 night
The coastal city of Karatsu has long held importance for trade with China and the Korean Peninsula.
On the 30th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Former Takatori House, then make a trip to Nagoya Castle Ruins, and then explore the activities along Nanatsugama Caves.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Karatsu trip planning site.

You can drive from Saga to Karatsu in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Saga in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Karatsu, with lows of 62°F. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Karatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Beaches

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Canal City Hakata as well as Marinoa City Fukuoka. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): look for gifts at Marinoa City Fukuoka.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Fukuoka trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Karatsu to Fukuoka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Fukuoka when traveling from Karatsu in May, with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping · Nightlife · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods

Kitakyushu

— 2 nights
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.
On the 3rd (Mon), get a new perspective on nature at Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History, buy something for everyone on your list at Amu Plaza Kokura, then stop by Tanga Ichiba, then step into the grandiose world of Kokura Castle, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Riverwalk Kitakyushu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): examine the collection at Kyushu Railway History Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Former JR Kyushu Headquarter Bldg, make a trip to Old Mojimitsui Club, take a stroll through Mojiko Retro, then admire the landmark architecture of Kitakyushu International Friendship Memorial Library, and finally take in the views from Blue Wing Moji.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kitakyushu trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Fukuoka to Kitakyushu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Kitakyushu can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Shukkei-en Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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

Traveling by train from Kitakyushu to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fukuyama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Fukuyama

— 2 nights

City of Roses

A trip to Fukuyama, a riverside city known for its fragrant roses, is not complete without a visit to its main attraction, a quaint port village lined with old wooden houses and fishing boats.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of History, then explore the historical opulence of Fukuyama Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Fukuyama Castle Musem, and finally examine the collection at Fukuyama Auto & Clock Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Miroku no sato.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Fukuyama tour site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Fukuyama by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Fukuyama

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Kurashiki

— 2 nights
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
On the 9th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shinkeien, then see the interesting displays at Kurabo Memorial Hall, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Mitsui Outlet Park Kurashiki. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Bitchu Matsuyama Castle Onegoya Ruins, then explore the historical opulence of Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and finally see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kurashiki online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Fukuyama to Kurashiki takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Okayama.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Okayama

— 2 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Okayama City Museum. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, then examine the collection at Okayama City Museum, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at AEON MALL Mall Okayama. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art, contemplate the waterfront views at Naruto Strait, then contemplate the waterfront views at Naruto Whirlpools, then contemplate the long history of Ruins of Tokushima Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Awa Odori Hall.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Okayama online route planner.

Traveling by car from Kurashiki to Okayama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Okayama are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Okayama

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Takamatsu

— 2 nights

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Hiunkaku, walk around Tamamo Park, then contemplate the long history of Kikugetsutei, then take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Takamatsu Marugamemachi Shopping Street. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Naoshima, then step into the grandiose world of Takamatsu Castle, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Angel Road.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Takamatsu trip site.

You can drive from Okayama to Takamatsu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Takamatsu are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Shikokuchuo.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Shikokuchuo

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): go deep underground at Besshi Copper Mine Memorial Museum, let little ones run wild at Minetopia Besshi, and then engage your brain at Ehime General Science Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Shikokuchuo trip maker site.

You can drive from Takamatsu to Shikokuchuo in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Kochi.

Things to do in Shikokuchuo

Parks · Spas · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trips

Kochi

— 2 nights
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Hirome Ichiba, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sunday Market, and then walk around Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, walk around Godaisan Park, head outdoors with Katsura Hama, take an in-depth tour of Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum, then don't miss a visit to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, and finally take an in-depth tour of Sakamoto Ryoma's Hometown Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kochi travel planner.

You can drive from Shikokuchuo to Kochi in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Kochi are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Tue) before leaving for Osaka.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka

— 21 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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kobe (Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, Kobe Harborland, &more), Ashiya (Yodoko Guesthouse & Ashiya Rock Garden) and Nara (Nara National Museum, Nara Park, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Kochi to Osaka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Osaka sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Takatsuki.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Takatsuki

— 1 night
Takatsuki is a city located in Osaka Prefecture, Japan.As of 2016, the city had an estimated population of 350,914 and a population density of 3,300 persons per km². On the 8th (Tue), examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnology, walk around Expo '70 Commemorative Park, contemplate the long history of Byodoin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mimurotoji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ujigami Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Imashirozuka Ancient History Museum, then delve into the distant past at Imashirozuka Ancient Tomb, then stroll around Minoo Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Waterfall of Mino.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Takatsuki journey planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Takatsuki takes an hour. June in Takatsuki sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Takatsuki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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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Kochi Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Beaches · Castles
Kōchi Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the south coast of Shikoku. The capital is the city of Kōchi.HistoryPrior to the Meiji Restoration, Kōchi was known as Tosa Province and was controlled by the Chosokabe clan in the Sengoku period and the Yamauchi family during the Edo period.Kōchi City is also the birthplace of noted revolutionary Sakamoto Ryōma.GeographyKōchi Prefecture comprises the southwestern part of the island of Shikoku, facing the Pacific Ocean. It is bordered by Ehime to the north-west and Tokushima to the north-east. It is the largest but least populous of Shikoku's four prefectures. Most of the province is mountainous, and in only a few areas such as around Kōchi and Nakamura is there a coastal plain. Kōchi is famous for its many rivers. Inamura-yama in Tosa-cho is the highest peak in Kōchi prefecture with an altitude of 1,506 meters above sea level.As of April 1, 2012, 7% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Ashizuri-Uwakai National Park; Ishizuchi, Muroto-Anan Kaigan, and Tsurugisan Quasi-National Parks; and eighteen Prefectural Natural Parks.

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Osaka Prefecture travel guide

3.8
Landmarks · Theme Parks · Parks
Osaka Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kansai region on Honshu, the main island of Japan. The capital is the city of Osaka. It is the center of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto area. Osaka is one of the two "urban prefectures" of Japan, Kyoto being the other (Tokyo became a "metropolitan prefecture", or to, in 1941).HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Osaka prefecture was known as Kawachi, Izumi, and Settsu provinces.Osaka Prefecture was created on June 21, 1868, at the very beginning of the Meiji era. During the instigation of Fuhanken Sanchisei in 1868, the prefecture received its suffix fu, designating it as an urban prefecture.On September 1, 1956, the city of Osaka was promoted to a city designated by government ordinance and thereby divided into 24 wards.In 2000, Fusae Ota became Japan's first female governor when she replaced Knock Yokoyama, who resigned after prosecution for sexual harassment.

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