6 days in Japan Itinerary

6 days in Japan Itinerary

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6 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  11​h
1
Kagoshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Kumamoto
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kurume
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
4
Nagasaki
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Karatsu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
End: Singapore

1
night
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get impressive views of Sakurajima, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sekiyoshi Sluice Gate of Yoshino Leat, and then take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kagoshima trip itinerary planning website .

Singapore, Singapore to Kagoshima is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Kagoshima. Traveling from Singapore in August, Kagoshima is little chillier at night with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en

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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 31st (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, and then get to know the fascinating history of Kumamoto Castle.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kumamoto online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kurume.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto ©
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto

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hours
Kurume

Kurume
Admire the temples and shrines of Kurume, a small, compact town situated on the Chikushi Plain, known for its local products, such as an indigo woven fabric, bamboo lacquerware, and pork ramen.
For maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kurume travel route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kumamoto to Kurume takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kumamoto in August, Kurume is a bit warmer at night with lows of 32°C. On the 31st (Sat), you'll travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kurume

Historic Sites Parks Museums

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, and finally take in the views from Megane Bridge.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kurume to Nagasaki takes 2 hours. In August in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Karatsu.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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night
Karatsu

Karatsu ©
The coastal city of Karatsu has long held importance for trade with China and the Korean Peninsula.
On the 2nd (Mon), steep yourself in history at Karatsu Castle, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nijino Matsubara, then explore the activities along Nanatsugama Caves, and finally make a trip to Hamanoura Rice Terrace.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Karatsu tour builder tool .

Drive from Nagasaki to Karatsu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Karatsu sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Karatsu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Hamanoura Rice Terrace
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Nijino Matsubara ©
Nijino Matsubara
Karatsu Castle ©
Karatsu Castle
Hamanoura Rice Terrace ©
Hamanoura Rice Terrace

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Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
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 3rd (Tue), let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, and then browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka trip builder .

Getting from Karatsu to Fukuoka by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Karatsu in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 24°C in Fukuoka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Fun & Games Parks Wildlife
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Tenjin Underground Shopping Center ©

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