8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Kumamoto
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Kagoshima
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Kirishima
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Yufu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Singapore

1
night
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get your bearings at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Kumamoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, then admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and finally make a trip to Shimotori Shotengai.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kumamoto trip itinerary builder website .

Singapore, Singapore to Kumamoto is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Kumamoto due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Singapore in March; daily highs in Kumamoto reach 17°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
Sakuranobaba Johsaien

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, then make a trip to Temmonkan Mujyaki, and then contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kagoshima travel planner .

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kagoshima are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kirishima.

Things to do in Kagoshima

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

1
night
Kirishima

Kirishima ©
The city of Kirishima, established in 2005 by the merging of several smaller towns, makes a popular base for exploring the volcanic mountain range of the surrounding national park.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): make a trip to Kareigawa Station, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kirishima Distillery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kirishima Shrine, then delve into the lush surroundings at The Hundred Year Sulfur Valley, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shinmoe.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kirishima online tour planner .

Getting from Kagoshima to Kirishima by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yufu.

Things to do in Kirishima

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kirishima Shrine ©
Kirishima Shrine
Kareigawa Station ©
Kareigawa Station

2
nights
Yufu

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
On the 5th (Thu), explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, look for gifts at Wahaha, then take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu. On the next day, take in the natural beauty of Kamado Jigoku, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yufu.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yufu day trip website .

You can drive from Kirishima to Yufu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks Nature Baths

Side Trip

Beppu
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin
Onsen Resorts

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Ohori Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Temmangu, take in panoramic vistas at Komenoyama Obsevatory, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Hakata Station and then admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Fukuoka visit planning site .

Traveling by car from Yufu to Fukuoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trips

Komenoyama Obsevatory, Dazaifu Tenman-gu
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

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