14 days in East Asia Itinerary

14 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route builder

Make it your trip
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Kyoto
— 1 night
Drive
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Kitakyushu
Train
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Beppu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aso
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Kumamoto
— 1 night
Train
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka

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Kyoto

— 1 night
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 (Wed): steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple 3 Storey Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto sightseeing planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can fly to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 11:

Kitakyushu

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.
To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kitakyushu online tour builder.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Kitakyushu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kitakyushu can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. You will leave for Beppu on the 12th (Fri).

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 12:

Beppu

— 2 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yufu (Kotokotoya & Lake Kinrin) and African Safari (in Usa). The adventure continues: test the waters at a local thermal spa, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, take in the natural beauty of Chinoike Jigoku, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sagiridai Observatory.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Beppu trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Kitakyushu to Beppu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In November, daytime highs in Beppu are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Aso.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:

Aso

— 3 nights
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
Explore Aso's surroundings by going to Nabegataki Falls (in Oguni-machi), Kurokawa Onsen (in Minamioguni-machi) and Takachiho-cho (Takachiho Gorge, Amano Iwato Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Aso Mizuki Meguri, get great views at Daikanbo Lookout, cruise along Aso Milk Road, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Aso online trip planner.

You can drive from Beppu to Aso in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Aso can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Aso

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 17:

Kumamoto

— 1 night
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kumamoto online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Aso to Kumamoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. You'll set off for Nagasaki on the 18th (Thu).

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 18:

Nagasaki

— 3 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, appreciate the history behind Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki road trip planner.

Getting from Kumamoto to Nagasaki by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In November, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 21:

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.
On the 21st (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Komyozen-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, and then admire the striking features of Hakata Station. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Ohorikoen Japanese Garden, take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, then admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nagasaki to Fukuoka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 23:

Osaka

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 23rd (Tue), take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Fukuoka to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Osaka are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 24:
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