15 days in East Asia Itinerary

15 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Fukuoka
— 1 day
Drive
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Karatsu
— 1 night
Drive
3
Nagasaki
— 1 night
Train
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Kumamoto
— 1 night
Drive
5
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive
6
Beppu
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Kitsuki
— 1 night
Drive
8
Hatsukaichi
— 7 nights
Drive
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Hiroshima

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Fukuoka

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tochoji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marine World umino-nakamichi.

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Manila, Philippines to Fukuoka is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manila to Fukuoka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manila in March, expect Fukuoka to be colder, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Karatsu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 2:

Karatsu

— 1 night
The coastal city of Karatsu has long held importance for trade with China and the Korean Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Previously Karatsu Bank, contemplate the long history of Former Takatori House, step into the grandiose world of Karatsu Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kagami Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle Ruins, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Nanatsugama Caves.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Karatsu online holiday planner.

You can drive from Fukuoka to Karatsu in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Fukuoka in March, you will find days in Karatsu are little chillier (13°C), and nights are a bit warmer (12°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Karatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 2:

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 3rd (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium, contemplate the long history of Suwa Shrine, make a trip to Glover Garden, make a trip to Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Karatsu to Nagasaki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Karatsu in March: highs in Nagasaki hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 3:

Kumamoto

— 1 night
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 4th (Fri): catch all the local highlights with Explore Kumamoto, get engrossed in the history at Newspaper Museum, admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, then explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kumamoto journey planning tool.

Take a train from Nagasaki to Kumamoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. March in Kumamoto sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 3 — 4:

Takachiho-cho

— 1 night
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
On the 5th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka, and finally make a trip to Tunnel Station.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho trip planning tool.

Getting from Kumamoto to Takachiho-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Takachiho-cho are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 5:

Beppu

— 2 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Yufuin Basin, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yufu, then get in on the family fun at Kijima Kogen Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shidakako Lake, and finally stroll through Mt. Tsurumi. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, stop by Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, observe the fascinating underwater world at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, meet the residents at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo, then admire the striking features of JR Oita City, and finally appreciate the history behind Saint Francis Xavier Statue.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Beppu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Beppu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Beppu can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kitsuki.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 7:

Kitsuki

— 1 night
Kitsuki is a city located in Ōita Prefecture, Japan.As of March 1, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 29,661 and a population density of 114.00 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Kitsuki Castle Town, make a trip to Kumano Magaibutsu, make a trip to Ryusenji, examine the collection at Nikaido Museum, then examine the collection at Ishikorotachi no Dobutsuen Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Kaiten Oga Training Base Memorial Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kitsuki trip maker site.

You can drive from Beppu to Kitsuki in an hour. In March, daily temperatures in Kitsuki can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Kitsuki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 8:

Hatsukaichi

— 7 nights
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku. Explore Hatsukaichi's surroundings by going to Hagi (Kita-Nagato Coast, Myojin Pond, &more), Sandan-kyo (in Akiota-cho) and Hamada (Hamada Castle Ruins, Iwami Tatamigaura Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Miyajima, don't miss a visit to Gojuno To, and stroll around Miyajima Sambashimae Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hatsukaichi trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Kitsuki to Hatsukaichi takes 4.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Hatsukaichi can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 15:

Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students and then contemplate the waterfront views at Motoyasu River.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary app.

Hiroshima is just a stone's throw from Hatsukaichi. In March, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 16:

Fukuoka Prefecture travel guide

3.7
Sacred & Religious Sites · Shopping Malls · Landmarks
Fukuoka Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on Kyūshū Island. The capital is the city of Fukuoka.HistoryFukuoka Prefecture includes the former provinces of Chikugo, Chikuzen, and Buzen.Shrines and templesKōra taisha, Sumiyoshi-jinja, and Hakosagi-gū are the chief Shinto shrines in the prefecture.GeographyFukuoka Prefecture faces the sea on three sides, bordering Saga, Ōita, and Kumamoto prefectures and facing Yamaguchi Prefecture across the Kanmon Straits.As of 1 April 2012, 18% of the land area of the prefecture was designated as natural parks: Setonaikai National Park, Genkai, Kitakyūshū, and Yaba-Hita-Hikosan quasi-national parks, and Chikugogawa, Chikuhō, Dazaifu, Sefuri Raizan, and Yabegawa Prefectural Natural Parks.

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Saga Prefecture travel guide

3.7
Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Saga Prefecture is a prefecture in the northwest part of the island of Kyushu, Japan. It touches both the Sea of Japan and the Ariake Sea. The western part of the prefecture is a region famous for producing ceramics and porcelain, particularly the towns of Karatsu, Imari, and Arita. The capital is the city of Saga.HistoryIn ancient times, the area composed by Nagasaki Prefecture and Saga Prefecture was called Hizen Province. The current name dates from the Meiji Restoration. Rice farming culture has prospered here since ancient times, and vestiges can be seen at the ruins of Nabatake in Karatsu and the Yoshinogari site in Yoshinogari.Feudal periodFrom the Kamakura period to the Muromachi period, it is thought that over 100 feudal clans existed. Also exerting great influence during this time was a samurai clan operating along the Genkai Sea called the Matsuratō. Upon entering the Sengoku period, the Ryūzōji clan expanded their control to include all of Hizen and Chikugo Provinces, and part of Higo and Chikuzen Provinces. After the death of daimyō Takanobu Ryūzōji, Naoshige Nabeshima took control of the political situation, and by 1607 all of the Ryūzōji clan's domain was under the control of the Nabeshima clan.

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Nagasaki Prefecture travel guide

3.7
Landmarks · History Museums · Parks
Nagasaki Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Nagasaki.

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Kumamoto Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Kumamoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Kumamoto.HistoryHistorically, the area was called Higo Province; and the province was renamed Kumamoto during the Meiji Restoration. The creation of prefectures was part of the abolition of the feudal system. The current Japanese orthography for Kumamoto literally means "bear root/origin", or "origin of the bear".

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Hiroshima Prefecture travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Islands
Hiroshima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on Honshu island. The capital is the city of Hiroshima. It has a population of around 2.8 million.HistoryThe area around Hiroshima was formerly divided into Bingo Province and Aki Province. This location has been a center of trade and culture since the beginning of Japan's recorded history. Hiroshima is a traditional center of the Chūgoku region and was the seat of the Mōri clan until the Battle of Sekigahara.Hiroshima is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Atomic Dome in Hiroshima, one of the few remnants of prewar Hiroshima following the atomic bombing in 1945;The Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, famed for filling with water and appearing to "float" during high tide.GeographyHiroshima prefecture lies in the middle of Chūgoku. Most of the prefecture consists of mountains leading towards Shimane Prefecture; and rivers produce rich plains near the coast.The province faces Shikoku across the Seto Inland Sea. Hiroshima Bay opens on the Inland Sea. The prefecture also includes many small islands.

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