16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fukuoka
— 1 night
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Matsuyama
— 2 nights
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Drive to Yawatahama, Ferry to Usuki, Drive to Oita
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Oita
— 2 nights
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Kumamoto
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka

— 1 night

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 10th (Sat), learn the secrets of production at Asahi Breweries Hakata Brewery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atago Jinja Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Fukuoka Castle Ruins, then browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at Fukuoka Walks.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka road trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Fukuoka is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Fukuoka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in April, things will get colder in Fukuoka: highs are around 23°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Tours · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

Matsuyama

— 2 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
On the 11th (Sun), examine the collection at Itami Juzo Museum, see the interesting displays at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Bansuiso, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Joruriji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Tobeyaki Traditional Industry Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, don't miss a visit to Dogo Onsen Station, explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, steep yourself in history at Meikyokan, then don't miss a visit to Shinrokaku, and finally get great views at Dogo Onsen Sora no Sampomichi.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsuyama online holiday builder.

Traveling by flight from Fukuoka to Matsuyama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Oita.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:

Oita

— 2 nights
The gateway to a wealth of dynamic landscapes and some of the country's most atmospheric religious and cultural sites, Oita, in touristic terms, acts primarily as a transport hub.
On the 13th (Tue), get in on the family fun at Kijima Kogen Park, trek along Mt. Tsurumi, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shidakako Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yusuhara Hachiman Shrine, and finally pause for some photo ops at Saint Francis Xavier Statue. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Peace Citizen Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sasamuta Shrine, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at City Spa Tenku, then walk around Oita Castle Ruin Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Funai Castle Ruin.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Oita trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Matsuyama to Oita in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Oita

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:

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 15th (Thu): go for a walk through Sengan-en, walk around Kagoshima Kenritsu Yoshino Park, then don't miss a visit to Temmonkan Mujyaki, and finally pause for some photo ops at Saigo Takamori Statue. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chirancho Gokoku Shrine, brush up on your military savvy at Chiran Peace Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Chiran Heiwa Park, then appreciate the history behind Tokoshieni, Tokkoyushi Statue, and finally pause for some photo ops at Yasurakani, Statue of Mother.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kagoshima trip itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Oita to Kagoshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. April in Kagoshima sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:

Kumamoto

— 3 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Explore hidden gems such as Explore Kumamoto and Aratate Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kumamoto: Takachiho-cho (Amano Iwato Shrine, Takachiho Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and pause for some photo ops at Otemoyan Statue.

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Getting from Kagoshima to Kumamoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 20:

Fukuoka

— 3 nights

City of Yatai

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Uminonakamichi Seaside Park and Tochoji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Nagasaki (Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, &more), Nanzoin (in Sasaguri-machi) and Tenkai Inari Shrine (in Dazaifu). See even more of Fukuoka: step off the mainland to explore Nokonoshima Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohorikoen Japanese Garden, stroll around Maizuru Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakozaki Shrine.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka road trip planning website.

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 23:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.