17 days in East Asia Itinerary

17 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Osaka
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Drive
3
Okayama
— 2 nights
Train
4
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
6
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Train
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Kumamoto
— 2 nights
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
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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.
To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Osaka trip builder.

Lisbon, Portugal to Osaka is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Lisbon to Osaka. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lisbon in March: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 16°C and lows are around 5°C. You will leave for Himeji on the 11th (Mon).

Things to do in Osaka

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

Himeji

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, don't miss a visit to Otemae Street, and then take an exotic tour of Himeji Central Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Himeji trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Himeji

Wildlife · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 12:

Okayama

— 2 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Shinkeien, admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), and finally admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Kurashiki Ivy Square, get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, examine the collection at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bicchukokubunji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsu Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsuhiko Shrine.

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Traveling by car from Himeji to Okayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Okayama when traveling from Himeji in March, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

Hatsukaichi

— 2 nights
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
On the 14th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, and then don't miss a visit to Gojuno To. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Imaise Shrine, kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Miyajima.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hatsukaichi trip planner.

Traveling by train from Okayama to Hatsukaichi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:

Hiroshima

— 1 night

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 16th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then pause for some photo ops at Monument of the Atomic Bomb Sacrifice Hiroshima, then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and finally pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, make a trip to Okonomimura, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima route planner.

Hiroshima is very close to Hatsukaichi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 17:

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): admire the striking features of Hakata Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Komyozen-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then wander the streets of Nakasu District, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Kego Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, then go for a walk through Ohori Park, and finally walk around Maizuru Park.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka online travel planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 20:

Nagasaki

— 2 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.
On the 20th (Wed), wander the streets of Shinchi Chinatown, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, examine the collection at Nagasaki Museum of Traditional Performing Arts, get great views at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Kapitan Room, examine the collection at Dejima, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Urakami Cathedral, and finally walk around Nagasaki Peace Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki tour planner.

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Nagasaki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 22:

Kumamoto

— 2 nights
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 22nd (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Kumamoto City Hall, Large Hall Floor, admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, and then browse the different shops at Shimotori Shotengai. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kamitori Shopping Street, make a trip to Kumamoto Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumamotojoinari Shrine, and finally appreciate the history behind Statues of Shonan Yokoi and Ishin.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto trip itinerary site.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Kumamoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In March in Kumamoto, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 24:

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.
On the 25th (Mon), enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, don't miss a visit to Sengan-en, don't miss a visit to Kagoshima Chuo Station, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, and finally appreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kagoshima itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26: