21 days in East Asia Itinerary

21 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Fly to Hiroshima Airport, Drive to Matsuyama
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Matsuyama
— 1 day
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Kumamoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
Train
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Kitakyushu
— 3 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 5 nights
Train
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Shizuoka
— 4 nights
Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Billund

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Matsuyama

— 1 day
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle and then buy something for everyone on your list at Emifull Masaki.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Matsuyama trip site.

Billund, Denmark to Matsuyama is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Billund to Matsuyama, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Billund in May; daily highs in Matsuyama reach 25°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 2 — 3:

Kumamoto

— 3 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kumamoto Castle and Sakuranobaba Johsaien. Get outdoors at Mt. Aso and Kusasenrigahama. Step out of Kumamoto with an excursion to Heitate Shrine in Yamato-cho--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: look for gifts at KUMAMON products Nagataniya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Former Residence of L.L. Janes, and take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kumamoto trip planner.

You can fly from Matsuyama to Kumamoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Matsuyama in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kumamoto, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 5:

Fukuoka

— 3 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.
Do your shopping at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center and teamLab Future Park Canal City Hakata. Get a sense of the local culture at Dazaifu Tenman-gu and Nijino Matsubara. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Fukuoka Washita Shop, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, and browse the different shops at JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka day trip site.

Traveling by train from Kumamoto to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 5 — 8:

Kitakyushu

— 3 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mojiko Retro and Kyushu Railway History Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Akiyoshido and Hyakumaizara. Take a break from Kitakyushu with a short trip to Karato market in Shimonoseki, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Tanga Ichiba, contemplate the long history of Old Mojimitsui Club, learn more about the world around you at Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History, and explore the historical opulence of Kokura Castle.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kitakyushu trip itinerary app.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kitakyushu in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Kitakyushu, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 11:

Nagoya

— 5 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Get some cultural insight at Nagoya Castle and Hikone Castle. Escape the urban bustle at Nakasendo Magome-juku and Nakasendo Tsumagojuku. Step out of Nagoya to go to Inuyama and see Inuyama Castle, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, take an in-depth tour of Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and make a trip to Osu Shopping Street.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nagoya tour builder tool.

You can fly from Kitakyushu to Nagoya in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 16:

Shizuoka

— 4 nights
With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
Mount Fuji and The Hakone Open-Air Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Pola Museum of Art and Lake Ashinoko. Change things up with these side-trips from Shizuoka: Tago no Tsuki Honten (in Fuji), Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). There's more to do: admire the masterpieces at Tokaido Hiroshige Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Shizuoka vacation planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Shizuoka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Shizuoka can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 20: