28 days in East Asia Itinerary

28 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary planner

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Kumamoto
— 3 nights
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Kagoshima
— 3 nights
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Miyazaki
— 2 nights
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Beppu
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo vacation website.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in March, things will get slightly colder in Tokyo: highs are around 58°F and lows about 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 8:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, walk around Maizuru Park, wander the streets of Nakasu District, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Fukuoka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Fukuoka takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 11:

Nagasaki

— 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Nagasaki to Sasebo to see Huis Ten Bosch about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and see the interesting displays at Dejima.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki road trip website.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Nagasaki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 15:

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 Kumamoto's surroundings by going to Minamiaso-mura (Shirakawa Springs & Yoshidajyo Gokenjyokumiba) and Kusasenrigahama (in Aso). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, and admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kumamoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Kumamoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In March, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 18:

Kagoshima

— 3 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.
Kagoshima is known for sightseeing, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Sakurajima, examine the collection at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, don't miss a visit to Tenmonkan, and admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kagoshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. March in Kagoshima sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 21:

Miyazaki

— 2 nights
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
On the 21st (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Udo Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aoshima Shrine, then step off the mainland to explore Aoshima Island, and finally explore the striking landscape at Onino Sentakuita. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Sunmesse Nichinan, get great views at Horikiri Pass, take in panoramic vistas at Airplane Park, make a trip to Eda Shrine, then stroll around Awakigaharashinrin Park, Shimin no Mori, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyazaki Shinto Shrine.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Miyazaki holiday planner.

You can take a train from Kagoshima to Miyazaki in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kagoshima in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Miyazaki, with lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:

Beppu

— 3 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Beppu: Usa (Senzai Farm & Usajingu Shrine Jogu) and Yufu (Lake Kinrin & Unaki Hime Shrine). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the world behind art at Sato Kei Art Museum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo.

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Getting from Miyazaki to Beppu by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Miyazaki in March, expect nights in Beppu to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are little chillier, around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 26:

Tokyo

— 4 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). Have a day of magic on the 27th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. See some other sides of Tokyo: admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, stroll around Yoyogi Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo, and don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planner.

You can take a train from Beppu to Tokyo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 30: