9 days in Japan & Busan Itinerary

9 days in Japan & Busan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan & Busan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  6​h
1
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
2
Fukuoka, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Beppu, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Kumamoto, Japan
— 1 night
train:  2​h
5
Fukuoka, Japan
— 2 nights
6
Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Haedong Yonggung Temple, Gamcheon Culture Village, Haeundae Beach, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): wander the streets of Gamcheon Culture Village, stroll through Yongdusan Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Gwangbokro Culture and Fashion street, then don't miss a visit to BIFF Square, then hunt for treasures at Gukje Market, and finally stop by Bupyeong Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, stroll through Haeundae Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gwangalli Beach, then make a trip to Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and finally browse the different shops at Seomyeon Underground Shopping Center.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Busan route planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Busan is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Korea Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, things will get cooler in Busan: highs are around 10°C and lows about 0°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Busan

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium

1
night
Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tenjin Underground Shopping Center as well as Yatai. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center and then contemplate the long history of Yatai.

Make your Fukuoka itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Fly from Busan to Fukuoka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Busan in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Fukuoka, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Dazaifu
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Tenjin Underground Shopping Center ©
Dazaifu Temmangu
Dazaifu Temmangu
Komyozen-ji Temple ©
Komyozen-ji Temple

1
night
Beppu, Japan

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hells of Beppu as well as Lake Kinrin. On the 18th (Tue), witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Beppu tour planner.

You can drive from Fukuoka to Beppu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Beppu are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Wed) before leaving for Kumamoto.

Things to do in Beppu

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trip

Yufu
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Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Yufuin Area ©
Yufuin Area

1
night
Kumamoto, Japan

Kumamoto ©
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 19th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden and then make a trip to Shimotori Shotengai.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Beppu to Kumamoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Beppu in December, Kumamoto is slightly colder at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
Sakuranobaba Johsaien

2
nights
Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nakasu. On the 20th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, then look for gifts at Kawabatadori Shopping Street, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Nakasu.

For more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka sightseeing site .

Take a train from Kumamoto to Fukuoka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Busan.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Nightlife
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Fukuoka City Zoological Garden ©
Fukuoka City Zoological Garden
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Nakasu ©
Nakasu

1
night
Busan, South Korea

Busan
To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Busan trip planner.

Getting from Fukuoka to Busan by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Fukuoka in December; daily highs in Busan reach 10°C and lows reach 0°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Museums Shopping
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