17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Train + Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Saga
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Imari
— Few hours
Drive:  45 min
4
Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h
6
Unzen, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Kumamoto
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
8
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
9
Yufu
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
10
Beppu
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
11
Kitakyushu
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
12
Fukuoka
— Few hours
Train:  1 h 45 min
13
Okayama
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
14
Kobe
— Few hours
Train:  30 min
15
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
16
Tokyo
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Train:  14 h 45 min
End: London

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Fukuoka

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyajidake Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanzoin, then browse the different shops at Hakata Deitos, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamado Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaidan-in Temple, then visit Shintencho Shopping Street, and finally take a stroll through Nishijin Shopping District.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka day trip planner.

London, UK to Fukuoka is an approximately 16- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in November; daily highs in Fukuoka reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Saga.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Miyajidake Shrine, Nanzoin
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:
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Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Miyajidake Shrine ©
Miyajidake Shrine
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu

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Saga

Saga
Saga is the capital city of Saga Prefecture, located on the island of Kyushu, Japan.Saga was the capital of Saga Domain in the Edo period, and largest city of former Hizen Province.As of February 28, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 234,453 and a population density of 543 persons per km². For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Saga tour builder tool.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Saga in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 18th (Mon), you'll travel to Imari.

Things to do in Saga

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 18:

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Imari

Imari
Imari is a city located in Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Izumiyama Jishakujo, then look for gifts at Genemongama Aritakamamoto, and then steep yourself in history at Imari Okawachiyama.

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Traveling by car from Saga to Imari takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Saga in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Imari, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sasebo.

Things to do in Imari

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Arita-cho
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 19:

1
night
Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture

Sasebo
With its U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Kuroshima.

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You can drive from Imari to Sasebo in an hour. In November, daytime highs in Sasebo are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Sasebo

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 19:

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Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa and then take an in-depth tour of The Confucian Temple, the Chinese Museum of Successive Generations.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip planner.

Drive from Sasebo to Nagasaki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Unzen.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Nature Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 20:
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Mt. Inasa ©
Mt. Inasa

1
night
Unzen, Nagasaki Prefecture

Set against a formidable volcano, the city of Unzen pulsates with scenic beauty.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Unzen trip builder website.

Getting from Nagasaki to Unzen by car takes about an hour. In November, daily temperatures in Unzen can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Unzen

Spas Baths Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 20:
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Onsen Resorts
Tachibana Shrine ©
Tachibana Shrine

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Kumamoto

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 20th (Wed): get impressive views of Mt. Aso.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto vacation builder site.

Traveling by car from Unzen to Kumamoto takes 2 hours. Traveling from Unzen in November, expect little chillier with lows of 10°C in Kumamoto. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mt. Aso
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Aso ©
Mt. Aso

1
night
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Takachiho Gorge. On the 21st (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Aratate Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Takachiho-cho road trip planning website.

You can drive from Kumamoto to Takachiho-cho in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden
Aratate Shrine ©
Aratate Shrine

1
night
Yufu

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
On the 21st (Thu), look for gifts at Wahaha.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yufu online holiday builder.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Yufu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November in Yufu, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Yufu

Spas Baths Wineries
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Yufuin Area ©
Yufuin Area
Yufuin Onsen ©
Yufuin Onsen

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Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
You've added Harmony Land, Hells of Beppu, Beppu Beach Sand Bath, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): get outside with Angel Kimono Rental Beppu and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): browse the different shops at JR Oita City, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Beppu Beach Sand Bath, and finally take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Beppu trip planner.

Drive from Yufu to Beppu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Beppu

Shopping Parks Spas

Side Trips

Oita, Harmony Land
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
JR Oita City ©
JR Oita City
Onsen Resorts
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu

1
night
Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Kokura Castle and then take a stroll through Mojiko Retro.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kitakyushu online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Beppu to Kitakyushu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. November in Kitakyushu sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Mojiko Retro ©
Mojiko Retro
Kokura Castle ©
Kokura Castle

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hours
Fukuoka

Fukuoka
To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kitakyushu to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll set off for Okayama on the 25th (Mon).

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 26:

1
night
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Inujima Seirensho Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Ohashi House, head outdoors with Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsuhiko Shrine, and finally wander the streets of Asahikawa no Hotori.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Okayama travel route planner.

Take a train from Fukuoka to Okayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Fukuoka in November, expect Okayama to be slightly colder, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Okayama

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, Ohashi House
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Kibitsuhiko Shrine ©
Kibitsuhiko Shrine
Ohashi House ©
Ohashi House
Inujima Seirensho Art Museum ©
Inujima Seirensho Art Museum

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Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 26th (Tue), visit Kobe Harborland, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kobe Muslim Mosque, and then shop like a local with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kobe journey maker site.

You can take a train from Okayama to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Okayama in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Kobe. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland
Kobe Muslim Mosque ©
Kobe Muslim Mosque

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Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
On the 26th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji and then stop by Ippodo Tea Kyoto. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosenin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Enkō-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamigamo Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online vacation planner.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kobe. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Thu) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nezu Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Asakusa Shrine and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Isehara to see Oyama Afuri Shrine about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Hozomon, stop by Yanaka, and wander the streets of Ueno.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo day trip tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Tokyo are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kamakura, Oyama Afuri Shrine
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:
Highlights from your plan
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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