28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly + Drive:  18 h
1
Nakatsu
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
2
Hiji-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
3
Beppu
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
4
Oita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Usuki
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Yufu
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
7
Kokonoe-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Miyazaki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Kanoya
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
10
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h
11
Isahaya
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
12
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
13
Nishisonogi-gun
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
14
Saikai
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
15
Sasebo
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h
End: Honolulu, Oahu

1
night
Nakatsu

Nakatsu ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Yabakei, then steep yourself in history at Ao Cave Tonnel, then snap pictures at Yabakei Bridge, and finally explore the historical opulence of Nakatsu Castle.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nakatsu online itinerary planner.

Honolulu, USA to Nakatsu is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 19 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Honolulu in May; daily highs in Nakatsu reach 72°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hiji-machi.

Things to do in Nakatsu

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Ao Cave Tonnel ©
Ao Cave Tonnel
Yabakei
Yabakei
Nakatsu Castle ©
Nakatsu Castle

1
night
Hiji-machi

Hiji-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Kitsuki Castle Town.

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Traveling by car from Nakatsu to Hiji-machi takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Beppu.

Things to do in Hiji-machi

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

African Safari, Kitsuki Castle Town
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Harmony Land ©
Harmony Land
Kitsuki Castle Town ©
Kitsuki Castle Town
African Safari ©
African Safari

1
night
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kijima Kogen Park.

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Beppu is very close to Hiji-machi. May in Beppu sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Oita.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Theme Parks
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Umi Jigoku ©
Umi Jigoku
Shidakako Lake ©
Shidakako Lake

2
nights
Oita

Oita ©
The gateway to a wealth of dynamic landscapes and some of the country's most atmospheric religious and cultural sites, Oita, in touristic terms, acts primarily as a transport hub.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes City Spa Tenku, Amu Plaza Oita and Oita Bank Akarengakan.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Oita trip planner.

Oita is just a stone's throw from Beppu. In May in Oita, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Usuki.

Things to do in Oita

Shopping Spas Baths
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JR Oita City ©
JR Oita City
City Spa Tenku ©
City Spa Tenku
Amu Plaza Oita ©
Amu Plaza Oita

1
night
Usuki

Usuki ©
Usuki is a city located on the east coast of Ōita Prefecture, Japan. Otomo Sorin Ko Rerifu has been added to your itinerary. On the 11th (Mon), stroll around Usuki Park, step into the grandiose world of Usuki Castle Ruin, pause for some photo ops at Otomo Sorin Ko Rerifu, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nioza Rekishi no Michi, then contemplate the long history of Usuki Town Streets, and finally contemplate the long history of Usuki Samurai House Streets. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, then get to know the fascinating history of Yufuin Area, and then take an in-depth tour of Iwashita Collection.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Usuki trip builder tool.

Drive from Oita to Usuki in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Usuki are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yufu.

Things to do in Usuki

Historic Sites Parks Spas

Side Trip

Yufu
Find places to stay May 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Yufuin Area ©
Yufuin Area
Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin
Iwashita Collection ©
Iwashita Collection

1
night
Yufu

Yufu
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Yufu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Usuki to Yufu takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 62°F. You'll set off for Kokonoe-machi on the 13th (Wed).

Things to do in Yufu

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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1
night
Kokonoe-machi

Kokonoe-machi ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Sendo Falls, take in the views from Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge, then explore the striking landscape at Handa Highland, and finally identify plant and animal life at Tadewara Wetlands.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kokonoe-machi road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yufu to Kokonoe-machi takes an hour. When traveling from Yufu in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kokonoe-machi, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Kokonoe-machi

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay May 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Tadewara Wetlands ©
Tadewara Wetlands
Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge ©
Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge
Sendo Falls ©
Sendo Falls

2
nights
Miyazaki

Miyazaki ©
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Phoenix Seagaia Resort, Miyakoh Botanic Garden Aoshima, Miyzaki Science Center, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): make a trip to Phoenix Seagaia Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by AEON MALL Miyazaki, then get into the urban bustle at Miyazaki Art Center, then engage your brain at Miyzaki Science Center, and finally admire the natural beauty at Miyakoh Botanic Garden Aoshima.

Discover how to plan a Miyazaki trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kokonoe-machi to Miyazaki in 4 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Miyazaki can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kanoya.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Miyzaki Science Center ©
Miyzaki Science Center
AEON MALL Miyazaki ©
AEON MALL Miyazaki
Phoenix Seagaia Resort ©
Phoenix Seagaia Resort

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night
Kanoya

Kanoya ©
Kanoya is a city in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Kirishimagaoka Park, then admire the natural beauty at Kanoya Rose Garden, and then see the interesting displays at Kanoya Air Base Museum.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kanoya trip builder.

Getting from Miyazaki to Kanoya by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Miyazaki in May, you will find days in Kanoya are a bit cooler (70°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kanoya

Parks Museums Theme Parks
Find places to stay May 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Kanoya Rose Garden ©
Kanoya Rose Garden
Kanoya Air Base Museum ©
Kanoya Air Base Museum
Kirishimagaoka Park ©
Kirishimagaoka Park

2
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get impressive views of Sakurajima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Kagoshima Chuo Station, make a trip to Tenmonkan, then make a trip to Chiran Samurai Residence Garden, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Kagoshima City Aquarium, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA.

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You can drive from Kanoya to Kagoshima in 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Kanoya in May since evenings lows in Kagoshima dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Isahaya.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Chiran Samurai Residence Garden
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Tenmonkan ©
Tenmonkan
Kagoshima City Aquarium ©
Kagoshima City Aquarium

1
night
Isahaya

Isahaya
Isahaya is a city located in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Isahaya online travel route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kagoshima to Isahaya. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. On the 20th (Wed), you're off to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Isahaya

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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3
nights
Nagasaki

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.
Nagasaki is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, explore the wide array of goods at Nagasaki Hamaya, walk around Nakashimagawa Park, and go for a walk through Mountain of the Cross.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip planner.

Traveling by car from Isahaya to Nagasaki takes an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nishisonogi-gun.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

2
nights
Nishisonogi-gun

Nishisonogi-gun ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): pause for some photo ops at 26 Christian Martyrs Landing Site.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nishisonogi-gun day trip planner.

Nishisonogi-gun is just a short distance from Nagasaki. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 61°F. On the 25th (Mon), you'll travel to Saikai.
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
26 Christian Martyrs Landing Site ©
26 Christian Martyrs Landing Site

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night
Saikai

Saikai ©
On the 25th (Mon), Head underground at Nanatsugama Limestone Cave, then get to know the resident critters at Nagasaki Bio Park, and then take in the pleasant sights at Nagasaki Holland Village.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Saikai trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Nishisonogi-gun to Saikai takes an hour. May in Saikai sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sasebo.

Things to do in Saikai

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
Find places to stay May 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Nagasaki Bio Park ©
Nagasaki Bio Park
Nanatsugama Limestone Cave ©
Nanatsugama Limestone Cave
Nagasaki Holland Village ©
Nagasaki Holland Village

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nights
Sasebo

Sasebo
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To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sasebo attractions planner.

Getting from Saikai to Sasebo by car takes about an hour. In May, daytime highs in Sasebo are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. On the 1st (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Sasebo

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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