21 days in East Asia Itinerary

21 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Hiroshima Airport, Drive to Matsuyama
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Matsuyama
— 1 day
Train
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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 browse the different shops at Shimotori Shotengai.

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 JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata. Get a sense of the local culture at Dazaifu Tenman-gu and Kushida Shrine. Change things up with a short trip to Nijino Matsubara in Karatsu (about 54 minutes away). There's lots more to do: have fun and explore at teamLab Future Park Canal City Hakata, take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, walk around Ohori Park, and explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka day trip planning app.

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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 Kokura Castle. 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. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Tanga Ichiba, contemplate the long history of Old Mojimitsui Club, get a new perspective on nature at Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History, and examine the collection at Kyushu Railway History Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kitakyushu online tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kitakyushu in an hour. Another option is to drive. In May in Kitakyushu, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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 Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Escape the urban bustle at Nakasendo Magome-juku and Nakasendo Tsumagojuku. Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Sakae, stop by Otsukaya Kurumamichi Honten, get engrossed in the history at Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum, and admire the striking features of Seinan Sumiyagura.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nagoya trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Kitakyushu to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May in Nagoya, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

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 Pola Museum of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Lake Kawaguchi and Lake Ashinoko. Change things up with these side-trips from Shizuoka: Tago no Tsuki Honten (in Fuji), The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba). 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

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 20: