12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan sightseeing planner

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Osaka
— 1 day
Drive
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Shodoshima-cho, Shodo-shima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takamatsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Matsuyama
— 1 night
Train
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Beppu
— 2 nights
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Osaka

— 1 day
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
On the 1st (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and then take a stroll through Dotombori District.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Osaka tour builder tool.

Brussels, Belgium to Osaka is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Brussels to Osaka. In November, Osaka is somewhat warmer than Brussels - with highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Shodoshima-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
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Shodoshima-cho, Shodo-shima

— 2 nights
On an island famed for its gorgeous landscapes and seaside vistas, the town of Shodoshima-cho serves as the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Japanese city life.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Marukin Soysouce Memorial, contemplate the waterfront views at Dofuchi Strait, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saiko-ji Temple, then explore the striking landscape at Angel Road, then take in breathtaking views at Kankakei Gorge, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Kankakei Summit Observation. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Nakayama Senmaida, admire the natural beauty at Olive Garden, then find something for the whole family at Movie Village of 24-no-Hitomi, and finally contemplate the long history of Detached Classroom of Cape.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Shodoshima-cho day trip planning app.

You can drive from Osaka to Shodoshima-cho in 4.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Shodoshima-cho are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Shodoshima-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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Takamatsu

— 1 night

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
On the 4th (Wed), stop by Kagawa Bussankan Ritsurinan and then take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Takamatsu vacation website.

Traveling by car from Shodoshima-cho to Takamatsu takes 2 hours. In November in Takamatsu, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 5th (Thu), you'll travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Shopping
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Matsuyama

— 1 night
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
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Traveling by car from Takamatsu to Matsuyama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Matsuyama are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Spas · Baths
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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.
On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Hakata Station, browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, go for a walk through Ohori Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, then don't miss a visit to Yatai, and finally take a stroll through Nakasu District.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Matsuyama to Fukuoka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Mon) before leaving for Beppu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

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Beppu

— 2 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
On the 9th (Mon), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kamado Jigoku, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, then take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, and finally make a trip to Oniishibozu Jigoku. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Tsurunoyu, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yufu, then explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Sagiridai Observatory.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Beppu trip maker site.

Getting from Fukuoka to Beppu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Beppu can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.