57 days in East Asia Itinerary

57 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka Airport, Drive to Hiji-machi
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Hiji-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Beppu
Drive
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Yufu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kokonoe-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Miyazaki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanoya
— 1 night
Drive
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Nagasaki
— 1 night
Drive
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Nishisonogi-gun
— 1 night
Drive
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Saikai
— 1 night
Drive
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Sasebo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saga
— 1 night
Drive
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Karatsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kitakyushu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shimonoseki
Train
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Drive
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Fukuyama
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kurashiki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Okayama
— 8 nights
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Tokushima
— 1 day
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Takamatsu
— 5 nights
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Sakaide
— 1 night
Drive
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Mitoyo
— 1 night
Drive
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Shikokuchuo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tosashimizu
— 2 nights
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Kochi
— 3 nights
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Hiji-machi

— 2 nights
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Honolulu, USA to Hiji-machi is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 19 hours traveling from Honolulu to Hiji-machi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Honolulu in October: high temperatures in Hiji-machi hover around 72°F and lows are around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Hiji-machi

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Beppu

The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): walk around Beppu Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Beppu Tower, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Kamado Jigoku, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Shidakako Lake.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Beppu trip itinerary planning site.

Beppu is just a stone's throw from Hiji-machi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yufu.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature
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Yufu

— 2 nights
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Takachiho Gorge, Yufuin Area, Lake Kinrin, and other attractions you added.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yufu travel site.

You can drive from Beppu to Yufu in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October in Yufu, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kokonoe-machi.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks · Nature · Baths · Spas

Side Trip

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Kokonoe-machi

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Sendo Falls, take some stellar pictures from Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge, then explore the striking landscape at Handa Highland, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Tadewara Wetlands.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kokonoe-machi road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yufu to Kokonoe-machi takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in October, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Kokonoe-machi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Miyazaki

— 2 nights
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 day by day itinerary now includes Miyazaki Art Center as well as Phoenix Seagaia Resort. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): make a trip to Phoenix Seagaia Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: get into the urban bustle at Miyazaki Art Center and then stop by AEON MALL Miyazaki.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Miyazaki online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Kokonoe-machi to Miyazaki takes 4 hours. In October in Miyazaki, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kanoya.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Museums · Shopping
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Kanoya

— 1 night
Kanoya is a city in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): 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 ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kanoya trip builder.

Getting from Miyazaki to Kanoya by car takes about 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Kanoya are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kanoya

Parks · Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Museums
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Kagoshima

— 2 nights

Naples of the East

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 16th (Fri): 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 October since evenings lows in Kagoshima dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trip

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Nagasaki

— 1 night

City of Peace

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
On the 18th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, see the interesting displays at Dejima, explore the wide array of goods at Nagasaki Hamaya, then walk around Nakashimagawa Park, then examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Kagoshima to Nagasaki by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nishisonogi-gun.

Things to do in Nagasaki

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Nishisonogi-gun

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at 26 Christian Martyrs Landing Site.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nishisonogi-gun day trip planner.

Nishisonogi-gun is just a short distance from Nagasaki. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Saikai.
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Highlights from your trip

Saikai

— 1 night
On the 20th (Tue), 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 ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Saikai trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Nishisonogi-gun to Saikai takes an hour. October in Saikai sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sasebo.

Things to do in Saikai

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature
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Sasebo

— 3 nights
With its U.S. Navy base, Sasebo has certainly developed pockets with an international feel: in downtown, often known as Sailor Town, you'll happen upon a number of eateries serving American-style hamburgers.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Maritime Self-Defense Force Sasebo Museum, Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara, Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort, and other attractions you added. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Tenkaiho, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Miuracho Catholic Church, and take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Yumiharidake Observation Deck.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sasebo road trip planner.

You can drive from Saikai to Sasebo in an hour. In October in Sasebo, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 63°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sat) before leaving for Saga.

Things to do in Sasebo

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Saga

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): stroll through Yoshinogari Historical Park, take an in-depth tour of Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Mietsu Naval Dock.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Saga trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Sasebo to Saga takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Saga can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Karatsu.

Things to do in Saga

Historic Sites · Parks · Classes · Museums

Side Trips

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Karatsu

— 1 night
The coastal city of Karatsu has long held importance for trade with China and the Korean Peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Former Takatori House, then contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle Ruins, and then explore the activities along Nanatsugama Caves.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Karatsu tour builder tool.

You can drive from Saga to Karatsu in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Saga in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 69°F in Karatsu. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Karatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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Fukuoka

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Canal City Hakata as well as Marinoa City Fukuoka. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): stop by Marinoa City Fukuoka.

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Traveling by car from Karatsu to Fukuoka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Fukuoka when traveling from Karatsu in October, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping · Fun & Games · Nightlife · Neighborhoods
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Kitakyushu

— 2 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.
On the 28th (Wed), learn more about the world around you at Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History, browse the different shops at Amu Plaza Kokura, then look for gifts at Tanga Ichiba, then step into the grandiose world of Kokura Castle, and finally browse the different shops at Riverwalk Kitakyushu. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Kyushu Railway History Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Former JR Kyushu Headquarter Bldg, steep yourself in history at Old Mojimitsui Club, then wander the streets of Mojiko Retro, then admire the landmark architecture of Kitakyushu International Friendship Memorial Library, and finally take in the views from Blue Wing Moji.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kitakyushu trip planning app.

You can drive from Fukuoka to Kitakyushu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kitakyushu are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Shimonoseki.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Shimonoseki

Fugu Capital

A bustling port town noted as the site of two major battles in Japan's history, Shimonoseki also attracts gourmands as the world capital of the potentially poisonous pufferfish, or fugu--prepared only by licensed chefs and considered a delicacy.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): snap pictures at Kanmon Bridge, make a trip to Kanmon Tunnel for Humans (Shimonoseki Side), take in the history at The Site of Dannoura Battlefield, then walk around Mimosusogawa Park, then visit Karato market, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Kaikyo Yume Tower.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Shimonoseki trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kitakyushu to Shimonoseki takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Shimonoseki can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Shimonoseki

Historic Sites · Parks
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Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Shukkei-en Garden has been added to your itinerary.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Shimonoseki to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Fukuyama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Fukuyama

— 4 nights

City of Roses

A trip to Fukuyama, a riverside city known for its fragrant roses, is not complete without a visit to its main attraction, a quaint port village lined with old wooden houses and fishing boats.
Fukuyama is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Fukuyama Castle, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of History, get in on the family fun at Miroku no sato, and examine the collection at Fukuyama Auto & Clock Museum.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fukuyama day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Hiroshima to Fukuyama takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Hiroshima in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Fukuyama, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. On the 4th (Wed), you're off to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Fukuyama

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Kurashiki

— 4 nights
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
Venture out of the city with trips to Takahashi (Bitchu Matsuyama Castle Onegoya Ruins & Bitchu Matsuyama Castle). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and buy something for everyone on your list at Mitsui Outlet Park Kurashiki.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kurashiki online trip builder.

Getting from Fukuyama to Kurashiki by car takes about an hour. November in Kurashiki sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 44°F at night. You'll set off for Okayama on the 8th (Sun).

Things to do in Kurashiki

Side Trip

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Okayama

— 8 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
You've now added Okayama City Museum to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Okayama side-trips: Naruto (Otsuka Museum of Art & Naruto Strait) and Tokushima (Ruins of Tokushima Castle & Awa Odori Hall). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Naruto Whirlpools, buy something for everyone on your list at AEON MALL Mall Okayama, and step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Okayama trip planner.

You can drive from Kurashiki to Okayama in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Okayama are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. On the 16th (Mon), you're off to Tokushima.

Things to do in Okayama

Side Trips

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Tokushima

— 1 day
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokushima trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Okayama to Tokushima by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Okayama in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokushima, with lows around 56°F. You'll set off for Takamatsu on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Tokushima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
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Takamatsu

— 5 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takamatsu: Shodoshima-cho (Inoue Seikoen Shodoshima Rashiq, Marukin Soysouce Memorial, &more), Tonosho-cho (Angel Road & Hoshoin no Shimpaku) and Naoshima-cho (Chichu Art Museum & Naoshima). The adventure continues: stroll around Ritsurin Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yashima, admire the natural beauty at Tamamo Park, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Takamatsu travel website.

Getting from Tokushima to Takamatsu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokushima in November, Takamatsu is slightly colder at night with lows of 47°F. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll travel to Sakaide.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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Sakaide

— 1 night
On the 22nd (Sun), admire the striking features of Sakaide Artificial Land.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sakaide travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Takamatsu to Sakaide in an hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mitoyo.

Things to do in Sakaide

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Mitoyo

— 1 night
On the 24th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iyadani-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zentsu-ji Temple, make a trip to Kompira Shrine Omotesando, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotohira-gu Shrine Asahi no Yashiro, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotohira-gu, and finally don't miss a visit to Tokiwa Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kannon-ji Jinne-in Temple, then make a trip to Kanei Tsuho Zenigata, then stroll around Kotohiki Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Motoyamaji temple.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mitoyo trip planner.

Mitoyo is just a short distance from Sakaide. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in November, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shikokuchuo.

Things to do in Mitoyo

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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Shikokuchuo

— 2 nights
On the 25th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sankaku Shrine. Keep things going the next day: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Besshi Copper Mine Memorial Museum, let little ones run wild at Minetopia Besshi, and then engage your brain at Ehime General Science Museum.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Shikokuchuo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mitoyo to Shikokuchuo in an hour. In November, daily temperatures in Shikokuchuo can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tosashimizu.

Things to do in Shikokuchuo

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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Tosashimizu

— 2 nights
Tosashimizu is a city located in the southwest of Kōchi Prefecture, Japan. On the 28th (Sat), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the views from Submersible Bridge of Sada, then meet the residents at Ashizuri Underwater Aquarium, then kick back and relax at Tatsukushi Coast, and finally make a trip to Minokoshikaigan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Hakusan Domon Lookout Manjiro Ashiyu, take some stellar pictures from Hakusan Domon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongofukuji Temple, then take some stellar pictures from Cape Ashizuri, and finally don't miss a visit to John Manjiro Memorial Monument.

You can plan Tosashimizu trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Drive from Shikokuchuo to Tosashimizu in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Tosashimizu

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

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Kochi

— 3 nights
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Change things up with a short trip to Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture in Konan (about 42 minutes away). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Kochi Castle, get engrossed in the history at Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum, kick back and relax at Katsura Hama, and walk around Godaisan Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kochi online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tosashimizu to Kochi takes 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Kochi can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Oita Prefecture travel guide

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Ōita Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on Kyūshū Island. The prefectural capital is the city of Ōita.HistoryAround the 6th century Kyushu consisted of four regions: Tsukushi Province, Hi Province, Kumaso Province and Toyo Province.Toyo Province was later divided into two regions, upper and lower Toyo Province, called Bungo Province and Buzen Province.After the Meiji Restoration, districts from Bungo and Buzen provinces were combined to form Ōita Prefecture. These provinces were divided among many local daimyōs and thus a large castle town never formed in Ōita. From this time that whole area became known as "Toyo-no-kuni", which means "Land of Abundance".The origins of the name Ōita are documented in a report from the early 8th century called the Chronicles of Bungo. According to the document, when Emperor Keikō visited the Kyushu region, stopping first in Toyo-no-kuni, he exclaimed that 'This is a vast land, indeed. It shall be known as Okita-Kuni!' Okita-Kuni, meaning "Land of the Great Fields", later came to be written as "Ōita". Present day interpretations based on Ōita's topography state that Oita's name comes from "Okita", meaning "many fields", rather than "vast" or "great" field, because of Ōita's complex terrain.

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Kochi Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Beaches · Castles
Kōchi Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the south coast of Shikoku. The capital is the city of Kōchi.HistoryPrior to the Meiji Restoration, Kōchi was known as Tosa Province and was controlled by the Chosokabe clan in the Sengoku period and the Yamauchi family during the Edo period.Kōchi City is also the birthplace of noted revolutionary Sakamoto Ryōma.GeographyKōchi Prefecture comprises the southwestern part of the island of Shikoku, facing the Pacific Ocean. It is bordered by Ehime to the north-west and Tokushima to the north-east. It is the largest but least populous of Shikoku's four prefectures. Most of the province is mountainous, and in only a few areas such as around Kōchi and Nakamura is there a coastal plain. Kōchi is famous for its many rivers. Inamura-yama in Tosa-cho is the highest peak in Kōchi prefecture with an altitude of 1,506 meters above sea level.As of April 1, 2012, 7% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Ashizuri-Uwakai National Park; Ishizuchi, Muroto-Anan Kaigan, and Tsurugisan Quasi-National Parks; and eighteen Prefectural Natural Parks.

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