Itinerary Advice - Tokyo to Fukuoka
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Feb 16, 2013 7:54 PM Last Post By: Lovetravel33
Feb 14, 2013 7:56 AM
Itinerary Advice - Tokyo to FukuokaHello,
I'm planning a two-week trip for late May to Japan and Korea. I have a round trip flight out of Tokyo, expecting to spend about 8 days traveling south through Japan, ending with the ferry from Fukoka to Busan, where I will spend the 2nd week with friends (and grab a one way flight from Busan to Tokyo.)
Any advice on my Japan itinerary - plus any other tips? We are two budget-minded girls in our late 20s from the States and this is our first time in Asia.
Here's our initial thoughts -
- 3 nights Tokyo (any neighborhood recs?)
- 3 nights Kyoto + side trip to Nara
- 2 nights Fukuoka + side trip to Hiroshima
- Ferry Fukuoka-Busan
Thanks so much!
Edited by: busybz
Feb 14, 2013 9:39 AM
1Looks reasonable, somewhat fast but possible. I'd certainly take a train/shinkansen and not a bus at this speed. Personally I'd allow an extra day in Kyoto taken from Fukuoka, but that might depend on interests.
Hiroshima is on the way between Kyoto and Fukuoka, so it would make sense not to visit it as side trip from Fukuoka.
There used to be or perhaps still is, a combined Japanese train + ferry + Korean train ticket, which could be of interest to you. Otherwise the one week JR pass would just pay off for your itinerary.
Feb 14, 2013 9:17 PM
2As said, it'd be counter productive to go all the way to Fukuoka and then waste 3 hours on a train round trip to backtrack to Hiroshima - it'd make more sense to stop there on your way to Fukuoka.
Another possible problem is that you might be asked to see your ticket to leave Japan before even boarding your plane to get there - you can't fly to Japan on a one-way ticket and a promise you'll take the ferry out later on.
At any rate, on what to see, you might look at:
And if you have never stayed in one before, I recommend you spend at least a night in a Japanese Inn or ryokan. There are some inexpensive ones in Tokyo, like the Kimi, the Tama, the Taito and the Tokyo Ryokan. See:
Feb 15, 2013 12:44 AM
3re #2: As far as I understand, OP has a round-trip flight in/out of Tokyo, so I guess that should not be a problem.
Feb 15, 2013 4:52 AM
Feb 15, 2013 9:07 AM
5Not sure how number of nights translate to number of days, but I'd allow three full days for Kyoto, one for Nara, three for Tokyo, one for Hiroshima and whatever you have left for Fukuoka.
But as mentioned that depends on interests, and you might in fact enjoy Fukuoka as much as another day in Kyoto.
Feb 16, 2013 10:32 AM
6It's up to personal preferences and what one calls a "day", but I'd say you could spend an afternoon in Hiroshima,
then go to Fukuoka for an evening and full day afterwards. Aside from the Peace Park/Museum, Castle, and Shukkeien Garden, there is not a lot to see. Miyajima is outside the city and worth stopping along your way going south though.
Feb 16, 2013 7:54 PM
Yea, I would say it would depend on what you want to see. Hiroshima is probably worth half a day and maybe you can go to Fukuoka.
In Tokyo, you can visit a lot of places and Kyoto as well since there are a lot of traditional bars and cultural sight seeing.
Fukuoka is known for their tonkostu ramen so definitely should try it. Ichiran ramen is really good.
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Tokyo on the other hand, there's a lot of hip and modern places.
But I do agree with Reguius that there is not much to see apart from the Peace Park etc so maybe a day is sufficient.
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