10 days in Kyushu Itinerary

10 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yufu
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Sasebo
— 1 night
Drive
4
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Train
5
Kumamoto
— 1 night
Train
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Kagoshima
— 1 night
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hirabaru Historical Park (in Itoshima) and Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Ohori Park, step off the mainland to explore Nokonoshima Island, browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, and explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

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Tokyo to Fukuoka is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Yufu

— 2 nights
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yufu, explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yufuin Area. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Usuki Sekibutsu, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo, witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, then take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, and finally make a trip to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa.

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You can drive from Fukuoka to Yufu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March in Yufu, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sasebo.

Things to do in Yufu

Nature · Parks · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sasebo

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Huis Ten Bosch.

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Traveling by car from Yufu to Sasebo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks
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Nagasaki

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, pause for some photo ops at Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel of Seishin Convent Nagasaki, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, then examine the collection at Dejima, and finally take in the views from Megane Bridge.

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Traveling by car from Sasebo to Nagasaki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Kumamoto

— 1 night
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 30th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kumamoto Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, then take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and finally get engrossed in the history at Newspaper Museum.

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You can take a train from Nagasaki to Kumamoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Kagoshima

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): go for a walk through Sengan-en, explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum, then contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory.

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Traveling by train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Kyushu travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Enthusiastic shutterbugs and lovers of all things picturesque often choose to tour Kyushu-Okinawa on one of the island's epic train trips, leading through a landscape shaped by thousands of years of volcanic activity. With mild winters, warm summers, and plenty of developed beaches, the region offers a wealth of marine sports and recreation. Those with relaxation on their mind take a vacation in Kyushu-Okinawa for a chance to explore some of Japan's finest onsens, in which pristine nature meets modern amenities for an unforgettable tourist experience.