11 days in Kyushu Itinerary

11 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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11 days in Kyushu Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h
1
Fukuoka
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Kumamoto
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
3
Kirishima
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Miyazaki
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hyuga
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Beppu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Fukuoka
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Singapore

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Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
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.
To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Fukuoka holiday planning website .

Singapore, Singapore to Fukuoka is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, things will get much colder in Fukuoka: highs are around 13°C and lows about 5°C. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kumamoto.

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Shopping
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JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata ©
JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata

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Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Find out how to plan Kumamoto trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kumamoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kumamoto are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kirishima.

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Shimotori Shotengai ©
Shimotori Shotengai

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Kirishima

Kirishima ©
The city of Kirishima, established in 2005 by the merging of several smaller towns, makes a popular base for exploring the volcanic mountain range of the surrounding national park.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): sample the fine beverages at Kirishima Distillery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kirishima Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Kirishima Shrine Viewing Point, then take in the dramatic scenery at Maruo Falls, then make a trip to Kareigawa Station, and finally make a trip to Kagoshima Airport (KOJ).

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kirishima online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Kumamoto to Kirishima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Miyazaki.

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Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Maruo Falls ©
Maruo Falls
Kirishima Shrine ©
Kirishima Shrine
Kareigawa Station ©
Kareigawa Station

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Miyazaki

Miyazaki ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Aoshima Island.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyazaki planning app .

Drive from Kirishima to Miyazaki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Miyazaki sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Hyuga.

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Aoshima Island ©
Aoshima Island

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Hyuga

Hyuga ©
To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hyuga trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Miyazaki to Hyuga in 1.5 hours. In December in Hyuga, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.
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Cruss Sea ©
Cruss Sea

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Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
On the 25th (Tue), go for a walk through Amanoyasu Kawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kushifuru Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, and finally take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho route planning tool .

Drive from Hyuga to Takachiho-cho in 1.5 hours. In December, Takachiho-cho is a bit cooler than Hyuga - with highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

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Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

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Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Get out of town with these interesting Beppu side-trips: Yufu (Lake Kinrin & Iwashita Collection) and Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge (in Kokonoe-machi). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, make a trip to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Beppu road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Beppu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Yufu, Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge, Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin
Onsen Resorts

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Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Shimonoseki (Kanmon Tunnel for Humans & Karato Sea Market), Kitakyushu (Kokura Castle & Mojiko Station) and Kyushu National Museum (in Dazaifu). Enjoy Fukuoka some more: get to know the fascinating history of Yoshinogari Historical Park, head off the coast to Nokonoshima Island, meet the residents at Marine World umino-nakamichi, and browse the different shops at JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Fukuoka trip maker tool .

Drive from Beppu to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Shimonoseki, Kyushu National Museum, Yoshinogari Historical Park, Kokura Castle
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Uminonakamichi Seaside Park ©
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park
Karato market ©
Karato market
Kyushu National Museum ©
Kyushu National Museum