11 days in Kyushu Itinerary

11 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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11 days in Kyushu Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Fukuoka
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Beppu
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: New York City

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Yoshinogari Historical Park and Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History. Tochoji Temple and Dazaifu Tenman-gu will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Fukuoka: Kumamoto Castle (in Kumamoto), Munakata Shrine (in Munakata) and Kyushu Railway History Museum (in Moji). There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata and step into the grandiose world of Kokura Castle.

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New York City, USA to Fukuoka is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in November; daily highs in Fukuoka reach 64°F and lows reach 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Beppu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kitakyushu, Munakata Shrine, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, Kumamoto Castle, Yoshinogari Historical Park
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Yoshinogari Historical Park ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park
Kyushu Railway History Museum ©
Kyushu Railway History Museum

2
nights
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): head outdoors with Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, admire the striking features of JR Oita City, then steep yourself in history at Usajingu Shrine, and finally view the masterpieces at Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukiji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kumano Magaibutsu, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at African Safari, then take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Beppu road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Beppu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Beppu sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Beppu

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bungotakada, Usa, Oita
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JR Oita City ©
JR Oita City
Usajingu Shrine ©
Usajingu Shrine
Kumano Magaibutsu ©
Kumano Magaibutsu

4
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yutoku Inari Shrine and Sakitsu Catholic Church. Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Sasebo (Domtoren & Huis Ten Bosch). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church Hongouchi.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Beppu to Nagasaki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sasebo, Sakitsu Catholic Church, Yutoku Inari Shrine
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Yutoku Inari Shrine ©
Yutoku Inari Shrine
Sakitsu Catholic Church ©
Sakitsu Catholic Church

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