12 days in Kyushu Itinerary

12 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Drive
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Saga
— 2 nights
Train
2
Kumamoto
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Yufu
— 1 night
Drive
4
Beppu
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Nagasaki
— 1 night
Drive
6
Fukuoka
— 3 nights

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Saga

— 2 nights
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. On the 10th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Former Koga Bank, steep yourself in history at Former Morinaga Residence, admire the landmark architecture of Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum, then steep yourself in history at Saga Castle Shachinomon & Tsuzuki Yagura, then don't miss a visit to Sage Prefectural Government Observation Deck, and finally steep yourself in history at Saga Shrine. Keep things going the next day: get lost in a book at Takeo City Library, make a trip to Takeo no Okusu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takeo Shrine, admire the striking features of Sakuramon, then identify plant and animal life at Mifuneyama Rakuen, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at Takeo Onsen.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Saga travel route tool.

Fukuoka to Saga is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Saga are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 12th (Thu), you're off to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Saga

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Kumamoto

— 2 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Mt. Aso, Former Kumamoto City Hall Entrance, Kamitori Shopping Street, and other attractions. Venture out of the city with trips to Aso (Kusasenrigahama, Aso Volcano Museum, &more), Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine (in Takamori-machi) and Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, and take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kumamoto travel route planner.

You can take a train from Saga to Kumamoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March in Kumamoto, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Yufu

— 1 night
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 Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): look for gifts at Cheese Factory Yufuin, get to know the fascinating history of Yufuin Area, and then get engrossed in the history at Iwashita Collection.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yufu sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kumamoto to Yufu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Yufu sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Yufu

Historic Sites · Parks · Baths · Nature

Side Trip

Beppu

— 2 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
You've added Beppu Tower, Amu Plaza Oita, Hyotan Hot Springs, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): visit Yunotsubo Kaido, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, then take in panoramic vistas at Beppu Tower, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Amu Plaza Oita. On your second day here, take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, soak in some Japanese tradition at Myoban Onsen, then make a trip to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa, and finally boost your wellbeing at Hyotan Hot Springs.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Beppu vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Yufu to Beppu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Spas · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.
You've now added Inasayama Observation Deck to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): walk around Nagao Castle Park, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, appreciate the history behind Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, and finally admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Ōura Church, stroll around Nakashimagawa Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, then snap pictures at Megane Bridge, and finally step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Nagasaki trip simple and quick.

Getting from Beppu to Nagasaki by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Fukuoka

— 3 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 list of things to see and do now includes Kokura Castle, Mojiko Retro, Kanmon Tunnel for Humans (Shimonoseki Side), and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yutoku Inari Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, don't miss a visit to Hakata Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, then take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, then take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka online trip planner.

You can drive from Nagasaki to Fukuoka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyushu travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.

Kumamoto Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Kumamoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Kumamoto.HistoryHistorically, the area was called Higo Province; and the province was renamed Kumamoto during the Meiji Restoration. The creation of prefectures was part of the abolition of the feudal system. The current Japanese orthography for Kumamoto literally means "bear root/origin", or "origin of the bear".

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Fukuoka Prefecture travel guide

3.7
Sacred & Religious Sites · Shopping Malls · Parks
Fukuoka Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on Kyūshū Island. The capital is the city of Fukuoka.HistoryFukuoka Prefecture includes the former provinces of Chikugo, Chikuzen, and Buzen.Shrines and templesKōra taisha, Sumiyoshi-jinja, and Hakosagi-gū are the chief Shinto shrines in the prefecture.GeographyFukuoka Prefecture faces the sea on three sides, bordering Saga, Ōita, and Kumamoto prefectures and facing Yamaguchi Prefecture across the Kanmon Straits.As of 1 April 2012, 18% of the land area of the prefecture was designated as natural parks: Setonaikai National Park, Genkai, Kitakyūshū, and Yaba-Hita-Hikosan quasi-national parks, and Chikugogawa, Chikuhō, Dazaifu, Sefuri Raizan, and Yabegawa Prefectural Natural Parks.

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