12 days in Kyushu Itinerary

12 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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Beppu
— 2 nights
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Yufu
— 2 nights
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Minamioguni-machi
— 2 nights
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Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
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Kumamoto
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 1 night

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Beppu

— 2 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yufugawa Valley and Jigokumushikobo Kannawa. Venture out of the city with trips to Usa (Oita Prefectural Museum of History & Usajingu Shrine). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, get in on the family fun at Centleisure Kiijima Highlands Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Beppu trip itinerary planning site.

Fukuoka to Beppu is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Beppu can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yufu.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Yufu

— 2 nights
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 Yufuin Onsen as well as Kuju Mountain Range. Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Iwashita Collection, then take in the natural beauty of Yufuin Onsen, then stop by Kotokotoya, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kuju Mountain Range. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yufu, explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unaki Hime Shrine.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yufu trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Beppu to Yufu in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Yufu can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Minamioguni-machi.

Things to do in Yufu

Nature · Parks · Spas · Baths

Side Trip

Minamioguni-machi

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kurokawa Onsen as well as Mount Aso Trail. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get curious at Aso Super Ring, hike along Mount Aso Trail, then stroll through Ogi Rice Terraces, and finally take some stellar pictures from Senomoto Kogen.

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Getting from Yufu to Minamioguni-machi by car takes about 1.5 hours. November in Minamioguni-machi sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Minamioguni-machi

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

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Takachiho-cho

— 2 nights
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.
You've now added Takachiho Gorge to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai and then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kushifuru Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aratate Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Yasugawara, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho day trip planning website.

You can drive from Minamioguni-machi to Takachiho-cho in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Takachiho-cho are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kumamoto

— 2 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kumamoto Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, then enjoy the sand and surf at Okoshiki Beach, and finally look for gifts at KUMAMON products Nagataniya. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at Shimotori Shotengai, take an in-depth tour of Sakuranobaba Johsaien, and then get engrossed in the history at Newspaper Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kumamoto road trip tool.

You can drive from Takachiho-cho to Kumamoto in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kumamoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Fukuoka

— 1 night

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.
For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fukuoka tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Kumamoto to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. November in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

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.