15 days in Kyushu Itinerary

15 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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15 days in Kyushu Itinerary

Start: Singapore
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  11​h
1
Beppu
— 1 day
+3
Train + Subway + Fly + Taxi:  5​h 30​min
2
Yakushima-cho
— 1 day
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Kagoshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
4
Kumamoto
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
5
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Nichinan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Singapore

1
day
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
On the 26th (Thu), look for gifts at Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Beppu trip itinerary planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Beppu is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Beppu due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Beppu reach 13°C and lows reach 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Beppu

Outdoors Shopping Parks
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Umi Jigoku ©
Umi Jigoku
Onsen Resorts

1
day
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Beppu to Yakushima-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Beppu in December: high temperatures in Yakushima-cho hover around 18°C and lows are around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Wildlife Outdoors Trails
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land

3
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA and Yumeria. Visiting Sakurajima and JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Chiran Peace Museum (in Minamikyushu), Onsen Resorts (in Ibusuki) and Kirishima Shrine (in Kirishima). There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en Garden, learn more about the world around you at Sakurajima Visitor Center, make a trip to Kagoshima Chuo Station, and enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kagoshima planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Kagoshima in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and ferry. In December, Kagoshima is slightly colder than Yakushima-cho - with highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ibusuki, Chiran Peace Museum, Kirishima Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Onsen Resorts

1
night
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 31st (Tue), browse the range of quality goods at Tsuruya Department Store, stop by KUMAMON products Nagataniya, stroll around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Shimotori Shotengai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Shimotori Shotengai ©
Shimotori Shotengai
Tsuruya Department Store ©
Tsuruya Department Store

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenkai Inari Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Temmangu, take in the pleasant sights at Fukuoka Tower, then let little ones run wild at Ohori Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome and then get to know the fascinating history of Nijino Matsubara.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fukuoka online trip itinerary maker .

Take a train from Kumamoto to Fukuoka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nichinan.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Nijino Matsubara
Highlights from your plan
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Tenjin Underground Shopping Center ©
Nijino Matsubara ©
Nijino Matsubara

2
nights
Nichinan

Nichinan ©
Tourism in Nichinan, a town on Japan's southernmost island of Kyushu, flourishes thanks to the scenic Nichinan-Kaigan coastline, a stretch of secluded coves, islands, and tranquil beaches.
On the 3rd (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Udo Shrine, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nichinan Coast, then wander the streets of Obi, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Obijyo Castle Ruins. On your second day here, make a trip to Sunmesse Nichinan, steep yourself in history at Matsuo no Maru, get engrossed in the history at Obi Castle History Museum, make a trip to Obijokamachi, then view the masterpieces at Gallery Kodama, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoshokan.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nichinan tour itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Nichinan takes 4.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Nichinan can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Nichinan

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Udo Shrine ©
Udo Shrine
Nichinan Coast ©
Nichinan Coast
Obi ©
Obi

3
nights
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 5th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, then take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, and finally go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Ogi Rice Terraces, then get great views at Daikanbo, then contemplate the long history of Kushifuru Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho trip planner .

Drive from Nichinan to Takachiho-cho in 3 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nichinan in January: high temperatures in Takachiho-cho hover around 10°C and lows are around 1°C. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ogi Rice Terraces, Daikanbo
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Manai Falls ©
Manai Falls

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