17 days in Kyushu Itinerary

17 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
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Sasebo
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Yufu
— 2 nights
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Kumamoto
— 2 nights
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Kagoshima
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka

— 2 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kitakyushu (Kokura Castle & Mojiko Retro) and Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, walk around Ohori Park, take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, and don't miss a visit to Hakata Station.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Fukuoka tour planning site.

Seoul, South Korea to Fukuoka is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Seoul in February; daily highs in Fukuoka reach 12°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Sasebo.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sasebo

— 3 nights
With its U.S. Navy base, Sasebo has certainly developed pockets with an international feel: in downtown, often known as Sailor Town, you'll happen upon a number of eateries serving American-style hamburgers.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yutoku Inari Shrine (in Kashima), Yokan Museum (in Ogi) and Takeo (Takeo no Okusu & Takeo City Library). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Huis Ten Bosch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mukyudo, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yumihari, and explore the striking landscape at Meganeiwa.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sasebo visit planner.

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Sasebo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 4 nights

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.
Step out of Nagasaki to go to Unzen and see Unzen Jigoku (Unzen Hell), which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and walk around Nagasaki Peace Park.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip maker app.

Getting from Sasebo to Nagasaki by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Yufu

— 2 nights
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, stop by Wahaha, then explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, and finally contemplate the long history of Ogosha Shrine. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Iwashita Collection, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yufu, and then take some stellar pictures from Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yufu trip builder.

Traveling by car from Nagasaki to Yufu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Yufu sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Kumamoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, then admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, then get engrossed in the history at Newspaper Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Sl Hitoyoshi. On the next day, make a trip to Higo Minkamura, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then look for gifts at KUMAMON products Nagataniya, and finally take an in-depth tour of Sakuranobaba Johsaien.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto trip planning tool.

Getting from Yufu to Kumamoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March in Kumamoto, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Baths

Side Trips

Kagoshima

— 3 nights

Naples of the East

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kagoshima side-trips: Kirishima (Kagoshima Jingu Shrine, Kirishima Shrine, &more), Ibusuki (Cape Nagasakibana & Onsen Resorts) and Chiran Peace Museum (in Minamikyushu). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sengan-en, enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Shiroyama.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kagoshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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.