17 days in Kyushu Itinerary

17 days in Kyushu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kyushu itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Fukuoka
Train
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Kitakyushu
— 1 night
Drive
3
Beppu
Drive
4
Yufu
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Aso
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kumamoto
— 2 nights
Train
7
Nagasaki
— 6 nights
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Fukuoka

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.
You've now added Fukuoka Airport International Terminal Information Center to your itinerary. On the 15th (Fri), get all the information you need at Fukuoka Airport International Terminal Information Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Fukuoka trip builder website.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Fukuoka is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March; daily highs in Fukuoka reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kitakyushu

— 1 night
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kokura Station Building. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): make a trip to Kokura Station Building and then step into the grandiose world of Kokura Castle.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Kitakyushu holiday planner.

Getting from Fukuoka to Kitakyushu by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Beppu

The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Beppu planning website.

You can drive from Kitakyushu to Beppu in 2 hours. 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 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Beppu

Nature · Parks · Spas · Baths

Yufu

— 3 nights
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
You've now added Yufuin Station Art Hall to your itinerary. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Showa Retro Park Yufuin Showakan -ALWAYS-, examine the collection at Kyushu Yufuin Folk Craft Village, shop like a local with Homme Blue Cafe, then relax and rejuvenate at Yufuin Area, and finally learn something new at Yufuin Station Art Hall.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yufu attractions planner.

Drive from Beppu to Yufu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March in Yufu, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. You will leave for Aso on the 19th (Tue).

Things to do in Yufu

Nature · Parks · Museums · Classes

Aso

— 2 nights
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
On the 19th (Tue), take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Aso Volcano Museum, examine the collection at Aso Highland Museum Park, then stop by Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino, and finally cruise along Kusasenrigahama.

Discover how to plan a Aso trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Yufu to Aso in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Aso can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Aso

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Kumamoto Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, and then examine the collection at Yamaga Lanterns Folk Crafts Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the range of quality goods at Tsuruya Department Store, admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, then get to know the resident critters at Kumamoto City Zoological and Botanical Gardens, and finally admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kumamoto online journey builder.

Getting from Aso to Kumamoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Nagasaki

— 6 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.
Let the collections at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Dejima capture your imagination. Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Inasa and Hashima Island. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Glover Garden, stop by Shinchi Chinatown, stroll the grounds of Grave of Shunkansozu, and walk around Nagasaki Peace Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip maker app.

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Nagasaki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. On the 29th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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.