18 days in Kyushu Itinerary

18 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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Fukuoka
— 7 nights
Train
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Kumamoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sasebo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yufu
— 3 nights
Drive

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Fukuoka

— 7 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 day by day itinerary now includes Hakata Station as well as Ohori Park. Get out of town with these interesting Fukuoka side-trips: Shimonoseki (Akama Shrine & Karato market), Dazaifu (Baien, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more) and Kitakyushu (Osaka Shosen, Mojiko Retro, &more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tochoji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka visit planner.

If you are flying in from Philippines, the closest major aiport is Fukuoka Airport. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

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.
Kumamoto Castle has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, see the interesting displays at Kumamoto Prefectual Traditional Crafts Center, make a trip to Kumamon Square, get into the urban bustle at Kumamoto City International Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Statue of KATO Kiyomasa, and finally get engrossed in the history at Sakuranobaba Johsaien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Newspaper Museum, don't miss a visit to JR Kumamoto Station, then don't miss a visit to Sl Hitoyoshi, then walk around Suizenji Ezuko Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumamotojoinari Shrine.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kumamoto trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kumamoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Sasebo.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Sasebo

— 2 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.
You've now added Huis Ten Bosch to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): learn about all things military at Maritime Self-Defense Force Sasebo Museum, find something for the whole family at Huis Ten Bosch, and then make a trip to Domtoren. On your second day here, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara, head off the coast to Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort, take in panoramic vistas at Ishidake Observatory, then take in nature's colorful creations at Tenkaiho, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yumihari, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Yumiharidake Observation Deck.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sasebo tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kumamoto to Sasebo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Nagasaki

— 3 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.
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Glover Garden, see the interesting displays at Dejima, appreciate the history behind Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Urakami Cathedral. On your second day here, walk around Nakashimagawa Park, snap pictures at Megane Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kapitan Room, then enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki attractions planner.

Getting from Sasebo to Nagasaki by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In February in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 5°C at night. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Yufu

— 3 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 Area. Venture out of the city with trips to Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago (in Oita) and Beppu (Hells of Beppu, Umi Jigoku, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, stop by Yunotsubo Kaido, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yufu, and get engrossed in the history at Iwashita Collection.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yufu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nagasaki to Yufu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. February in Yufu sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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.