18 days in Kyushu Itinerary

18 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kumamoto
— 1 night
2
Aso
— 2 nights
3
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
4
Yufu
— 3 nights
5
Beppu
— 1 night
6
Usa
— 3 nights
7
Fukuoka
— 1 night
8
Kitakyushu
— 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Kumamoto Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Sakuranobaba Johsaien, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, thenadmire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, and finally make a trip to Shimotori Shotengai.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto trip maker site.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kumamoto is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March, with highs in Kumamoto at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Aso.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
Sakuranobaba Johsaien

2
nights
Aso

Aso ©
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Aso Mizuki Meguri and then get great views at Daikanbo. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Aso Volcano Museum, thencruise along Kusasenrigahama, and then contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Aso driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kumamoto to Aso takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Aso, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Aso

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Shirakawa Springs, Nabegataki Falls, Mt. Aso
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Aso ©
Mt. Aso
Shirakawa Springs ©
Shirakawa Springs
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, steep yourself in history at Kushifuru Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Aratate Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka, thenadmire the sheer force of Manai Falls, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho trip planner.

You can drive from Aso to Takachiho-cho in an hour. April in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

3
nights
Yufu

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Mamedamachi Shopping Street, thentake in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yufu, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Unaki Hime Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): take a stroll through Yunotsubo Kaido, get to know the fascinating history of Yufuin Area, thendon't miss a visit to Yufuin Basin, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Tenso Shrine, and finally explore the activities along Lake Kinrin.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Yufu vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Takachiho-cho to Yufu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Takachiho-cho in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Yufu: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Yufu

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mamedamachi Shopping Street
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Yufu ©
Mt. Yufu
Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin
Yufuin Area ©
Yufuin Area

1
night
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
On the 7th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Kamado Jigoku, take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, make a trip to Oniishibozu Jigoku, thentake in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, thendon't miss a visit to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Jumonjibaru Observation Deck, thentake in the natural beauty of Chinoike Jigoku, thentake in the awesome beauty at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo, and finally meet the residents at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Beppu trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Yufu to Beppu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Beppu can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Usa.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Oita
Highlights from your plan
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Umi Jigoku ©
Umi Jigoku
Onsen Resorts

3
nights
Usa

Usa ©
Usa is a city located in Ōita Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Usa City Peace Museum, thenget to know the resident critters at African Safari, thencontemplate the long history of Kumano Magaibutsu, and finally make a trip to Usajingu Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monjusenji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Futagoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukiji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Maki Odo, thendon't miss a visit to Showa no Machi, and finally make a trip to Ajimumachi Koteedori.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Usa trip planner.

You can drive from Beppu to Usa in an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Usa

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bungotakada, Kunisaki
Highlights from your plan
Usajingu Shrine ©
Usajingu Shrine
African Safari ©
African Safari
Kumano Magaibutsu ©
Kumano Magaibutsu

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): catch a live event at Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome, take in the pleasant sights at Fukuoka Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): stroll around Ohori Park and then admire the striking features of Hakata Station.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Usa to Fukuoka in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Fukuoka are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Highlights from your plan
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Fukuoka Tower ©
Fukuoka Tower

3
nights
Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu ©
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.
On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Mojiko Retro Train Shiokaze, take a stroll through Mojiko Retro, visit Karato market, thenget up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kaikyokan, thenappreciate the history behind Shirasu Lighthouse, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kokura Castle.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kitakyushu trip planner.

Drive from Fukuoka to Kitakyushu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Fukuoka in April, you will find days in Kitakyushu are little chillier (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Shimonoseki
Highlights from your plan
Kyushu Railway History Museum ©
Kyushu Railway History Museum
Karato market ©
Karato market
Mojiko Retro ©
Mojiko Retro

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