18 days in Kyushu Itinerary

18 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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Fukuoka
— 4 nights
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Oita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taketa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kumamoto
— 2 nights
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aso
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka

— 4 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.
Attractions like Mojiko Retro and Kushida Shrine make great kid-friendly stops. Get a sense of the local culture at Nijino Matsubara and Dazaifu Tenman-gu. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Kitakyushu (Kokura Castle & Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History), Old Ito Denemon House (in Iizuka) and Soshodaiji Temple (in Sasaguri-machi). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Ohori Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fukuoka City Zoological Garden, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marine World umino-nakamichi, and browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Fukuoka trip itinerary builder app.

Sydney, Australia to Fukuoka is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Fukuoka. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Fukuoka at 28°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Oita.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Oita

— 2 nights
The gateway to a wealth of dynamic landscapes and some of the country's most atmospheric religious and cultural sites, Oita, in touristic terms, acts primarily as a transport hub.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tsukahara Onsen Kakono Izumi. On the 6th (Wed), soak in some Japanese tradition at Tsukahara Onsen Kakono Izumi, have fun at Tanoura Beach, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Inabake Shimoyashiki, pause for some photo ops at Usuki Sekibutsu, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally contemplate the long history of Funai Castle Ruin.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Oita trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Fukuoka to Oita in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Fukuoka in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Oita, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Taketa.

Things to do in Oita

Spas · Baths · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketa

— 2 nights
Taketa is a city located in Ōita Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): test the waters at a local thermal spa, take in nature's colorful creations at Kuju Flower Park, see the interesting displays at Rentaro Taki Memorial Museum, then delve into the distant past at Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus, and finally visit Taketa Spring Group. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Oka Castle Ruins, then admire the sheer force of Harajiri Falls, then contemplate the long history of Tsujigawara Stone Sauna, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Yujaku Park.

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Traveling by car from Oita to Taketa takes an hour. Traveling from Oita in May, you will find days in Taketa are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Taketa

Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Museums

Side Trip

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 10th (Sun): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the history at Shimpuren Leader Tomoo Otaguro's Battle Site, then take an in-depth tour of Sakuranobaba Johsaien, and finally don't miss a visit to Kumamoto Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kengun Shrine, stroll around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, pause for some photo ops at Ichizo Hayashi Bust Statue, get to know the fascinating history of Statue of KATO Kiyomasa, then explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kumamoto sightseeing tool.

Drive from Taketa to Kumamoto in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Baths

Side Trip

Kagoshima

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Chiran Peace Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Kagoshima City Aquarium, then get impressive views of Sakurajima, and finally admire the striking features of Tsukiyomi Shrine. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, take an in-depth tour of Shoko Shuseikan Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Sengan-en.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kagoshima trip planner.

Getting from Kumamoto to Kagoshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Kagoshima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Aso.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Aso

— 2 nights
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso, take a memorable drive along Kusasenrigahama, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Aso Farm land, then take some stellar pictures from Daikanbo Lookout, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Aso Mizuki Meguri and then explore the striking landscape of Aso Geopark.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Aso day trip tool.

Getting from Kagoshima to Aso by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Aso sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Aso

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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.
On the 16th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, 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 take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa. On the next day, head off the coast to Hashima Island, then steep yourself in history at Karematsu Shrine, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Nagasaki Bio Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Aso to Nagasaki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

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.