2 days in Kumamoto Prefecture & Oita Prefecture Itinerary

2 days in Kumamoto Prefecture & Oita Prefecture Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Train
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Kumamoto
— 1 day
Drive
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Usuki
— 1 night
Drive

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Kumamoto

— 1 day
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 4th (Fri), browse the exhibits of Sakuranobaba Johsaien, admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, buy something for everyone on your list at Shimotori Shotengai, then explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto tour planning app.

Hiroshima to Kumamoto is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or drive. January in Kumamoto sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Usuki.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Usuki

— 1 night
Usuki is a city located on the east coast of Ōita Prefecture, Japan. On the 5th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Inabake Shimoyashiki, get engrossed in the history at Nogami Yaeko Literature Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nioza Rekishi no Michi, then don't miss a visit to Usuki Samurai House Streets, then pause for some photo ops at Usuki Sekibutsu, and finally don't miss a visit to Hachooji.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Usuki journey tool.

Traveling by car from Kumamoto to Usuki takes 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Usuki can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Usuki

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your trip

Kumamoto Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Kumamoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Kumamoto.HistoryHistorically, the area was called Higo Province; and the province was renamed Kumamoto during the Meiji Restoration. The creation of prefectures was part of the abolition of the feudal system. The current Japanese orthography for Kumamoto literally means "bear root/origin", or "origin of the bear".

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Oita Prefecture travel guide

3.7
Hot Springs · Onsen Resorts · Historic Sites
Ōita Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on Kyūshū Island. The prefectural capital is the city of Ōita.HistoryAround the 6th century Kyushu consisted of four regions: Tsukushi Province, Hi Province, Kumaso Province and Toyo Province.Toyo Province was later divided into two regions, upper and lower Toyo Province, called Bungo Province and Buzen Province.After the Meiji Restoration, districts from Bungo and Buzen provinces were combined to form Ōita Prefecture. These provinces were divided among many local daimyōs and thus a large castle town never formed in Ōita. From this time that whole area became known as "Toyo-no-kuni", which means "Land of Abundance".The origins of the name Ōita are documented in a report from the early 8th century called the Chronicles of Bungo. According to the document, when Emperor Keikō visited the Kyushu region, stopping first in Toyo-no-kuni, he exclaimed that 'This is a vast land, indeed. It shall be known as Okita-Kuni!' Okita-Kuni, meaning "Land of the Great Fields", later came to be written as "Ōita". Present day interpretations based on Ōita's topography state that Oita's name comes from "Okita", meaning "many fields", rather than "vast" or "great" field, because of Ōita's complex terrain.

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