20 days in Kyushu Itinerary

20 days in Kyushu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kyushu vacation planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
Train
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Kumamoto
— 1 night
Train
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ibusuki
— 2 nights
Ferry
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kitakyushu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yufu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Fukuoka

— 3 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center and Fukuoka Washita Shop. Visit Dazaifu Tenman-gu and Onojo - Chikuzenkoku for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Fukuoka side-trips: Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple & Kamado Shrine) and Karatsu (Karatsu Shrine & Nijino Matsubara). There's much more to do: visit Nakasu District, buy something for everyone on your list at JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata, indulge in some personalized pampering at Organic Esthe Salon Fuu, and explore the wide array of goods at Fukuoka Mitsukoshi.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Fukuoka travel route builder app.

Zurich, Switzerland to Fukuoka is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Fukuoka is 8 hours. In November, Fukuoka is a bit warmer than Zurich - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Kumamoto

— 1 night
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 12th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, then get a dose of the wild on Explore Kumamoto, and finally explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kumamoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. November in Kumamoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Amu Plaza Kagoshima, admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum, then browse the different shops at Maruya Gardens, then get impressive views of Sakurajima, and finally admire the striking features of Kagoshima Prefectural Government Commemoration Hall. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Sengan-en, don't miss a visit to Tenmonkan, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then look for gifts at Yumeria, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Yamakataya Kagoshima.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kagoshima trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. November in Kagoshima sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Ibusuki

— 2 nights
A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Chiran Peace Museum, cruise along JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, then kick back and relax at Fushime Coast, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Iokaido. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kaimondake and then play a few rounds at Ibusuki Golf Club.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, use the Ibusuki tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Kagoshima to Ibusuki by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a train. Traveling from Kagoshima in November, Ibusuki is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Outdoors · Golf · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Yakushima-cho

— 2 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho visit planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ibusuki to Yakushima-cho takes 3 hours. While traveling from Ibusuki, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Yakushima-cho, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Kitakyushu

— 2 nights
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 19th (Fri), see the interesting displays at TOTO Museum, wander the streets of Mojiko Retro, then admire the landmark architecture of Old Moji Zeikan, then browse the range of quality goods at Izutsuya, Kokura, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Riverwalk Kitakyushu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Buzen Okoshikake, contemplate the long history of Old Ito Denemon House, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Hojo Onsen Fujiyuno Sato, then identify plant and animal life at Kawachi Reservoir, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kokura Castle.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kitakyushu trip simple and quick.

Fly from Yakushima-cho to Kitakyushu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, expect Kitakyushu to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Yufu

— 2 nights
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, and finally browse the different shops at JR Oita City. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Yamabuki Suigen, identify plant and animal life at Ogi Rice Terraces, identify plant and animal life at Tadewara Wetlands, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kinrin, and finally stop by Saigoku Dosan Kagiya.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yufu tour planner.

Drive from Kitakyushu to Yufu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 4 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.
Shop till you drop at Seifudo, Glover Garden-dori and The Confucian Temple, the Chinese Museum of Successive Generations. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Nagasaki Peace Park. Explore Nagasaki's surroundings by going to Naminoyu Akane (in Unzen) and Kazusa Dolphin Watching (in Minamishimabara). There's much more to do: make a trip to Glover Garden, examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, get a sense of history and politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nagasaki trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Yufu to Nagasaki by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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.