21 days in Kyushu & Shikoku Itinerary

21 days in Kyushu & Shikoku Itinerary

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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Yufu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fukuoka
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kochi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matsuyama
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
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Kumamoto
— 3 nights
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Glover Garden and The Confucian Temple, the Chinese Museum of Successive Generations. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Dejima. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Genemongama Aritakamamoto (in Arita-cho) and Mifuneyama Rakuen (in Takeo). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, don't miss a visit to Shinchi Chinatown, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Nagasaki travel route planning tool.

Berlin, Germany to Nagasaki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Berlin to Nagasaki. In November, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Yufu

— 2 nights
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
On the 18th (Thu), look for gifts at Wahaha, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then shop like a local with Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Tadewara Wetlands, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ogi Rice Terraces, and then don't miss a visit to Yamanami Highway.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yufu travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nagasaki to Yufu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Yufu can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Baths

Side Trips

Fukuoka

— 5 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.
Visit Dazaifu Tenman-gu and Nijino Matsubara for their historical value. Hataman and Nakasu District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukuoka: Yabakei (in Nakatsu), Mojiko Retro (in Kitakyushu) and Komyozen-ji Temple (in Dazaifu). Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, get a taste of the local shopping with Art Space Baku, relax and rejuvenate at Organic Esthe Salon Fuu, and take in the exciting artwork at Hakata Doll Shop Shogetsudo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Fukuoka day trip app.

Drive from Yufu to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Kochi.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Kochi

— 2 nights
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, browse the fresh offerings at Hirome Ichiba, and then don't miss a visit to Harimaya Bridge. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, stroll through Katsura Hama, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kochi trip planning app.

Getting from Fukuoka to Kochi by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kochi can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Matsuyama

— 2 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and then look for gifts at Mikan Yokocho Ropewaygai-branch. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Ohisamaichi, stroll through Namekawakeikoku, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Emifull Masaki.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kochi to Matsuyama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Matsuyama are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 29th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Amu Plaza Kagoshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Chiran Peace Museum and then contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kagoshima itinerary maker website.

Getting from Matsuyama to Kagoshima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kagoshima can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Kumamoto

— 3 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Shop till you drop at KUMAMON products Nagataniya and Shimotori Shotengai. Get a sense of the local culture at Kumamoto Castle and Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on Explore Kumamoto, take an in-depth tour of Sakuranobaba Johsaien, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

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

You can take a train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Kyushu travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.

Shikoku travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Castles
Spiritual Island
The smallest of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku remains one of the country's forgotten tourist destinations, still considered little more than a rural backwater. Despite this reputation, the island boasts numerous notable temples and outstanding hiking areas, sure to satisfy nature lovers and those looking to add a bit of culture to their visit. Shikoku tourism gets a boost from its famed "88 Temple Route," appealing to pilgrims seeking spiritual perfection, as well as pristine natural scenery of picturesque rivers and majestic mountains. Thanks to the area's rugged but easily accessible wilderness, some of the most popular things to do in Shikoku include hiking, kayaking, surfing, climbing, and sailing.