22 days in Kyushu Itinerary

22 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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Beppu
— 1 day
Drive
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Aso
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kumamoto
— 1 night
Train
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Kirishima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sasebo
— 1 night
Drive
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Fukuoka
— 4 nights
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Beppu

— 1 day
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
On the 20th (Tue), take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, then take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Beppu trip itinerary tool.

Okayama to Beppu is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or drive. July in Beppu sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Aso.

Things to do in Beppu

Nature · Parks · Baths · Spas

Aso

— 2 nights
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the activities along Ikeyama Springs, then admire the sheer force of Nabegataki Falls, and then get great views at Daikanbo Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Couples, then admire all the interesting features of Kusasenrigahama, and then don't miss a visit to Shirakawa Springs.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Aso trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Beppu to Aso by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In July in Aso, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Aso

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Takachiho-cho

— 3 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takachiho-cho: Kami Shiiba Dam (in Shiiba-son) and Tsujun Bridge (in Yamato-cho). There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, and take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Takachiho-cho day trip planning website.

You can drive from Aso to Takachiho-cho in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Takachiho-cho are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, then take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and finally make a trip to Sl Hitoyoshi.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kumamoto sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Kumamoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kirishima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Kirishima

— 2 nights
The city of Kirishima, established in 2005 by the merging of several smaller towns, makes a popular base for exploring the volcanic mountain range of the surrounding national park.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Furumi Site, then contemplate the waterfront views at Rokkannon Miike Pond, and then don't miss a visit to Kareigawa Station. Keep things going the next day: soak in some Japanese tradition at Tsuana Onsen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kirishima Shrine, and then admire the sheer force of Sekinoo Falls.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kirishima trip app.

Take a train from Kumamoto to Kirishima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kirishima can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kirishima

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Baths

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 (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum, get impressive views of Sakurajima, and then take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory. On the next day, brush up on your military savvy at Chiran Peace Museum and then go for a walk through Sengan-en.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kirishima to Kagoshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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 31st (Sat): make a trip to Taikoiwa, explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then make a trip to Wilson Stump. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get your bearings at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, admire the sheer force of Sempiro Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kagoshima to Yakushima-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to fly to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Museums

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Shimabara (Gamadasu Dome (Mt. Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall) & Yusui Garden Shimeisou). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and head off the coast to Hashima Island.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Nagasaki in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Sasebo.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Sasebo

— 1 night
With its U.S. Navy base, Sasebo has certainly developed pockets with an international feel: in downtown, often known as Sailor Town, you'll happen upon a number of eateries serving American-style hamburgers.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara, get in on the family fun at Huis Ten Bosch, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Meganeiwa.

For more things to do and more tourist information, read our Sasebo trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Nagasaki to Sasebo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Sasebo sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Sasebo

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fukuoka: Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple & Dazaifu Tenman-gu) and Kitakyushu (Kokura Castle & Mojiko Retro). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, explore the engaging exhibits at teamLab Future Park Canal City Hakata, admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Hakatamachiya Furusatokan.

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You can drive from Sasebo to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Kyushu travel guide

3.9
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.

Miyazaki Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Canyons · Landmarks
Miyazaki Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Miyazaki.HistoryHistorically, after the Meiji Restoration, Hyūga Province was renamed Miyazaki Prefecture.GeographyMiyazaki Prefecture is located on the eastern coast of the island of Kyushu, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the south and east, Ōita Prefecture to the north, and Kumamoto and Kagoshima Prefectures to the west. It is one of only two locations on Earth where the fungus Chorioactis geaster is found. Miyazaki is the home of the hyuganatsu fruit.As of April 1, 2012, 12% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Kirishima-Yaku National Park; Kyūshū Chūō Sanchi, Nichinan Kaigan, Nippō Kaigan, and Sobo-Katamuki Quasi-National Parks; and Mochio-Sekinoo, Osuzu, Saitobaru-Sugiyasukyō, Sobo Katamuki, Wanitsuka, and Yatake Kōgen Prefectural Natural Parks.

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Kagoshima Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Volcanos
Kagoshima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Kagoshima.HistoryKagoshima Prefecture corresponds to the ancient Japanese provinces Ōsumi and Satsuma, including the northern part of the Ryukyu Islands. This region played a key role in the Meiji Restoration (Saigō Takamori), and the city of Kagoshima was an important naval base during Japan's 20th century wars and the home of admiral Tōgō Heihachirō. More recent incidents are the sinking of a North Korean spy ship (100 ton class) in 2001 by the Coast Guard, which was later salvaged and exhibited in Tokyo, and the abduction of an office clerk from a Kagoshima beach in 1978 by agents from the same country. This became known only recently under the Koizumi administration.GeographyKagoshima Prefecture is located at the southwest tip of Kyushu on the Satsuma Peninsula and Ōsumi Peninsula. This prefecture also includes a chain of islands stretching further to the southwest of Kyushu for a few hundred kilometers. The most important group is the Amami Islands. Surrounded by the East China Sea to the west, Okinawa Prefecture in the south, Kumamoto Prefecture to the north, and Miyazaki Prefecture to the east, it has 2,632 km of coastline (including the 28 islands). It has a bay called Kagoshima Bay (Kinkowan), which is sandwiched by two peninsulas, Satsuma and Ōsumi. Its position made it a 'gateway' to Japan at various times in history. While Kyushu has about 13 million people, there are less than 2 million in this prefecture.

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Nagasaki Prefecture travel guide

3.7
Landmarks · History Museums · Parks
Nagasaki Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Nagasaki.

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Fukuoka Prefecture travel guide

3.7
Sacred & Religious Sites · Shopping Malls · Landmarks
Fukuoka Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on Kyūshū Island. The capital is the city of Fukuoka.HistoryFukuoka Prefecture includes the former provinces of Chikugo, Chikuzen, and Buzen.Shrines and templesKōra taisha, Sumiyoshi-jinja, and Hakosagi-gū are the chief Shinto shrines in the prefecture.GeographyFukuoka Prefecture faces the sea on three sides, bordering Saga, Ōita, and Kumamoto prefectures and facing Yamaguchi Prefecture across the Kanmon Straits.As of 1 April 2012, 18% of the land area of the prefecture was designated as natural parks: Setonaikai National Park, Genkai, Kitakyūshū, and Yaba-Hita-Hikosan quasi-national parks, and Chikugogawa, Chikuhō, Dazaifu, Sefuri Raizan, and Yabegawa Prefectural Natural Parks.

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