23 days in Kyushu Itinerary

23 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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Fukuoka
— 1 night
Drive
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Saga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takeo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sasebo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagasaki
Train
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Kumamoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aso
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kagoshima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
Ferry to Kagoshima, Drive to Miyazaki
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Miyazaki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Beppu
— 2 nights
Drive

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Fukuoka

— 1 night

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.
On the 20th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Komyozen-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, and then admire the striking features of Hakata Station. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, then enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, and finally walk around Ohori Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Fukuoka, use our trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Fukuoka. In July in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Saga.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Saga

— 2 nights
Saga is the capital city of Saga Prefecture, located on the island of Kyushu, Japan.Saga was the capital of Saga Domain in the Edo period, and largest city of former Hizen Province.As of February 28, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 234,453 and a population density of 543 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire the striking features of Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Yoshinogari Historical Park, take an in-depth tour of Hakushu Memorial Museum, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Saga trip builder app.

Drive from Fukuoka to Saga in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Saga are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Takeo.

Things to do in Saga

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Classes

Side Trips

Takeo

— 2 nights
Takeo is a city located in Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): get curious at The Saga Prefectural Space & Science Museum, stroll through Mifuneyama Rakuen, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Takeo Onsen. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Previously Karatsu Bank, examine the collection at Hikiyama Exhibition Hall, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nijino Matsubara.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Takeo road trip site.

You can drive from Saga to Takeo in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Takeo can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sasebo.

Things to do in Takeo

Museums · Parks · Spas · Baths

Side Trip

Sasebo

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Tenkaiho, then meet the residents at Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara, and then get in on the family fun at Huis Ten Bosch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Francisco de Xavier Memorial Church, don't miss a visit to Hirado Castle, and then head off the coast to Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sasebo trip planning website.

You can drive from Takeo to Sasebo in an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Sasebo

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Nagasaki

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.
To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki route planner.

Traveling by car from Sasebo to Nagasaki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. You'll set off for Kumamoto on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Kumamoto

— 2 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 28th (Wed), make a trip to Kumamon Square, stroll around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, then browse the different shops at Shimotori Shotengai, and finally appreciate the history behind Statue of KATO Kiyomasa. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Sakuranobaba Johsaien, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, and finally admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kumamoto holiday builder tool.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Kumamoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Aso.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

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 30th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cuddly Dominion, then take some stellar pictures from Daikanbo Lookout, and then admire the sheer force of Nabegataki Falls. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Mt. Aso, admire all the interesting features of Kusasenrigahama, and then make a trip to Shirakawa Springs.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Aso trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kumamoto to Aso takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Aso, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Aso

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Takachiho-cho

— 2 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.
On the 1st (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Yasugawara, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho trip planner.

Drive from Aso to Takachiho-cho in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Kagoshima

— 3 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.
Step out of Kagoshima with an excursion to Kareigawa Station in Kirishima--about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Sakurajima, enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Shiroyama, appreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue, and don't miss a visit to Tenmonkan.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Kagoshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Yakushima-cho

— 1 night
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.
On the 6th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi, don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, and then make a trip to Wilson Stump.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho visit planner.

Getting from Kagoshima to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. August in Yakushima-cho sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Miyazaki.

Miyazaki

— 2 nights
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
On the 7th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Sunmesse Nichinan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Udo Shrine, and then get great views at Horikiri Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Aoshima Shrine, then step off the mainland to explore Aoshima Island, and then stroll through Onino Sentakuita.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Miyazaki online trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Yakushima-cho to Miyazaki in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of ferry and train. In August, daily temperatures in Miyazaki can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Beppu

— 2 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Step out of Beppu with an excursion to Lake Kinrin in Yufu--about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, take in panoramic vistas at Beppu Tower, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, and get to know the resident critters at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Beppu day trip planning website.

You can drive from Miyazaki to Beppu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme 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.

Saga Prefecture travel guide

3.7
Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Saga Prefecture is a prefecture in the northwest part of the island of Kyushu, Japan. It touches both the Sea of Japan and the Ariake Sea. The western part of the prefecture is a region famous for producing ceramics and porcelain, particularly the towns of Karatsu, Imari, and Arita. The capital is the city of Saga.HistoryIn ancient times, the area composed by Nagasaki Prefecture and Saga Prefecture was called Hizen Province. The current name dates from the Meiji Restoration. Rice farming culture has prospered here since ancient times, and vestiges can be seen at the ruins of Nabatake in Karatsu and the Yoshinogari site in Yoshinogari.Feudal periodFrom the Kamakura period to the Muromachi period, it is thought that over 100 feudal clans existed. Also exerting great influence during this time was a samurai clan operating along the Genkai Sea called the Matsuratō. Upon entering the Sengoku period, the Ryūzōji clan expanded their control to include all of Hizen and Chikugo Provinces, and part of Higo and Chikuzen Provinces. After the death of daimyō Takanobu Ryūzōji, Naoshige Nabeshima took control of the political situation, and by 1607 all of the Ryūzōji clan's domain was under the control of the Nabeshima clan.

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