26 days in Kyushu & Osaka Itinerary

26 days in Kyushu & Osaka Itinerary

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26 days in Kyushu & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
taxi + train:  2​h
3
Miyazaki
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ibusuki
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
6
Amami
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
7
Osaka
— 10 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Tel Aviv

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hakata Station and Kanmon Kaikyo. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, head off the coast to Nokonoshima Island, take an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum, and make a trip to Uminonakamichi Seaside Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip itinerary builder tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Fukuoka is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Fukuoka due to the time zone difference. In October, Fukuoka is little chillier than Tel Aviv - with highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kanmon Kaikyo
Highlights from your plan
Kanmon Kaikyo ©
Kanmon Kaikyo
Nokonoshima Island ©
Nokonoshima Island
Hakata Station ©
Hakata Station

3
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Takachiho Gorge and Daikanbo. Visiting Manai Falls and Mt. Aso will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Takachiho-cho: Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura), Tsujunkyo Bridge (in Yamato-cho) and Kusasenri (in Aso). There's more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Takachiho-cho tour itinerary site .

You can drive from Fukuoka to Takachiho-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Takachiho-cho, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Shirakawa Springs, Tsujunkyo Bridge, Mt. Aso
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Manai Falls ©
Manai Falls

2
nights
Miyazaki

Miyazaki ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Aoshima Shrine, then take in the dramatic natural features at Onino Sentakuita, and then step off the mainland to explore Aoshima Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyazaki Shinto Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Udo Shrine, and then take some stellar pictures from Horikiri Pass.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Miyazaki route builder tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Takachiho-cho to Miyazaki in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Miyazaki are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Udo Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Onino Sentakuita ©
Onino Sentakuita
Aoshima Island ©
Aoshima Island
Udo Shrine ©
Udo Shrine

1
night
Ibusuki

Ibusuki ©
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 11th (Fri): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, appreciate the history behind JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kaimondake.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ibusuki road trip app .

You can drive from Miyazaki to Ibusuki in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Parks Nature Spas
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Mt. Kaimondake ©
Mt. Kaimondake
JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station
JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station
Onsen Resorts

4
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Seibu Trail and Yakusugi Land. Explore hidden gems such as Oko no Taki Fall and Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. The adventure continues: make a trip to Taikoiwa.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho day trip tool .

Getting from Ibusuki to Yakushima-cho by car takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Ibusuki in October, expect nights in Yakushima-cho to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Amami.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

1
night
Amami

Amami ©
Set on the island of Amami Oshima, the city of Amami serves as an oasis for tourists.
On the 16th (Wed), stroll around Cape Ayamaru Kanko Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tomori Beach. Keep things going the next day: walk around Ohama Seaside Park and then identify plant and animal life at Mangrove Forested Area.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Amami planner .

Traveling by car from Yakushima-cho to Amami takes 19 hours. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, Amami is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Amami

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Mangrove Primeval Forest ©
Mangrove Primeval Forest
Tomori Beach ©
Tomori Beach
Ohama Seaside Park ©
Ohama Seaside Park

10
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt. Koya and Mt. Kurama. Get in touch with nature at Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall and Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki). Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Uda (Muroji Temple & Butsuryuji Temple), Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Kongobu-ji Temple, & more) and Kyoto (Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), Tofuku-ji Temple, & more). And it doesn't end there: admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka visit planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Amami to Osaka. Traveling from Amami in October, things will get slightly colder in Osaka: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kyoto, Kobe, Koya-cho, Uda, Nishinomiya Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya

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