28 days in Kyushu Itinerary

28 days in Kyushu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kyushu vacation planner

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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
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Yakushima-cho
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kagoshima
— 4 nights
Train
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Kumamoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Beppu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sasebo
— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, stroll around Maizuru Park, stop by Shimamoto Mentaiko Hakata Ekimae, and enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Fukuoka online trip itinerary builder.

San Francisco, USA to Fukuoka is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. In March, Fukuoka is a bit cooler than San Francisco - with highs of 59°F and lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Yakushima-cho

— 4 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.
Yakushima-cho is known for nature, baths, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, and see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip planning website.

Getting from Fukuoka to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Fukuoka in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 52°F in Yakushima-cho. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can fly to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Kagoshima

— 4 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.
Explore Kagoshima's surroundings by going to Ibusuki (JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, Onsen Resorts, &more) and Minamikyushu (Chiran Heiwa Park & Chiran Peace Museum). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Sakurajima, take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory, and appreciate the history behind Ishin Furusato no Michi Promenade.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kagoshima trip planner.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Kagoshima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in March, plan for little chillier nights in Kagoshima, with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Kumamoto

— 2 nights
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 17th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, examine the collection at Kumamoto Prefectual Traditional Crafts Center, then admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kumamoto Prefectural Library, Kumamoto Culture and History Museum. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Newspaper Museum, don't miss a visit to Sl Hitoyoshi, then take an in-depth tour of Sakuranobaba Johsaien, and finally explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kumamoto day trip planner.

Getting from Kagoshima to Kumamoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Kumamoto, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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 19th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Kawauda Spring, stroll around Nyuta Nakashima Park, visit Taketa Spring Group, then explore the ancient world of Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Yasugawara.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Kumamoto to Takachiho-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Takachiho-cho are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Beppu

— 3 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Beppu: Usa (Usajingu Shrine, Senzai Farm, &more), Tashibu no Sato Sannomiya no Kei (in Bungotakada) and Yufu (Homme Blue Cafe, Lake Kinrin, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, admire the striking features of Chido-kan, get to know the resident critters at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Beppu journey planning site.

You can drive from Takachiho-cho to Beppu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. March in Beppu sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sasebo.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sasebo

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sasebo: Hirado (Mori Shuzojo, Temple and the Church Scenery, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Huis Ten Bosch, take in panoramic vistas at Domtoren, admire the natural beauty at Tenkaiho, and head off the coast to Kujuku Island.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sasebo road trip site.

Getting from Beppu to Sasebo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Sasebo are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Sasebo

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Nagasaki is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Magome Catholic Church, and snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nagasaki driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sasebo to Nagasaki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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.