33 days in Kyushu Itinerary

33 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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33 days in Kyushu Itinerary

Start: Fukuoka
train:  1​h 45​min
1
Kagoshima
— 24 nights
train:  1​h
2
Kumamoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
4
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
End: Fukuoka

24
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
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, Mt. Kaimondake, & more), Kirishima (Kagoshima Airport (KOJ), Kirishima Shinwanosato Park, & more) and Minamikyushu (Chiran Peace Museum, Chiran Samurai Residence Garden, & more). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Sakurajima, enjoy breathtaking views from Yunohira Lookout, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Dolphin Park, and take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kagoshima trip itinerary builder .

Fukuoka to Kagoshima is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November in Kagoshima, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kirishima, Minamikyushu, Ibusuki, Miyakonojo, Hitoyoshi
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Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Kirishima Shrine ©
Kirishima Shrine

2
nights
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
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 21st (Sat): get answers to all your questions at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, then buy something for everyone on your list at Shimotori Shotengai, then explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, and finally make a trip to Kumamon Square. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, take an in-depth tour of Newspaper Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, then look for gifts at KUMAMON products Nagataniya, and finally don't miss a visit to Sl Hitoyoshi.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kumamoto trip maker tool .

Getting from Kagoshima to Kumamoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Onsen Resorts, Sl Hitoyoshi
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
Sakuranobaba Johsaien

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tochoji Temple, then take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, then let little ones run wild at Ohori Park, and finally admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. On your second day here, examine the collection at Kyushu National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then admire the natural beauty at Komyozen-ji Temple, then take in panoramic vistas at Komenoyama Obsevatory, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka day trip site .

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Fukuoka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Komenoyama Obsevatory
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Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

4
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
Take a break from Nagasaki with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, head off the coast to Hashima Island, stroll through Kazagashira Park, and examine the collection at Dejima.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki tour planning site .

Take a train from Fukuoka to Nagasaki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
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Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden

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