36 days in Kumamoto Prefecture Itinerary

36 days in Kumamoto Prefecture Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kumamoto
— 7 nights
2
Kamiamakusa
— 5 nights
3
Amakusa
— 6 nights
4
Hitoyoshi
— 5 nights
5
Yamato-cho
— 4 nights
6
Minamioguni-machi
— 6 nights

7
nights
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kumamoto Castle and Takahashi Inari Shrine. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kumamotojoinari Shrine and Shimada Museum of Arts. Change things up with these side-trips from Kumamoto: Yamaga (Yamaga Lanterns Folk Crafts Museum, Yatani Valley, &more), Uto (Okoshiki Beach & Michi-no-Eki Uto Marina) and Mifune Dinosaur Museum (in Mifune-machi). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Tetori Church, make a trip to Reigando, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kikuchi Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Yakumo Koizumi Old House in Kumamoto.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kumamoto trip tool.

Toronto, Canada to Kumamoto is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in February, with highs in Kumamoto at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kamiamakusa.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Yamaga, Uto, Kumamoto Prefecture, Kikuchi, Aeon Mall Kumamoto
Highlights from your plan
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Mifune Dinosaur Museum ©
Mifune Dinosaur Museum
Catholic Tetori Church ©
Catholic Tetori Church

5
nights
Kamiamakusa

Kamiamakusa ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Yatsushiro Castle Remains and Matsunaka Nobuhiko Sports Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Sendantodoro Falls and Mizushima. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kamiamakusa: Yatsushiro (Gokanosho, Momigi Suspension Bridge, &more).

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kamiamakusa day trip planning app.

You can drive from Kumamoto to Kamiamakusa in 1.5 hours. In February in Kamiamakusa, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Amakusa.

Things to do in Kamiamakusa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yatsushiro
Highlights from your plan
L'isola Terrace Amakusa ©
L'isola Terrace Amakusa
Amakusa Gokyo Bridge ©
Amakusa Gokyo Bridge

6
nights
Amakusa

Amakusa ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Goshoura Cretaceous Museum and Sakitsu Catholic Church. Gion-bashi Bridge and Tomioka Castle will appeal to history buffs. Explore Amakusa's surroundings by going to Cherry Blossom Trees along Yunoko Beach Road (in Minamata) and Reihoku-machi (Tomioka Marine Park & Oppaiiwa).

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Amakusa trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Kamiamakusa to Amakusa takes an hour. In February in Amakusa, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hitoyoshi.

Things to do in Amakusa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Reihoku-machi, Cherry Blossom Trees along Yunoko Beach Road
Highlights from your plan
Shimoshima Island ©
Shimoshima Island
Goshoura Cretaceous Museum ©
Goshoura Cretaceous Museum
Amakusa Christian Museum ©
Amakusa Christian Museum

5
nights
Hitoyoshi

Hitoyoshi ©
Hitoyoshi is a city in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. Let the collections at Hitoyoshi Rail Museum Mozoca Station 868 and Michi-no-eki Hitoyoshi, Hitoyoshi Craft Park Ishino Park capture your imagination. Hitoyoshi Castle Ruins and Aoiaso Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hitoyoshi: Kyusendo Limestone Cave (in Kuma-mura) and Ashikita-machi (Shiroishi Station & Ashikita Seaside Comprehensive Park). There's much more to do: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, don't miss a visit to Yatakegoe, steep yourself in history at Omura Yokoanagun, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikokuji.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hitoyoshi online trip maker.

Getting from Amakusa to Hitoyoshi by car takes about 2.5 hours. In February in Hitoyoshi, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yamato-cho.

Things to do in Hitoyoshi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Ashikita-machi, Kyusendo Limestone Cave, Sl Hitoyoshi, Amamiya Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Aoiaso Shrine ©
Aoiaso Shrine
Oikami Shrine ©
Oikami Shrine

4
nights
Yamato-cho

Yamato-cho ©
Popular historic sites such as Heitate Shrine and Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Gorogataki Waterfall and Mount Aso Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Yamato-cho: Nihonichi no Sekidan (in Misato-machi) and Minamiaso-mura (Shirakawa Springs, Aso Highland Museum Park, &more).

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Yamato-cho road trip website.

You can drive from Hitoyoshi to Yamato-cho in 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Minamioguni-machi.

Things to do in Yamato-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Minamiaso-mura, Nihonichi no Sekidan, Mt. Aso, Mount Aso Trail, Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Aso ©
Mt. Aso
Heitate Shrine ©
Heitate Shrine
Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine ©
Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine

6
nights
Minamioguni-machi

Minamioguni-machi ©
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine and Aso Mizuki Meguri. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aso Panorama Line and Komezuka. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Minamioguni-machi: Ogi Rice Terraces (in Ubuyama-mura) and Aso (Thermal Spas, Kusasenrigahama, &more).

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Minamioguni-machi itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yamato-cho to Minamioguni-machi takes 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Minamioguni-machi can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. On the 10th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Minamioguni-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Aso, Ubuyama-mura, Nabegataki Falls
Highlights from your plan
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Ikeyama Springs
Ikeyama Springs
Aso Panorama Line ©
Aso Panorama Line