42 days in Tokyo & Kyushu Itinerary

42 days in Tokyo & Kyushu Itinerary

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Tokyo
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Minamioguni-machi
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Fukuoka
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Nagasaki
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Goto
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Kumamoto
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Amakusa
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Yufu
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Tokyo

— 4 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 40 minutes away). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba District, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, shop like a local with Ginza, and don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

To find maps and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online holiday planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo is 17 hours. In March, Tokyo is slightly colder than San Francisco - with highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can fly to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Fukuoka

— 2 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.
On the 8th (Sun), stop by Shimamoto Mentaiko Hakata Ekimae and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shokoji Temple, then go for a walk through Ohori Park, then get answers to all your questions at Michinoku Yume Plaza, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Fukuoka by train takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 43°F. On the 10th (Tue), you're off to Minamioguni-machi.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Minamioguni-machi

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurokawa Jizoson, then don't miss a visit to Oshitoishi, and then admire the sheer force of Nabegataki Falls. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Senomoto Kogen, get impressive views of Mt. Aso, take a memorable drive along Kusasenrigahama, then make a trip to Aso Station, and finally get great views at Daikanbo.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Minamioguni-machi visit planner.

Traveling by bus from Fukuoka to Minamioguni-machi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Minamioguni-machi, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 42°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Thu) before leaving for Fukuoka.

Things to do in Minamioguni-machi

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fukuoka

— 1 night

City of Yatai

Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): make a trip to Uminonakamichi Seaside Park.

Before you visit Fukuoka, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a bus from Minamioguni-machi to Fukuoka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks

Nagasaki

— 2 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.
On the 13th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Heiwa no Boshi Statue, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then make a trip to World Peace Symbol Zone, then take in the views from Megane Bridge, and finally walk around Nakashimagawa Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, ponder the world of politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Fukuoka to Nagasaki by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 45°F at night. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Goto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Goto

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Osezaki Dangai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): explore the galleries of Fukue Samurai Mansion Furusato Museum, steep yourself in history at Fukue Samurai Mansion Street, steep yourself in history at Minjindo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dozaki Cathedral, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fukuejima, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Onidake Volcanic Mountain.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Goto travel route planning tool.

Traveling by ferry from Nagasaki to Goto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nagasaki in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Goto, with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Goto

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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 17th (Tue), stroll around Suizenji Jojuen Garden and then make a trip to Shimotori Shotengai. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Statue of KATO Kiyomasa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kumamoto travel route planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Goto to Kumamoto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Goto in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Kumamoto, with lows around 42°F. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Amakusa.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Amakusa

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for gifts at Amakusa Takahamayaki Juhogama and then pause for some serene contemplation at Oe Tenshudo Church. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Sakitsu Museum Minatoya, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sakitsu Catholic Church, then enjoy breathtaking views from Amakusa Matsushima Observation Deck, then snap pictures at Amakusa Gokyo Bridge, and finally stop by Ai no Amakusamura.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Amakusa vacation planner.

Traveling by bus from Kumamoto to Amakusa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Amakusa sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F at night. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Amakusa

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Kagoshima

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at Kagoshima City Aquarium.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kagoshima online itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Amakusa to Kagoshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Kagoshima can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. You'll set off for Yakushima-cho on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Museums · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Yakushima-cho

— 2 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.
On the 23rd (Mon), explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho day trip planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Kagoshima to Yakushima-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Yakushima-cho when traveling from Kagoshima in March, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Kagoshima

— 1 night

Naples of the East

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima route planner.

Traveling by ferry from Yakushima-cho to Kagoshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kagoshima, with lows of 41°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Haniwa Garden and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyazaki Shinto Shrine. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the dramatic natural features at Onino Sentakuita, then step off the mainland to explore Aoshima Island, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aoshima Shrine, and finally take some stellar pictures from Horikiri Pass.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyazaki trip planning website.

Take a train from Kagoshima to Miyazaki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kagoshima in March since evenings lows in Miyazaki dip to 47°F. You'll set off for Takachiho-cho on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Miyazaki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Yasugawara, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushifuru Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyotakachiho Shrine.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho trip planner.

Take a train from Miyazaki to Takachiho-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Miyazaki in March, Takachiho-cho is a bit cooler at night with lows of 42°F. On the 30th (Mon), you're off to Usuki.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Usuki

— 2 nights
Usuki is a city located on the east coast of Ōita Prefecture, Japan. On the 30th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryugenji Temple and then pause for some photo ops at Usuki Sekibutsu. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Usuki Samurai House Streets, contemplate the long history of Kuge no Okura, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nioza Rekishi no Michi, then steep yourself in history at Usuki Town Streets, and finally step into the grandiose world of Usuki Castle Ruin.

Plan trip to Usuki with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a train from Takachiho-cho to Usuki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in Usuki are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Wed) before leaving for Yufu.

Things to do in Usuki

Historic Sites

Yufu

— 2 nights
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take a stroll through Yunotsubo Kaido and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yufuin Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Yufuin Shoyuya Honten, explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yufu.

Plan trip to Yufu with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Usuki to Yufu by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Beppu.

Things to do in Yufu

Nature · Parks · Spas · Baths

Beppu

— 2 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the natural beauty of Kamado Jigoku, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, then identify plant and animal life at Oniyama Jigoku, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Jumonjibaru Observation Deck. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Mt. Tsurumi, pause for some photo ops at Kakumatsujaku Sensei Literary Monument, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then make a trip to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Beppu trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Yufu to Beppu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Beppu are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kitsuki.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kitsuki

— 2 nights
Kitsuki is a city located in Ōita Prefecture, Japan.As of March 1, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 29,661 and a population density of 114.00 persons per km². On the 5th (Sun), make a trip to Suya no Saka and then make a trip to Kitsuki Castle Town. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Kumano Magaibutsu, get in on the family fun at Harmony Land, then steep yourself in history at Kitsuki Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Ohara Family's House.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kitsuki journey planner.

Kitsuki is just a short distance from Beppu. In April, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kitsuki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fukuoka

— 2 nights

City of Yatai

Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, take an in-depth tour of Onojo Cocoro no Furusatokan City Museum, then stroll around Maizuru Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Yatai.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka vacation planning app.

Take a train from Kitsuki to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 4 nights
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo Disneyland in Maihama--about 38 minutes away. Enjoy Tokyo some more: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, walk around Ueno Park, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo journey maker site.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Tokyo in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.