5 days in Fukuoka, Kumamoto & Kagoshima Itinerary

5 days in Fukuoka, Kumamoto & Kagoshima Itinerary

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5 days in Fukuoka, Kumamoto & Kagoshima Itinerary

Start: Fukuoka
1
Fukuoka
— 1 day
train:  1​h
2
Kumamoto
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Kagoshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
End: Fukuoka

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park, take in the pleasant sights at Fukuoka Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip planner .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Fukuoka Airport. October in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Fun & Games Parks Wildlife
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Tenjin Underground Shopping Center ©

1
night
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 12th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Shimotori Shotengai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kumamoto vacation planning site .

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kumamoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Kumamoto, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Parks
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Kato Shrine ©
Kato Shrine

3
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Kagoshima: Chiran Peace Museum (in Minamikyushu) and Kirishima (Kirishima Shrine & Kirishima Distillery). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, make a trip to Kagoshima Tokusanhin Ichiba, admire the landmark architecture of Tsukiyomi Shrine, and enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kagoshima online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kagoshima can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride back home.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kirishima, Chiran Peace Museum
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Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Kirishima Shrine ©
Kirishima Shrine

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