6 days in Kyushu & Yamaguchi Itinerary

6 days in Kyushu & Yamaguchi Itinerary

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6 days in Kyushu & Yamaguchi Itinerary

Start: Fukuoka
train:  2​h
1
Nagasaki
— 1 day
train:  3​h
2
Kumamoto
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Kagoshima
— Few hours
ferry:  3​h 30​min
4
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + train:  5​h 45​min
5
Miyazaki
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 45​min
6
Takachiho-cho
— 1 day
taxi + train:  3​h 45​min
7
Beppu
— 1 night
train:  3​h
8
Yamaguchi
— 1 day
train:  5​h 30​min
End: Osaka

1
day
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.
On the 6th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Magome Catholic Church, then see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, then steep yourself in history at Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Nakamachi Church.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip itinerary planning website .

Fukuoka to Nagasaki is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Museums
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Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum ©
Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum

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.
To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto travel route builder website .

Traveling by car from Nagasaki to Kumamoto takes 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. You will leave for Kagoshima on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Kumamoto

Parks Historic Sites Nature

few
hours
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.
On the 7th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Sekiyoshi Sluice Gate of Yoshino Leat, examine the collection at Ishibashi Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Iso Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kagoshima itinerary builder website .

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Kagoshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ishibashi Park ©
Ishibashi Park

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho
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 8th (Thu), see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaku Shrine, then admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls, and finally go for a walk through Gejibe no Sato. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kusukawa Tenmangu Shrine and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kagoshima to Yakushima-cho in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

1
night
Miyazaki

Miyazaki
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.
Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Miyazaki using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Miyazaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. August in Miyazaki sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. On the 10th (Sat), you'll travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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day
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
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 10th (Sat): go for a walk through Takachihokyo Passage, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine, and finally explore the striking landscape at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho vacation planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Miyazaki to Takachiho-cho in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden
Aratate Shrine ©
Aratate Shrine

1
night
Beppu

Beppu
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Beppu vacation planner .

Drive from Takachiho-cho to Beppu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Beppu are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. On the 11th (Sun), you'll travel to Yamaguchi.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

1
day
Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi ©
Located at the center of Yamaguchi Prefecture, the regional capital of Yamaguchi is renowned for its temples and shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Tokusahachimangu, contemplate the long history of Omura Masujiro Birth House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryuzoji Temple, then examine the collection at Yamaguchi Prefecture Government Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yamaguchi Daijingu.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yamaguchi trip planner .

You can drive from Beppu to Yamaguchi in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yamaguchi

Historic Sites Museums
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Tokusahachimangu ©
Tokusahachimangu
Ryuzoji Temple ©
Ryuzoji Temple

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