7 days in Kyushu Itinerary

7 days in Kyushu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kyushu route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Beppu
— 1 day
Drive
2
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Drive
3
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Train
4
Kumamoto
— 1 night
Train
5
Kagoshima
— 1 night
Fly

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Beppu

— 1 day
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, then take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, and finally don't miss a visit to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Beppu trip planner.

Tokyo to Beppu is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Beppu can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Spas

Side Trip

Fukuoka

— 1 night

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 28th (Mon), take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, then admire the striking features of Hakata Station, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Beppu to Fukuoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Nagasaki

— 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Glover Garden, take in the views from Megane Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, and see the interesting displays at Dejima.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Fukuoka to Nagasaki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Kumamoto

— 1 night
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, make a trip to Kumamoto Castle, explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, then don't miss a visit to Kumamon Square, then walk around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and finally take an in-depth tour of Newspaper Museum.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto holiday planning website.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Kumamoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Nagasaki in December, Kumamoto is slightly colder at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Kagoshima

— 1 night

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Sengan-en, walk around Tagayama Park, then contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kagoshima Kenritsu Yoshino Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kagoshima trip itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Kyushu travel guide

3.9
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.