8 days in Kyushu Itinerary

8 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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Kagoshima
— 1 night
Drive
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Miyazaki
Drive
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Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Beppu
Drive
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Yufu
— 1 night
Drive
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Aso
— 1 night
Drive
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Kumamoto
Train
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Fukuoka
— 1 night
Train
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Kitakyushu
Train
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Fukuoka
— 1 night
Drive
11
Nagasaki
Drive
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Fukuoka
— 1 night

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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.
Sakurajima has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get impressive views of Sakurajima and then enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima trip itinerary maker tool.

Fukuoka to Kagoshima is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In April in Kagoshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Nature · Parks

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.
Udo Shrine has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Udo Shrine.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Miyazaki day trip planning website.

You can drive from Kagoshima to Miyazaki in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Takachiho-cho

— 1 night
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Takachiho Shrine. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Miyazaki to Takachiho-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Miyazaki in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Takachiho-cho, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Beppu

The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
You've now added Takegawara Onsen to your itinerary. On the 17th (Fri), take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Takegawara Onsen.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Beppu travel 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. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Takachiho-cho in April: highs in Beppu hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Beppu

Nature · Parks · Spas · Baths
Highlights from your trip

Yufu

— 1 night
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge, Yunotsubo Kaido and Sagiridai Observatory. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Sagiridai Observatory.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Yufu trip planner.

Getting from Beppu to Yufu by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In April in Yufu, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Aso.

Things to do in Yufu

Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Aso

— 1 night
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kurokawa Onsen, Mt. Aso and Shirakawa Springs. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get impressive views of Mt. Aso and then soak in some Japanese tradition at Kurokawa Onsen.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Aso trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Yufu to Aso in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Aso

Nature · Parks · Spas · Baths

Side Trips

Kumamoto

Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Suizenji Jojuen Garden as well as Sakuranobaba Johsaien. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and then get all the information you need at Sakuranobaba Johsaien.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kumamoto trip app.

Drive from Aso to Kumamoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Kumamoto, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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.
For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Fukuoka trip planner.

Getting from Kumamoto to Fukuoka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. April in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. You'll set off for Kitakyushu on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Kitakyushu

An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
You've now added Kitakyushu City Kawachi Fuji Garden Wisterias Blossom to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in some culture at Kitakyushu City Kawachi Fuji Garden Wisterias Blossom.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kitakyushu trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Kitakyushu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Fukuoka, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kitakyushu, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Events

Fukuoka

— 1 night

City of Yatai

Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Uminonakamichi Seaside Park and then catch a movie at Canal City Hakata.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip builder website.

Traveling by train from Kitakyushu to Fukuoka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Fun & Games · Shopping · Nightlife

Nagasaki

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.
You've now added Gunkanjima Cruise (Hashima) to your itinerary. On the 21st (Tue), get a new perspective on things with Gunkanjima Cruise (Hashima).

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Nagasaki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Tue) before leaving for Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Tours · Outdoors

Fukuoka

— 1 night

City of Yatai

On the 21st (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, and then don't miss a visit to Yatai.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Nagasaki to Fukuoka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping · 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.