8 days in Kyushu Itinerary

8 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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Fly
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Kumamoto
Drive
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Minamioguni-machi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yufu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Beppu
— 1 night
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Kumamoto

Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto road trip planning tool.

Hong Kong, China to Kumamoto is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Kumamoto due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hong Kong in May, things will get slightly colder in Kumamoto: highs are around 29°C and lows about 17°C. On the 1st (Sat), you're off to Minamioguni-machi.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Minamioguni-machi

— 4 nights
You've now added Mt. Kuju to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Minamioguni-machi: Takachiho-cho (Takachiho Gorge, Manai Falls, &more) and Aso (Aso Milk Road, Aso Volcano Museum, &more).

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Minamioguni-machi online travel planner.

You can drive from Kumamoto to Minamioguni-machi in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Minamioguni-machi can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Yufu.

Things to do in Minamioguni-machi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Yufu

— 2 nights
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
On the 5th (Wed), take a stroll through Yunotsubo Kaido, see the interesting displays at Showa Retro Park Yufuin Showakan -ALWAYS-, then explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Yufuin Onsen. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Sagiridai Observatory and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yufu.

Start your trip to Yufu by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Minamioguni-machi to Yufu by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Minamioguni-machi in May, plan for little chillier days in Yufu, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Yufu

Nature · Parks · Spas · Baths

Beppu

— 1 night
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mt. Tsurumi. On the 7th (Fri), get outside with Mt. Tsurumi, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, then make a trip to Oniishibozu Jigoku, and finally make a trip to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Beppu travel route tool.

You can drive from Yufu to Beppu in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Beppu are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Beppu

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

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.