8 days in Kyushu Itinerary

8 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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Drive
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Nagasaki
— 1 night
Train
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Kumamoto
— 1 night
Train
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Beppu
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, examine the collection at Dejima, and then don't miss a visit to Shinchi Chinatown. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ōura Church.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nagasaki road trip app.

Fukuoka to Nagasaki is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Kumamoto

— 1 night
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 31st (Sat), explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, and then get a dose of the wild on Explore Kumamoto.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kumamoto trip planning tool.

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. In July, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fukuoka

— 3 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Dazaifu Tenman-gu and Tenkai Inari Shrine. For shopping fun, head to Tenjin Underground Shopping Center or teamLab Future Park Canal City Hakata. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Nijino Matsubara (in Karatsu) and Komyozen-ji Temple (in Dazaifu). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, wander the streets of Nakasu District, and explore the wide array of goods at Iwataya Honten.

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

Take a train from Kumamoto to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Beppu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Beppu

— 2 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): test the waters at a local thermal spa, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): let little ones run wild at Tanoura Beach, then explore the world behind art at Oita Prefectural Art Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of JR Oita City.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Beppu road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Beppu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Fukuoka in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Beppu: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Outdoors

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.