9 days in Fukuoka Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefecture & Oita Prefecture Itinerary

9 days in Fukuoka Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefecture & Oita Prefecture Itinerary

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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train
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Kumamoto
— 1 night
Drive
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Aso
— 1 night
Drive
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Yufu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kitakyushu
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Dazaifu Government Remains, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Komyozen-ji Temple, then take in panoramic vistas at Komenoyama Obsevatory, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanzoin. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, then take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, then take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka online trip itinerary builder.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Fukuoka is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Fukuoka due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October, with highs in Fukuoka at 27°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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 4th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, then make a trip to Kumamon Square, then admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and finally get engrossed in the history at Sakuranobaba Johsaien.

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Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Kumamoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Kumamoto, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Aso.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Aso

— 1 night
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): cruise along Aso Panorama Line, admire all the interesting features of Kusasenrigahama, then experience rural life at Couples, then take some stellar pictures from Daikanbo Lookout, and finally wander the wide-open spaces of Mo-mo- Farm Takehara Bokujo.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Aso trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Kumamoto to Aso takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Aso, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Aso

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Yufu

— 2 nights
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yufu, explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, then take an in-depth tour of Iwashita Collection, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Sagiridai Observatory. On the next day, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to Oniishibozu Jigoku, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, then take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, and finally don't miss a visit to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yufu trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Aso to Yufu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks · Nature · Spas · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kitakyushu

— 2 nights
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.
On the 8th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Kanmon Kaikyo, visit Karato market, examine the collection at Kyushu Railway History Museum, then wander the streets of Mojiko Retro, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Mojiko Retro Tenbowsitsu. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wakamatsuebisu Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Sugao Waterfall, then make a trip to Yasaka Shrine, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kokura Castle.

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Traveling by car from Yufu to Kitakyushu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. October in Kitakyushu sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fukuoka Prefecture travel guide

3.7
Sacred & Religious Sites · Shopping Malls · Parks
Fukuoka Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on Kyūshū Island. The capital is the city of Fukuoka.HistoryFukuoka Prefecture includes the former provinces of Chikugo, Chikuzen, and Buzen.Shrines and templesKōra taisha, Sumiyoshi-jinja, and Hakosagi-gū are the chief Shinto shrines in the prefecture.GeographyFukuoka Prefecture faces the sea on three sides, bordering Saga, Ōita, and Kumamoto prefectures and facing Yamaguchi Prefecture across the Kanmon Straits.As of 1 April 2012, 18% of the land area of the prefecture was designated as natural parks: Setonaikai National Park, Genkai, Kitakyūshū, and Yaba-Hita-Hikosan quasi-national parks, and Chikugogawa, Chikuhō, Dazaifu, Sefuri Raizan, and Yabegawa Prefectural Natural Parks.

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Kumamoto Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Kumamoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Kumamoto.HistoryHistorically, the area was called Higo Province; and the province was renamed Kumamoto during the Meiji Restoration. The creation of prefectures was part of the abolition of the feudal system. The current Japanese orthography for Kumamoto literally means "bear root/origin", or "origin of the bear".

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Oita Prefecture travel guide

3.7
Hot Springs · Onsen Resorts · Sacred & Religious Sites
Ōita Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on Kyūshū Island. The prefectural capital is the city of Ōita.HistoryAround the 6th century Kyushu consisted of four regions: Tsukushi Province, Hi Province, Kumaso Province and Toyo Province.Toyo Province was later divided into two regions, upper and lower Toyo Province, called Bungo Province and Buzen Province.After the Meiji Restoration, districts from Bungo and Buzen provinces were combined to form Ōita Prefecture. These provinces were divided among many local daimyōs and thus a large castle town never formed in Ōita. From this time that whole area became known as "Toyo-no-kuni", which means "Land of Abundance".The origins of the name Ōita are documented in a report from the early 8th century called the Chronicles of Bungo. According to the document, when Emperor Keikō visited the Kyushu region, stopping first in Toyo-no-kuni, he exclaimed that 'This is a vast land, indeed. It shall be known as Okita-Kuni!' Okita-Kuni, meaning "Land of the Great Fields", later came to be written as "Ōita". Present day interpretations based on Ōita's topography state that Oita's name comes from "Okita", meaning "many fields", rather than "vast" or "great" field, because of Ōita's complex terrain.

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