9 days in Kyushu Itinerary

9 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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9 days in Kyushu Itinerary

Start: Chiang Mai
Fly + Bus:  10 h 15 min
1
Kagoshima
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
2
Kumamoto
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
3
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Beppu
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: Chiang Mai

1
night
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum, contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, explore the activities along Sekiyoshi Sluice Gate of Yoshino Leat, then take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kagoshima trip planner .

Chiang Mai, Thailand to Kagoshima is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Chiang Mai to Kagoshima, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chiang Mai in October, things will get slightly colder in Kagoshima: highs are around 27°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Senganen ©
Senganen
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Nagashima Museum ©
Nagashima Museum

1
night
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, don't miss a visit to Sl Hitoyoshi, then take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto.

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Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto takes an hour. 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 19th (Sat) so you can take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sl Hitoyoshi
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
Sakuranobaba Johsaien

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
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 20th (Sun), let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then enjoy breathtaking views from Komenoyama Obsevatory, then admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): stroll around Yasu Kogen Kinen no Mori, stroll around Mt. Omine Nature Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, then explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka visit planner .

Getting from Kumamoto to Fukuoka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Yasu Kogen Kinen no Mori, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, Komenoyama Obsevatory, Mt. Omine Nature Park
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Hakata Station ©
Hakata Station

1
night
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, then look for gifts at Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Beppu visit planner.

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Beppu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Beppu sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Beppu

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Umi Jigoku ©
Umi Jigoku
Onsen Resorts

3
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
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.
Go for a jaunt from Nagasaki to Sasebo to see Huis Ten Bosch about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the views from Megane Bridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church Hongouchi, and see the interesting displays at Dejima.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nagasaki trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Beppu to Nagasaki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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