11 days in Kyushu Itinerary

11 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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11 days in Kyushu Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h
1
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
2
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Beppu
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kumamoto
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
5
Kagoshima
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Singapore

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Ohori Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, take in panoramic vistas at Komenoyama Obsevatory, then admire the striking features of Hakata Station, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Kyushu National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Komyozen-ji Temple, then take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, then admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Fukuoka trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Fukuoka is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Fukuoka is 1 hour. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Fukuoka at 13°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Komenoyama Obsevatory
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

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.
Take a break from Nagasaki with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, stroll around Kazagashira Park, snap pictures at Megane Bridge, and head off the coast to Hashima Island.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki tour planner .

Take a train from Fukuoka to Nagasaki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

1
night
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, then stop by Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Beppu online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Nagasaki to Beppu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Beppu are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Beppu

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Spas
Umi Jigoku ©
Umi Jigoku

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.
On the 31st (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Sakuranobaba Johsaien, then take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, then stop by KUMAMON products Nagataniya, and finally make a trip to Sl Hitoyoshi.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kumamoto sightseeing site .

You can take a train from Beppu to Kumamoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Beppu in December, Kumamoto is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Sl Hitoyoshi
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
Sakuranobaba Johsaien

3
nights
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 1st (Wed): get impressive views of Sakurajima, then explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum, then go for a walk through Sengan-en, and finally don't miss a visit to Kagoshima Chuo Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kirishima Shrine, then learn about all things military at Chiran Peace Museum, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kagoshima trip planner .

Getting from Kumamoto to Kagoshima by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kagoshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Museums Baths

Side Trips

Onsen Resorts, Chiran Peace Museum, Kirishima Shrine
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Onsen Resorts

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