12 days in Kyushu Itinerary

12 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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12 days in Kyushu Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
2
Kumamoto
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
3
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Beppu
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sydney

2
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 24th (Tue): learn about all things military at Chiran Peace Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Kagoshima Agriculture Center, then contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Sengan-en, appreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue, then admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Yunohira Lookout.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kagoshima trip builder app .

Sydney, Australia to Kagoshima is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Kagoshima due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in March, expect Kagoshima to be much colder, temps between 17°C and 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Chiran Peace Museum
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Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Chiran Peace Museum ©
Chiran Peace Museum

2
nights
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
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 26th (Thu): make a trip to Sl Hitoyoshi, stroll around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, then go for a walk through Kumamoto Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, and finally take an in-depth tour of Sakuranobaba Johsaien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Eta Funayama Tumulus, admire the landmark architecture of Higo Minkamura, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then look for gifts at KUMAMON products Nagataniya, and finally get engrossed in the history at Newspaper Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto tour website .

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Kumamoto sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Museums Historic Sites Baths

Side Trips

Nagomi-machi, Onsen Resorts, Sl Hitoyoshi
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto ©
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto

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 28th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Hakata Station, take in panoramic vistas at Komenoyama Obsevatory, look for gifts at Shimamoto Mentaiko Hakata Ekimae, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and finally admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Komyozen-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, then let little ones run wild at Ohori Park, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Fukuoka holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Kumamoto to Fukuoka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Beppu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Komenoyama Obsevatory
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Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

2
nights
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Start 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, take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, contemplate the waterfront views at Shidakako Lake, then explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, and finally get outside with Mt. Tsurumi. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, then take in breathtaking views at Tashibu no Sato Sannomiya no Kei, then experience rural life at Senzai Farm, and finally appreciate the views at Takkiri Valley.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Beppu trip planner .

You can drive from Fukuoka to Beppu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March in Beppu, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Usa, Lake Kinrin, Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, Tashibu no Sato Sannomiya no Kei
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin
Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the views from Megane Bridge, make a trip to World Peace Symbol Zone, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and finally head off the coast to Hashima Island. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, then see the interesting displays at Dejima, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ōura Church.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nagasaki sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by car from Beppu to Nagasaki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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