12 days in Oita Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefecture & Fukuoka Itinerary

12 days in Oita Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefecture & Fukuoka Itinerary

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12 days in Oita Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefecture & Fukuoka Itinerary

Start: Singapore
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  11​h
1
Beppu
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Aso
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Amakusa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Fukuoka
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Singapore

3
nights
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kitsuki Castle Town and Fukiji Temple. Get outdoors at Angel Kimono Rental Beppu and Umi Jigoku. Explore Beppu's surroundings by going to Kumano Magaibutsu (in Bungotakada), Yufu (Lake Kinrin, Homme Blue Cafe, & more) and Ajimu Budoushu Koubou (in Usa). There's still lots to do: hike along Mt. Tsurumi, make a trip to JR Oita City, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futagoji Temple, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Beppu tour planning app .

Singapore, Singapore to Beppu is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Beppu. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Beppu hover around 13°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Aso.

Things to do in Beppu

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Yufu, Bungotakada, Kitsuki Castle Town, JR Oita City, Futagoji Temple
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Mt. Tsurumi ©
Mt. Tsurumi
Kitsuki Castle Town ©
Kitsuki Castle Town
Kumano Magaibutsu ©
Kumano Magaibutsu

2
nights
Aso

Aso ©
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
On the 4th (Sat), cruise along Aso Milk Road, then explore the striking landscape of Aso Geopark, and then get impressive views of Mt. Aso. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino, then contemplate the long history of Oka Castle Ruins, then take in the dramatic scenery at Harajiri Falls, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Aso trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Beppu to Aso takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Amakusa.

Things to do in Aso

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Taketa, Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino, Harajiri Falls, Mt. Aso
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Harajiri Falls ©
Harajiri Falls
Oka Castle Ruins ©
Oka Castle Ruins
Thermal Spas

1
night
Amakusa

Amakusa ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Dolphin Marine World, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Oe Tenshudo Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sakitsu Catholic Church, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Amakusa road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Aso to Amakusa takes 3 hours. January in Amakusa sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Amakusa

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Oe Tenshudo Church ©
Oe Tenshudo Church
Sakitsu Catholic Church ©
Sakitsu Catholic Church

5
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center and Ito Sai Sai. Your inner history buff will appreciate Yutoku Inari Shrine and Hakozaki Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Nanzoin (in Sasaguri-machi), Yoshinogari Historical Park (in Yoshinogari-cho) and Dazaifu (Kamado Shrine, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyajidake Shrine, take in the exciting artwork at Hakata Doll Shop Shogetsudo, enjoy the sand and surf at Nijino Matsubara, and contemplate the long history of Old Ito Denemon House.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka day trip tool .

Getting from Amakusa to Fukuoka by car takes about 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Karatsu, Imari, Yoshinogari Historical Park, Nanzoin
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Yutoku Inari Shrine ©
Yutoku Inari Shrine
Yoshinogari Historical Park ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin

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