14 days in Fukuoka Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefecture & Nagasaki Itinerary

14 days in Fukuoka Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefecture & Nagasaki Itinerary

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14 days in Fukuoka Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefecture & Nagasaki Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Fukuoka
— Few hours
Train:  1​h
2
Kumamoto
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hitoyoshi
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Amakusa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Nagasaki
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h
6
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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hours
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.
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip itinerary builder app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Fukuoka is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Fukuoka is 1 hour. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, with highs in Fukuoka at 13°C and lows at 5°C. You will leave for Kumamoto on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

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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 25th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Kumamoto Castle, look for gifts at KUMAMON products Nagataniya, then buy something for everyone on your list at Cocosa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Tetori Church.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kumamoto travel itinerary planner .

Take a train from Fukuoka to Kumamoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Kumamoto sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hitoyoshi.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Kato Shrine ©
Kato Shrine
Catholic Tetori Church ©
Catholic Tetori Church

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day
Hitoyoshi

Hitoyoshi
Hitoyoshi is a city in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Hitoyoshi Castle Ruins, sample the tasty concoctions at Sengetsushuzo, contemplate the long history of The House of Japanese Samurai in Olden Times- Bukekura, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally shop like a local with Hitoyoshi Onsen Bussankan.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hitoyoshi driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Kumamoto to Hitoyoshi in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Amakusa.

Things to do in Hitoyoshi

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Baths
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

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nights
Amakusa

Amakusa ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakitsu athedral Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Oe Cathedral Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Kuchinotsu Folk History Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Hinoe Castle Ruin, then see the interesting displays at Arima Christian Heritage Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Hara Castle Ruin, and finally see the interesting displays at Goshoura Cretaceous Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Amakusa trip builder app .

You can drive from Hitoyoshi to Amakusa in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Amakusa

Historic Sites Museums Baths

Side Trip

Minamishimabara
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Sakitsu Catholic Church ©
Sakitsu Catholic Church
Oe Tenshudo Church ©
Oe Tenshudo Church
Hara Castle Ruin ©
Hara Castle Ruin

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nights
Nagasaki

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yutoku Inari Shrine and Catholic Nakamachi Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Suwa Shrine and Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Onsen Resorts (in Unzen) and Imari Okawachiyama (in Imari). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Shitsu Church, contemplate the long history of Higashiyamate Ko Jusanbankan, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and examine the collection at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum.

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Traveling by car from Amakusa to Nagasaki takes 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Yutoku Inari Shrine, Onsen Resorts, Imari Okawachiyama
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:
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Yutoku Inari Shrine ©
Yutoku Inari Shrine
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine
Shitsu Church ©
Shitsu Church

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Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Yoshinogari Historical Park and Fukuoka City Museum. Do your shopping at Hakata Deitos and Ming. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Nanzoin (in Sasaguri-machi) and Miyajidake Shrine (in Fukutsu). Enjoy Fukuoka some more: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki Shrine, take a stroll through Nishijin Shopping District, and browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fukuoka sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Miyajidake Shrine, Nanzoin, Yoshinogari Historical Park
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Yoshinogari Historical Park ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park
Miyajidake Shrine ©
Miyajidake Shrine

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