18 days in Kyushu Itinerary

18 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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Start: Kagoshima
1
Kagoshima
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Kumamoto
— 2 nights
train:  3 h
3
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
4
Fukuoka
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Oita
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Minamiaso-mura
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Osaka

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kagoshima Chuo Station Tourist Information Center. Explore hidden gems such as Kagoshima Prefectural Office Observation Hall and Tsukiyomi Shrine. There's much more to do: stroll around Kagoshima Kenritsu Yoshino Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myoken Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Former Kagoshima Bosekijogishikan, and don't miss a visit to Sengan-en.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Kagoshima Airport. In March, daytime highs in Kagoshima are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries
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Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Kagoshima Kenritsu Yoshino Park ©
Kagoshima Kenritsu Yoshino Park
Myoken Shrine ©
Myoken Shrine

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.
You've now added Aso Panorama Line to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Sl Hitoyoshi and Newspaper Museum. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kamitori Shopping Street, admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, get all the information you need at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, and make a trip to Kumamon Square.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kumamoto vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kumamoto are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. On the 6th (Fri), you're off to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Museums Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Aso Panorama Line, Sl Hitoyoshi
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Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
Sakuranobaba Johsaien
Aso Panorama Line ©
Aso Panorama Line
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto ©
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hamamachi Arcade (Hamanmachi Shopping Street) and Nagasaki Shipyard Museum. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofukuji Temple, stroll around Nabekanmuriyama Park, don't miss a visit to Exposed Camphor Tree, and contemplate the long history of Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Kumamoto to Nagasaki by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. On the 9th (Mon), you'll travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Hamamachi Arcade (Hamanmachi Shopping Street) ©
Kofukuji Temple ©
Kofukuji Temple
Catholic Nakamachi Church ©
Catholic Nakamachi Church

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum and Raizan Sennyoji Daihioin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukuoka: Shima Sunset Road (in Itoshima) and Sarakurayama Cable Car Parking Lot (in Kitakyushu). The adventure continues: get lost in a book at Fukuoka City Public Library, get engrossed in the history at Seinan Gakuin University Museum, stroll around Higashihirao Park, and browse the fresh offerings at Osakana Tengoku.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Fukuoka trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Oita.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Itoshima, Sarakurayama Cable Car Parking Lot
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OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum ©
OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum
Fukuoka City Public Library ©
Fukuoka City Public Library
Fukuoka Citizen’s Disaster Prevention Center ©

2
nights
Oita

Oita ©
The gateway to a wealth of dynamic landscapes and some of the country's most atmospheric religious and cultural sites, Oita, in touristic terms, acts primarily as a transport hub.
On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sasamuta Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Usuki Samurai House Streets, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Motogoe, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yusuhara Hachiman Shrine.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Oita trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Oita takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Oita sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Minamiaso-mura.

Things to do in Oita

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Saiki, Usuki Samurai House Streets
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Mt. Shiroyama ©
Mt. Shiroyama
Sasamuta Shrine ©
Sasamuta Shrine
Sekizaki Lighthouse ©
Sekizaki Lighthouse

4
nights
Minamiaso-mura

Minamiaso-mura ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mount Atago and Mt. Tawara. Explore Minamiaso-mura's surroundings by going to Aso (Aso Mizuki Meguri & Asobo Bridge), Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine (in Takamori-machi) and Kaguraden (in Takachiho-cho).

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Minamiaso-mura travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Oita to Minamiaso-mura takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Minamiaso-mura

Historic Sites Parks Spas

Side Trips

Aso, Mount Atago, Yamanami Highway, Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine, Kaguraden
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Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden
Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine ©
Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine
Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino ©
Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino

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