30 days in Kyushu Itinerary

30 days in Kyushu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kyushu journey planner

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Fly
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Kagoshima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 5 nights
Fly
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Sasebo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yufu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Oguni-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nichinan
— 2 nights
Drive to Kagoshima Airport, Fly to Amami Airport
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Amami
— 3 nights
Drive
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Setouchi-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yoron-cho
— 2 nights
Drive to Naha Airport, Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

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Kagoshima

— 3 nights

Naples of the East

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mt. Shiroyama and Cape Nagasakibana. Get in touch with nature at Sakurajima and Sogi Fall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kagoshima: Ushine Fumoto Inari Shrine Buried Torii (in Tarumizu), Kareigawa Station (in Kirishima) and Ibusuki (JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, Onsen Resorts, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sengan-en, look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Sakurajima, appreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue, and take in panoramic vistas at Arimura Lava Lookout.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima day trip tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Kagoshima is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Kagoshima due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in April, expect Kagoshima to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 5:

Yakushima-cho

— 5 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Get in touch with nature at Yakusugi Land and Nagata Inakahama. Step off the beaten path and head to Seibu Trail and Onsen Resorts. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Yaksushima Trecking, Jomon Japanese Cedar Course, make a trip to Wilson Stump, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushima Shrine, and explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Kagoshima to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Traveling from Kagoshima in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Yakushima-cho, with lows of 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Sasebo.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 10:

Sasebo

— 3 nights
With its U.S. Navy base, Sasebo has certainly developed pockets with an international feel: in downtown, often known as Sailor Town, you'll happen upon a number of eateries serving American-style hamburgers.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kujuku Island and Mt. Kurokami. Get out of town with these interesting Sasebo side-trips: Nagasaki (Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, &more). Pack the 11th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Huis Ten Bosch. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Tenkaiho and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara.

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Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Sasebo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 14°C in Sasebo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yufu.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:

Yufu

— 3 nights
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Escape the urban bustle at Kuju Highland and Mt. Kuju. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Harajiri Falls and Shidakako Lake. Venture out of the city with trips to Yamabuki Suigen (in Ubuyama-mura), Kuju Mountain Range (in Kokonoe-machi) and Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago (in Oita). And it doesn't end there: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, head outdoors with Mt. Tsurumi, witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, and don't miss a visit to Usajingu Shrine.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yufu journey planner.

Getting from Sasebo to Yufu by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Yufu can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Oguni-machi.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:

Oguni-machi

— 1 night
On the 17th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Kitazato Shibasaburo Memorial Museum, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then admire the sheer force of Nabegataki Falls, and finally go for a walk through Yusui Shizen no Mori.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Oguni-machi trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Yufu to Oguni-machi in 1.5 hours. In April in Oguni-machi, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Oguni-machi

Spas · Nature · Parks · Baths
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 17:

Takachiho-cho

— 3 nights
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aso Geopark and Shirakawa Springs. Visiting Manai Falls and Aso Milk Road will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Takachiho-cho: Kusasenrigahama (in Aso) and Kikuchi Gorge (in Kikuchi). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, and explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho travel planning tool.

Drive from Oguni-machi to Takachiho-cho in 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Takachiho-cho can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nichinan.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 20:

Nichinan

— 2 nights
Tourism in Nichinan, a town on Japan's southernmost island of Kyushu, flourishes thanks to the scenic Nichinan-Kaigan coastline, a stretch of secluded coves, islands, and tranquil beaches.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): kick back and relax at Futo Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Udo Shrine, make a trip to Sunmesse Nichinan, then wander the streets of Obi, and finally kick back and relax at Nichinan Coast. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): kick back and relax at Sakaematsu Beach and then admire the natural beauty at Shiibae Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nichinan vacation planner.

You can drive from Takachiho-cho to Nichinan in 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Nichinan can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Amami.

Things to do in Nichinan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:

Amami

— 3 nights
Set on the island of Amami Oshima, the city of Amami serves as an oasis for tourists.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mangrove Primeval Forest and Ohama Seaside Park. Visiting Sakibaru Beach and Tomori Beach will get you outdoors. Explore Amami's surroundings by going to Kuninao Beach (in Yamato-son) and Kurasaki Beach (in Tatsugo-cho). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Tanaka Isson Museum, find something for the whole family at Kagoshima Prefectural Amami Park, walk around Cape Ayamaru Kanko Park, and take some stellar pictures from The Place You Can See Two Different Oceans.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Amami holiday app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nichinan to Amami. Traveling from Nichinan in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Amami, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Setouchi-cho.

Things to do in Amami

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:

Setouchi-cho

— 3 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Honohoshi Beach and Kakeroma Island. Take a break from the city and head to Shodon Deigo Trees and Saneku Beach.

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Traveling by car from Amami to Setouchi-cho takes 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Setouchi-cho can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yoron-cho.

Things to do in Setouchi-cho

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:
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Yoron-cho

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): Head underground at Akasaki Limestone Cavern, enjoy the sand and surf at Okaneku Coast, kick back and relax at Yurigahama, then admire the natural beauty at Yoron Seaside Garden, then kick back and relax at Terasaki Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Udonosu Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yoron-cho travel route planner.

You can drive from Setouchi-cho to Yoron-cho in 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yoron-cho

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:

Kyushu travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Enthusiastic shutterbugs and lovers of all things picturesque often choose to tour Kyushu-Okinawa on one of the island's epic train trips, leading through a landscape shaped by thousands of years of volcanic activity. With mild winters, warm summers, and plenty of developed beaches, the region offers a wealth of marine sports and recreation. Those with relaxation on their mind take a vacation in Kyushu-Okinawa for a chance to explore some of Japan's finest onsens, in which pristine nature meets modern amenities for an unforgettable tourist experience.