33 days in Kyushu Itinerary

33 days in Kyushu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kyushu attractions planner

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Kagoshima
— 24 nights
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Kumamoto
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Kagoshima

— 24 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kirishima (Kagoshima Airport (KOJ), Kirishima Shinwanosato Park, &more), Ibusuki (JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, Mt. Kaimondake, &more) and Minamikyushu (Chiran Peace Museum, Chiran Samurai Residence Garden, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Sakurajima, take in panoramic vistas at Yunohira Lookout, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Meiji Restoration, and take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Kagoshima road trip site.

Fukuoka to Kagoshima is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kagoshima can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 20:

Kumamoto

— 2 nights
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 21st (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, then browse the different shops at Shimotori Shotengai, then explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, and finally don't miss a visit to Kumamon Square. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, get engrossed in the history at Newspaper Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, then stop by KUMAMON products Nagataniya, and finally make a trip to Sl Hitoyoshi.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kumamoto online trip builder.

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Fukuoka

— 2 nights

City of Yatai

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 23rd (Mon), browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, then go for a walk through Ohori Park, and finally explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Kyushu National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then take in nature's colorful creations at Komyozen-ji Temple, then take in panoramic vistas at Komenoyama Obsevatory, and finally make a trip to Hakata Station.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Nagasaki

— 4 nights

City of Peace

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Go for a jaunt from Nagasaki to Sasebo to see Huis Ten Bosch about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, snap pictures at Megane Bridge, and stroll around Kazagashira Park.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Fukuoka to Nagasaki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:

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.