38 days in Kyushu Itinerary

38 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Amami
— 2 nights
2
Yoron-cho
— 1 night
3
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
4
Kagoshima
— 4 nights
5
Kumamoto
— 4 nights
6
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
7
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
8
Goto
— 2 nights
9
Shinkamigoto-cho
— 2 nights
10
Sasebo
— 4 nights
11
Fukuoka
— 6 nights

2
nights
Amami

Amami ©
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 Honohoshi Beach and Tanaka Isson Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amami: Kuninao Beach (in Yamato-son) and Tatsugo-cho (Kurasaki Beach & Yumeori no sato). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Ohama Seaside Park, head outdoors with Tomori Beach, and walk around Cape Ayamaru Kanko Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Amami travel route planning tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Amami is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in November; daily highs in Amami reach 27°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Yoron-cho.

Things to do in Amami

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Tatsugo-cho, Honohoshi Beach, Kuninao Beach
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 22:
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Tomori Beach ©
Tomori Beach
Tanaka Isson Museum ©
Tanaka Isson Museum
Ohama Seaside Park ©
Ohama Seaside Park

1
night
Yoron-cho

Yoron-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Terasaki Beach, get outside with Yurigahama, then head outdoors with Okaneku Coast, and finally make a trip to Wreck Amami. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Paradise Beach, kick back and relax at Udonosu Beach, and then head outdoors with Akasaki Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yoron-cho trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Amami to Yoron-cho in 9 hours. In November in Yoron-cho, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Yoron-cho

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:
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Yurigahama ©
Yurigahama
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

3
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yakusugi Land and Jōmon Sugi. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and hike along Yaksushima Trecking, Jomon Japanese Cedar Course.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yoron-cho to Yakushima-cho. Traveling from Yoron-cho in November, things will get slightly colder in Yakushima-cho: highs are around 24°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:
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Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama
Onsen Resorts
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kirishima Open-Art Museum and Kanoya Air Base Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Aoiaso Shrine and Nagashima Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Kagoshima: Kirishima (Kareigawa Station & Kirishima Shrine), Chiran Peace Museum (in Minamikyushu) and Miyazaki Shinto Shrine (in Miyazaki). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, get all the information you need at Sakurajima Visitor Center, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kagoshima day trip planning app.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Kagoshima by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, things will get a bit cooler in Kagoshima: highs are around 20°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Ibusuki, Kirishima, Chiran Peace Museum, Aoiaso Shrine, Miyazaki Shinto Shrine
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 2:
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Aoiaso Shrine ©
Aoiaso Shrine
Kanoya Air Base Museum ©
Kanoya Air Base Museum
Kirishima Open-Art Museum ©
Kirishima Open-Art Museum

4
nights
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Aso Mizuki Meguri and Kumamoto Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Thermal Spas and Tsujun Bridge. Explore Kumamoto's surroundings by going to Hara Castle Ruin (in Minamishimabara), Nabegataki Falls (in Oguni-machi) and Aso (Aso Skyline View Place, Kusasenrigahama, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Sakuranobaba Johsaien, contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso, explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, and take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Kumamoto, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Hara Castle Ruin, Tsujun Bridge, Thermal Spas, Mt. Aso
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Thermal Spas
Tsujun Bridge ©
Tsujun Bridge

2
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
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.
On the 7th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aratate Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, then admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, and finally go for a walk through Takachihokyo Passage. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kusakabeyoshimi Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Shirakawa Springs, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Heitate Shrine, and finally take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Kumamoto to Takachiho-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Takamori-machi, Heitate Shrine, Shirakawa Springs
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden
Aratate Shrine ©
Aratate Shrine

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Suwa Shrine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and 26 Martyrs Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagasaki: Onsen Resorts (in Unzen) and Sakitsu Catholic Church (in Amakusa). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, admire the masterpieces at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Ōura Church, and take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip planner.

You can drive from Takachiho-cho to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in December, Nagasaki is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Goto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Onsen Resorts, Sakitsu Catholic Church
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture ©
Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture

2
nights
Goto

Goto ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Osezaki Dangai, enjoy the sand and surf at Takahama Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mizunoura Church, then head off the coast to Fukuejima, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dozaki Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Egami Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hantomari Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Kusuhara Church, then take in the awesome beauty at Onidake Volcanic Mountain, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Fukue Samurai Mansion Street.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Goto planner.

You can drive from Nagasaki to Goto in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Goto can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Shinkamigoto-cho.

Things to do in Goto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Dozaki Cathedral ©
Dozaki Cathedral
Mizunoura Church ©
Mizunoura Church
Takahama Beach ©
Takahama Beach

2
nights
Shinkamigoto-cho

Shinkamigoto-cho ©
On the 15th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Oso Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aosagaura Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chuchi Catholic Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashigarashima Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Nakanoura Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Ryukanzan Observatory, pause for some serene contemplation at Doinoura Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Kiri Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Fukumi Catholic Church, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Christian Cave.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Shinkamigoto-cho trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Goto to Shinkamigoto-cho takes 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Shinkamigoto-cho are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sasebo.

Things to do in Shinkamigoto-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Aosagaura Church ©
Aosagaura Church
Fukumi Catholic Church ©
Fukumi Catholic Church

4
nights
Sasebo

Sasebo ©
With its U.S.
Yutoku Inari Shrine and Obae Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Kyushu Ceramic Museum and Miuracho Catholic Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Sasebo: Hirado (Catholic Tabira Church, Francisco de Xavier Memorial Church, &more), Takeo City Library (in Takeo) and Imari Okawachiyama (in Imari). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Huis Ten Bosch, stroll through Nagasaki Prefectural Saikaibashi Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Tenkaiho, and make a trip to Nagasaki Bio Park.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sasebo day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Shinkamigoto-cho to Sasebo in 4.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Sasebo can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Sasebo

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hirado, The Kyushu Ceramic Museum, Yutoku Inari Shrine, Chiwata Station, Takeo City Library
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Yutoku Inari Shrine ©
Yutoku Inari Shrine
Catholic Tabira Church ©
Catholic Tabira Church
Obae Lighthouse ©
Obae Lighthouse

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nanzoin and Munakata Shrine. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kamado Shrine and Iki City Ikikoku Museum. Explore Fukuoka's surroundings by going to Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple & Dazaifu Tenman-gu), Yoshinogari Historical Park (in Yoshinogari-cho) and Munakata Taisha Okitsugu Yohaijo (in Munakata). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, examine the collection at Kyushu Railway History Museum, and don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle Ruins.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Fukuoka trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Sasebo to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Kitakyushu, Munakata, Karatsu, Onsen Resorts
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin

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