8 days in Kyushu Itinerary

8 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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8 days in Kyushu Itinerary

Start: Singapore
+2
Fly + subway + train:  11​h
1
Kagoshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Kumamoto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Yufu
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Nagasaki
— 1 night
train:  2​h
5
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Singapore

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): make a trip to Sengan-en, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then get impressive views of Sakurajima, and finally stop by Yumeria.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kagoshima, use our trip itinerary maker.

Singapore, Singapore to Kagoshima is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Kagoshima reach 13°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Spas Nature
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Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Thermal Spas

1
night
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 9th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Sakuranobaba Johsaien, stop by KUMAMON products Nagataniya, buy something for everyone on your list at Cocosa, admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, then buy something for everyone on your list at Shimotori Shotengai, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kumamoto tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yufu.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
Sakuranobaba Johsaien
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto ©

2
nights
Yufu

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
On the 10th (Tue), stop by Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Kamado Jigoku, and finally view the masterpieces at Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Ogi Rice Terraces, buy something for everyone on your list at JR Oita City, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kinrin.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yufu trip planner.

Drive from Kumamoto to Yufu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Yufu sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Yufu

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Beppu, Ogi Rice Terraces, JR Oita City
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JR Oita City ©
JR Oita City
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, then examine the collection at Dejima, then wander the streets of Shinchi Chinatown, and finally admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki driving holiday website .

Drive from Yufu to Nagasaki in 3 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): kick back and relax at Nijino Matsubara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, then let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park, then have fun and explore at teamLab Future Park Canal City Hakata, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenkai Inari Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, and then browse the different shops at JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Nijino Matsubara
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

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