18 days in Kyushu Itinerary

18 days in Kyushu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kyushu itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Fukuoka
— 1 night
Train
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Kumamoto
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Shimabara
— 1 night
Drive
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Kumamoto
— 1 night
Train
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Kagoshima
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Aso
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Beppu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, then take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip itinerary maker tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Fukuoka is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in November, expect Fukuoka to be cooler, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 20:

Kumamoto

— 3 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Family-friendly places like Kumamoto Castle and Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, make a trip to JR Kumamoto Station, get to know the fascinating history of Former Residence of L.L. Janes, and walk around Suizenji Ezuko Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kumamoto online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Kumamoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Shimabara.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:

Shimabara

— 1 night
Shimabara is a city located on the north-eastern tip of the Shimabara Peninsula, facing Ariake Bay in the east and Mount Unzen (including Fugendake) in the west, in Nagasaki Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.As of October 1, 2016, the city has an estimated population of 44,936 and a population density of 540 persons per km². On the 24th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Shimabara Castle, then don't miss a visit to Samurai Houses, then take in the waterfront at Shimabara Gaiko Seaport, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Unzen Nita Pass.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Shimabara trip maker website.

Getting from Kumamoto to Shimabara by car takes about 1.5 hours. November in Shimabara sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Shimabara

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 24:

Kumamoto

— 1 night
For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kumamoto vacation maker website.

Getting from Shimabara to Kumamoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. On the 25th (Thu), you're off to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 25:

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.
Family-friendly places like Sakurajima and Nagashima Museum will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Kagoshima to Minamikyushu to see Chiran Peace Museum about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, test the waters at a local thermal spa, make a trip to Tenmonkan, and appreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Kagoshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Aso.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:

Aso

— 2 nights
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso, then make a trip to Kusasenrigahama, and then make a trip to Shirakawa Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: boost your wellbeing at Kurokawa Onsen, take some stellar pictures from Daikanbo Lookout, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Aso Mizuki Meguri.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Aso trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Kagoshima to Aso takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. November in Aso sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Aso

Nature · Parks · Baths · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:

Takachiho-cho

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, then take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine. Keep things going the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Aso to Takachiho-cho takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 1:

Beppu

— 2 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Beppu trip maker site.

You can drive from Takachiho-cho to Beppu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Beppu can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Beppu

Nature · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

Fukuoka

— 3 nights

City of Yatai

Attractions like Dazaifu Tenman-gu and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple & Tenkai Inari Shrine). See even more of Fukuoka: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, browse the different shops at JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marine World umino-nakamichi, and make a trip to Yatai.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Beppu to Fukuoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 6th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:

Kyushu travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.