15 days in Kyushu Itinerary

15 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Sasebo
— 1 night
Drive
3
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Beppu
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kumamoto
— 2 nights
Train
7
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Komyozen-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine, then admire the striking features of Hakata Station, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Ohorikoen Japanese Garden, go for a walk through Ohori Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, then take an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum, then explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Fukuoka online driving holiday planner.

Helsinki, Finland to Fukuoka is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Helsinki in August, expect Fukuoka to be warmer, temps between 38°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sasebo.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:

Sasebo

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): find something for the whole family at Huis Ten Bosch.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sasebo online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Fukuoka to Sasebo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. August in Sasebo sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 22:
Highlights from your trip

Nagasaki

— 3 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.
Nagasaki is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, examine the collection at Dejima, take a stroll through Shinchi Chinatown, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ōura Church.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Sasebo to Nagasaki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:

Beppu

— 2 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo, make a trip to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa, take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center, look for gifts at Wahaha, then explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, then take some stellar pictures from Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge, and finally appreciate the views at Kuju Highland.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Beppu driving holiday app.

Traveling by car from Nagasaki to Beppu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nagasaki in August, expect nights in Beppu to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:

Takachiho-cho

— 2 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.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Takachihokyo Passage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, then don't miss a visit to Shirakawa Springs, then contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Shiramizu Falls.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Beppu to Takachiho-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:

Kumamoto

— 2 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 30th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, take an in-depth tour of Kumamoto Castle Museum Wakuwakuza, then make a trip to Kumamoto Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, and finally admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Tetori Church, admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, pause for some photo ops at Monkey D. Luffy Statue, look for gifts at KUMAMON products Nagataniya, then make a trip to Sl Hitoyoshi, and finally take an in-depth tour of Newspaper Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kumamoto trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Takachiho-cho to Kumamoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kumamoto are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 29 — 31:

Kagoshima

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Kagoshima Chuo Station, explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory, then go for a walk through Sengan-en, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kagoshima City Aquarium. On your second day here, make a trip to Temmonkan Mujyaki, contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, and then stop by Yumeria.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima day trip app.

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 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 2:

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.