15 days in Kyushu Itinerary

15 days in Kyushu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey planner

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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Karatsu
— 2 nights
Train
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Ibusuki
— 1 night
Train
5
Kumamoto
— 1 night
Drive
6
Beppu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yufu
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka

— 3 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.
Dazaifu Tenman-gu and Komyozen-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kushida Shrine and Tenkai Inari Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Fukuoka side-trips: Yanagawa (Yanagawa Onsen MInamikaze & Boat Tours & Water Sports) and Kitakyushu (Kyushu Railway History Museum, Mojiko Retro, &more). The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tochoji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, and visit Nakasu District.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Fukuoka is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in April; daily highs in Fukuoka reach 23°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Karatsu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 4:

Karatsu

— 2 nights
The coastal city of Karatsu has long held importance for trade with China and the Korean Peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at Yobuko Morning Market, steep yourself in history at Nagoya Castle Ruins, contemplate the waterfront views at Nanatsugama Caves, go for a walk through Karatsu Hikiyama Chikatsuro Gallery, then explore the historical opulence of Karatsu Castle, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nijino Matsubara. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Former Takatori House, don't miss a visit to Imari Okawachiyama, stop by Arita Sera, then take in the pleasant sights at Mifuneyama Rakuen, and finally test the waters at Takeo Onsen.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Karatsu trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Fukuoka to Karatsu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fukuoka in April, Karatsu is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Karatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 6:

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.
On the 7th (Wed), stop by Michi-no-Eki Sakurajima, contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, then explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Meiji Restoration, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Shiroyama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue, go for a walk through Sengan-en, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then buy something for everyone on your list at Amu Plaza Kagoshima, and finally don't miss a visit to Kagoshima Chuo Station.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kagoshima trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Karatsu to Kagoshima in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Karatsu in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kagoshima, with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:

Ibusuki

— 1 night
A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kaimondake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirakiki Shrine, then take a memorable drive along JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryugu Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Cape Nagasakibana.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ibusuki visit planner.

Traveling by car from Kagoshima to Ibusuki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. Traveling from Kagoshima in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 18°C in Ibusuki. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Historic Sites · Nature · Baths · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:

Kumamoto

— 1 night
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Shimotori Shotengai, admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, and then surround yourself with nature on Explore Kumamoto.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kumamoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Ibusuki to Kumamoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ibusuki in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Kumamoto, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Beppu.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 10:

Beppu

— 2 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get all the equipment you need at Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, and finally make a trip to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of JR Oita City, get to know the fascinating history of Kitsuki Castle Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Usajingu Shrine Jogu, then contemplate the long history of Usajingu Shrine, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Usajingu Shrine Saidaimon.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Beppu online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Kumamoto to Beppu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kumamoto in April: highs in Beppu hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Beppu

Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:

Yufu

— 2 nights
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yufu, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yufuin Area, and then visit Yunotsubo Kaido. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kuju, look for gifts at Guernsey Farm, then admire the sheer force of Harajiri Falls, then contemplate the long history of Oka Castle Ruins, and finally visit Taketa Spring Group.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yufu travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Beppu to Yufu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April in Yufu, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yufu

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:

Kyushu travel guide

3.9
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.

Saga Prefecture travel guide

3.7
Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Saga Prefecture is a prefecture in the northwest part of the island of Kyushu, Japan. It touches both the Sea of Japan and the Ariake Sea. The western part of the prefecture is a region famous for producing ceramics and porcelain, particularly the towns of Karatsu, Imari, and Arita. The capital is the city of Saga.HistoryIn ancient times, the area composed by Nagasaki Prefecture and Saga Prefecture was called Hizen Province. The current name dates from the Meiji Restoration. Rice farming culture has prospered here since ancient times, and vestiges can be seen at the ruins of Nabatake in Karatsu and the Yoshinogari site in Yoshinogari.Feudal periodFrom the Kamakura period to the Muromachi period, it is thought that over 100 feudal clans existed. Also exerting great influence during this time was a samurai clan operating along the Genkai Sea called the Matsuratō. Upon entering the Sengoku period, the Ryūzōji clan expanded their control to include all of Hizen and Chikugo Provinces, and part of Higo and Chikuzen Provinces. After the death of daimyō Takanobu Ryūzōji, Naoshige Nabeshima took control of the political situation, and by 1607 all of the Ryūzōji clan's domain was under the control of the Nabeshima clan.

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