18 days in Kyushu Itinerary

18 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Fukuoka
— 4 nights
2
Oita
— 2 nights
3
Taketa
— 2 nights
4
Kumamoto
— 2 nights
5
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
6
Aso
— 2 nights
7
Nagasaki
— 3 nights

4
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.
Attractions like Mojiko Retro and Kushida Shrine make great kid-friendly stops. Get a sense of the local culture at Dazaifu Tenman-gu and Nijino Matsubara. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Kitakyushu (Kokura Castle & Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History), Old Ito Denemon House (in Iizuka) and Soshodaiji Temple (in Sasaguri-machi). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine, make a trip to Kego Shrine, and buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

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

Sydney, Australia to Fukuoka is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Fukuoka at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Oita.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kitakyushu, Dazaifu, Nijino Matsubara, Old Ito Denemon House, Soshodaiji Temple
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

2
nights
Oita

Oita ©
The gateway to a wealth of dynamic landscapes and some of the country's most atmospheric religious and cultural sites, Oita, in touristic terms, acts primarily as a transport hub.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tsukahara Onsen Kakono Izumi. On the 6th (Wed), soak in some Japanese tradition at Tsukahara Onsen Kakono Izumi, have fun at Tanoura Beach, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Inabake Shimoyashiki, pause for some photo ops at Usuki Sekibutsu, thensoak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally contemplate the long history of Funai Castle Ruin.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Oita trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Fukuoka to Oita in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Fukuoka in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Oita, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Taketa.

Things to do in Oita

Spas Baths Parks

Side Trips

Usuki, Tsukahara Onsen Kakono Izumi
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Usuki Sekibutsu ©
Usuki Sekibutsu

2
nights
Taketa

Taketa ©
Taketa is a city located in Ōita Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): test the waters at a local thermal spa, take in nature's colorful creations at Kuju Flower Park, see the interesting displays at Rentaro Taki Memorial Museum, thendelve into the distant past at Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus, and finally visit Taketa Spring Group. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Oka Castle Ruins, thenadmire the sheer force of Harajiri Falls, thencontemplate the long history of Tsujigawara Stone Bath, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Yujaku Park.

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Traveling by car from Oita to Taketa takes an hour. Traveling from Oita in May, you will find days in Taketa are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Taketa

Parks Historic Sites Spas

Side Trip

Bungoono
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Kuju Flower Park ©
Kuju Flower Park
Harajiri Falls ©
Harajiri Falls
Thermal Spas

2
nights
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
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 (Sun): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the history at Shimpuren Leader Tomoo Otaguro's Battle Site, thentake an in-depth tour of Sakuranobaba Johsaien, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Kumamoto Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kengun Shrine, stroll around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, appreciate the history behind Ichizo Hayashi Bust Statue, thenappreciate the history behind Kato Kiyomasa Statue, thenexplore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kumamoto trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Taketa to Kumamoto in 2.5 hours. In May in Kumamoto, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trip

Onsen Resorts
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
Sakuranobaba Johsaien
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto ©
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Chiran Peace Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Kagoshima City Aquarium, thenget impressive views of Sakurajima, and finally admire the striking features of Tsukiyomi Shrine. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, take an in-depth tour of Shoko Shuseikan Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Sengan-en.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kagoshima trip planner.

Getting from Kumamoto to Kagoshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Kagoshima sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Aso.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Chiran Peace Museum
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Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Chiran Peace Museum ©
Chiran Peace Museum

2
nights
Aso

Aso ©
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso, take a memorable drive along Kusasenrigahama, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Aso Farm land, thentake some stellar pictures from Daikanbo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Aso Mizuki Meguri and then explore the striking landscape of Aso Geopark.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Aso day trip tool.

Getting from Kagoshima to Aso by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Aso sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Aso

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso Farm land, Mt. Aso
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Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Mt. Aso ©
Mt. Aso
Kusasenrigahama ©
Kusasenrigahama

3
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.
On the 16th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, thenexamine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa. On the next day, head off the coast to Hashima Island, thensteep yourself in history at Karematsu Shrine, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Nagasaki Bio Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Aso to Nagasaki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Nagasaki Bio Park
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Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Mt. Inasa ©
Mt. Inasa

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