21 days in Kyushu & Shikoku Itinerary

21 days in Kyushu & Shikoku Itinerary

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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yufu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fukuoka
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kochi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matsuyama
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
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Kumamoto
— 3 nights
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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.
For shopping fun, head to Ishimaru Bunkoudou or The Confucian Temple, the Chinese Museum of Successive Generations. Visit Nagasaki Peace Park and Glover Garden for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Nagasaki to Minamishimabara to see Minamishimabara Dolphin Watching about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, take a stroll through Shinchi Chinatown, and steep yourself in history at Glover House and Office.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Nagasaki is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Nagasaki is 1 hour. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Singapore in April, with highs in Nagasaki at 22°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:

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 20th (Wed): stop by Wahaha, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tadewara Wetlands, stroll through Ogi Rice Terraces, and then make a trip to Yamanami Highway.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yufu trip planner.

You can drive from Nagasaki to Yufu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:

Fukuoka

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hataman and Art Space Baku. Get some cultural insight at Dazaifu Tenman-gu and Mojiko Retro. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukuoka: Nijino Matsubara (in Karatsu), Komyozen-ji Temple (in Dazaifu) and Yabakei (in Nakatsu). There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, wander the streets of Nakasu District, relax and rejuvenate at Organic Esthe Salon Fuu, and shop like a local with Osakana Tengoku.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fukuoka holiday planning website.

Getting from Yufu to Fukuoka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Kochi.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 26:

Kochi

— 2 nights
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
On the 27th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle, then browse the fresh offerings at Hirome Ichiba, and then don't miss a visit to Harimaya Bridge. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, kick back and relax at Katsura Hama, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kochi trip planner.

Fly from Fukuoka to Kochi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Kochi can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:

Matsuyama

— 2 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then look for gifts at Mikan Yokocho Ropewaygai-branch. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the fresh offerings at Ohisamaichi, stroll through Namekawakeikoku, and then browse the different shops at Emifull Masaki.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Matsuyama trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Kochi to Matsuyama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Matsuyama are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to fly to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Shopping · Spas · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum, and then browse the different shops at Amu Plaza Kagoshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at Chiran Peace Museum and then get impressive views of Sakurajima.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kagoshima road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Matsuyama to Kagoshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:

Kumamoto

— 3 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kumamoto Castle and Former Residence of L.L. Janes. Let the collections at Sakuranobaba Johsaien and Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto capture your imagination. Step out of Kumamoto with an excursion to Onsen Resorts in Yamaga--about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on Explore Kumamoto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and get a taste of the local shopping with Shimotori Shotengai.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kumamoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 5:

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.

Shikoku travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Spiritual Island
The smallest of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku remains one of the country's forgotten tourist destinations, still considered little more than a rural backwater. Despite this reputation, the island boasts numerous notable temples and outstanding hiking areas, sure to satisfy nature lovers and those looking to add a bit of culture to their visit. Shikoku tourism gets a boost from its famed "88 Temple Route," appealing to pilgrims seeking spiritual perfection, as well as pristine natural scenery of picturesque rivers and majestic mountains. Thanks to the area's rugged but easily accessible wilderness, some of the most popular things to do in Shikoku include hiking, kayaking, surfing, climbing, and sailing.