28 days in Kyushu Itinerary

28 days in Kyushu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kyushu vacation planner

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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
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Yakushima-cho
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kagoshima
— 4 nights
Train
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Kumamoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Beppu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sasebo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nagasaki
— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Ohori Park, walk around Maizuru Park, stop by Shimamoto Mentaiko Hakata Ekimae, and browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Fukuoka is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Fukuoka. Traveling from San Francisco in March, things will get little chillier in Fukuoka: highs are around 59°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 8:

Yakushima-cho

— 4 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Yakushima-cho is known for nature, sightseeing, and baths. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, and see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip planning website.

Getting from Fukuoka to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Fukuoka in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 52°F in Yakushima-cho. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can fly to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 12:

Kagoshima

— 4 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.
Explore Kagoshima's surroundings by going to Ibusuki (JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, Onsen Resorts, &more) and Minamikyushu (Chiran Heiwa Park & Chiran Peace Museum). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Sakurajima, take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, and get to know the resident critters at Hirakawa Zoological Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kagoshima trip website.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Kagoshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kagoshima, with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 16:

Kumamoto

— 2 nights
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 17th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, examine the collection at Kumamoto Prefectual Traditional Crafts Center, then admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kumamoto Prefectural Library, Kumamoto Culture and History Museum. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Newspaper Museum, don't miss a visit to Sl Hitoyoshi, then take an in-depth tour of Sakuranobaba Johsaien, and finally explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kumamoto day trip planner.

Getting from Kagoshima to Kumamoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Kumamoto, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:

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 19th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Kawauda Spring, stroll around Nyuta Nakashima Park, visit Taketa Spring Group, then explore the ancient world of Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Yasugawara.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Kumamoto to Takachiho-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Takachiho-cho are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 20:

Beppu

— 3 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Beppu: Usa (Usajingu Shrine, Senzai Farm, &more), Tashibu no Sato Sannomiya no Kei (in Bungotakada) and Yufu (Homme Blue Cafe, Lake Kinrin, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, admire the landmark architecture of Chido-kan, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and meet the residents at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Beppu day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Beppu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Beppu can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Sasebo.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 23:

Sasebo

— 4 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sasebo: Hirado (Mori Shuzojo, Temple and the Church Scenery, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Huis Ten Bosch, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ohashikannonji, and take in panoramic vistas at Domtoren.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sasebo road trip site.

Getting from Beppu to Sasebo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Sasebo are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Sasebo

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 27:

Nagasaki

— 4 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 sightseeing, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Magome Catholic Church, and snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nagasaki driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sasebo to Nagasaki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 31:

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.