39 days in Kyushu Itinerary

39 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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Sasebo
— 4 nights
2
Nagasaki
— 5 nights
3
Kumamoto
— 3 nights
4
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
5
Beppu
— 3 nights
6
Miyazaki
— 4 nights
7
Kagoshima
— 4 nights
8
Ibusuki
— 2 nights
9
Yakushima-cho
— 5 nights
10
Fukuoka
— 5 nights

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Sasebo

Sasebo ©
With its U.S.
Explore Sasebo's surroundings by going to Akaeza (in Arita-cho), Chimachibo Park (in Takeo) and Hirado (Hirado Castle, Hitotsuku Beach, &more). Pack the 15th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Huis Ten Bosch. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Ishidake Observatory, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ohashikannonji, don't miss a visit to Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yumihari.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sasebo trip planner.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Sasebo is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Sasebo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in September: high temperatures in Sasebo hover around 32°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Hirado, Akaeza, Chimachibo Park
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 18:
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Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Chimachibo Park ©
Chimachibo Park
Catholic Tabira Church ©
Catholic Tabira Church

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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.
Nagasaki is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa.

Before you visit Nagasaki, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Sasebo to Nagasaki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Nagao Castle Park
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 23:
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Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sakurayu (in Yamaga), Aso Mizuki Meguri (in Aso) and Kikuchi Park (in Kikuchi). There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Kumamoto Castle, make a trip to Kumamon Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, and take an in-depth tour of Sakuranobaba Johsaien.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Kumamoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Sl Hitoyoshi, Sakurayu, Aso Mizuki Meguri, Kikuchi Park
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto ©
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto

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Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus (in Taketa), Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura) and Aso (Aso Station, Aso Panorama Line, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Yasugawara, and take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls.

Plan a Takachiho-cho trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Kumamoto to Takachiho-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Beppu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Aso, Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus, Shirakawa Springs
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Kusasenrigahama ©
Kusasenrigahama
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo

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Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Beppu: Yufu (Homme Blue Cafe, Lake Kinrin, &more), Nabegataki Falls (in Oguni-machi) and Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge (in Kokonoe-machi). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, make a trip to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa, enjoy breathtaking views from Hiranodai Highland Viewing Platform, and contemplate the long history of Usajingu Shrine.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Beppu trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Takachiho-cho to Beppu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Beppu

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yufu, Usa, Takasakiyama Nature Zoo, Hiranodai Highland Viewing Platform, Yamanami Highway
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:
Highlights from your plan
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin
Onsen Resorts

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Miyazaki

Miyazaki ©
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
Explore Miyazaki's surroundings by going to Hyuga (Sanpo Seaside, Udo Shrine, &more), Nichinan (Sunmesse Nichinan, Udo Shrine, &more) and Kushima (Kojima Island & Ishinami Beach). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Onino Sentakuita, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aoshima Shrine, get curious at Miyzaki Science Center, and head off the coast to Aoshima Island.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Miyazaki road trip app.

You can drive from Beppu to Miyazaki in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. October in Miyazaki sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Nichinan, Hyuga, Kushima, Sukimu Land
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 6:
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Onino Sentakuita ©
Onino Sentakuita
Udo Shrine ©
Udo Shrine
Aoshima Shrine ©
Aoshima Shrine

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kagoshima side-trips: Ushine Bridge (in Tarumizu) and Kirishima (Kirishima Distillery, Kirishima Shrine, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Sakurajima, take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Meiji Restoration, and enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Shiroyama.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kagoshima road trip planning website.

Getting from Miyazaki to Kagoshima by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Miyazaki in October since evenings lows in Kagoshima dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Kirishima, Ushine Bridge
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Nagashima Museum ©
Nagashima Museum

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Ibusuki

Ibusuki ©
A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take a memorable drive along JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, explore the activities along Fushime Coast, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kaimondake, then take in the awesome beauty at Onodake, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ikeda. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Cape Nagasakibana, walk around Sebira Park, contemplate the long history of Chiran Samurai Residence Garden, then learn about all things military at Chiran Peace Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Chiran Heiwa Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ibusuki online attractions planner.

Traveling by ferry from Kagoshima to Ibusuki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kagoshima in October, Ibusuki is a bit warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Minamikyushu
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Kaimondake ©
Mt. Kaimondake
Onsen Resorts
Chiran Peace Museum ©
Chiran Peace Museum

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Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
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, baths, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land, and make a trip to Jōmon Sugi.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho trip maker website.

Traveling by ferry from Ibusuki to Yakushima-cho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from Ibusuki, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Yakushima-cho, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land

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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.
Explore Fukuoka's surroundings by going to Dazaifu (Kyushu National Museum, Dazaifu Monzen Machi, &more), Tenpaizan (in Chikushino) and Itoshima (Forest Adventure Itoshima & Raizan Sennyoji Daihioin). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Hakata Station, take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, contemplate the long history of Old Ito Denemon House, and enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka online attractions planner.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Fukuoka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, plan for little chillier nights in Fukuoka, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Itoshima, Old Ito Denemon House, Tenpaizan, Mitsuse Soba Road
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Hakata Station ©
Hakata Station
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park