39 days in Kyushu Itinerary

39 days in Kyushu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kyushu planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Fukuoka Airport, Drive to Sasebo
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Sasebo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nagasaki
— 5 nights
Train
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Kumamoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Beppu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Miyazaki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kagoshima
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ibusuki
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Yakushima-cho
— 5 nights
Fly
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Fukuoka
— 5 nights
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Sasebo

— 4 nights
With its U.S.
Explore Sasebo's surroundings by going to Akaeza (in Arita-cho), Hirado (Hirado Castle, Hitotsuku Beach, &more) and Chimachibo Park (in Takeo). 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 · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 18:

Nagasaki

— 5 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.
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, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, and see the interesting displays at Dejima.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nagasaki day trip app.

Traveling by car from Sasebo to Nagasaki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 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 · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 23:

Kumamoto

— 3 nights
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 Aso Mizuki Meguri (in Aso), Sakurayu (in Yamaga) and Kikuchi Park (in Kikuchi). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Kumamoto Castle, don't miss a visit to Sakuranobaba Johsaien, take an in-depth tour of Newspaper Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kumamoto day trip tool.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Kumamoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September in Kumamoto, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

Takachiho-cho

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aso (Aso Station, Aso Panorama Line, &more), Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura) and Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus (in Taketa). And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka, admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Yasugawara.

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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 · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:

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: Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge (in Kokonoe-machi), Yufu (Homme Blue Cafe, Lake Kinrin, &more) and Nabegataki Falls (in Oguni-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

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:

Miyazaki

— 4 nights
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 Nichinan (Sunmesse Nichinan, Udo Shrine, &more), Kushima (Kojima Island & Ishinami Beach) and Hyuga (Sanpo Seaside, Udo Shrine, &more). 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 · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 6:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kagoshima side-trips: Kirishima (Kirishima Distillery, Kirishima Shrine, &more) and Ushine Bridge (in Tarumizu). 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 drive to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:

Ibusuki

— 2 nights
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 car from Kagoshima to Ibusuki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. 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 catch the ferry to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

Yakushima-cho

— 5 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, baths, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, and paddle through the water with One Drop Kayak Service.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yakushima-cho online journey maker.

Ride a ferry from Ibusuki to Yakushima-cho in 3 hours. Traveling from Ibusuki in October, expect nights in Yakushima-cho to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 17:

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.
Explore Fukuoka's surroundings by going to Itoshima (Forest Adventure Itoshima & Raizan Sennyoji Daihioin), Dazaifu (Kyushu National Museum, Dazaifu Monzen Machi, &more) and Tenpaizan (in Chikushino). 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 contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine.

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 · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 22:

Kyushu travel guide

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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.