6 days in Kumamoto Prefecture, Miyazaki Prefecture & Kagoshima Prefecture Itinerary

6 days in Kumamoto Prefecture, Miyazaki Prefecture & Kagoshima Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kyushu holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Kumamoto
— 1 day
Drive
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Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kagoshima
— 3 nights
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Kumamoto

— 1 day
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 18th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Kumamoto Castle, then explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, then walk around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and finally take an in-depth tour of Sakuranobaba Johsaien.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Kumamoto trip builder site.

Tokyo to Kumamoto is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Kumamoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, then make a trip to Shirakawa Springs, and then contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Takachiho-cho trip planner.

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 November, daily temperatures in Takachiho-cho can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Kagoshima

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kagoshima: Chiran Peace Museum (in Minamikyushu) and Onsen Resorts (in Ibusuki). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Sakurajima, go for a walk through Sengan-en, make a trip to Temmonkan Mujyaki, and pause for some photo ops at Saigo Takamori Statue.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Kagoshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Kagoshima are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Museums · Baths · Spas · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:

Kumamoto Prefecture travel guide

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Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Kumamoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Kumamoto.HistoryHistorically, the area was called Higo Province; and the province was renamed Kumamoto during the Meiji Restoration. The creation of prefectures was part of the abolition of the feudal system. The current Japanese orthography for Kumamoto literally means "bear root/origin", or "origin of the bear".

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Miyazaki Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Canyons · Landmarks
Miyazaki Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Miyazaki.HistoryHistorically, after the Meiji Restoration, Hyūga Province was renamed Miyazaki Prefecture.GeographyMiyazaki Prefecture is located on the eastern coast of the island of Kyushu, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the south and east, Ōita Prefecture to the north, and Kumamoto and Kagoshima Prefectures to the west. It is one of only two locations on Earth where the fungus Chorioactis geaster is found. Miyazaki is the home of the hyuganatsu fruit.As of April 1, 2012, 12% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Kirishima-Yaku National Park; Kyūshū Chūō Sanchi, Nichinan Kaigan, Nippō Kaigan, and Sobo-Katamuki Quasi-National Parks; and Mochio-Sekinoo, Osuzu, Saitobaru-Sugiyasukyō, Sobo Katamuki, Wanitsuka, and Yatake Kōgen Prefectural Natural Parks.

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Kagoshima Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Volcanos
Kagoshima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Kagoshima.HistoryKagoshima Prefecture corresponds to the ancient Japanese provinces Ōsumi and Satsuma, including the northern part of the Ryukyu Islands. This region played a key role in the Meiji Restoration (Saigō Takamori), and the city of Kagoshima was an important naval base during Japan's 20th century wars and the home of admiral Tōgō Heihachirō. More recent incidents are the sinking of a North Korean spy ship (100 ton class) in 2001 by the Coast Guard, which was later salvaged and exhibited in Tokyo, and the abduction of an office clerk from a Kagoshima beach in 1978 by agents from the same country. This became known only recently under the Koizumi administration.GeographyKagoshima Prefecture is located at the southwest tip of Kyushu on the Satsuma Peninsula and Ōsumi Peninsula. This prefecture also includes a chain of islands stretching further to the southwest of Kyushu for a few hundred kilometers. The most important group is the Amami Islands. Surrounded by the East China Sea to the west, Okinawa Prefecture in the south, Kumamoto Prefecture to the north, and Miyazaki Prefecture to the east, it has 2,632 km of coastline (including the 28 islands). It has a bay called Kagoshima Bay (Kinkowan), which is sandwiched by two peninsulas, Satsuma and Ōsumi. Its position made it a 'gateway' to Japan at various times in history. While Kyushu has about 13 million people, there are less than 2 million in this prefecture.

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