8 days in Kyushu Itinerary

8 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): head off the coast to Hashima Island, then snap pictures at Megane Bridge, and then admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally examine the collection at Dejima.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki sightseeing tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Nagasaki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in May; daily highs in Nagasaki reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sasebo.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
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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.
On the 17th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Mukyudo, then find something for the whole family at Huis Ten Bosch, and then take in panoramic vistas at Domtoren.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sasebo online vacation planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Sasebo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May in Sasebo, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, go for a walk through Ohori Park, then don't miss a visit to Fukuoka Tower, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, and then make a trip to Hakata Station.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Fukuoka planner.

Drive from Sasebo to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, and then make a trip to Sengan-en.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kagoshima vacation maker.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kagoshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Museums
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Kyushu travel guide

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.