9 days in Fukuoka Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefecture & Oita Prefecture Itinerary

9 days in Fukuoka Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefecture & Oita Prefecture Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Kumamoto
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Aso
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Yufu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Kitakyushu
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Dazaifu Government Remains, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Komyozen-ji Temple, thentake in panoramic vistas at Komenoyama Obsevatory, and finally steep yourself in history at Nanzoin. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, thentake in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, thenwalk around Ohori Park, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka online trip itinerary builder.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Fukuoka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Fukuoka due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October, with highs in Fukuoka at 27°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Sasaguri-machi
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Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Hakata Station ©
Hakata Station
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park

1
night
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, thenmake a trip to Kumamon Square, thenadmire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and finally get engrossed in the history at Sakuranobaba Johsaien.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kumamoto using our trip planner.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Kumamoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Kumamoto, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Aso.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto ©
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto

1
night
Aso

Aso ©
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): cruise along Aso Panorama Line, don't miss a visit to Kusasenrigahama, thenexperience rural life at Couples, thentake some stellar pictures from Daikanbo, and finally wander the wide-open spaces of Mo-mo- Farm Takehara Bokujo.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Aso trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Kumamoto to Aso takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Aso, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Aso

Scenic Drive Outdoors Nature
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Kusasenrigahama ©
Kusasenrigahama
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Aso Panorama Line ©
Aso Panorama Line

2
nights
Yufu

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yufu, explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, thentake an in-depth tour of Iwashita Collection, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Sagiridai Observatory. On the next day, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to Oniishibozu Jigoku, thenwitness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, thentake in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, and finally don't miss a visit to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yufu trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Aso to Yufu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Beppu, Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin
Spas

2
nights
Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu ©
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
On the 8th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Kanmon Kaikyo, visit Karato market, examine the collection at Kyushu Railway History Museum, thenwander the streets of Mojiko Retro, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Mojiko Retro Tenbowsitsu. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wakamatsuebisu Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Sugao Waterfall, thenmake a trip to Yasaka Shrine, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kokura Castle.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kitakyushu travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Yufu to Kitakyushu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Kitakyushu sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Karato market
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Kanmon Kaikyo ©
Kanmon Kaikyo
Karato market ©
Karato market
Mojiko Retro ©
Mojiko Retro

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