9 days in Fukuoka, Saga Prefecture & Beppu Itinerary

9 days in Fukuoka, Saga Prefecture & Beppu Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Fukuoka
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
2
Karatsu
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Beppu
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Manila, Luzon

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hakozaki Shrine and Fukuoka City Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Fukuoka side-trips: Nanzoin (in Sasaguri-machi) and Dazaifu (Dazaifu Tenman-gu & Komyozen-ji Temple). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Hakata Station, steep yourself in history at Fukuoka Castle Ruins, walk around Maizuru Park, and go for a walk through Ohori Park.

Make your Fukuoka itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Manila, Philippines to Fukuoka is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Philippine Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Manila in December: high temperatures in Fukuoka hover around 13°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Karatsu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Nanzoin
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Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Hakozaki Shrine ©
Hakozaki Shrine
Fukuoka City Museum ©
Fukuoka City Museum

1
night
Karatsu

Karatsu ©
The coastal city of Karatsu has long held importance for trade with China and the Korean Peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Former Takatori House, get outside with Nijino Matsubara, then take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Kagamiyama West Observation Deck, and finally hunt for treasures at Yobuko Daiba Minato Plaza.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Karatsu trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Karatsu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Fukuoka in December since evenings lows in Karatsu dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Beppu.

Things to do in Karatsu

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Nijino Matsubara ©
Nijino Matsubara
Former Takatori House ©
Former Takatori House
Mt. Kagamiyama West Observation Deck ©
Mt. Kagamiyama West Observation Deck

3
nights
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at African Safari and Yufuin Basin. Change things up with these side-trips from Beppu: Yufu (Lake Kinrin & Iwashita Collection), Usuki Sekibutsu (in Usuki) and Harajiri Falls (in Bungoono). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, delve into the distant past at Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and steep yourself in history at Oka Castle Ruins.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Beppu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Karatsu to Beppu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Karatsu in December, Beppu is slightly colder at night with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Yufu, Taketa, Usuki Sekibutsu, Harajiri Falls, African Safari
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Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin
African Safari ©
African Safari
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu

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