9 days in Fukuoka, Saga Prefecture & Beppu Itinerary

9 days in Fukuoka, Saga Prefecture & Beppu Itinerary

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9 days in Fukuoka, Saga Prefecture & Beppu Itinerary

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hakozaki-gu and Nanzoin. Change things up with these side-trips from Fukuoka: Dazaifu (Dazaifu Temman-gu & Komyozen-ji Temple). There's much more to do: let little ones run wild at Ohori Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maizuru Park, admire all the interesting features of Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome, and steep yourself in history at Fukuoka Castle Remains.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read Fukuoka road trip planner.

Manila, Philippines to Fukuoka is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Philippines Time (PHT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Manila in December, with highs in Fukuoka at 13°C and lows at 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 Fun & Games

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Nanzoin
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Dazaifu Temmangu
Dazaifu Temmangu
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.
On the 13th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Former Takatori House, then go for a stroll along the water at Nijino Matsubara, then enjoy breathtaking views from Kagamiyama Observatory, and finally hunt for treasures at Yobuko Daiba Minato Plaza.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Karatsu road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Karatsu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Fukuoka in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Karatsu, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Karatsu

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
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Nijino Matsubara ©
Nijino Matsubara
Kagamiyama Observatory ©
Kagamiyama Observatory
Former Takatori House ©
Former Takatori House

3
nights
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Step off the beaten path and head to African Safari and Usuki Sekibutsu. Venture out of the city with trips to Harajiri Falls (in Bungoono), Taketa (Oka Castle Ruins, Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus, & more) and Yufu (Lake Kinrin, Yufuin Basin, & more). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Beppu online road trip planner .

Drive from Karatsu to Beppu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Karatsu in December since evenings lows in Beppu dip to 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, African Safari, Harajiri Falls
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Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin
African Safari ©
African Safari
Usuki Sekibutsu ©
Usuki Sekibutsu

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