10 days in Kumamoto & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

10 days in Kumamoto & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Kumamoto
— 3 nights
Train
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Miyazu
— 1 day
Drive to Osaka International Airport, Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

S M T W T F S
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

Kumamoto

— 3 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Get a sense of the local culture at Takachiho Shrine and Amano Iwato Shrine. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Amano Yasugawara and Daikanbo. Step out of Kumamoto to go to Aso and see Kusasenrigahama, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: get impressive views of Mt. Aso, walk around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kumamoto day trip tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Kumamoto is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in May, with highs in Kumamoto at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 27 — 30:

Kyoto

— 4 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Arashiyama are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Heian Shrine and Shosei-en Garden. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kyoto trip simple and quick.

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Kyoto in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Miyazu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 3:

Miyazu

— 1 day
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Miyazu Catholic Church, admire the sheer force of Kanabiki Waterfall, then walk around Kasamatsu Park, and finally explore the activities along Amanohashidate.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Miyazu online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kyoto to Miyazu in 2 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in June, expect nights in Miyazu to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 4:

Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

4.3
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

Source