12 days in Kyushu Itinerary

12 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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12 days in Kyushu Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  15​h 30​min
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
— 3 nights
train + subway + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Melbourne


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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at Fukuro no Mise, Hakata, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakozaki-gu, take an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum, then let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenkai Inari Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Temmangu, then admire the natural beauty at Komyozen-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, and finally admire the striking features of Hakata Station.

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Melbourne, Australia to Fukuoka is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Fukuoka due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Fukuoka: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games

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Hakozaki Shrine ©
Hakozaki Shrine
Fukuoka City Museum ©
Fukuoka City Museum
Dazaifu Temmangu
Dazaifu Temmangu


Kagoshima ©
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.
On the 9th (Mon), take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en Garden, appreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, then pause for some photo ops at Wakakisatsuma Monument, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Kagoshima Prefectural Office Observation Hall. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and then contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima.

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Getting from Fukuoka to Kagoshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Kagoshima can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Sasebo.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Sakurajima ©
Sengan-en Garden ©
Sengan-en Garden
Museum of the Meiji Restoration ©
Museum of the Meiji Restoration


Sasebo ©
With its U.S.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Francisco de Xavier Memorial Church and Hario Radio Tower. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sasebo: Kawachi Toge Pass (in Hirado) and Togo Mt. Nakao (in Hasami-cho). Pack the 11th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Huis Ten Bosch. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yumihari, explore the fascinating underground world of Mukyudo, and don't miss a visit to Sasebo Yonkacho Shotengai.

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Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Sasebo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Sasebo are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hirado, Togo Mt. Nakao
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Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Francisco de Xavier Memorial Church ©
Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort ©
Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort


Nagasaki ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Inasayama Observation Deck and Glover Sky Road. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Suwa Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium.

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Traveling by car from Sasebo to Nagasaki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Museums Nature
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Inasayama Observation Deck ©
Inasayama Observation Deck
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum