15 days in Kyushu Itinerary

15 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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Fly
1
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train
2
Kagoshima
— 3 nights
Train
3
Kumamoto
— 1 night
Drive
4
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive
5
Beppu
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Oita
— 1 night
Drive
7
Yufu
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Fukuoka
— 1 night
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Fukuoka

— 2 nights

City of Yatai

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 29th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Komyozen-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenkai Inari Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamado Shrine, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Komenoyama Obsevatory. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Hakata Station, then stop by Nakasu District, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, and finally explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka trip maker website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Fukuoka is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Fukuoka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in January, you will find days in Fukuoka are a bit warmer (11°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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Kagoshima

— 3 nights

Naples of the East

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kagoshima: Chiran Peace Museum (in Minamikyushu) and Ibusuki (Mt. Kaimondake, Onsen Resorts, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, get engrossed in the history at Shoko Shuseikan Museum, make a trip to Tenmonkan, and explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Kagoshima route site.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kagoshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January in Kagoshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Kumamoto

— 1 night
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto trip itinerary builder site.

Take a train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Takachiho-cho

— 1 night
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanamoto Sugi, go for a walk through Takachihokyo Passage, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyotakachiho Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho road trip planning tool.

Getting from Kumamoto to Takachiho-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Takachiho-cho are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Beppu

— 2 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): make a trip to Oniishibozu Jigoku, witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, then take in the natural beauty of Kamado Jigoku, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally make a trip to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Takkiri Valley, relax in the rural setting at Senzai Farm, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Usajingu Shrine Jogu, then make a trip to Usajingu Shrine, and finally get engrossed in the history at Oita Prefectural Museum of History.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Beppu trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Takachiho-cho to Beppu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. February in Beppu sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Oita.

Things to do in Beppu

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

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Oita

— 1 night
The gateway to a wealth of dynamic landscapes and some of the country's most atmospheric religious and cultural sites, Oita, in touristic terms, acts primarily as a transport hub.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo, shop like a local with JR Oita City, soak in some Japanese tradition at City Spa Tenku, then don't miss a visit to Magari Stone Budda, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Takio Hakketsu Caves.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Oita route planning website.

Oita is just a short distance from Beppu. February in Oita sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Oita

Historic Sites · Spas · Baths · Shopping
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Yufu

— 2 nights
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
On the 9th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yufu, then don't miss a visit to Yufuin Basin, then explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Yufuin Area. On your second day here, wander the streets of Yunotsubo Kaido, admire the natural beauty at Old Garden of Kurushima, then snap pictures at Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge, and finally appreciate the views at Kuju Highland.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Yufu journey maker tool.

Traveling by car from Oita to Yufu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Fukuoka

— 1 night

City of Yatai

Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, then browse the different shops at Solaria Stage Specialty Store, and then take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Fukuoka trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Yufu to Fukuoka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping · Parks
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Kyushu travel guide

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Enthusiastic shutterbugs and lovers of all things picturesque often choose to tour Kyushu-Okinawa on one of the island's epic train trips, leading through a landscape shaped by thousands of years of volcanic activity. With mild winters, warm summers, and plenty of developed beaches, the region offers a wealth of marine sports and recreation. Those with relaxation on their mind take a vacation in Kyushu-Okinawa for a chance to explore some of Japan's finest onsens, in which pristine nature meets modern amenities for an unforgettable tourist experience.