16 days in Kyushu Itinerary

16 days in Kyushu Itinerary

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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Beppu
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Fukuoka
— 4 nights
Train
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Kumamoto
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki

— 3 nights

City of Peace

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church Hongouchi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ōura Church.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nagasaki online trip itinerary maker.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Nagasaki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in May: high temperatures in Nagasaki hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Beppu.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 26 — 29:

Beppu

— 2 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
On the 30th (Thu), soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kamado Jigoku, take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, then take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, and finally make a trip to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, don't miss a visit to Yufuin Basin, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kinrin.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Beppu vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nagasaki to Beppu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Nagasaki in May, plan for little chillier days in Beppu, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 29 — 31:

Fukuoka

— 4 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.
When in Fukuoka, make a side trip to see Dazaifu Tenman-gu in Dazaifu, approximately Dazaifu away. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Ohori Park, contemplate the long history of Fukuoka Castle Ruins, make a trip to Hakata Station, and buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka day trip tool.

You can drive from Beppu to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Beppu in May, you will find days in Fukuoka are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 4:

Kagoshima

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, don't miss a visit to Sengan-en, then pause for some photo ops at Saigo Takamori Statue, and finally don't miss a visit to Tenmonkan. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Kagoshima City Modern Literature Museum & Kagoshima Marchen Hall, contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, and then pause for some photo ops at Takamori Saigo Birthplace Monument.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kagoshima trip app.

Getting from Fukuoka to Kagoshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In June in Kagoshima, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 22°C at night. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 6:

Kumamoto

— 2 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine and then explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, examine the collection at Aso Highland Museum Park, and then contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kumamoto travel route planning site.

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:

Kyushu travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.