38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kitakyushu
— 2 nights
2
Beppu
— 2 nights
3
Minamioguni-machi
— 2 nights
4
Yufu
— 1 night
5
Usuki
— 1 night
6
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
7
Nobeoka
— Few hours
8
Miyazaki
— 3 nights
9
Kirishima
— 2 nights
10
Ibusuki
— 1 night
11
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
12
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
13
Kagoshima
— 1 night
14
Amakusa
— 2 nights
15
Kumamoto
— 1 night
16
Yoshinogari-cho
— 2 nights
17
Hirado
— 2 nights
18
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
19
Goto
— 3 nights
20
Nagasaki
— 1 night
21
Fukuoka
— 3 nights

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Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu ©
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Kitakyushu City Hall Rooftop Observation Deck, don't miss a visit to Kokura Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Kokura Station Building.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kitakyushu trip planner.

Tokyo to Kitakyushu is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. You will leave for Beppu on the 6th (Thu).

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Karato market
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Kanmon Kaikyo ©
Kanmon Kaikyo
Karato market ©
Karato market
Mojiko Retro ©
Mojiko Retro

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Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
On the 6th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa, make a trip to Oniishibozu Jigoku, thenwitness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, thenwitness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Jumonjibaru Observation Deck. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Usamiya Dairakuji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Usajingu Shrine, identify plant and animal life at Oniyama Jigoku, take in the natural beauty of Kamado Jigoku, thenindulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Beppu Tower.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Beppu online day trip planner.

You can drive from Kitakyushu to Beppu in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, daytime highs in Beppu are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Minamioguni-machi.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Usa
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Umi Jigoku ©
Umi Jigoku
Usajingu Shrine ©
Usajingu Shrine

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Minamioguni-machi

Minamioguni-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Nabegataki Falls, stroll around Tateiwa Suigen Park, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurokawa Jizoson, and finally take some stellar pictures from Senomoto Kogen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Daikanbo, don't miss a visit to Aso Station, get impressive views of Mt. Aso, thenmake a trip to Kusasenrigahama, and finally admire the sheer force of Meotodaki Falls.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Minamioguni-machi holiday planner.

Drive from Beppu to Minamioguni-machi in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Beppu in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Minamioguni-machi, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. On the 10th (Mon), you're off to Yufu.

Things to do in Minamioguni-machi

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Aso, Mt. Aso, Nabegataki Falls
Find places to stay May 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Nabegataki Falls ©
Nabegataki Falls
Kusasenrigahama ©
Kusasenrigahama

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Yufu

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
On the 10th (Mon), explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, wander the streets of Yunotsubo Kaido, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yufuin Area.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yufu trip planner.

You can drive from Minamioguni-machi to Yufu in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Minamioguni-machi in May, you will find days in Yufu are a bit cooler (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Usuki.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks Baths Nature
Find places to stay May 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin
Yufuin Area ©
Yufuin Area

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Usuki

Usuki
Usuki is a city located on the east coast of Ōita Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Usuki Castle Ruin, thencontemplate the long history of Usuki Samurai House Streets, thenget to know the fascinating history of Nioza Rekishi no Michi, and finally steep yourself in history at Usuki Town Streets.

To find out how to plan a trip to Usuki, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Yufu to Usuki in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. You will leave for Takachiho-cho on the 12th (Wed).

Things to do in Usuki

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 11 — 12:

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Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
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 12th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Kushifuru Shrine and then take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, thengo for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho journey planner.

You can drive from Usuki to Takachiho-cho in 2 hours. While traveling from Usuki, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Takachiho-cho, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. You will leave for Nobeoka on the 14th (Fri).

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine

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Nobeoka

Nobeoka ©
Nobeoka is a city located in the north of Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan.As of the March 1, 2017 the city has an estimated population of 123,406 and a population density of 147.68 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nobeoka Castle Ruins Shiroyama Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nobeoka online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Nobeoka takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Nobeoka

Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Nobeoka Castle Ruins Shiroyama Park ©
Nobeoka Castle Ruins Shiroyama Park

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Miyazaki

Miyazaki ©
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyazaki Shinto Shrine. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Horikiri Pass, thendon't miss a visit to Sunmesse Nichinan, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Udo Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Udo Shrine.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyazaki route builder tool.

Getting from Nobeoka to Miyazaki by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May in Miyazaki, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kirishima.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nichinan, Udo Shrine
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Udo Shrine ©
Udo Shrine
Aoshima Island ©
Aoshima Island
Aoshima Shrine ©
Aoshima Shrine

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Kirishima

Kirishima ©
The city of Kirishima, established in 2005 by the merging of several smaller towns, makes a popular base for exploring the volcanic mountain range of the surrounding national park.
On the 17th (Mon), test the waters at a local thermal spa, take in the dramatic scenery at Maruo Falls, take in panoramic vistas at Kirishima Shrine Viewing Point, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kirishima Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kagoshima Jingu Shrine. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Sora Stage, don't miss a visit to Kagoshima Airport (KOJ), thendon't miss a visit to Kareigawa Station, and finally stroll around Saigo Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kirishima trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Miyazaki to Kirishima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Miyazaki in May, expect little chillier with lows of °F in Kirishima. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Wed) before leaving for Ibusuki.

Things to do in Kirishima

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Maruo Falls ©
Maruo Falls
Kirishima Shrine ©
Kirishima Shrine
Kareigawa Station ©
Kareigawa Station

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Ibusuki

A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryugu Shrine, thentake some stellar pictures from Cape Nagasakibana, thencruise along JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Ibusuki road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kirishima to Ibusuki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kirishima in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Ibusuki, with highs around °F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around °F. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Baths Spas Parks
Find places to stay May 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Onsen Resorts
Cape Nagasakibana ©
Cape Nagasakibana
JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station
JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station

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Kagoshima

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): go for a walk through Ishin Furusato no Michi Promenade, get impressive views of Sakurajima, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Kagoshima City Aquarium. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory, get engrossed in the history at Shoko Shuseikan Museum, thenappreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue, thendon't miss a visit to Tenmonkan, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kagoshima itinerary maker.

Ride a ferry from Ibusuki to Kagoshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ibusuki in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Kagoshima, with lows around °F. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Shiroyama Observatory ©
Shiroyama Observatory
Tenmonkan ©
Tenmonkan

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Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
On the 22nd (Sat), take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho itinerary maker.

Getting from Kagoshima to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Onsen Resorts

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Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stroll through Mt. Shiroyama.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kagoshima day trip site.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Kagoshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kagoshima, with lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Amakusa.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Nature
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Shiroyama ©
Mt. Shiroyama

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Amakusa

Amakusa ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stop by Amakusa Takahamayaki Juhogama, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Oe Tenshudo Church, and then contemplate the long history of Myotoku-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Sakitsu Museum Minatoya, pause for some serene contemplation at Sakitsu Catholic Church, thenfind something for the whole family at Dolphin Marine World, and finally take in the views from Amakusa Gokyo Bridge.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Amakusa day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kagoshima to Amakusa takes 4 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Amakusa can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. On the 27th (Thu), you're off to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Amakusa

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Amakusa Gokyo Bridge
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Oe Tenshudo Church ©
Oe Tenshudo Church
Sakitsu Catholic Church ©
Sakitsu Catholic Church
Amakusa Gokyo Bridge ©
Amakusa Gokyo Bridge

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Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
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 27th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, thenstroll around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Kumamoto Castle.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amakusa to Kumamoto takes 2 hours. May in Kumamoto sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. You will leave for Yoshinogari-cho on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay May 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto ©
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto

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Yoshinogari-cho

Yoshinogari-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Kunenan, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Niiyama Shrine, and then admire the sheer force of Kiyomizu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wani Shrine, stroll around Yoshinogari Historical Park, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Shugakuin Temple, thenadmire the natural beauty at Daikozenji Temple, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Road Station Yoshinogari "village of sasanqua".

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Traveling by car from Kumamoto to Yoshinogari-cho takes 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kumamoto in May: highs in Yoshinogari-cho hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. You will leave for Hirado on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Yoshinogari-cho

Historic Sites Parks Classes

Side Trips

Kanzaki, Kiyomizu Falls, Daikozenji Temple
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Yoshinogari Historical Park ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park
Niiyama Shrine ©
Niiyama Shrine
Shugakuin Temple ©
Shugakuin Temple

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Hirado

Hirado ©
Hirado, historically known as Firando is a city located in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hirado Castle, thenget to know the fascinating history of Temple and the Church Scenery, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Francisco de Xavier Memorial Church. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Matsuura Historical Museum, take an in-depth tour of Remains of Dutch Trading House, steep yourself in history at Netherlands Fence, thenlet the kids burn off some steam at Tabira Park, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Tabira Church, and finally take in the views from Hirado Ohashi.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hirado holiday builder tool.

You can drive from Yoshinogari-cho to Hirado in 2 hours. Traveling from Yoshinogari-cho in May, Hirado is little chillier at night with lows of °F. You will leave for Nagasaki on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Hirado

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your plan
Francisco de Xavier Memorial Church ©
Francisco de Xavier Memorial Church
Catholic Tabira Church ©
Catholic Tabira Church
Hirado Ohashi ©
Hirado Ohashi

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Nagasaki

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, thensee the interesting displays at Dejima, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kannondo. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ōura Church and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki route planner.

You can drive from Hirado to Nagasaki in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Nagasaki are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Thu) before leaving for Goto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Ōura Church ©
Ōura Church
Dejima ©
Dejima
Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing ©
Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing

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Goto

Goto ©
Goto is known for historic sites, nature, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Takahama Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Osezaki Dangai, admire the architecture and history at Kaitsu Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Mizunoura Church.

Find out how to plan Goto trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Drive from Nagasaki to Goto in 2 hours. When traveling from Nagasaki in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Goto: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Goto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Dozaki Cathedral ©
Dozaki Cathedral
Takahama Beach ©
Takahama Beach
Kusuhara Church ©
Kusuhara Church

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Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and then stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip planner.

You can drive from Goto to Nagasaki in 2 hours. When traveling from Goto in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Nagasaki, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple & Dazaifu Tenman-gu). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Ohori Park, admire the striking features of Hakata Station, admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Nagasaki to Fukuoka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Dazaifu
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum