Kyushu 9 Days Itinerary-A

Summary

  • Start
    Fukuoka Airport or Hakata Station
  • Finish
    Fukuoka Airport or Hakata Station
  • Mileage
    Total 1010km
    120km per day
  • Travel Pace
    Relaxing
  • Onsen Stay
    Max.5 nights
  • Recommended Seasons
    Jan,Feb,Mar,Apr,May,Jun,Jul,Aug,Sep,Oct,Nov,Dec

This itinerary takes 9 days to circle north Kyushu. By staying consecutive nights in 3 cities, you can travel at a relaxing pace.

If you want to stay in Fukuoka after the road trip, it is also possible to return your car around near Hakata station.

 

Fukuoka – Yufuin/Beppu(Sample)

Start : Fukuoka (福岡)
Finish :Yufuin(湯布院) or Beppu(別府)
Mileage:160km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day, you will head from Fukuoka to Yufuin or Beppu.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Rental car branch at Fukuoka airport or Hakata Station

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9:00
There are many highlight sites along today’s route. And most of the shops at Yufuin are the biggest highlight of the day close around 17:00. Therefore, we strongly recommend leaving from 8:00 to 9:00.
If your departure time is late, such as leaving in the afternoon, adjust your schedule by taking the expressway or skipping some spots.




30min

2

Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine-太宰府天満宮

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55 333 771*40What is MAPCODE?

9:30
The first destination is “Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine”, nationally famous throughout Japan as the god of learning.

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, where the god of learning is enshrined

The approach from the parking lot to Tenmangu Shrine is called “Tenjin-sama-dori” avenue, which is crowded with many souvenir stores and restaurants.

Tenjin-sama Avenue, the approach to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine. Umegae mochi is a specialty.

If you like sweets and fruits, you can also enjoy fruit picking after visiting Tenmangu Shrine. Please refer to the driving map.




70min

3

Sofuren-想夫恋本店

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Soufuren Hita Yakisoba is a must-try B-Grade Gourmet

12:00
Recommended lunch is “Hita Yakisoba”, a local grilled noodle. If you have time, stop by the nearby “Hita Old Town” as it has a charming atmosphere.

Hita, where the old townscape remains

After that, let’s head to Yufuin.
There are no spots between Hita and Yufuin. It is recommended to drive on the highway (E34).




50min

4

Yufuin Yunotsubo Street-湯布院湯の坪街道

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The main street, Yufuin Yunotsubo Kaido, can be strolled for about 2 hours.

13:45
Once you arrive in Yufuin, we recommend strolling along the Yufuin Yunotsubo Kaido (Yufuin Yunotsubo Street), lined with souvenir stores and cute little sweet stores. Enjoy eating and walking to Kinrin-ko Lake at the road’s eastern end.

Lake Kinrin is located at the western end of Yunotsubo Avenue

Another highlight of the day, the “Beppu Jigoku Hells”, will close at 17:00. If you wish to visit it, leave Yufuin by 3:30 p.m. at the latest.




30min

It is a 25-km, 30-minute drive from Yufuin to Beppu. The drive through the foot of Mt. Yufudake is exhilarating.

Yufuin to Beppu through the foot of Mt.Yufu

5

Beppu Jigoku Hells-べっぷ地獄めぐり

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“Beppu Jigoku Hells” symbolizes onsen town Beppu, where hot water of various colors boils over! The seven hells are divided into two main areas as follows, about 3 km or 10 minutes by car. Five of the seven hells are within walking distance.
Each area can be explored on foot.
Be aware that all Jigoku closes at 17:00.

The 7 Jigoku are divided into two areas
Kannawa District(5 Jigokus)
Umi-Jigoku(Sea Hell), one of the seven Beppu Jigoku Hells

There is big free parking at Umi Jigoku. You can park there and visit 5 Jigoku on foot.

●Umi Jigoku-海地獄
Time required: 30 min
●Oniishibozu Jigoku‐鬼石坊主地獄
Time required:15 min
●Kamado Jigoku‐かまど地獄
Time required: 20 min
10min walking from Umi Jigoku or MC: 46 522 481.
●Oniyama Jigoku-鬼山地獄
Time required: 10 min
●Shiraike Jigoku‐白池地獄
Time required: 10 min

Shibaseki District(2 Jigokus)
“Blood Pond Hell” of the Beppu Hell Tour

You can park at Chinoike Jigoku. Tatsumaki Jigoku is located right next door and you can visit on foot.

●Chinoike Jigoku-血の池地獄
Time required: 15 min
●Tatsumaki Jigoku-龍巻地獄
Time required: It is a geyser that erupts once every 30 to 40 minutes. This means that you will have to wait up to 40 minutes.




15min

6

Inn in Yufuin or Beppu

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In addition, there are [Shin Yabakei Gorge(HitomeHakkei)] one of the best autumn-colored leave spot in Kyushu along the route of the day.
If you are traveling from end Oct-Mid Nov, we strongly recommend visiting.

Hitome Hakkei of Shinyabakei autumn leave: End Oct – Mid Nov
Driving Map For The Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

[Drive Map]Fukuoka-Yufuin/Beppu – Google マイマップ
Fukuoka-Yufuin/Beppu

Where to stay in Yufuin or Beppu

On this day, you will stay in either Yufuin town or Beppu city. It is 20km and takes about 30min. Both of them are nationally famous Onsen areas.

①Yufuin(湯布院)
Yufuin is small but has many luxury Onsen Ryokans.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for Onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are a few restaurants in this area, so be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

②Beppu(別府)
Beppu is a Bigger City and has More Inexpensive Inns.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    Beppu is famous for Onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

 

Yufuin/Beppu – Yufuin/Beppu

Start:Yufuin/Beppu (由布院/別府)
Finish:
Yufuin/Beppu (由布院/別府)
Mileage:
70km
Travel Pace:
Relaxed

The mileage on this day is about 70km, so you can relax and enjoy the sights.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Yufuin/Beppu

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9:00
On this day, though you will leisurely explore the city of Beppu and Yufuin, we recommend that you leave around 9:00.




20min

2

Beppu Jigoku Meguri

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9:20

“Beppu Jigoku Hells” symbolizes onsen town Beppu, where hot water of various colors boils over! The seven hells are divided into two main areas as follows, about 3 km or 10 minutes by car. Five of the seven hells are within walking distance.
Each area can be explored on foot.

The 7 Jigoku are divided into two areas
Kannawa District(5 Jigokus)
Umi Jigoku which means hell of the sea

There is big free parking at Umi Jigoku. You can park there and visit 5 Jigoku on foot.

●Umi Jigoku-海地獄
Time required: 30 min
●Oniishibozu Jigoku‐鬼石坊主地獄
Time required:15 min
●Kamado Jigoku‐かまど地獄
Time required: 20 min
10min walking from Umi Jigoku or MC: 46 522 481.
●Oniyama Jigoku-鬼山地獄
Time required: 10 min
●Shiraike Jigoku‐白池地獄
Time required: 10 min

Shibaseki District(2 Jigokus)
Chinoie Jigoku means “Pond of Blood”. 10min from Umi Jigoku by car.

You can park at Chinoike Jigoku. Tatsumaki Jigoku is located right next door and you can visit on foot.

●Chinoike Jigoku-血の池地獄
Time required: 10 min
●Tatsumaki Jigoku-龍巻地獄
Time required: It is a geyser that erupts once every 30 to 40 minutes. This means that you will have to wait up to 40 minutes.

Beppu Jigoku Hells Official



15min

3

Lunch

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12:30

Seki Aji Seki Saba known as a luxury fish

We recommend ‘Seki-saba’ for lunch on this day. There are many restaurants on the east side of Beppu Station. Mackerel and horse mackerel caught in the Bungo Channel, where the tide flows quickly, are called ‘Seki-saba’ and ‘Seki-aji’. Because of its deliciousness and crunchiness, it is valued as a luxury fish.




15min

4

Beppu Ropeway

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13:50

Beppu Ropeway where you can enjoy a 360-degree panorama

Next, you will head to Beppu Ropeway. It takes about 10 minutes from the foot of the mountain to the summit of Mt. Tsurumi, where you can enjoy a 360-degree panorama at an altitude of 1,375m. From there, you can see Beppu City, Beppu Bay, Lake Shidaka, Kijima Plateau, and the mountains of Shikoku. Cherry blossom season (Bgn Apr-End Apr) and autumn foliage season (End Oct-Mid Nov) are especially recommended.




20min

5

Yunotsubo Kaido

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15:40

Yunotsubo Kaido is a very popular spot with many shops and good atmosphere

Next, you will head to Yunotsubo Kaido in Yufuin. Yunotsubo Kaido is a very popular spot with many shops where you can enjoy eating while walking and sightseeing. We also recommend walking around Lake Kinrin.




35min

6

Inn in Yufuin/Beppu

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17:50

Please spend a relaxing second night in Yufuin/Beppu with gorgeous onsen.




The following sites are recommended for travelers with children.
Harmonyland is a theme park where you can meet Sanrio characters, including the popular Hello Kitty. Adults and children alike can enjoy gorgeous live shows such as the daily parade, as well as many attractions.

Kyushu Natural Zoological Park African Safari is the only safari park in Kyushu where wild animals live freely in a vast prairie of 1.15 million square meters.

African Safari is the only safari park in Kyushu
Driving Map For The Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

[Drive Map]Yufuin/Beppu-Yufuin/Beppu – Google マイマップ

Where to stay in Yufuin or Beppu

On this day, you will stay in either Yufuin town or Beppu city. It is 20km and takes about 30min. Both of them are nationally famous Onsen areas.

①Yufuin(湯布院)
Yufuin is small but has many luxury Onsen Ryokans.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for Onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are a few restaurants in this area, so be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

②Beppu(別府)
Beppu is a Bigger City and has More Inexpensive Inns.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    Beppu is famous for Onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

 

Yufuin/Beppu – Aso

Start:Yufuin(湯布院) or Beppu(別府)
Finish:
Aso(阿蘇)
Mileage:
140km
Travel Pace:
Normal

On this day, you will head from Yufuin/Beppu to Aso.
The driving distance is about 140 km. This is a day where you can enjoy three of Kyushu’s most spectacular driving roads.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Yufuin or Beppu

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9:00
Because there are so many pots to see, we recommend leaving by 8-9 am if you want to travel without rushing.
If you are staying in Beppu, go to the “Yukemuri Observatory” first, and you will see the typical Beppu scene of steam rising.

Beppu’s little-known spot, Yukemuri Observation Deck, can be enjoyed only by car.




60min

2

Kokonoe Suspension Bridge-九重夢大吊橋

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The Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge in the autumn leaves is breathtaking (autumn leaves: late October to mid-November).

10:20
The first destination is the Kokonoe Suspension Bridge. It is the highest suspension bridge for pedestrians in Japan and is a must-see, especially during the season of fresh green leaves and autumn foliage.




40min

Head south on the Yamanami Highway, the third most popular driving route in Japan. On the way, you can enjoy a fresh yogurt drink at a ranch and a 1km walk in the marshland at Chojabaru. Please refer to the driving map.
Note that Yamanami Highway is a nickname and is actually a public road, not an expressway.

Yamanami Highway is ranked No. 3 in Japan in Bike Magazine’s Touring Course Ranking

3

Kurokawa Onsen town-黒川温泉

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Kurokawa Onsen I recommend the cream puffs at Patisserie Roku and curry at Warokuya.

12:00
Kurokawa Onsen is a great place for lunch. There are nice curry shops and excellent cream puffs. This spot is also very crowded on holidays. Beyond Kurokawa Onsen, there are a number of soba noodle shops called Oguni Soba Road, which is also recommended. Please refer to the driving map.




35min

4

Nishiyunouraenchi Observatory-西湯浦園地展望所

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Nishiyunoura Observatory, the most beautiful spot in Aso, is along Milk Road.

14:15
Further south down the Yamanami Highway is the “Nishiyunouraenchi Observatory”. Although not very famous, this is Drive Japan’s best lookout point overlooking the Mt.Aso caldera.




10min

The “Milk Road” from Nishiyunouraenchi Observatory to Daikanbo is the most spectacular road of this road trip, passing by the edge of the caldera of Mt.Aso. The most pleasant drive will make you want to scream, and it will surely be a memory you will cherish forever.

The drive along Aso Milk Road will surely be memorable!

5

Daikanbo Observatory-大観峰

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the outer rim of a crater Mt.Aso seen from Daikanbo. The best driving course in Japan.

14:45
This is the most famous observatory in the Mt.Aso caldera. Enjoy a 1 km round trip walk on the plateau from the parking lot to the observatory.




30min

6

Mt.Aso(Kusasenri)-草千里

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Aso Panorama Line

16:15
If you still have time, head to Mt. Aso.
You can drive “Panorama Line” road, which was ranked No. 1 in Japan in a motorcycle magazine, will greet you with the sight of vast grasslands.

Kusasenri on Mt. Aso. The view from the observation deck behind the restrooms is recommended.

If there are no restrictions on volcanic gases, you can visit the crater. You can take the Aso Park toll road (800 yen) to the parking lot next to the crater.
Please check current restrictions before your visit.

Mt.Aso Nakadake Crater. If there are no restrictions on volcanic gases, you can visit the crater.

Information on restrictions for the Aso Volcano Center



30min

There are also flower gardens such as “Gandhi Farm” and “Kujyu Flower Park” on this day. If you are traveling during the best time for flowers, give priority to this area.

Tulips at Kujyuu Flower Park (late April)

7

Inn in Aso

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Driving Map For The Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
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[Drive Map]Yufuin/Beppu-Aso – Google マイマップ

Where to stay in Aso

Aso town is a small town located inside the vast caldera of Mt.Aso. The inns are spread over a wide area around Mt. Aso.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns from 3-star western-style hotels to 5-star Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Some luxury Ryokans have Onsen.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    Aso is a rural area and there are few restaurants. Be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Aso – Aso

Start: Aso(阿蘇)
Finish: Aso(阿蘇)
Mileage:130km
Travel Pace: Relaxing

This will be a day trip from Aso as we will be staying in Aso for a couple of nights.
The driving distance will vary depending on the destination, but in the case of the recommended round trip to Takachiho, it will be about 130 km. If you do not go to Takachiho, we recommend a relaxing trip around Mt.Aso.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Aso

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10:00
Due to the short driving distance, it is okay to depart at a leisurely pace.

However, if you did not visit “Mt.Aso” yesterday, leave early and go there first. Driving up the Aso Panorama Line Road, which was ranked No. 1 in the national driving road rankings, you will be greeted by the sight of vast grasslands and an active volcano!

Kusasenri on Mt. Aso. You can enjoy horse riding and hiking(30min to 2.5 hours courses)
Mt.Aso Nakadake Crater. If there are no restrictions on volcanic gases, you can visit the crater.




75min

2

Takachiho Gorge-高千穂峡

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Takachiho Gorge is an unexplored region that you should visit at least once in your life.

11:15
First, let’s move on at once to visit “Takachiho Gorge”. It is one of the most beautiful gorges in all of Japan and one of the most recommended spots on this entire road trip.
Boat rentals are very popular and sometimes crowded, but highly recommended!




10min

There are not many restaurants in Takachiho, but please refer to the driving map for recommended soba restaurants and Takachiho beef restaurants.

soba

3

Kunimigaoka Observatory-国見ヶ丘展望台

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Kunimigaoka Observatory in Takachiho, the Village of the Gods, is a sight to behold.

13:15
“Kunimigaoka Observatory” near Takachiho Gorge is also worth a visit. It is hard to describe from the picture, but from this 513-meter-high hill, you can see the Takachiho Basin to the east and Mount Aso to the west, and Takachiho, a town said to be the home of the gods, can be seen from all directions. It is famous for the sea of clouds, but it is also a sight to behold at other times of the year.




20min

4

Amanoiwato Shrine-天岩戸神社

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Mysterious Amanoyashu-Kawara is a 5-minute walk from Amanoiwato Shrine

14:30
10km away from Takachiho Gorge, the “Amanoiwato Shrine” is also recommended. A 10-minute walk along a riverside path called “Amanoyasukawara” will lead you to a fantastic torii gate in a cave.




60min

5

Shirakawa Suigen-白川水源

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Mineral water can be drawn at the Shirakawa water source.

16:30
Back to Aso and if you still have time, stop by “Shirakawa Suigen”. You can draw natural water from the foot of Mt. Aso.




30min

There are some cherry blossom viewing spots along the route on this day. If you visit during the cherry blossom season, please refer to the driving map.

6

Inn in Aso

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Let’s return to the same inn in Aso as the previous day.




Driving Map For The Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

[Drive Map]Aso-Aso – Google マイマップ

Where to stay in Aso

Aso town is a small town located inside the vast caldera of Mt.Aso. The inns are spread over a wide area around Mt. Aso.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns from 3-star western-style hotels to 5-star Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Some luxury Ryokans have Onsen.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    Aso is a rural area and there are few restaurants. Be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Aso – Kumamoto

Start:Aso(阿蘇)
Finish:
Kumamoto(熊本)
Mileage:
70km
Travel Pace:
Relaxed

The driving distance on this day is only about 70km, so you can enjoy sightseeing at your leisure.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Aso

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9:00
On this day you will travel from Aso to Kumamoto. It’s okay to leave late around 10:00am if you have visited Mt. Aso the day before.




15min

2

Mt.Aso(Kusasenri)

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Aso Panorama Line

9:15

The first stop is mt.Aso. You can drive “Panorama Line” road, which was ranked No. 1 in Japan in a motorcycle magazine, will greet you with the sight of vast grasslands.

Kusasenri on Mt. Aso. The view from the observation deck behind the restrooms is recommended.

If there are no restrictions on volcanic gases, you can visit the crater. You can take the Aso Park toll road (800 yen) to the parking lot next to the crater.
Please check current restrictions before your visit.

Mt.Aso Nakadake Crater. If there are no restrictions on volcanic gases, you can visit the crater.

Information on restrictions for the Aso Volcano Center



75min

3

Kumamoto Castle

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13:00

Then head to Kumamoto Castle. After parking your car in the parking lot of Kumamoto Castle, enjoy lunch at Sakuranobaba Johsaien Castle Town, a shopping street with the theme of the Edo period (1603-1868).

Kumamoto Castle
Kumamoto Castle. After the Kumamoto earthquake, the Tenshukaku was restored in 2021.

Afterward, you will walk to Kumamoto Castle. Kumamoto Castle is famous for its Uto yagura (turret) and huge Ishigaki (stone walls) that have remained since the Edo period. The 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake destroyed these huge stone walls, and Kumamoto Castle was in danger of collapsing. However, thanks to the desperate efforts of the people, restoration is now progressing, and you can visit the castle with peace of mind.

Sakuranobaba Johsaien next to Kumamoto Castle




20min

4

Suizenji Garden

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15:50

Suizenji Jojuen Garden is a famous Japanese garden in Kumamoto

Next, you will head to Suizenji Garden. In the garden where Aso’s subterranean water springs quietly, you can stroll through the elegantly beautiful Japanese garden while looking at the pond, Tsukiyama, pine trees, etc. From the end of March to the beginning of April, cherry blossoms bloom along the promenade, and many people come to see the cherry blossoms.




20min

5

Inn in Kumamoto

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17:15

Please spend a relaxing night in Kumamoto.




If time permits, Kikuchi Gorge is also recommended. The water flowing through this valley creates waterfalls of various sizes, and the varied scenery is spectacular. Especially in autumn, the colored leaves that shine in the stream (late October to late November) are wonderful, and in spring you can enjoy the fresh greenery.

Kikuchi Gorge where you can enjoy the superb view created by the flowing water

The Okoshiki Coast Observatory is also recommended. The tidal range is extreme here, and the crescent-shaped pattern created by the wind and waves is a spectacular sight. The setting sun is also wonderful here, and you can enjoy the combination of the beautiful beach and the setting sun. It is said that sunset and low tide often overlap from January to April.

You can check parking MAPCODE in Driving Map.

Okoshiki Coast Observatory where you can enjoy the combination of beautiful beach and sunset
Driving Map For The Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

[Drive Map]Aso-Kumamoto – Google マイマップ
Aso-Kumamoto

Where to stay in Kumamoto

Kumamoto is the 3rd biggest city in Kyushu. The inns are concentrated south on the southeast side of Kumamoto Castle. It is better not to stay around Kumamoto Station due to a few restaurants for dinner.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no onsen in this town and no inns have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

 

Kumamoto – Nagasaki

Start: Kumamoto(熊本)
Finish: Nagasaki(長崎)
Mileage:110km
Travel Pace: Normal

On this day, you will head from Kumamoto to Nagasaki.
The distance traveled is only about 110 km, but you need to be careful with the schedule as you will be traveling by car ferry from Kumamoto Port to Shimabara Port.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Kumamoto

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9:00




10min

2

Kumamoto Castle-熊本城

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Kumamoto Castle. After the Kumamoto earthquake, the Tenshukaku was restored in 2021.

9:10
First, we will head to Kumamoto Castle, the symbol of Kumamoto, which was damaged by the Kumamoto Earthquake in 2016, but restoration work on the castle tower was completed in March 2021.




20min

3

Suizenji Jojuen Garden-水前寺成趣園

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Suizenji Jojuen Garden is a famous Japanese garden in Kumamoto

11:30
Suizenji Jojuen Garden is a Japanese garden with a pond garden style. It is only 4 km away from Kumamoto Castle, so it is recommended to visit there as well.
Please leave here by 12:00 p.m. to catch the ferry. Depending on the time, please consider skipping this spot.




40min

4

Kumamoto Ferry

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415 356 182(Kumamoto Ferry Terminal)What is MAPCODE?

A one-hour boat ride by car ferry between Kumamoto Port and Shimabara Port

12:30
On this day, you will cross the Ariake Sea by car ferry from Kumamoto Port to Shimabara Port.

There are two ferry companies, Kumamoto Ferry(熊本フェリー) and Kyusho Ferry(九商フェリー). They operate large ships that run every 30 minutes to 1 hour, so it is usually possible to board without a reservation on weekdays or weekends.
During peak season (23Dec-5Jan, 27Apr-7May, Mid Aug) or if you are concerned, it is recommended to make reservations through the official website below.

Kumamoto Ferry is slightly more expensive but takes half the time.
Drive Japan recommends the Kumamoto ferry which departs at 13:00.
Be sure to catch the 13:40 departure of the Kyushu Sho Ferry at the latest.

For passenger cars, please complete the boarding procedure 20 minutes before departure.

Kumamoto Ferry Kyusho Ferry
Fare JPY3,980 JPY3,690
Cruise time 30min 60min
Departure Time 13:00 12:25 or 13:40
Fare is one way for a normal car(4-5m) including a car and a driver. 

Kumamoto Ferry(熊本フェリー)


Kyusho Ferry(九商フェリー)

5

Himematsuya-姫松屋 本店

Parking MAPCODE:

173 749 125*22What is MAPCODE?

Himematsuya in Shimabara

Once you arrive at Shimabara Port, let’s have lunch.
We recommend Shimabara’s traditional dish, Guzoni(具雑煮), a healthy hot pot with 13 different ingredients.




40min

6

Unzen Jigoku Hell-雲仙地獄

Parking MAPCODE:

173 556 440*38What is MAPCODE?

Unzen Hell. Especially recommended in the morning on cold days.

15:15
After that, let’s head to Unzen Jigoku Hell. In the center of Unzen, famous for its volcanoes and hot springs, you can stroll through the fantastic sight of steam erupting.

Unzen Fugendake seen from Nitatoge Circulation Road

If the weather is fine, it is also recommended to drive along the nearby Nitatoge Circular Road(仁田峠循環道路) and visit the NitaPass 2nd Observatory. You can enjoy a spectacular view overlooking Shimabara City and the Ariake Sea.
The journey from Unzen Hell to Nagasaki is about 50 km, or 1 hour and 10 minutes.




70min

7

Mt.Inasayama observatory-稲佐山展望台

Parking MAPCODE:

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Inasayama Observatory is famous for its night view of Nagasaki, one of the three best night views in Japan.

17:30
Mt.Inasa is one of Japan’s top three nightscapes along with Mt.Hakodate in Hokkaido and Mt. Rokko in Kobe.
Please remember that general vehicles are not allowed to enter the summit park between 18:00 and 22:00 on Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, and during peak season. If you wish to climb the mountain during these hours, use the ropeway.
You can refer to MAPCODE for parking for both the summit and the ropeway on the driving map.




20min

8

Inn in Nagasaki

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

You can visit Peace Park, Dejima, and the rest of the city tomorrow.
Also, if you stay only one night in Nagasaki, you will not have enough time to explore the city. If you want to visit Atomic Bomb Museum, Dejima, or the famous Gunkanjima (Battleship Island), we recommend you stay one more night in Nagasaki.




Driving Map For The Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

[Drive Map]Kumamoto-Nagasaki – Google マイマップ
Kumamoto-Nagasaki

Where to stay in Nagasaki

On this day, you will stay in Nagasaki city(長崎) which is famous for its night view and the atomic bomb.
The inns are concentrated in between “Nagasaki Station” and “China Town”. If you prefer luxury inns, it is also recommended to stay on Mt.Inasayama side.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

 

Nagasaki – Nagasaki

Start:Nagasaki(長崎)
Finish:
Nagasaki(長崎)
Mileage:
No need to travel by car as we recommend the tram
Travel Pace:
Relaxed

This day is the day between two consecutive nights in Nagasaki. Most of the tourist spots in Nagasaki are concentrated in the center of the city. Since the distance traveled on this day is short and most of the sightseeing spots can be reached by tram in the city, it is recommended to use the tram on this day for sightseeing. There is a ONE-DAY PASS, which allows unlimited rides on the tram for one day, and can be purchased at major stations. For details, please see “here”.
However, Nagasaki is a city with many hills, so if you have trouble walking or are not confident in your physical strength, a car might be better. In that case, be aware that many tourist spots charge a parking lot.
This page describes the estimated time when traveling by the tram, but for reference, MAPCODEs when traveling by car are also described.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Nagasaki

Parking MAPCODE:

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9:00
On this day, though you will leisurely explore the city of Nagasaki, we recommend that you leave around 9:00.




30min

2

Atomic Bomb Museum

Parking MAPCODE:

262 089 211What is MAPCODE?

10:00

Atomic Bomb Museum where you can feel the extent of the damage caused by the atomic bomb.

The first stop is the Atomic Bomb Museum. If you visit Nagasaki, the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum is a must-see. You will walk about 200m from the nearest tram station to the Atomic Bomb Museum. You will be able to know the extent of the damage caused by the atomic bomb from photographs and relics.




10min

3

Nagasaki Peace Park

Parking MAPCODE:

262 088 715What is MAPCODE?

10:50

Nagasaki Peace Park. A must visit along with the Atomic Bomb Museum.

Then you will walk about 500m towards Nagasaki Peace Park. Peace Park on a small hill was created with a vow to never repeat the tragic war and a wish for permanent world peace. In the depths of the park, there is a peace memorial statue that symbolizes a wish for peace.




40min

4

Dejima

Parking MAPCODE:

443 854 745What is MAPCODE?

12:20

Dejima with the atmosphere of the 19th century

Next you will head to Dejima. You can enjoy the atmosphere of the 19th century here, as it was the only place where foreign trade was permitted during the period when Japan was closed to the rest of the world.




10min

5

Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown

Parking MAPCODE:

44 240 461What is MAPCODE?

13:30

Lunch in Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown

Next, you will head to Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown for lunch. From Dejima to China Town, you can either walk or take the tram. Nagasaki Champon is the most recommended, but Sara Udon, which has no soup, is also popular. At the same time, stroll through China Town and enjoy the atmosphere of the town.




30min

6

Glover Garden&Oura Catholic Church-グラバー園&大浦天主堂

Parking MAPCODE:

443 824 861*24What is MAPCODE?

Town map for Glover Garden and Oura church

14:45

After lunch, you will head to Glover Garden which is located on a hill overlooking the panoramic view of Nagasaki Port, and is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Nagasaki with an exotic atmosphere. Western-style buildings from the Meiji period, such as the former Glover House, have been relocated and restored.

Glover Garden overlooking the panoramic view of Nagasaki Port

Also you will visit the World Heritage site, Oura Cathedral, near Glover Garden. Oura Cathedral is a Gothic style church that represents medieval European architecture and was built for foreign residents in the Nagasaki settlement, which was created when the country was opened (1854) to the world at the end of the Edo period.

Oura Cathedral is a Gothic style church that represents medieval European architecture




40min

7

Inn in Nagasaki

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you bookedWhat is MAPCODE?

17:00

Please spend a relaxing second night in Nagasaki.




If you are interested, we also recommend the Gunkanjima tour (about 3.5 hours), which is registered as one of the World Heritage Sites. This island is famous for its resemblance to a warship, as well as being an island that supported modern Japanese industry. There are about 5 cruise companies, but we recommend this “Gunkanjima Concierge”.

Gunkanjima tour
Driving Map For The Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

[Drive Map]Nagasaki-Nagasaki – Google マイマップ
Nagasaki-Nagasaki

Where to stay in Nagasaki

On this day, you will stay in Nagasaki city(長崎) which is famous for its night view and the atomic bomb.
The inns are concentrated in between “Nagasaki Station” and “China Town”. If you prefer luxury inns, it is also recommended to stay on Mt.Inasayama side.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

 

Nagasaki – Takeo

Start:Nagasaki(長崎)
Finish:Takeo(武雄) or Ureshino(嬉野)
Mileage:170km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day, you will leave Nagasaki for Takeo Onsen town or Ureshino Onsen town.
The two towns are only about 15 km apart, so you can stay in either town. It is also a good idea to stay in “Huis Ten Bosch”.
The driving distance on this day is long, approximately 170 km, and there is no expressway so you need to travel at a slightly faster pace.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Nagasaki

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9:00
If you want to take your time in Nagasaki city, it is recommended to leave early.
The opening hours of major sightseeing spots in the city are as follows.

Open
Glover Garden 8:00
Atomic Bomb Museum 8:30
Dejima 8:00




2

Glover Garden&Oura Catholic Church-グラバー園&大浦天主堂

Parking MAPCODE:

443 824 861*24(Public Parking)What is MAPCODE?

Glover Garden. It overlooks Nagasaki Port and can be combined with the Oura Tenshudo Temple.

9:10
Glover Garden and Oura Tenshudo are very close by, so park in the public parking lot and walk.
The slope is very steep, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
From Glover Garden, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Nagasaki’s harbor.

Town map for Glover Garden and Oura church




15min

3

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum-長崎原爆資料館

Parking MAPCODE:

262 089 211What is MAPCODE?

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

This is a museum about the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945. There is also a Peace Park 500 meters away, but the museum is more recommended.




40min

4

Roadside Station Yuhigaoka Sotome-道の駅 夕陽が丘そとめ

Parking MAPCODE:

262 279 804What is MAPCODE?

Roadside Station Yuhigaoka Sotome on Nagasaki Sunset Road

12:30
After 40 minutes from Nagasaki City, you will arrive at “Roadside Station Yuhigaoka Sotome”.




40min

From here, you can enjoy an exhilarating drive along the beautiful coastal road, Nagasaki Sunset Road, to the north.

Tricolor bridge (blue) at Nagasaki-Sunset Road

5

Saikaibashi Bridge-西海橋

Parking MAPCODE:

307 165 747What is MAPCODE?

From Saikai Bridge, you can see the whirlpools if the timing is right.

13:20
At Saikai Bridge, you can see the whirlpools if the timing is right. There are also souvenir stores and restaurants, perfect for a rest stop.




40min

Huis Ten Bosch, Kyushu’s largest theme park, is located 15 minutes from Saikai Bridge.
It offers seasonal flowers, attractions, and a variety of events. You will need at least half a day to visit Huis Ten Bosch, so it is recommended that you stay directly in the park or at an inn in the area.

Huis Ten Bosch (Tulips: March) (Roses: May, November)

6

Ishidake Observatory-石岳展望台

Parking MAPCODE:

307 548 090What is MAPCODE?

Ishidake Observatory. The view is better than that of Junkaibo. The port of Sasebo is on the other side.

The biggest highlight of the day was the Ishidake Observatory.
Generally speaking, the other observatory “Tenkaiho observatory” is more famous, but Ishidake Observatory, which is not accessible by bus, is higher in elevation and is by far the best place to enjoy a truly 360-degree panoramic view of Kujuku Islands and the city of Sasebo with its huge shipbuilding yard.

Ishidake Observatory. The view is better than that of Junkaibo. The port of Sasebo is on the other side.

Tenkaiho observatory is also a famous place for flowers. The rape blossoms and cosmos season are especially recommended.

Tenkaibou is also famous for its flowers (rape blossoms: late March-early April, cosmos: early to mid-October).




50min

The Sasebo area is also nationally famous for its Sasebo Burger. The famous shop is listed on the driving map, so why don’t you try?

Big Man, is a very famous Sasebo burger restaurant.

7

Inn in Takeo Onsen or Ureshino Onsen

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In the evening, relieve your fatigue in the hot springs of Takeo and Ureshino.




Driving Map For The Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

[Drive Map]Nagasaki-Takeo – Google マイマップ

Where to stay in Takeo or Ureshino

On this day, you will stay in either Takeo Onsen town or Ureshino Onsen town. It is 15km and takes about 30min. Both of them are famous for their Onsen. Takeo has more luxury inns.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for Onsen and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are some restaurants around the hotel for dinner but most inns also provide dinner plans, so please make reservations according to your preference.

 

Takeo – Fukuoka

Start:Takeo(武雄) or Ureshino(嬉野)
Finish: Fukuoka(福岡)
Mileage:160km
Travel Pace: Normal

On this day, we will return to Fukuoka from Takeo.
The driving distance is about 160 km.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Takeo Onsen or Ureshino Onsen

Parking MAPCODE:

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Because there are so many spots to see, we recommend that you leave by 8-9 am if you want to travel without rushing.
If you are not staying in Fukuoka today and will be taking the Shinkansen or airplane, please arrange your schedule so that you can return the rental car to the rental store at least one and a half hours before your flight.




20min

2

Mifuneyama Rakuen garden-御船山楽園

Parking MAPCODE:

104 347 365What is MAPCODE?

Mifuneyama Rakuen

9:20
First, stop by Mifuneyama Rakuen, located near Takeo Onsen.
This garden was created in 1845 and offers a variety of seasonal scenery including cherry blossoms, wisteria, azaleas, and autumn leaves.




35min

3

Imari Okawa Uchiyama-伊万里大川内山

Parking MAPCODE:

104 512 792What is MAPCODE?

Imari Okawauchi Mountain, which boasts a history of more than 300 years, has been hidden from the public to prevent technological leaks.

10:45

Imari and Arita are world-famous for porcelain, and here in Okawauchiyama, the official kiln of the Saga Clan was located. The scene of many kilns quietly lined up in the mountains was to prevent the leakage of advanced technology to the outside world and it truly makes this place a hidden village.




60min

4

Under Water restaurant Manbo-海中魚処萬坊

Parking MAPCODE:

182 721 193*48What is MAPCODE?

Squid sashimi. Geso(legs) is to be served in tempura style.

12:45
If you have enough time for lunch, it is highly recommended to go to Yobuko town for squid. You can enjoy wonderfully fresh and delicious squid that is as good as Hakodate’s.




50min

5

Kagamiyama Observatory-鏡山展望台

Parking MAPCODE:

182 347 089*04What is MAPCODE?

Kagamiyama Observatory is the best spot in Saga Prefecture where you can see from Niji-no-Matsubara to Karatsu Castle

15:10

The biggest highlight of the day is the Kagamiyama Observatory. It is one of the most beautiful observatories in Kyushu with a panoramic view of Niji-no-Matsubara pine forest, Karatsu Castle, and Karatsu Bay, and it is a wonder that it is not more famous.

At the foot of the observatory is a 4.5 km-long pine forest of one million pine trees called “Niji-no-Matsubara. You can also enjoy driving through the pine forest, so please refer to the driving map.

Enjoy driving through amazing pine tree forest




60min

6

Sakurai Futamigaura Couple Rock-桜井二見ヶ浦の夫婦岩

Parking MAPCODE:

224 788 142*47What is MAPCODE?

Married Couple Rocks at Sakurai Futamigaura in Itoshima are a great photo spot.

16:50

If you still have time, stop by the “Sakurai Futamigaura Couple Rock” in Itoshima before returning to Fukuoka.
The sight of a pure white torii gate facing the husband and wife rocks offshore is very popular as a great photo spot. There are also stylish cafes and Instagram spots scattered around the area.




50min

7

Rental car branch at Fukuoka airport or Hakata Station

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the rental car branchWhat is MAPCODE?

18:10
This concludes your Kyushu road trip.

When you return to Fukuoka, refuel and then return the car to the car rental branch. Use the MAPCODE on the driving map for the nearest gas stations at Hakata Station and Fukuoka Airport.

Fukuoka offers a wide variety of culinary delights. For dinner, try Hakata ramen, Motsu nabe (Motsu hot pot), and other local Fukuoka foods, or even try one of the famous Yatai stalls.

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen
Motsu-nabe is synonymous with Hakata. Famous restaurants include Yamanaka and Rakutenchi.
Yatai, food stalls, a part of Fukuoka’s culture




[Uminonakamichi Seaside Park], located near Fukuoka City, is one of the best flower spots in Kyushu. Especially the cherry blossoms and nemophira in spring and cosmos in fall makes this spot a must-see! If you are traveling during the best time for flowers, give priority to this area.

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park. Sakura & Nemophila in Beg Apr and cosmos in Oct are amazing.
Driving Map For The Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

[Drive Map]Takeo-Fukuoka – Google マイマップ

Where to stay in Fukuoka

Fukuoka is the biggest city in Kyushu and the gateway of Kyushu Travel. It takes 15min to Fukuoka Airport by subway. There are hundreds of accommodations around “Hakata Station”, Nakasu downtown area, and Tenjin Station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 2 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

If you haven’t booked hotels or a rental car, you can book below.

 

Rental Car Booking

Please rent a car with below “Rentalcars.com” link.

  • The abundant number of rental cars
  • Price comparisons with several major car rental companies
  • Free cancellation
*Please change the location and date by yourself
Pick-up & Drop-off Location Guide
  • Fukuoka Airport
    The main international airport in Kyushu. Recommended for Pick-up.
    If you arrive after 14:00, consider staying overnight in Fukuoka City and departing the next morning.
    It takes 5-20min to Hakata station by metro or bus.
  • Fukuoka City
    The biggest and gateway city in Kyushu. Most car rental shops are located around Hakata Station.
Important reminder for renting a car
  • GPS(Car Navigation System)
    MAPCODE from Drive Japan navigates you precisely to the parking lot. GPS from major car rental companies(Nippon, ORIX, Nissan, Times) are always MAPCODE compatible. However, if you are renting a car from another company, we recommend that you check with the rental company after making a reservation, just to be sure.
  • One-way Rental
    You can rent at Fukuoka Airport and return to Fukuoka city, and vice versa. Normally, the one-way charge is free of charge.
  • Child Seat
    In Japan, the use of a child safety seat or baby seat is mandatory for children under 5 years old.
    Be sure to request one from “Extras”.
  • Snow Tire
    Kyushu rarely gets much snow, even in winter. However, if you drive around Aso from December to February, recommend requesting it.

Hotel Booking

You can book any hotels for this itinerary from the links below, however we will suggest a recommended mid range
hotel or inn that has:
・Parking
・A convenient location
・A rate of about JPY8,000-15,000/person/night

Start Date

/ stay in Yufuin/Beppu
Recommended Inn

Suginoi Hotel

On this day, you will stay in either Yufuin town or Beppu city. It is 20km and takes about 30min. Both of them are nationally famous Onsen areas.

①Yufuin(湯布院)
Yufuin is small but has many luxury Onsen Ryokans.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for Onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are a few restaurants in this area, so be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

②Beppu(別府)
Beppu is a Bigger City and has More Inexpensive Inns.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    Beppu is famous for Onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
/ stay in Yufuin/Beppu
Recommended Inn

Suginoi Hotel

On this day, you will stay in either Yufuin town or Beppu city. It is 20km and takes about 30min. Both of them are nationally famous Onsen areas.

①Yufuin(湯布院)
Yufuin is small but has many luxury Onsen Ryokans.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for Onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are a few restaurants in this area, so be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

②Beppu(別府)
Beppu is a Bigger City and has More Inexpensive Inns.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    Beppu is famous for Onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
/ stay in Aso
Recommended Inn

Hotel Yumeshizuku

Aso town is a small town located inside the vast caldera of Mt.Aso. The inns are spread over a wide area around Mt. Aso.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns from 3-star western-style hotels to 5-star Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Some luxury Ryokans have Onsen.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    Aso is a rural area and there are few restaurants. Be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
/ stay in Aso
Recommended Inn

Hotel Yumeshizuku

Aso town is a small town located inside the vast caldera of Mt.Aso. The inns are spread over a wide area around Mt. Aso.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns from 3-star western-style hotels to 5-star Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Some luxury Ryokans have Onsen.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    Aso is a rural area and there are few restaurants. Be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
/ stay in Kumamoto
Recommended Inn

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kumamoto Ginzadori

Kumamoto is the 3rd biggest city in Kyushu. The inns are concentrated south on the southeast side of Kumamoto Castle. It is better not to stay around Kumamoto Station due to a few restaurants for dinner.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
/ stay in Nagasaki
Recommended Inn

Luke Plaza Hotel

On this day, you will stay in Nagasaki city(長崎) which is famous for its night view and the atomic bomb.
The inns are concentrated in between “Nagasaki Station” and “China Town”. If you prefer luxury inns, it is also recommended to stay on Mt.Inasayama side.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
/ stay in Nagasaki
Recommended Inn

Luke Plaza Hotel

On this day, you will stay in Nagasaki city(長崎) which is famous for its night view and the atomic bomb.
The inns are concentrated in between “Nagasaki Station” and “China Town”. If you prefer luxury inns, it is also recommended to stay on Mt.Inasayama side.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
/ stay in Takeo/Ureshino
Recommended Inn

Yumotoso Toyokan

On this day, you will stay in either Takeo Onsen town or Ureshino Onsen town. It is 15km and takes about 30min. Both of them are famous for their Onsen. Takeo has more luxury inns.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for Onsen and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are some restaurants around the hotel for dinner but most inns also provide dinner plans, so please make reservations according to your preference.
/ stay in Fukuoka(If you need)
Recommended Inn

Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel

Fukuoka is the biggest city in Kyushu and the gateway of Kyushu Travel. It takes 15min to Fukuoka Airport by subway. There are hundreds of accommodations around “Hakata Station”, Nakasu downtown area, and Tenjin Station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 2 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
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