Combining Fukuoka, Beppu, Nagasaki, and Kumamoto makes for a perfect trip to Japan's island of Kyushu. To do it right, with plenty of time to enjoy the sights and activities of each stop, it's best to spend eight to 10 days there. Plan your perfect trip to Fukuoka, Beppu, Nagasaki, and Kumamoto with our itinerary ideas below.

How many days do you need in Kyushu?

  • Most travelers spend 8-10 days in Fukuoka, Beppu, Nagasaki, and Kumamoto combined
  • With 11 or more days, most travelers choose to add more stops to their trip

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Recommended Itinerary for 10 Days

Glide through the Venice-like canals of Yanagawa
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Fukuoka, Free Time Fukuoka
Day 2 Explore the Canals of Yanagawa Fukuoka
Day 3 Soak in the "Seven Hells" of Beppu Beppu
Day 4 Sand Bath in Beppu Beppu
Day 5 Visit the Kurokawa Onsen Beppu
Day 6 Explore Nature & Volcanoes in Aso Kumamoto
Day 7 Free Day in Kumamoto Kumamoto
Day 8 Transfer to Nagasaki, Explore Nagasaki
Day 9 Day Trip to Gunkanjima Nagasaki
Day 10 Depart Nagasaki  

On this 10-day adventure, you'll focus on outdoor attractions on the Japanese island of Kyushu, with its hot springs, a smoking volcano, and quiet canals. Start in the capital city of Fukuoka, day-tripping to peaceful Yanagawa, a Venice-like town laced with canals. Then spend several days exploring Beppu, famous for its natural hot springs, before continuing to the grasslands and mountains of Aso. Climb Mount Aso, Japan's largest active volcano, before wrapping up the trip in Nagasaki with a boat ride to a deserted island and a cable car journey to one of the world's best night views. Read more


Map of Kyushu: Best Itinerary Ideas
Map of Kyushu: Best Itinerary Ideas