5 days in Fukuoka, Kumamoto & Kagoshima Itinerary

5 days in Fukuoka, Kumamoto & Kagoshima Itinerary

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Start: Fukuoka
1
Fukuoka
— 1 day
Train:  1 h
2
Kumamoto
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
3
Kagoshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
End: Fukuoka

1
day
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.
On the 11th (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, then take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Fukuoka trip planning tool.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Fukuoka Airport. October in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kumamoto.

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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Tenjin Underground Shopping Center ©
Tenjin Underground Shopping Center

1
night
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, buy something for everyone on your list at Shimotori Shotengai, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kumamoto planner.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Kumamoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
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Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Kato Shrine ©
Kato Shrine

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kagoshima: Chiran Peace Museum (in Minamikyushu) and Kirishima (Kirishima Shrine & Kirishima Distillery). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Sakurajima, make a trip to Kagoshima Tokusanhin Ichiba, contemplate the long history of Sengan-en, and admire the striking features of Tsukiyomi Shrine.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kagoshima travel route app.

Getting from Kumamoto to Kagoshima by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Kagoshima

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Side Trips

Kirishima, Chiran Peace Museum
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Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Shiroyama Observatory ©
Shiroyama Observatory

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