8 days in Kumamoto Prefecture Itinerary

8 days in Kumamoto Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kumamoto Prefecture holiday planner
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Fly to Fukuoka Airport, Drive to Minamioguni-machi
— 2 nights
— 1 night
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Drive to Fukuoka Airport, Fly to Vancouver


Minamioguni-machi — 2 nights

On the 3rd (Tue), get great views at Daikanbo Overlook, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ikeyama Springs, then stroll through Ogi Rice Terraces, and finally explore the activities along Yamabuki Suigen. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Couples, then take a memorable drive along Aso Panorama Line, then take in panoramic vistas at Aso Skyline View Place, and finally admire the sheer force of Nabegataki Falls.

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Vancouver, Canada to Minamioguni-machi is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in September, with highs in Minamioguni-machi at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Minamiaso-mura.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Side Trips
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Minamiaso-mura — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): make a trip to Shirakawa Springs, explore the activities along Ikenokawa Suigen, get impressive views of Mt. Aso, then take in the views from Choyo Bridge, and finally examine the collection at Aso Highland Museum Park.

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You can drive from Minamioguni-machi to Minamiaso-mura in 1.5 hours. In September in Minamiaso-mura, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kumamoto.
Nature · Parks · Museums
Side Trip
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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 (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, then admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, then stop by KUMAMON products Nagataniya, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt.Kinpozan Ichinotake. Here are some ideas for day two: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Okoshiki Beach, and then take an in-depth tour of Newspaper Museum.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Minamiaso-mura to Kumamoto takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Kumamoto are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Amakusa.
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Amakusa — 1 night

On the 8th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Mogushi Beach, stroll around Nishibira Tsubaki Park, then take some stellar pictures from Kigaigaura Observation Deck, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Amakusa travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kumamoto to Amakusa in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Kumamoto Prefecture travel guide

Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Kumamoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Kumamoto.HistoryHistorically, the area was called Higo Province; and the province was renamed Kumamoto during the Meiji Restoration. The creation of prefectures was part of the abolition of the feudal system. The current Japanese orthography for Kumamoto literally means "bear root/origin", or "origin of the bear".