Kyushu 5 Days Itinerary-B

Summary

  • Start
    Fukuoka Airport or Hakata Station
  • Finish
    Fukuoka Airport or Hakata Station
  • Mileage
    Total 650km
    130km per day
  • Travel Pace
    Relaxing
  • Onsen Stay
    Max.3 nights
  • Recommended Seasons
    Jan,Feb,Mar,Apr,May,Jun,Jul,Aug,Sep,Oct,Nov,Dec

This itinerary takes 5 days to circle northeast Kyushu. Due to the short mileage and by staying consecutive nights in 1 city, 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.

 

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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440 882 875What is MAPCODE?

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

Parking MAPCODE:

440 542 879*52What is MAPCODE?

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

Parking MAPCODE:

256 871 176What is MAPCODE?

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

Parking MAPCODE:

256 878 383What is MAPCODE?

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

Parking MAPCODE:

256 456 832What is MAPCODE?

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

Parking MAPCODE:

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




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-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

Parking MAPCODE:

330 711 730*31What is MAPCODE?

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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330 837 575*60What is MAPCODE?

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

Parking MAPCODE:

256 251 381What is MAPCODE?

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

Parking MAPCODE:

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

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)

Parking MAPCODE:

256 456 832What is MAPCODE?

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

Parking MAPCODE:

29 489 225What is MAPCODE?

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

Parking MAPCODE:

29 433 608What is MAPCODE?

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

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you bookedWhat is MAPCODE?

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 – Fukuoka

Start: Kumamoto(熊本)
Finish: Fukuoka(福岡)
Mileage:
150km
Travel Pace:
Normal

On this day, we will return to Fukuoka from Kumamoto.
The driving distance is about 150 km. The second half of the trip will be on the expressway for about 50 km.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Kumamoto

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9:00
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.




10min

2

Kumamoto Castle-熊本城

Parking MAPCODE:

29 489 225What is MAPCODE?

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 Seishuen is a representative 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.




70min

4

Ganso Motoyoshiya-元祖本吉屋

Parking MAPCODE:

69 874 678*52What is MAPCODE?

The original Motoyoshiya. If you come to Yanagawa, you should definitely try it.

13:20
Yanagawa is famous for its eels. Among them, Motoyoshiya has been in business for 300 years and serves the best eels. There is also a cheap and tasty udon restaurant nearby, which is also recommended.




5min

5

Ohana Shotoen-御花・松涛園

Parking MAPCODE:

69 843 570What is MAPCODE?

Gohana of Yanagawa, Japanese Garden at Shotoen

14:30
Ohana Shotoen is a former domain lord’s residence and a splendid garden that has been selected as a national place of scenic beauty.




60min

6

Yame Chuo Tea garden-ハ女中央大茶園 展望所

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Pairotto-Ohcha Garden. A secret and spectacular view that only road trip travelers can enjoy.

16:30
The last highlight of the day was the Yame Chuo Tea garden. This area is the production area of “Yame-cha”, one of the finest teas in Japan. This is an observatory from which you can look out over the vast tea fields as far as the eye can see. This is a spot that cannot be reached by public transportation or even by bus tours, but only by a road trip.

From here, let’s take the expressway (E3) to Fukuoka. It is about 50 km, or 1 hour and 10 minutes.




70min

7

Rental car branch at Fukuoka airport or Hakata Station

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18:00
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




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-Fukuoka – Google マイマップ
Kumamoto-Fukuoka

Where to stay in Fukuoka

Fukuoka is the biggest city in Kyushu and the gateway of Kyushu Travel. It takes 15 min 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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