Kyushu 6 Days Itinerary-F

Summary

  • Start
    Fukuoka Airport or Hakata Station
  • Finish
    Kagoshima Airport or Kagoshima Chuo Station
  • Mileage
    Total 900km
    150km per day
  • Travel Pace
    Normal
  • Onsen Stay
    Max.5 nights
  • Recommended Seasons
    Jan,Feb,Mar,Apr,May,Jun,Jul,Aug,Sep,Oct,Nov,Dec

This is 6 days one-way itinerary that takes you across Kyushu from Fukuoka to Kagoshima in the south. Due to standard mileage and by staying consecutive nights in 1 cities, you can travel at a pace that is not too rushed.

After your road trip, you can take flight or take Shinkansen to Fukuoka.

 

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

Umi Jigoku which means hell of the sea

We recommend the Beppu Jigoku Meguri (Beppu Hell Tour) at the beginning of the day. It is a tour where you can feel the hot spring power of Beppu Onsen. By using a car, you can efficiently visit the following seven sites.

Chinoike Jigoku which means Blood Pond Hell

●Umi Jigoku (Time required: 40 minutes) MAPCODE: 46 521 411
●Oniishibozu Jigoku (Time required:15 minutes) You can walk since it’sLocated between Umi Jigoku and the parking lot.
Kamado Jigoku (Time required: 15 minutes) MAPCODE: 46 522 481
●Oniyama Jigoku (Time required: 20 minutes) You can walk from Kamado Jigoku since it’s located about 100m there.
●Shiraike Jigoku (Time required: 20 minutes) MAPCODE: 46 522 396
●Chinoike Jigoku (Time required: 10 minutes) MAPCODE: 46 552 802
●Tatsumaki Jigoku (Time required: 10 minutes) You can walk from Chinoike Jigoku since it’s located about 100m there.




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.
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[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 – Miyazaki

Start: Aso(阿蘇)
Finish: Miyazaki(宮崎)
Mileage:210km
Travel Pace: Fast

The driving distance on this day is very long, approximately 210 km.
The second half of that 70 km will be on the expressway.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Aso

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9:00
This is a long drive on this day, so if you want to travel without rushing, we recommend leaving by 8-9 am.




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 all over 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

Amanoiwato Shrine-天岩戸神社

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Mysterious Amanoyashu-Kawara is a 10-minute walk from Amanoiwato Shrine

12:45
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.
After that, drive east toward the ocean. The long drive after lunch will make you sleepy, so take a break at one of the roadside stations along the way.




80min

4

Umagase-馬ヶ背

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The amazingly narrow cape Umagase. The “Sea of Kuruzu” is right next to it.

15:00
“Umagasa” is a long, narrow cape jutting out into the Pacific Ocean, offering a panoramic view.
“The Sea of Cross”, a lookout point where the sea looks like a cross, is also close by and should be visited together.

The Sea of Kurus, where wishes come true, can be set up with Umagase.

It is 80 km from Miyazaki. There are not many spots in between, so you can take the expressway (E10) all the way.




80min

The Saitobaru Kofun, located before Miyazaki City, is one of the best flower spots in Kyushu. Especially the cherry blossoms and rape blossoms in spring, sunflowers in summer, 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.

Spring in Saitobaru Kofun (cherry blossoms and rape blossoms: late March – early April)
Summer in Saitobaru Kofun (sunflowers: mid-July to late July)
Autumn in Saitobaru Kofun (cosmos: late October – early November)

5

Inn in Miyazaki

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Rest early because the next day will be another long drive.




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]Aso-Miyazaki – Google マイマップ

Where to stay in Miyazaki

On this day, you will stay in Miyazaki city(宮崎). The inns are concentrated on the west side of Miyazaki station. “Nishitachi(ニシタチ)” area is downtown of the city and convenient for dinner.
Additionally, there is “Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort” by far the largest hotel in the city, with 700 rooms. If you are looking for a relaxing stay, this is also a good choice.

  • 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. If you would like to enjoy an Onsen, “Sheraton” is recommended.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

 

Miyazaki – Kagoshima

Start :Miyazaki(宮崎)
Finish:Kagoshima(鹿児島)
Mileage:
200km
Travel Pace:
Fast

On this day, you will go from Miyazaki to Kagoshima.
The driving distance on this day is very long, approximately 200 km.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Miyazaki

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9:00
Because of the long driving and many attractive spots along the route, we recommend that you leave by 8-9 am.




30min

2

Aoshima Island-青島 鬼の洗濯板

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Aoshima Island, Demon’s Washboard

9:30
The first destination is Aoshima Island, one of Miyazaki’s most popular tourist destinations. You can walk around the island with its unique scenery, called “Oni no Sentakuita” (washing board of demons).




30min

From Aoshima, head south along the Pacific Ocean. From the Horikiri Pass, the “Nichinan Phoenix Road” is a scenic driving course. The drive along the coastline where palm trees grow along the precipitous cliffs is the best way to feel the tropical area of Miyazaki.

Roadside Station Phoenix along Miyazaki’s best driving route, Nichinan Coast

3

Udo Shrine-鵜戸神宮

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Udo Jingu Shrine stands in a cave on a precipitous cliff. I cannot believe my eyes.

11:00
Heading south along the Nichinan coastline, you will arrive at [Udo Jingu Shrine].
The shrine is located in an incredible place in a cave between steep cliffs, and the contrast between the blue of the sea and the red of the shrine is magnificent. The shrine is dedicated to Emperor Jinmu, the first emperor in Japanese mythology, and is especially blessed with children.




110min

For lunch, grilled meat is recommended in Miyakonojo City, which produces the largest amount of meat in Japan, but if you are short on time, Miyazaki’s specialty, “Chicken Nanban(チキン南蛮)”, is also recommended at the roadside station along the way. Please refer to the driving map.

Yakiniku BBQ

4

Sekinoo Falls-関之尾の滝 甌穴群

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Sekinoo Falls, famous for Ohketsugun

15:00
After lunch, you will visit “Sekinoo Falls”.
You can take a 30-minute walk along the river with its mysterious scenery of waterfalls and potholes.




30min

5

Kirishima Shrine-霧島神宮

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Kirishima Jingu Shrine with beautiful vermilion shrine pavilions

16:30
The final destination is Kirishima Jingu Shrine, which was built over 1,000 years ago. The shrine is especially beautiful during the season of fresh green leaves and autumn foliage.

Since there are few tourist attractions from Kirishima to Kagoshima, it is recommended to drive on the expressway (E3).




6

Inn in Kagoshima

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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.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

[Drive Map]Miyazaki-Kagoshima – Google マイマップ

Where to stay in Kagoshima

On this day, you will stay in Kagoshima city(鹿児島). The inns are concentrated around “Kagoshima Chuo station” and the downtown “Tenmonkan(天文館)” area.

  • 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
    Most inns don’t have Onsens. If you would like to enjoy it, “Shiroyama hotel”, one of Kagoshima’s most prestigious hotels is recommended.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

 

Kagoshima – Kagoshima

Start : Kagoshima(鹿児島)
Finish: Kagoshima(鹿児島)
Mileage:120km
Travel Pace: Relaxing

This will be a day trip from Kagoshima as you will be staying in Kagoshima for a couple of nights.
The distance traveled is only about 120 km, so we can travel at a relaxed pace.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Kagoshima

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10:00
You can leave slowly today.




20min

2

Shiroyama Park Observation Deck-城山公園展望台

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Sakurajima seen from Shiroyama Park Observatory

10:20
First, let’s head to the Shiroyama Park Observatory.
This is the most Kagoshima-like place with a panoramic view of the city of Kagoshima and Sakurajima.




15min

3

Senganen Garden-仙巌園

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Sengan-en Garden is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Kagoshima.

11:00
Afterward, visit Senganen Garden, another one of Kagoshima’s most popular tourist attractions. It is the residence of the Shimazu family, which contributed greatly to the modernization of Japan, and from the garden, you can enjoy a majestic view of Sakurajima, an active volcano.




10min

4

Sakurajima Ferry-桜島フェリー

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Sakurajima Ferry is a must-see when you come to Kagoshima. 1 service every 15 minutes.

12:40
After that, you will take another highlight of Kagoshima, the “Sakurajima Ferry”, to Sakurajima.
From “Kagoshima Ferry Terminal” to “Sakurajima Ferry Terminal”, you can enjoy a 15-minute cruise while viewing Sakurajima. During the daytime, the ferry runs almost every 15 minutes, and reservations are not required. The standing udon noodles on board are also famous.




15min

4

Okan-味処桜勘

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Kampachi that leaves you speechless. Ajidokoro Ohukan. I want to go to Kagoshima just for this.

13:30

When you arrive at Sakurajima, head for the restaurant of the day.
The restaurant “Okan” is owned by a fisherman and serves only the freshest Kanpachi(greater amberjack). The sashimi, boiled fish, and grilled fish are truly exquisite, and some customers even eat two meals by themselves.




40min

Near this restaurant, there are  [Tarumizu 1000 Ginkgo park]
If you are traveling from End Nov-Beg Dec, we strongly recommend visiting.

Tarumi Senbon Ginkgo Garden, created by a couple (late November)

5

Tsubobatake-坂元のくろず壺畑情報館

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Tsubobatake with hundreds of pots for black vinegar

15:00
After lunch, you will drive north along Kagoshima Bay.
Tsubobatake produces black vinegar using a traditional method that has been in use for over 200 years. Tsubobatake means “field of pots,” and hundreds of pots of black vinegar are lined up like a farm.




20min

6

Kokubushiroyama Park-国分城山公園

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Kinko Bay and Sakurajima seen from Kokubu Shiroyama Park at dusk

16:00
Driving further north, you will find Kokubu Shiroyama Park. It is an excellent photo spot with a view of Kirishima City, Kagoshima Bay, and Sakurajima, which rises in the background, as well as beautiful sunsets.
There are no attractions from here to the city of Kagoshima, so we recommend taking the expressway.




60min

If you are interested in history, it is also recommended the “Chiran Samurai Residence” and the “Chiran Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots”, are also worth seeing.

Chiran Samurai house district
Pilots on Kamikaze suicide attack(Chiran Peace Museum)

7

Inn in Kagoshima

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Let’s go back to the same inn as yesterday.




[ For those who choose Kagoshima goal one-way road trip itinerary ]
Refuel and then return the car to the rental car branch.
If you are using Kagoshima Airport, please be careful that the airport is about 40 km or 1 hour away from Kagoshima City.
Please use the MAPCODE on the driving map for the rental car branches and gas stations to Kagoshima Chuo Station and Kagoshima Airport.

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]Kagoshima-Kagoshima – Google マイマップ

Where to stay in Kagoshima(Same as yesterday)

On this day, you will stay in Kagoshima city(鹿児島). The inns are concentrated around “Kagoshima Chuo station” and the downtown “Tenmonkan(天文館)” area.

  • 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
    Most inns don’t have Onsens. If you would like to enjoy it, “Shiroyama hotel”, one of Kagoshima’s most prestigious hotels is recommended.
  • 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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