Japan Drive Route Guide

Area
Kyushu
Travel Period
2D1N
Route
703
Overview
Start
Fukuoka
Goal
Fukuoka
Way
return_trip
Travel Pace
relaxing
Distance
240 km
Rank
Highway fee
¥ 4,000
About this route

This is the shortest driving route in 2D1N routes. You can stay either Kitakyushu or Shimonoseki. Driving distance per day is about 80km and recommended for travellers who don't have enough time. If you are interested in culture and history, this route is suitable. You can visit unique shrines and temple like "Nanzoin Big Buddha" and "Miyajidake Shrine". You can also enjoy modern architectures like "Old Mitsui Club" where Einstein stayed before in "Mojiko Port Retro Area". The highlight is amazing view of Kanmon Strait.
Shimonoseki city is famous for seafood. Especially puffer fish is the most famous in Japan and must-try food there. At night, amazing night view of Kitakyushu can be seen from Mt.Sarakurayama.
At another highlight "Hiraodai(平尾台)", you will be amazed by dynamic scenery of the biggest Karst plateau in Kyushu.

Fukuoka

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Kitakyushu/Shimonoseki

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Miyajidake Shrine

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Kanmonkyo Bridge

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Karato Market

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Kitakyushu/Shimonoseki

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Fukuoka

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Mojiko Port Retro Area & Observatory

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Kokura Castle

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Sasagurikyudainomori

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Karato Market

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Kanmonkyo Bridge

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Miyajidake Shrine

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Karato Market

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Kanmonkyo Bridge

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Miyajidake Shrine

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Day. 1Fukuoka to Kitakyushu/Shimonoseki

This day will head from Fukuoka to Kitakyushu/Shimonoseki aera. Mileage is about 120㎞ only and you can travel leisurely.
The first destination can be either "Nanzoin Big Buddha(南蔵院)" or "Miyajidake Shrine(宮地嶽神社)" where is famous for panoramic scenery with straight road extending to the sea. The highlights of the day are the Shimonoseki and Mojiko Port is located across the Kanmon Strait. It is recommended to have "Grilled Curry" at Mojiko or "Puffer fish" at Shimonoseki.
"Mojiko Port Retro Area(門司港レトロ)” is famous for it's beautiful old europiean-style buildings include "Old Moji Mitsui Club" where Einstein loved to stay. Shimonoseki is famous for "Karato Market(唐戸市場)" and "Kamon Wharf(カモンワーフ)".
Both Mojiko side and Shimonoseki side have observatory deck and the panoramic Kanmon Strait view with Kanmon Bridge is must-see.
If you have time in the night, to visit "Mt.Sarakurayama Observatory(皿倉山展望台)" is good idea. Amazing night view of Kitakyushu town is waiting for you.

Rent a car at Fukuoka

Rental car rental and return at Fukuoka
All Kyushu driving routes we providing start from Fukuoka.
Below 3 branchs is the most recommended.
①Fukuoka Airport International Terminal Branch : For travelers who take international flight.
②Fukuoka Airport No.1 Branch (Domestic Terminal) : For travelers who take domestic flight.
③Hakata Station Hakata Exit Branch : For travelers who stay Fukuoka before or after driving trip and who take Shinkansen(Bullet train).

Stay at Kitakyushu/Shimonoseki

You will stay either Kitakyushu(北九州) or Shimonoseki(下関) city on this day. The two cities are located across the Kanmon Strait and need to cross the Kanmon Bridge by car. Most ofthe accommodations in these cityes are not Ryokans but western style hotels.
If you stay Kitakyushu city, around Kokura station(小倉駅) is recommended. There are many 3-4 star hotels and convenient to have dinner due to many restaurants.
If you stay Shimonoseki city, there are some 5 star hotels with panoramic view and recommended if your budget allows. In that case, it is better to book with dinner and they may provice puffer fish dinner which is their speciality.
About breakfast, Karato Market(唐戸市場) in Shimonoseki side opens from early morning and it is also good idea to book room only and have a breakfast at the markt.

Day. 2Kitakyushu/Shimonoseki to Fukuoka

This day will go back to Fukuoka from Kitakyushu/Shimonoseki. Mileage is about 120㎞ only.
First, the biggest highlights here is both "Mojiko Port Retro Area(門司港レトロ)” and "Karato Market(唐戸市場)". If you haven't been there, it is highly recommended and better to visit first. Then you should go to an observatory deck where you can enjoy paoramic Kanmon Strait view with Kanmon Bridge.
After lunch in either Mojiko Port Retro Area or Karato Market, let's visit "Hiraodai(平尾台)". You will be amazed by dynamic scenery of the biggest Karst plateau in Kyushu.
If your group has children, it is also nice to visit "MARINE WORLD uminonakamichi(マリンワールド海の中道)"the biggest aquarium in Kyushu.
There are some traffic jam adound Fukuoka and it takes time to filling up gas and return your car too. If you don't stay Fukuoka and take flight on this day, please reach rental car shop at least 3 hours before the flight.

Return a car at Fukuoka

Rental car rental and return at Fukuoka
All Kyushu driving routes we providing start from Fukuoka.
Below 3 branchs is the most recommended.
①Fukuoka Airport International Terminal Branch : For travelers who take international flight.
②Fukuoka Airport No.1 Branch (Domestic Terminal) : For travelers who take domestic flight.
③Hakata Station Hakata Exit Branch : For travelers who stay Fukuoka before or after driving trip and who take Shinkansen(Bullet train).

Check Other 2D1N Kyushu Route

Route numberStart cityGoal cityWayTravel PaceDistanceRankHighway feeDetail
701FukuokaFukuokareturn_triprelaxing320 km¥ 0check
702FukuokaFukuokareturn_tripbusy380 km¥ 0check
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