Japan Drive Route Guide

Area
Kyushu
Travel Period
12D11N
Route
741
Overview
Start
Fukuoka
Goal
Fukuoka
Way
return_trip
Travel Pace
relaxing
Distance
1,710 km
Rank
Highway fee
¥ 9,600
About this route

Driving Route to go around almost whole Kyushu except Kitakyusyu/Shimonoseki, Kirhishima and Ibusuki within 12 days. It includes consecutive stay at Yufuin/Beppu, Kagoshima, Nagasaki and Takeo/Ureshino so travel pace is very relaxing. Recommended for Onsen lover and also traveler who like history and culture. It is also suitable for travelers who want to visit Huis Ten Bosch.
It covers all the wonderful nature scenery in Kyushu such as Daikanbo and Kusasenri in Aso, Takachiho Gorge one of TOP beautiful gorge in Japan, Aoshima island and Sakurajima volcano, Sogi falls which called ”Oriental Niagara”, Unzen Jigoku, Ishidake Observatory in Sasebo and Kagamiyama Observatory in Karatsu.
In addition, you can visit the towns still keep atmosphere and culture of old Japan, such as Yufuin Yunotsubo street, Kitsuki Castle Town, Garden and Senganen Garden in Kagoshima, Kumamoto where is famous for castle and Japanese garden Shimabara Samurai town, and Arita and Imari Okawauchiyama, world-famous pottery town.
In spring, you can enjoy cherry blossoms at Oita river, Mochio park in Miyazaki and Tadamoto Park in Kumamoto. Amazing sun flower field will be wait for you at Miyazaki in summer. In autumn,Yabakei Gorge and Kokonoe Suspension Bridge are the best places to see coloured leaves.
Yufuin/Beppu and Takeo/Ureshino are popular Onsen towns in all over Japan and highly recommended to stay Japanese style Ryokan.
You can enjoy almost all the local food in Kyushu along this route! The must-eat fod are Seki horse mackerel fish, Aso Red beef, Miyazaki beef and local chicken, black pork and shaved ice desert in Kagoshima, amberjack fish in Sakurajima, Kumamoto Ramen, Nagasaki Champon, Sasebo Burger, Saga beef and fresh squid in Yobuko. Our daily driving map will guide you recommended local restaurants for these dish.
You can travel almost all the Kyushu in one time with very relaxing travel pace. Highly recommended.

Fukuoka

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Yufuin/Beppu

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Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine

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Hita Old Town

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Yufuin Yunotsubo street(Yunotsubo Yokocho Car park)

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Yufuin/Beppu

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Yufuin/Beppu

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Kitsuki Castle Town

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Beppu Jigoku Hells

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African Safari

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Yufuin/Beppu

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Aso

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Kokonoe Suspension Bridge

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Kurokawa Onsen town

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Daikanbo Observatory

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Aso

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Miyazaki

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Takachiho Gorge

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Amanoiwato Shrine

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Umagase

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Miyazaki

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Kagoshima

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Udo Jingu Shrine

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Kagoshima Ferry Terminal

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Senganen Garden

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Kagoshima

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Kagoshima

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Black Vinegar Kakuida

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Arimura Observatory

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Shiroyama Park Observation Deck

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Kagoshima

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Kumamoto

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Sogi Falls

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Aoi Aso Shrine

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Suizenji Park

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Kumamoto

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Nagasaki

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Kumamoto Castle

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Unzen Nita Ropeway

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Urakami Catholic Church

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Nagasaki

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Nagasaki

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Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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Dejima

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Oura Catholic Church (Closest Public Parking)

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Nagasaki

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Takeo/Ureshino

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Mt.Inasayama observatory

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Saikaibashi Bridge

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Huistenbosh

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Takeo/Ureshino

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Takeo/Ureshino

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Imari Okawa Uchiyama

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Yutoku Inari Shrine

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Tenkaiho Observatory

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Takeo/Ureshino

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Fukuoka

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Mifuneyama Rakuen garden

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Niji no Matsubara

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Karatsu Castle

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Day. 1Fukuoka to Yufuin/Beppu

This day will head from Fukuoka to Yufuin/Beppu a nationally famous hot spring resort.
Mileage is about 160㎞. However, this day has many attractions, and in today's highlights Yufuin and Beppu, most of the shops and sightseeing spots close about 17-18 o'clock. It is recommended to start 8:00~9:00 if you don't lile huried travel.
The first destination should be "Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine(太宰府天満宮)" the most famous shrines in Kyushu. You can enjoy walking along the approach of the shrine where has many shop of local products and food. If you like sweets and fruit, it is god idea to go to fruit picking after the shrine. "Hita old town(日田の古い町並み)" is located good place to have lunch. Our daily driving map will guide you to recommended eel restaurant, ”Hita Yakisoba” the local grilled noodle erstaurant and so on. Then let's facing to Yuhuin. The main street "Yufuin Yunotsubo street(由布院湯の坪街道)" is filled with charming shops selling localproducts and food too and you can enjoy walking to small beautiful "Lake Kinrinko(金鱗湖)".
It is 25km away from Yufuin to Beppu and dakes about 40 minutes. Highlight "Beppu Jigoku Hells(別府地獄めぐり)" is highly recommended but is closed at 17:00. If you stay in Yufuin or Beppu continuously or will return back to Fukuoka tomorrow, it would be good visit Beppu on the next day. If you travel to Aso tomorrow, it might be better to skip the Hita old town to keep time to visit Beppu.
Onsen is wating for you to heal your fatigue.
In addition, we recommend you different place at cherry blossom period in spring and autumn coloured leaves period with our daily driving map.. It is really worth to see and please priority there.

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 Yufuin/Beppu

You will stay either Yufuin(=Yufu City(由布院)) or Beppu(別府) on this day. Two cities are about 20 km away and about 30min by car. Both cities are very famous for Onsen and most of accommodations are Japanese Ryokan with Onsen. Some western style hotels there also have Onsen facilities too.
Most of accommodations in Yufuin are 4-5 star Ryokans. They will provide Onsen and nice Japanese Kaiseki style dinners. Restaurants and shops in the city close evening and you must book plan with dinner and breakfast.
Beppu has many accommodations from 3-5 star. If you book nice accommodation, it is also better to book plan with dinner and breakfast. There are many reasonable hotels around Beppu station and you can book without meals because of many local restaurants. But some hotels don't have own parking and they may charge additional parking fee.

Day. 2Yufuin/Beppu to Yufuin/Beppu

This day is the day of between two consecutive stay in Yufuin/Beppu. You can relax this day because mileage is about 100km only and you need not to pack your luggage too.
If you haven't visit "Beppu Jigoku Hells(べっぷ地獄めぐり)" and "Yufuin Yunotsubo street(由布院湯の坪街道)", its are first priority.
Another recommendation is "Kitsuki Castle Town(杵築城下町)". It is unknown small castle town with old Samurai houses and less foreign tourist.
If you have children in your group, "African Safari(アフリカンサファリ)" the zoo where you can drive by yourself inside of safari area, "Harmony Land(ハーモニーランド)" the theme park of Hello Kitty and "Takasaki Monkey Park(高崎山自然動物園)" park of wild monkies are recommended.
If you travel in Spring o Autumn, you can enjoy amazing chery blossoms and autumn coloured leaves from "Beppu Ropeway(別府ロープウェイ)".

Stay at Yufuin/Beppu

You will stay either Yufuin(=Yufu City(由布院)) or Beppu(別府) on this day. Two cities are about 20 km away and about 30min by car. Both cities are very famous for Onsen and most of accommodations are Japanese Ryokan with Onsen. Some western style hotels there also have Onsen facilities too.
Most of accommodations in Yufuin are 4-5 star Ryokans. They will provide Onsen and nice Japanese Kaiseki style dinners. Restaurants and shops in the city close evening and you must book plan with dinner and breakfast.
Beppu has many accommodations from 3-5 star. If you book nice accommodation, it is also better to book plan with dinner and breakfast. There are many reasonable hotels around Beppu station and you can book without meals because of many local restaurants. But some hotels don't have own parking and they may charge additional parking fee.

Day. 3Yufuin/Beppu to Aso

This day will head from Yufuin/Beppu to Aso. Mileage is 140㎞ only. However, this day has many attractions and it is recommended to start 8:00~9:00 if you don't lile huried travel.
The first destination is "Kokonoe Suspension Bridge(九重夢大吊橋)". In particular, you can see wonderful colored leaves in the Autumn. Then you can stop by farm which provide fresh yogurt drinks and beautiful wetland which has 1 - 2.5km walking trails. "Kurokawa Onsen town(黒川温泉)" is good place to have lunch. Our daily driving map will let you know nice recommended restaurants there.
The biggest highlight on this day is driving along the Aso Sky Line from "Skyline observatory" to "Daikanbo Observatory(大観峰)". Driving on outer rim of a Aso caldera will be your lifetime unforgettable memory. If you have time, let's go to "Kusasenri(草千里)". Breathtaking panoramic grass plains are waiting for you.
Aso area where you stay this day is countryside and you had better to eat dinner at your inn. Then please control your schedule to reach your inn by 18 around o'clock.

Stay at Aso

You will stay Aso(阿蘇) area on this day. Accommodations are located around Mt.Aso(阿蘇山) the symbol of this area. You can choose prefer type of accommodations from variety of options like fine Ryokan with Onsen, reasonable western style hotels and so on.
Aso area is consider as countryside. Restaurants, shops and convenience stores are very limited and difficult to find place to have dinner and breakfast. Don't forget to book plan with dinner and breakfast. Most of accommodations don't charge parking fee.

Day. 4Aso to Miyazaki

This day will head from Aso to Miyazaki famous hot spring resorts. Because of long mileage 210km, it is recommended to start 8:00~9:00 if you don't lile huried travel.
The biggest highlight of this day is "Takachiho Gorge(高千穂峡)" one of the most beautiful gorge in Japan and it can be highlight of your Kyushu travel too. It is located inconvenient area but you can visit there by your car easily. They have rental boat and highly recommended to try boating in amazing view.
"Kunimigaoka Observatory(国見ヶ丘展望台)" near the gorge is also worth to visit. You will be amazed due to 360 degree mountain view.
There are not many restaurants there but our daily driving map will suggest you nice soba restaurant, Beef steak restaurants and so on.
Then let's move to "Umagase(馬ヶ背)" a beautiful cape where you can sea panoramil ocean view. If you still have time before heading to Miyazaki, you can stop by "Mimitsu Town(美々津)". It is not well-known small fisherman's village which is listed as preserved district of traditional buildings.
We recommend you to take highway from Takachiho gorge to Umagase and Umagase to Miyazaki due to no sightseeing spots.
In addition, There are amazing cherry blossom places spring. If you will travel in sprong, our daily driving map will guide you these spots. It is really worth to see and please priority there.

Stay at Miyazaki

You will stay in Miyazaki(宮崎) city on this day. Many accommodations are concentrated around Miyazaki Station. Most ofthe accommodations in this city are not Ryokans but western style hotels. As many restaurants opens till midnight, it is recommended to book your hotels wih breakfast only or without meals. Many hotels don't have own parking and they may charge additional parking fee.
If you would like to stay hotels with bigger room or Onsen facility, huge 5 star hotel "Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort" is recommended. It is located 6 km north of Miyazaki Station and you can enjoy nice Onsen too.

Day. 5Miyazaki to Kagoshima

This day will head from Miyazaki to Kagoshima. Because of long mileage 210km, it is recommended to start 8:00~9:00 if you don't lile huried travel.
The first destination is "Aoshima Island(青島 鬼の洗濯板)" an island with unique terrain called demon's washboard. After coming back to Miyazaki, let's take highway to Miyakonojo(都城) city whose production of the meat is the highest in all ove Janan. Of cause beaf BBQ restaurant is recommended but our daily driving map will guide you other nice Itarian restaurant and cheap and good Udon noodle restauant too.
After lunch, why don't you enjoy 30 min walking at "Sekinoo Falls(関之尾の滝甌穴郡)" with unique terrein river?
Then, you can face to Kirishima(霧島)area. "Kirishima Shrine(霧島神宮)"which founded more than 1000 years ago is must-see. There are many other sightseeing spots like farm, highland, park which Onsen steam blowing us from the ground and so on.
There are not many sightseeing spots from Kirishima to Kagoshima and better to take highway.
In addition, there are amazing cherry blossom places on this route. If you will travel in spring, our daily driving map will guide you these spots. It is really worth to see and please priority there.

Stay at Kagoshima

You will stay in Kagoshima(鹿児島) city. Kagoshima is a big town, there are many choices from 5 star hotels to reasonable 3 star hotels. Most of accommodations are western style hotels but some of them have Onsen facilities.
Around "Tenmonkandori station(天文館通駅)" of tram is consider as downtown area of Kagoshima city and many hotels and restaurants are concentrated.
If you go back to Fukuoka by bullet train, it is also recommended to stay around "Kagoshima Chuo Station(鹿児島中央駅)".
Kagoshima airport is located 40km away from Kagoshima city and it takes about 1hour and half. Please be careful if you take flight from there.
As many restaurants opens till midnight, it is recommended to book your hotels with breakfast only or without meals. Many hotels don't have own parking and they may charge additional parking fee.

Day. 6Kagoshima to Kagoshima

This day is the day of between two consecutive stay in Kagoshima. You can relax this day because mileage is about 120km only and you need not to pack your luggage too. It is recommended to travel in a clock wise direction along the Kagoshima bay.
In the morning, let's drive up to ”Shiroyama Park Observation Deck(城山公園展望台)” in Kagoshima city to see an active volcano Sakurajima(桜島) the symbol of Kagoshima.
The biggest highlight of this day is "Senganen Garden(仙巌園)". There is house of Shimazu family who contributed to modernzation of Japan and you can enjoy Sakurajima view from their beautiful garden. After that, let's stop by "Tsubobatake(坂元のくろず壺畑情報館)" where is producting black vineger with traditional way since 200years ago.
Today's recommended lunch is ambejack fish restaurant. Our daily driving map will guide you know secret fisherman's restaurant which is not known by foreign tourists.Then let' s drive to "Yunohira Observatory(湯之平展望所)" at bottom of Sakurajima.
You can take ”Sakurajima Ferry” from Sakurajima to Kagoshia. It is 15min cruise. They are perating 70 cruises 24 hours and you need not to make reservation. We will let you know hoto to take it with driving map.
In addition, there are amazing azelea place in spring and cokoured Ginkgo trees forest. If you will travel in sprong or autumn, our daily driving map will guide you these spots. It is really worth to see and please priority there.
Kagoshima Chuo Station for bullet train to Fukuoka is located near the Kagoshima city. However, Kagoshima airport is located 40 km away from the city and it takes at least 1 hour. There are some traffic jam adound Kagoshima city and it takes time to filling up gas and return your car too. If you don't stay Kagoshima one more night and take flight on this day, please reach rental car shop at least 3 hours before the bullet train or the flight.

Stay at Kagoshima

You will stay in Kagoshima(鹿児島) city. Kagoshima is a big town, there are many choices from 5 star hotels to reasonable 3 star hotels. Most of accommodations are western style hotels but some of them have Onsen facilities.
Around "Tenmonkandori station(天文館通駅)" of tram is consider as downtown area of Kagoshima city and many hotels and restaurants are concentrated.
If you go back to Fukuoka by bullet train, it is also recommended to stay around "Kagoshima Chuo Station(鹿児島中央駅)".
Kagoshima airport is located 40km away from Kagoshima city and it takes about 1hour and half. Please be careful if you take flight from there.
As many restaurants opens till midnight, it is recommended to book your hotels with breakfast only or without meals. Many hotels don't have own parking and they may charge additional parking fee.

Day. 7Kagoshima to Kumamoto

This day will head from Kagoshima to Kumamoto. Because of long mileage 2000km, it is recommended to start 8:00~9:00 if you don't lile huried travel.
If you haven't been "Shiroyama Park Observation Deck(城山公園展望台)" and "Senganen Garden-仙巌園" in Kagoshima city, you should visit there first.
Then, let's drive to first destination "Maruike Spring Water Park-丸池湧水". There is no sightseeing spots from Kagoshima city to here and better to take highway.
The biggest highlight of this day is "Sogi Falls(曽木の滝)". This is a great water fall which is called Eastern Naiagara whose width is 210m. It can be highlight of your whole trip too. Highly recommended.
Then, let's drive to Hitoyoshi city. You can visit a very unique shrine "Aoi Aso Shrine(青井阿蘇神社)" which has thatched roof.
It is recommended to have a lunch in this city too. There are nice Eel, Ramen and Gyoza resaurant in this city and our daily driving map will guide you there.
There is no sightseeing spots from Hitoyoshi city to Kumamoto too and recommended to take highway. It will be long journey and you may reach Kumamoto at night. You can visit sightseeing spots in Kumamoto city tomorrow.

Stay at Kumamoto

You will stay Kumamoto(熊本) city on this day. Kumamoto city is large and it is recommended to stay around "Kumamoto Castle(熊本城)" where is consider as downtown of Kumamoto city. Most of the accommodations there are not Ryokans but western style hotels.
In particular, restaurants are concentrated in the "Kamidori street(上通り)", "Shimodori street(下通り)"and "Shinshigai area(新市街)" on the southwest side of Kumamoto Castle, and you can enjoy local food of Kumamoto. On the other hand, you better to avoid Kumamoto station area due to location and less restaurants. Many hotels don't have own parking and they may charge additional parking fee.

Day. 8Kumamoto to Nagasaki

This day will head from Kumamoto to Nagasaki. Mileage is about 110km only but you need to take car ferry from Kumamoto port to Shimabara port. You had better to reach Kumamoto port at reast before 13:00 to take 13:40 ferry.
The symbol of the city ”Kumamoto castle(熊本城)” is under reconstruction from the damage of the earthquake. It may be nicer to visit sonderful Japanese garden "Suizenji Jojuen Garden(水前寺成趣園)".
Recommended lunch on this day is Kumamoto Ramen.
You need to take "Kyusho Ferry(九商フェリー)" from Kumamoto port to Shimabara port. It is 1 hour voyage to Shimabara port.
Our daily driving map will let you know details about Kyusho ferry and how to take it.
From Shimabara port, let's move to "Unzen Jigoku Hell(雲仙地獄)". Unzen is famous for its volcanoes and Onsen. You can see fantastic scene with steam blowing out from the ground. If the weather is nice, it is nice to stop by "Nita Pass 2nd Lookout(仁田峠第二展望所)" to see spectacular views looking over the Shimabara town. Nagasaki is 70km away from Kumamoto port and due to no highway, it takes about 2 hours.
After dinner, it is highly recommended to take "Nagasaki Ropeway(長崎ロープウェイ)" to "Mt.Inasayama observatory(稲佐山展望台)". Japan Top 3 night veiw is waiting for you.

Stay at Nagasaki

You will stay in Nagasaki(長崎) city on this day. Nagasaki is very big city and there are many choices from 5 star hotels to reasonable 3 star hotels. It is city area and most of the accommodations are not Ryokans but western style hotels.
Nagasaki can divided into "Nagasaki Station side" and "Mt.Inasayama(稲佐山) side". There are many hotels with 3-4 stars on the Nagasaki station side, and it is convenient for sightseeing using a tram. As there are many restaurants, it is recommended to book your hotels wih breakfast only or without meals.
Some 4-5 star hotels on Mt.Inasayama side is inconvenient but you can enjoy beauriful night view of Nagasaki city which is counted top 3 night veiw in Japan. It is recommended to book with dinner and enjoy it with amazing night view.
Many hotels don't have own parking and they may charge additional parking fee.

Day. 9Nagasaki to Nagasaki

This day is the day of between two consecutive stay in Nagasaki. You can relax this day because mileage is less than 20km only and you need not to pack your luggage too.
The most of sightseeing spots are concentrated in center of Nagasaki city. Travel distance is very short and most of spots can be access by city tram so you can consider to travel without car. On the other hand, Nagasaki is very hilly city and need to walk many slops. It may be better to use car if some of your leg is not okay or you don't have enough confidence in physical strength. But please take note that most of parking in Nagasaki city is paid parking.
First recommended spot is "Dejima(出島)" the old port which was opend to foreign countries when Japan closed its door. You can enjoy 19th century atmosphere.
Lunch recommendation is either Nagasaki Chanpon(kind of local ramen) or Sara-udon(fried noodle with source).
"Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum(長崎原爆資料館)" is an essential Nagasaki experience. You can learn how the damage of atomic bomb was terrible.
At southern area of Nagasaki, UNESCO world heritage"Oura Catholic Church(大浦天主堂)" and "Glover Garden(グラバー園)" are also must-see in Nagasaki.

Stay at Nagasaki

You will stay in Nagasaki(長崎) city on this day. Nagasaki is very big city and there are many choices from 5 star hotels to reasonable 3 star hotels. It is city area and most of the accommodations are not Ryokans but western style hotels.
Nagasaki can divided into "Nagasaki Station side" and "Mt.Inasayama(稲佐山) side". There are many hotels with 3-4 stars on the Nagasaki station side, and it is convenient for sightseeing using a tram. As there are many restaurants, it is recommended to book your hotels wih breakfast only or without meals.
Some 4-5 star hotels on Mt.Inasayama side is inconvenient but you can enjoy beauriful night view of Nagasaki city which is counted top 3 night veiw in Japan. It is recommended to book with dinner and enjoy it with amazing night view.
Many hotels don't have own parking and they may charge additional parking fee.

Day. 10Nagasaki to Takeo/Ureshino

This day will head from Nagasaki to Takeo/Ureshino. Since mileage is long(about 170km) without highway and it is recommended to start 8:00~9:00 if you don't lile huried travel.
If you haven't visit major sightseeing spots in Nagasaki such as "Nagasaki Peace Park(長崎平和公園)", "Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum(長崎原爆資料館)" or "Dejima(出島)”, let's visit there first.
After that, let's drive to "Roadside Station YuhigaokaSotome(道の駅 夕陽が丘そとめ)". From there, you can enjoy refreshing driving through beautiful coastal road "Nagasaki Sunset Road". Then you can move to Sasebo city via "Saikaibashi Bridge(西海橋)".
Recommended lucnch on this day is either oyster or Sasebo burger. Our daily driving map will let you now nice shop and you must try.
Today's biggest highlight is "Ishidake Observatory(石岳展望台)". You can enjoy 360 degree panolamic view with Kujukushima(99 islands) and Sasebo city with huge shipyard. Another "Tenkaiho Observatory(展海峰)" is more famous but the view from hear is more great.
If you still have time, you can stop by pottery town Arita and go to your inn. At night, please take a rest with Onsen in either Takeo or Ureshino.
In addition, there are amazing cherry blossom and azelea places on this route. If you will travel in spring, our daily driving map will guide you these spots. It is really worth to see and please priority there.

Stay at Takeo/Ureshino

You will stay in Takeo(武雄) town or Ureshino(嬉野) town on this day. The two towns are about 15 km away and about 30 minutes by car. Both cities are famous for Onsen and most of accommodations are Japanese Ryokan with Onsen. Some western style hotels there also have Onsen facilities too.
Takeo is smaller and quieter Than Ureshino and most of the accommodations are 4-5 star Ryoans. Ureshino has more options from 3 to 5 star hotels and Ryokans. Many restaurants in both town will be closed in the evening, so it is better to book a plan with dinner and breakfast. Most of accommodations don't charge parking fee.

Day. 11Takeo/Ureshino to Takeo/Ureshino

This day is the day of between two consecutive stay in Takeo/Ureshino. You can relax this day because mileage is about 100km onky and you need not to pack your luggage too.
The highlight is "Huis Ten Bosch(ハウステンボス)" the most famous theme park in Kyushu. They hold various events like, flower festival, Fireworks, illumination and so on for all year round. They also have many attractions such as robot house, adventure park and if you have children in your group, you can enjoy there for whole day. In that case, you also can consider to stay near Huis Ten Bosch instead of Takeo or Ureshino.
If you are porcelain lover, Arita where world-famous porcelain town is nice to visit. The "Yutoku Inari Shrine(祐徳稲荷神社)" is well know ans their unique and dynamic design. "Mifuneyama Rakuen garden(御船山楽園)" nice Japanese garden is located near Takeo town and easy to access.

Stay at Takeo/Ureshino

You will stay in Takeo(武雄) town or Ureshino(嬉野) town on this day. The two towns are about 15 km away and about 30 minutes by car. Both cities are famous for Onsen and most of accommodations are Japanese Ryokan with Onsen. Some western style hotels there also have Onsen facilities too.
Takeo is smaller and quieter Than Ureshino and most of the accommodations are 4-5 star Ryoans. Ureshino has more options from 3 to 5 star hotels and Ryokans. Many restaurants in both town will be closed in the evening, so it is better to book a plan with dinner and breakfast. Most of accommodations don't charge parking fee.

Day. 12Takeo/Ureshino to Fukuoka

This day will go back to Fukuoka from Takeo/Ureshino. Because of long mileage 190km and many sightseeing spots, it is recommended to start 8:00~9:00 if you don't lile huried travel.
If you haven't visit "Mifuneyama Rakuen garden(御船山楽園)" near Takeo, famous pottery town Arita and "Imari Okawa Uchiyama(伊万里大川内山)", it is recommended to go there first.
The biggest hightlight on this day is "Kagamiyama Observatory(鏡山西展望台)". This is a observatory where you can see very panolamic scenery with Karatsu bay and "Niji no Matsubara Pine Tree Forest(虹の松原)".It is highly recommended. After that you can drive through the forest and move to Yobuko(呼子) town to have a lunch. Their speciality is squid and you can taste amazing flesh squid you may never eaten before. Our daily driving map will guide you recommended restaurant. If you still have time, let's stop by "Sakurai Futamigaura Couple Rock(桜井二見ヶ浦の夫婦岩)" to take typical Japan-ish photo with Torii gate stainding in the sea.
If you have been Karatsu and Yobuko already, you can go back to Fukuoka with another route.
You can travel to Yanagawa town via "Yutoku Inari Shrine(祐徳稲荷神社)"."Ohana Shotoen(御花松涛園)" is an old house and amazing Japanese garden which was built about 300 years ago. You can try traditional grilled eel and cheap and good local Udon noodle for lunch.
"Yame Chuo Tea Gaden(八女中央大茶園)" is highly recommended to visit. It is the secret spot where can be reach by car only and you will be amazed due to panolamic scenery covered with green tea trees. If you would like to enjoy shopping before going back to your country, you can stop at "Tosu Premium Outlets(鳥栖プレミアムアウトレット)".
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).

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Route numberStart cityGoal cityWayTravel PaceDistanceRankHighway feeDetail
742FukuokaFukuokareturn_triprelaxing1,730 km¥ 13,100check
743FukuokaFukuokareturn_tripnormal1,680 km¥ 10,200check
744FukuokaFukuokareturn_tripnormal1,800 km¥ 13,700check
Sorry, we provide our service for Kyushu and Okinawa only. Other areas are under development.