Japan Drive Route Guide

Area
Kyushu
Travel Period
3D2N
Route
705
Overview
Start
Fukuoka
Goal
Fukuoka
Way
return_trip
Travel Pace
relaxing
Distance
420 km
Rank
Highway fee
¥ 0
About this route

You can stay either Yufuin or Beppu where is one of the most famous Onsen town in Japan for 2 nights. It is recommended for traveler who would like to relax at Onsen. The highlights are "Yunotsubo Steet" in Yufuin town and "Beppu Jigoku Hells". There are also many recommended spots like "Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine" and "Hita Old Town" along the route. You can enjoy fruits picking too.In spring, you can enjoy the wonderful verry blossoms and rape blossoms at "Oita river" in Yufuin. In autumn, "Akizuki Castle Ruin" and "Yabakei Gorge" are the best place to see coloured leaves. It is also recommended for families with small kids due to "African Safari" and "Harmony Land".

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

sightseeing

African Safari

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Yufuin/Beppu

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Fukuoka

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Beppu Jigoku Hells

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Yamandon Fruit Village

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Tosu Premium Outlets

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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 Fukuoka

This day will go back to Fukuoka from Yufuin/Beppu. Mileage is about 160㎞ and not tough.
First, the biggest highlights here is both "Yufuin Yunotsubo street(由布院湯の坪街道)" and "Beppu Jigoku Hells(別府地獄めぐり)". If you haven't been there, it is highly recommended. Both places takes time to see and it is okay to spend time there because it takes 2 hours only if you take highway to Fukuoka.
If you haven't been "Hita old town(日田の古い町並み)", it is also worth to visit. Additionally, "
Akizuki Castle Ruin(秋月城址)" is also nice to visit especially in Autumn.
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).

Check Other 3D2N Kyushu Route

Route numberStart cityGoal cityWayTravel PaceDistanceRankHighway feeDetail
706FukuokaFukuokareturn_tripnormal440 km¥ 3,500check
707FukuokaFukuokareturn_tripnormal480 km¥ 0check
708FukuokaFukuokareturn_tripbusy500 km¥ 1,500check
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