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Kyushu is a fascinating haven of peace--overflowing with tradition and undisturbed destinations, such as: the famous onsen cities (also known as “Hot Springs”), various breathtaking natural viewpoints, and a myriad of sites that reflect the strong heritage of Japanese culture. Composed of 8 prefectures, with Fukuoka being the biggest city, Kyushu is a thriving place, and benefits from a delightful subtropical climate.
Kagoshima is a must-see area of the island, located on the southern part of the peninsula, around 300km away from Fukuoka.
While Fukuoka is the more developed destination for travelers in Kyushu, many people tend to start their journeys there. But not a place to be missed, Kagoshima can also be accessed by plane or bullet train, although for the most immersive experience, we recommend taking car.
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Kyushu Driving Routes
If you have 2 days and 1 night, we invite you to explore the suburbs of Fukuoka. You have three main destinations suggested like Kitakyushu/Shionoseki, Takeo/Ureshino and very famous Onsen towns such as Yufuin/Beppu which are worth checking out. It is recommended for travelers who do not dispose of much time but who would not only want to visit Fukuoka City but also other places. However, 2 Days and 1 Night is very limited and we highly recommend to at least choose route with 3 days and 2 nights, or longer if you can. Additionally, it is risky to take a flight or bullet train after returning your car as external environment concerns can happen and can't be predicted. This is why we would advise to stay one night at Fukuoka.
If you dispose of 3days and 2 nights, you can travel from Fukuoka to the northern part of Kyushu island. There are routes in which you can stay 2 nights consecutively in famous onsen town like Yufuin/Beppu or Takeo/Ureshino. If you wish to visit particular places it is also possible to stay in two different cities. If you would like to explore the westside of Kyushu, like Nagasaki, or the central region, like Kumamoto, it is better to opt for 4 Days and 3 Nights route or a longer one. If you would like to travel on the southern side of Kyushu, like Miyazaki and Kagoshima, please choose the 5 Days and 4 Nights route or a longer one.
If you have 4days and 3 nights, you can travel from Fukuoka and explore the northern part of Kyushu unhurriedly. The route proposed includes famous Onsen town such as Yufuin/Beppu as well as the captivating Aso area. It might be proving but it is possible to reach Takachiho gorge as it is on our list of the most beautiful and most recommended spots in Kyushu. There is also the possibility to join Kumamoto and Nagasaki using a car ferry if you have 4 days. If you prefer more relaxing places or would like to travel to the southern side of Kyushu like Miyazaki and Kagoshima, please choose the 5 Days and 4 Nights route or a longer one.
If you have 5 days and 4 nights, you can travel from Fukuoka and explore the northern part of Kyushu island unhurriedly. Some routes propose two consecutive stay at the same location and is suggested for visitors looking for a relaxing way of travelling. Another route covers the entire northern part of Kyushu, including Nagasaki, and is recommended for dynamic travelers willing to explore most of the destinations presented. Furthermore, there is a one-way route that enables to reach both Miyazaki and Kagoshima in the southern part of Kyushu. However, you can expect the travel pace to be intense which mean that you will need to skip many spots. It is then advised to save a longer period if you would like to travel to the southern part of Kyushu.
If you have 6 days and 5 nights, it is possible to consider travelling around most parts of Kyushu. However, the travel pace is intensed and the westside with Nagasaki can hardly be included. If you would like to travel around Kyushu, please consider the 8 Days and 7 Nights or a longer one. If you are willing to opt for a one-way route going from Fukuoka to Kumamoto, you have two options, one route via the eastern part of Kyushu or one route via the western part of Kyushu which includes Nagasaki. If you have enough time be informed that there is also the possibility to travel through the west side and the center region, which enable you to rely both Nagasaki and Aso.
If you have 7days and 6 nights, you can travel on both the western and middle sides of Kyushu, including Nagasaki and Aso, with a relaxing travel pace. The 7 Days and 6 Nights option presents 3 one-way routes from Fukuoka to Kagoshima in the southern part of Kyushu. One of the routes pass by Kirishima and Ibusuki, two highly popular onsen towns, nationally famous for their sand-bathes. Unfortunately, there is no whole Kyushu round trip route for a 7 Days and 6 Nights trip. If you want to do it, please consider the 8 Days and 7 Nights proposition.
|Route number||Start city||Goal city||Way||Travel Pace||Distance||Rank||Highway fee||Detail|
|721||Fukuoka||Fukuoka||return_trip||relaxing||1,060 km||¥ 3,700||check|
|722||Fukuoka||Kagoshima||one_way_trip||relaxing||1,040 km||¥ 6,400||check|
|723||Fukuoka||Kagoshima||one_way_trip||busy||1,010 km||¥ 5,050||check|
|724||Fukuoka||Kagoshima||one_way_trip||normal||1,050 km||¥ 8,150||check|
If you have 8 days and 7 nights, you can travel around Kyushu through Nagasaki and the east side. However, the route doesn't include 2 consecutive nights at the same accommodation which makes this journey quite intense. If you prefer a relaxing rhythm, we recommend considering a 9 Days and 8 Nights route or longer. 8 Days and 7 Nights has 3 one-way routes from Fukuoka to Kagoshima in the southern part of Kyushu. Each way presents a main asset to be sure at least one can suit your preferences. You can choose between the west side of Kyushu with Nagasaki or popular onsen towns such as Kirishima and Ibusuki which are famous in Japan for their unique sand-bathes.
If you have 9 days and 8 nights, you can expect to travel in most of the places in Kyushu. If you choose a round trip, you can opt for routes not only passing by main highlights like Yufuin/Beppu, Aso and Kagoshima but also Nagasaki or Kitakyushu/Shimonoseki. It also includes 2 consecutive nights in one city where you can take a well-deserved rest from driving. If you choose the one-way route relying Fukuoka and Kagoshima, you have pleasant options such as a route through the eastern part of Kyushu or a route via the western part of Kyushu that includes Nagasaki. Both routes comprise at least 3 nights in onsen towns and has been designed especially for onsen enthusiasts.
If you have 10 days and 9 nights, you have the possibility between a one-way route and three round-trip routes. The one-way route starts from Fukuoka and ends in Kumamoto, which consists of spending 2 consecutive nights in 2 different cities, allowing you adopt a more relaxing pace. If you opt for the round trip, all routes do not include only main highlights like Yufuin/Beppu, Aso, Kagoshima and Nagasaki but also Kitakyushu/Shimonoseki, or even the famous onsen towns Kirishima and Ibusuki, nationally reputed for their sand-bathes. The last route covers almost all the Kyushu island, except for Kitakyushu/Shimonoseki, but doesn't comprise 2 nights in a row at the same place which can be challenging for some traveler.
All the routes for 11 days and 10 nights offer a complete tour around Kyushu. One of the routes permit to stay 2 consecutive nights in 3 cities and is recommended for travelers preferring a relaxing pace. Other routes enable you to visit Kitakyushu/Shimonoseki, famous onsen towns such as Kirishima or Ibusuki sand-bath at a more dynamic rhythm. Another route covers most of Kyushu island. However, it is the most tiring one with various spots and different locations to visit.
All the routes for 12 days and 11 nights offer a complete tour around Kyushu. The first one includes 2 consecutive nights in 4 cities and is recommended for travelers preferring a relaxing pace. Thanks to other routes, you can visit Kitakyushu/Shimonoseki, famous onsen towns such as Kirishima or Ibusuki sand-bath but with a more dynamic rhythm. Another route covers most of Kyushu island. Thanks to that extensive approach you will be able to visit and stay in every city listed previously, plus having a break by spending two nights in a row in Kagoshina. Once you travelled on this route you will become a genuine expert of Kyushu!