Thinking of visiting Kyushu?
Here’s my 5-day itinerary – a whistlestop tour of a few highlights of Kyushu, including recommendations for sights, restaurants and hotels for each day, with photos.
5 Days In Kyushu – Itinerary
Day 1: Kobe > Fukuoka
Fly: 08:00 Osaka Itami to Fukuoka (5am start)
Lunch: Cafe Brasileiro – Fukuoka’s oldest cafe (food OK, coffee good, atmosphere great)
See: ACROS building (stunning ‘half-pyramid’ architecture cultural centre covered in greenery)
Stay: Hotel Forza (just thirty seconds from Hakata Station)
Day 2: Fukuoka
Activity: Stroll around Ohori Park (walk across bridges connecting three islands in a large lake)
Lunch: Restaurant Mizutaki Nagano (top quality, proper nabe, reservations essential)
Coffee: Cafe ‘Knock’ (run by an 89 year old lady for more than 40 years)
Buy: Traditional sweets from Ishimura Manseido Deitos (gorgeous original shop and sweets)
Day 3: Fukuoka > Nagasaki
Train: 09:55 Kamome Limited Express from Hakata (interior looks like business class airline designed by Mercedes Benz)
Stroll: Nakashima River/Tera-machi districts (more than 10 bridges + traditional machiya repurposed as shops, cafes, galleries, etc.)
View: The stunning city lights at night by taking the Nagasaki Ropeway to the top of Mt. Inasa
Dinner: Restaurant Yossou (chawan mushi – steamed egg custard specialist, incredible pork)
Stay: Hotel Forza (rated #1 hotel in Nagasaki on Trip Advisor)
Want to see the famous ‘Spectacles Bridge’ for you self? Use this self-guided tour of Nagasaki (ideal for couples).
Day 4: Nagasaki > Saikai
Ride: The Nagasaki Electric Tramway for a cool retro way to get about the city
Experience: Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki (sobering, be sure to visit the blast hypocentre outside)
Train: 15:00 Sea Side Liner from Nagasaki Station to Huis Ten Bosch Station
See: Omura Bay (sit on the left hand side of the train when leaving Nagasaki Station for the best views)
Stay: Minshuku (stay in a regular home with a local family)
Day 5: Saikai > Kobe
Experience: Mikan picking at Saikai Genkimura eco-village (thoroughly recommended – full article to follow!)
Lunch: Restaurant Kasayama (good quality Japanese staples, reasonably priced, large portions served in private dining rooms)
Bus: From Huis Ten Bosch (we didn’t go inside the theme park) to Nagasaki Airport
Fly: 17:20 Nagasaki to Kobe Airport
I hope you got some insights, motivation and, if you’re thinking of spending a few days in Kyushu, some ideas from this quick snapshot of just a small sampling of what Kyushu offers.
I have a real fondness for the island. I’ll be back for sure.
I also hope this inspires you to do some research, maybe dig a little deeper, start some planning yourself.
If you have any feedback or comments to add please and let me know what you thought.
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