In around 2 weeks, I'll be taking my second last trip to Japan which will focus on Kumamoto Prefecture. I've got a car for 2 weeks and have already explored most of Kyushu, but will be leaving Kagoshima to the same time next year.
What I'm doing is posting my current plan of where I'm visiting and if there is any specific high quality gardens/temples/contemporary art of something highly kitchy, feel free to share. Note I've also posted before for inquiries so I've also got some backup plans but my accommodation is mainly downpacked.
December 30th: Fukuoka to Munataka Taisha - ferry to main island for shrines which can be visited. Also see Nakatsugu Shrine, Okitsugu Shrine, Munakata Shrine & Chinkokuji.
December 31st: Munataka to Amasuka - drive along tollways but stopping at Miyayidake Shrine (Fukusu), Nanzoin Temple (Fukuoka) & Misumi Nishiko Park (Oka).
Jan 1st: Amasuka Islands - Dolphin Cruise (booked), Shokakuji Temple, Sakitsu Church, Oe Church & Tomioka Castle.
Jan 2nd: Amasuka to Hitoyoshi - Amakusa Santa Maria Museum, Amakusa Christian Museum, followed by Yatsuhiro (Yatsuhiro Castle, Shohinken, Shunkoji Temple, Yatsuhiro Shrine)
Jan 3rd: Hitoyishi - Hitoyoshi Castle, Aoiaso Shrine, Bukekura, Eikokuji, Hitoyoshi Craft Park & Kyusendo Caves. Any other local attractions worth visiting here I'm interested in hearing about.
Jan 4th: Minamata via Izumi - Izumi (Izumi Crane Museum, Hakozaki Shrine, Fumoto Residence, Saishotei Residence, Takezoetei, Takemiya, Fumoto Museum), Minamata Museum, Ecopark Minamata
Jan 5th: Minamata to Kumamoto - Soho & Roka Museum, Minamata Disease Museum, Kengun Shrine, Suizenji Garden, Shimada Museum of Art, Honmyoji Temple, Reigando
Jan 6th: Kumamoto - Koizumi Residence, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto Castle (outside visit), Hosokawa Residence (if open - I think it's closed), Kumamoto Art Museum, Kumamoto Zoo & Botanical Gardens. Any other suggestions welcome.
Jan 7th: Kumamoto to Aso - Aso Volcano Museum, Mt Aso, Aso Shrine. Any other suggestions welcome.
Jan 8th: Aso to Kurakawa Onsen - Manganji Temple, Nabegakaki Falls. Any other suggestions are welcome.
Jan 9th: Kurakawa to Ureshino via Yamaga - Sakurayu, Yamaga Lantern Museum, Yachiyoza, Yumekagora, Yamaga Museum, Kiyomizu Temple
Jan 10th: Ureshino (with Arita) - Saga Science Museum, Takeo Shrine, Takeo Library, Sakuramon, Arita Porcelain Park, Tozan Shrine, Kyushu Ceramics Museum, Okawashiyama)
Jan 11th: Ureshino to Daizaifu - Hizenhamashuku, Yutoku Shrine, Kamodo Shrine, Temman Gu Shrine, Komyozenji Temple, Kyushu National Museum
Jan 12th - Home....