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Advice for 4 nights in Kyushu 2019/9/20 05:16
Summary: This will be my 4th time visiting Japan and I'll be traveling to Kyushu region in spring 2020 with a JR Pass from Tokyo (no driving). I'm set on Nagasaki for 2 nights and wondering if I should stay in Fukuoka and Kumamoto, or any other city for a night each. I'm more interested in exploring interesting cities as a whole, gardens, and parks rather than castles, and shrines. I heard Kagoshima may not be my type of city from doing my research.

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I love exploring the city of Kanazawa. Osaka's smaller districts like Namba & Imamiya (I don't care for dotonbori). Some of my favorite neighborhoods in Tokyo are Koenji and all of Suginami ward, Daikanyama, Kaguruzaka, Shimokitazawa as well as quiet neighborhoods like Jiyugaoka. Exploring the residential areas of Kyoto is beautiful as well.

I will not be hiking, swimming, or climbing any mountains. It'll take up too much time. I'm not really interested in touring any castles but I'll happily just walk by them.

I'm 50% on shrines and temples because I've seen several in Kyoto, Nara, and Kamakura but if you feel Dazaifu is quite unique on it's own then I'd happily go.

I hear that Nagasaki is a very unique city with a lot things to see whereas Fukuoka is a chill city that's nice to reside and eat at but may not have as much places to see. That's why I'm planning on just one night in Fukuoka and two nights in Nagasaki. I'm wondering if I should visit Kumamoto or a different city within Kyushu for a whole day.

Appreciate any input and advice.
by okmarzo  

Re: Advice for 4 nights in Kyushu 2019/9/20 17:34
> I'm more interested in exploring interesting cities as a whole, gardens, and parks rather than castles, and shrines.

For gardens, I heard the Suizenji Garden is one of the nicer garden in Japan. While castle isn't your thing, the Kumamoto Castle which is currently under repair might be a unique experience. You can see the damaged parts, broken wall etc. So Kumamoto might worth a visit. I didn't visit it yet though.

I want to recommend staying a night in Yufuin but it might be too far from Nagasaki. Very nice onsen town that I want to return again.

For Fukuoka, it's OK. My last visit was during the Sakura season so the city was alive especially around the parks filled with Sakura. Apart from that, not so much to see for me personally.

Anyway two thumbs up for Nagasaki. I really like the city vibes. Still regretting only doing day trip there and end up missing many sites.
by jonralf rate this post as useful

Re: Advice for 4 nights in Kyushu 2019/9/20 18:32
I was thinking about going to Yufuin and Beppu for a whole day. How was your experience of just simply walking around Yufuin? I donft think Ifm going to actually go sit in an onsen but I feel the idea of just being in that environment could be relaxing and unique.
by okmarzo rate this post as useful

Re: Advice for 4 nights in Kyushu 2019/9/20 20:18
As a person who has traveled around most of Kyushu, there is a bit to see and distances are a bit bigger than they appear.

Here is an interesting question. Have you considered spending 4 nights in Nagasaki? There are plenty of potential days trips including the strange Huis Ten Bosch.

Do you like onsens? If you do, then Saga prefecture which is right next doors is a great place with onsens. There is also the interesting Yoshinogaro Park which is a potential day trip from Nagasaki.

My favorite places in Kyushu tend to not be your thing or are a little bit difficult or slow to reach by public transport. My favorite places in Kyushu include:

Obi Castle Town (Miyazaki): https://www.japan-guide.com/community/mfedley/report-2898
Takachiho (Miyazaki): https://www.japan-guide.com/community/mfedley/report-2894
Aso (Kagoshima): https://www.japan-guide.com/community/mfedley/report-3333
Kunisaki Peninsula (Oita): https://www.japan-guide.com/community/mfedley/report-2883
Kitsuki (Oita): https://www.japan-guide.com/community/mfedley/report-2886
Shimabara (Nagasaki): https://www.japan-guide.com/community/mfedley/report-2708
Unzen Onsen (Nagasaki): https://www.japan-guide.com/community/mfedley/report-2709
Yoshinogari Park (Saga): https://www.japan-guide.com/community/mfedley/report-2692

Note that Nagasaki is probably my favorite major city on Kyushu but I've not visited Kagoshima in detail (yet).....

I've got more user reports at the bottom of each page if you search for the city (including 3 or so posts for Nagasaki).....
by mfedley rate this post as useful

Re: Advice for 4 nights in Kyushu 2019/9/21 07:25
There is more to see and do in Fukuoka than Nagasaki. Fukuoka has a poor wrap for tourism. But there is so much to see and do. But depends on your interests??? Some very nice green spaces, but nothing like Kawazawa or Tokyo gardens.

Since you have limited time. I wouldn't bother going south any more than you are. It is a lot of travel time for very little interests of yous. Kyushu does have a lot of nice gardens compared to other regions of Japan. There is a couple of good ones already mentioned by the above responders. But not with 2.5-3.0 hours of travel one way to see one park.

Kyushu is nature, onsens, beaches, japanese industrial history, samurai history. Not really your thing.

http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp/ Staying more time at Nagasaki and visiting Huis Ten Bosch was a good suggestion above.

by hakata14 (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Advice for 4 nights in Kyushu 2019/9/21 07:31
Meant to say... Kyushu DOESN'T have a lot of gardens compared to other regions.
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