My recent Japan trip felt short, but it already included a lot of activities and touched three cities of Kyushu. As mentioned several times, this is my first time traveling to the south side of Japan, and through this trip, I was able to appreciate it for the mild weather, unique foreign influences, and rich history.
Sharing our 4 days - 3 nights Kyushu Island itinerary, covering Fukuoka - Nagasaki - Saga - then back to Fukuoka for our flight to Manila. All pictures used in this post are taken from our short detour at the Yutoku Inari Shrine in Saga--a unanimous favorite stop of the group.
Day 1: Arrival at Fukuoka
2:25pm - Flight MNL-FUK via Cebu Pacific Air, NAIA Terminal 3
7:20pm - Arrival at Fukuoka International Airport
8:30pm - Check-in transit hotel
9pm - Dinner at Nurubon Yakiniku
Day 2: Getting to Know Fukuoka
9am - Explore Maizuru Park, Fukuoka Castle, and Ohori Park
11:30am - Leave for Hita (Oita Prefecture)
1pm - Lunch at Mamedamachi (Hitamabushi
2pm - Explore Mamedamachi (Historic Preservation Distric
3pm - Leave for Kurume
4pm - Persimmon picking at Migita Orchard
4:45pm - Leave for Hakata
6pm - Hotel check in at Nishitetsu Hotel Croom Hakata
7pm - Dinner at Canal City Hakata (Ramen Stadium)
8pm onwards - Explore Hakata area (Free time)
Day 3: Getting to Know Nagasaki
8am - Leave for Nagasaki
10:15am - Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium
12pm - Nagasaki Dejima Tour + Lunch
2:30pm - 26 Martyrs Museum
4pm - Nagasaki Peace Park, Hypocenter Park, Atomic Bomb Museum
6pm Mt. Inasa Ropeway
7pm Check in ANA Crowne Plaza Nagasaki Hotel
8pm Nagasaki Chinatown + Dinner at Kyokaen
Day 4: Saga + Fukuoka + Home
8am - Check-out, leave for Yutoku Inari Shrine in Saga
9:20am - Explore Yutoku Inari Shrine
10:30am - Leave for Tenjin
12:30pm - Lunch at Mizutaki in Tenjin
1:30pm - Shopping around Tenjin (Donki, GU)
5:30pm - Transit to Fukuoka International Airport
8:05pm - Flight for Fukuoka to Manila
11:05pm - Arrival at NAIA Terminal 3
Yutoku Inari Shrine, Saga
If you've been to Kyoto, for sure you've visited the Fushimi Inari. This is just one of the top 3 Inari shrines, along with the Yutoku Inari of Saga. The third one is the Toyokawa Inari Shrine in Aichi Prefecture, which I haven't seen but maybe someday!
A significant difference of the Yutoku Inari Shrine is that it is built on a steep hillside of a valley. At a distance, you will see red-orange lined torii gates heading up toward the main hall, situated on tall wooden beams forming grid, which also reminds me of another Kyoto destination: the Kiyomizudera Temple!
Aside from the hike up following the torii gates, we also had the chance to witness a Japanese wedding ceremony, rung a bell for good luck, and picked up a Omikuji with a bell charm and our fortune. A portion of my Omikuji says: "There is more than one path to success. Give it all that you've got using your own method."
Cebu Pacific flies daily between Manila and Fukuoka, Japan, with fares starting at Php 3288.