Updated: Oct 12, 2021
Kyushu is the southern territorial part of Japan which consists of seven prefectures: Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Saga, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki and Kagoshima. Kyushu region is home to numerous top-rated tourist attraction spots in each prefecture and interesting history. Traveling in Kyushuu is becoming more and more convenient thank to the fully developed JR railway network and shinkansen system that connects Hakata station (Fukuoka prefecture) and Kagoshima central station (Kagoshima prefecture). Sakura/Mizuho shinkansen running from Shin-Osaka station to Hakata station makes access to Kyushu much easier than ever. Night highway bus to Kyushuu is also a worth-considering option for those with tiny budget. Bus services in Japan are of top-notch quality at very affordable prices.
The best time to visit Kyushu is said to be spring when it is immersed in a variety of flowers blossoms and autumn with breath-taking autumn foliage. We spent 5 days in Kyushu (Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Oita prefecture) and departed from Osaka by night highway bus.
Here is our detailed itinerary:
Day 0: Night bus from Umeda station (Osaka) to Hakata station (Fukuoka)
We booked night bus (4 seats per row) for 3200 yen/person which departed from Umeda station at 20:50 pm and reached Hakata at 7 am in the morning. The bus station locates along the main street but it is really hard to find at first since Umeda station is just like a labyrinth. It is almost impossible to navigate