Kyushu,Japan December 2019 travel blog

Kyushu,Japan December 2019

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Welcome to the journal of our trip to Kyushu, Japan.

Using Fukuoka as our base, my daughter and I will tour some out of the way places and do lots of shopping. I shall mainly tour, she will mostly shop!

November would have been a better choice for autumn colour, unfortunately we have to travel in December, but hopefully there will still be some colour remaining.

Although we have been to Fukuoka previously, our intent is to visit some new areas and nearby prefectures. One focus for this trip is to take two JR Kyushu D&S train journeys that were previously unavailable due to flood and earthquake damage. I will make use of JR Kyushu 3 day rail passes.

JR Kyushu rail passes are great value and can be bought in advance online, or at major stations in Kyushu. Hakata station rail pass office has excellent english speaking assistants to help with planning and included free seat reservations. An advantage is to plan trips beforehand using Hyperdia, also to plan alternatives in case popular D&S trains are booked out. For a premium you can also book seats online up to one month in advance, necessary for the very popular D&S trains such as Yufuin-no-Mori and SL Hitoyoshi.

The Kyushu shinkansen shortens trip time considerably, and is much more affordable for single trips using discount tickets via the online reservation service. Note: you can't use this for rail pass free seat reservations.

Order: oldest at top ( reverse )

 
 
 
Brisbane-Seoul
 
 
 
Old Akizuki Town
 
 
 
Fukuoka, Kushida Shrine
 
 
 
Fukuoka
 
 
 
Amakusa Islands weekend
 
 
 
Amakusa to Kumamoto
 
 
 
Kumamoto to Tenjin, Fukuoka
 
 
 
Tenjin, Fukuoka-shi
 
 
 
Karatsu
 
10 
 
 
Tenjin
 
11 
 
 
Dazaifu
 
12 
 
 
Mojiko and Shimonoseki
 
13 
 
 
Mojiko to Kitakyushu
 
14 
 
 
Hizen-Kashima, Yutoku Inari...
 
15 
 
 
Tenjin shopping
 
16 
 
 
Hakata-Beppu-Aso-Kumamoto
 
17 
 
 
Hakata-Yufuin
 
18 
 
 
Atago Shrine
 
19 
 
 
Hakata-Canal City
 
20 
 
 
Incheon airport T2
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