Japan Trip 2014: 9D8N Hiroshima & Kyushu Area


Category : Featured, Japan, Travel

Konnichiwa こんにちわ


Okay lar, actually I have no idea what to put up a title for this post. I touched down at Nagoya but didn’t cover much as we were travelling to the southern part of Japan and covered a little bit of here and there in Hiroshima but mainly in Kyushu area. A month has gone but my mind and soul (sometimes) are still left in Japan. I just can’t wait to go back again.

Well, here is the summary about my trip. It can be your reference if you loved to and I will try to upload more about the daily activities and places I visited in Japan. 🙂

Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5
InKL/ Nagoya Nagoya/ Hiroshima/ KumamotoKumamoto/ AsoAso/ Miyazaki/
Kumamoto/ Saga
Breakfast/ BrunchOnigiri &Milk from Bellmart Convenient Store Hotel breakfastRyokan breakfastHotel breakfast
Arrival at Hiroshima > tram to HondoriKumamoto Castle
Picked up the rental car at Time Car Rental
Sugi Yohoen 杉养蜂园
Aso Farm Village
Aso Shrine 阿蘇神社
Arrival at Saga > Check in Comfort Hotel
Yoshinogari Historical Park
LunchOkonomiyaki @ お好み焼うずしおYakiniku @ だん炭火烧肉opposite Yuuhoen Fruits Land 優峰園フルーツランド阿蘇おもいでラーメンUdon at JR Saga Station
Arrival at Chubu International Airport Nagoya > train to Nagoya StationArrival at Uchinomaki > check in Shinwaen Ryokan
旅館 親和苑
Light meal at Nagoya Station
Nagoya Ramen NAGOYA なご家
A-Bomb Dome
Hot bath in onsen
And chill around
Manai Waterfall of Takachiho-kyo (Gorge)Kami Arita - Birthplace of porcelain
Porcelain shops
Traditional house Shujian
Sueyama Shrine
Check in > Hotel Wing International NagoyaArrival at Kumamoto > check in GR Hotel SuidochoDrove back to Kumamoto > check in JR Kyushu Hotel
Dinner郷土・海鮮 肥後の陣屋
9-course dinner at Shinwaen RyokanSo-ya 惣や龍馬軍鶏農場
Oasis 21ShimotoriShimotoriMeet up with my Japanese guest sisters
Hotel Wing International NagoyaGR Hotel SuidochoShinwaen Ryokan旅館 親和苑JR Kyushu HotelComfort Hotel Saga
Day 6Day 7Day 8Day 9
InSaga/ Nagasaki/ SagaSaga/ HakataHakata/ Chubu IA NagoyaChubu/ KL
Breakfast/ BrunchHotel BreakfastHotel BreakfastHotel BreakfastHotel Breakfast
Arrival at Nagasaki >
Bunmeido Castella
Spectacles Bridge
Hamanomachi Shopping Arcade
Chinatown Shinchi
Former Chinese Settlement
Holander Slope
Arrival at Hakata > Check in Hotel Sunsline Fukuoka > Tosu Premium OutletJR Hakata City
Amu Plaza Hakata
Hakata Hankyu
Omiyage Shop in Chubu IA
LunchMilan Indian Curry RestaurantIppudo Ramen ExpressEkibento
Travel back to NagoyaFly back to KL :(
Peace Park
Atomic Bomb Epicenter
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Mount Inasa for night view
Continue shopping at Tosu Premium Outlet
Catch the second last train back to SagaTravel back to HakataArrival at Nagoya
DinnerZa.Watami Yatai, Nakasu
Unagi rice @ Nagoya Station
Dessert @ Café Gentiane Leger
Train to Airport
StayComfort Hotel SagaHotel Sunsline FukuokaToyoko Inn Chubu



A Bome Dome, Hiroshima
It is part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The ruin serves as a memorial to the people who were killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945.


Manholes in Japan are way so cute!!!


Kumamoto Castle
One of the most impressive castles in Japan.


The unstable Mount Aso. The ropeway is closed until further notice. So we couldn’t get to visit there.


It was once an active volcano but now it is covered in grass, with the crate area sunken at the top.


One of the best stay ever in Ryokan with onsen (hot spring bath)


Served with 9-course kaiseki dinner and shiawase breakfast


And slept on the warmest and most comfortable tatami.


Manai Waterfall of Takachiho-kyo (Gorge)
It is selected as one of the best fine waterfalls in Japan. Due to the time constrains, we were not able to take the boat ride and have a clear view of the waterfall as well as further explore Miyazaki. Will definitely return for more as there are few places of attraction to visit such as the Amano Iwato Shrine


It was early autumn, the leaves slower turned into red.


Paddy field; soon to harvest


Peace Park, Nagasaki


Took the ropeway up to Mount Inasa for this spectacular night view.


Everyone’s heaven including men too!


Crazy time at Tosu Premium Outlet.


Must try at Fukuoka’s famous open air food stall, Yatai 屋台


Caught the beautiful sunrise of Japan before flying off.

More update?!
Stay tune!

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Hi! Great itinerary for Kyushu and will be most helpful for future planning purposes 🙂 I noticed that you rented a car for some of the days. Is the Malaysian Driver’s License sufficient to drive in Japan or must we hold an International Driver’s License?

hi Sue,

yes we rented a car for 2 days.
You will need to get the international driver license for that. 🙂

Aww… I guess I’ll have to factor that in first before planning any self drive trips in Japan.

Thank you for the reply! 🙂

you are most welcome. 🙂
which area do you plan to visit in Japan?

Similar to your itinerary. The Kyushu area and also Hiroshima/Miyajima 🙂 I am sure trains are quite convenient to get from city to city but my main concern is those more “ulu” but beautiful sightseeing places. A car will definitely be more convenient.

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