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Are we all going to Kyushu this fall?

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It seems like a group of us are planning trips to Kyushu, with different starting points and dates. I'd really like help firming up our itinerary. We are using award miles, with decent flight schedules, flying in and out of KIX, arriving on October 2. I tried to fly into Fukuoka so we wouldn't have to backtrack, but nothing was available. We were in Japan last fall, visiting Nara, Kyoto, Hakone, Kanazawa, Takayama, Kamikochi, Matsumoto and Tokyo.

We enjoy scenic beauty and traditional crafts. I know there will be some castles in the equation, but I'm trying to keep our visits to temples to a minimum. I love to hike, but my husband isn't as mobile, so I can't plan for any kind of all day trek.

This is what I've come up with. If you have suggestions on a better sequence of where to go, or if I haven't devoted enough time anywhere, please let me know. I've added the days in Kyoto as filler days. We loved it there, but hadn't really planned on going back there unless we had the time.

Day 1 – Arrive at KIX early evening (overnight in Osaka, other suggestions for easy access to JR in morning)
Day 2 – Himeji, overnight Kurashiki
Day 3 – Kurashiki
Day 4 – Hiroshima
Day 5 – Miyajima
Day 6 – Fukuoka
Day 7-9 (3 nights) – Nagasaki (this is the same time as Nagasaki Kunchi Festival as well as Sports Day - we went to the Takayama Autumn Festival, so we'd just as soon miss this one)
Day 10 – Kumamoto
Day 11 – Kumamoto
Day 12 – Kurokawa (by bus or rental car)
Day 13 – Kurokawa (want to visit Takachiho Gorge and Mt. Aso)
Day 14 – return to Kumamoto, then train to Kagoshima
Day 15 – Kagoshima
Day 16 – Fly to KIX, Kyoto
Day 17 – Kyoto
Day 18 – Kyoto
Day 19 – Kyoto
Day 20 – Osaka
Day 21 – depart from KIX late afternoon

Thank you in advance for helping me fill in the blanks. I've read most of your trip reports and really appreciate the generous advice you've given in the past. I know I need to start making reservations soon, so I need to get moving.

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