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Kyushu Holiday: Fukuoka to Fukuoka

Duration
4 Days
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US$ 1,394

Explore the fascinating island of Kyushu in southern Japan. Tour the vibrant coastal city of Fukuoka and its seventeenth century castle before heading east to the hot springs of Beppu and then southwest to visit the sobering memorials of Nagasaki.


This 4-day tour takes you to the southern island of Kyushu, exploring its major cities and volcanic idylls.

Venture off the beaten path on a Japanese vacation to this southern island. Fukuoka is the largest city on the island of Kyushu and has recently passed the populations of Kyoto and Kobe to become Japan’s fifth largest city. Serving as the entry point to Japan for Chinese and Korean tourists, Fukuoka is friendly and vibrant, with a distinct culinary cuisine absolutely worth checking out. Explore the ruins and reconstructions of seventeenth century Fukuoka Castle, take in a baseball game of the famous Softbank Hawks, and learn about the island’s history and culture at the Kyushu National Museum. Be sure to try some Hakata ramen while you’re there as it’s increasingly becoming one of the best-loved ramen styles in the country.

From Fukuoka, head to Beppu to discover a resort hill town boasting incredible natural hot springs. Visit the Hells of Beppu, natural thermal pools in the region, before relaxing in a traditional Japanese onsen and enjoying the warm waters for yourself. In Aso, pass by one of the largest volcanic craters in the world. While the volcano itself is currently off limits due to a recent eruption, Aso and its surrounding area boasts gorgeous landscape and some of the quaintest villages you’ll find on Kyushu.

In western Kyushu, you can visit Japan’s first national park, Unzen-Amakusa National Park. Stroll through mystical forest paths and enjoy the many rustic onsen in the village of Unzen. The village might be one of the only places you don’t see a convenience store on Japan tours. From Unzen, head even further west to visit Nagasaki, paying respects to the victims of the second atomic bomb blast at the end of World War II. Visit the Peace Memorial and Atomic Bomb Museum to get a full sense of the bomb’s devastation and the city’s remarkable rebirth.

If you’re heading to Japan for a second time or want to avoid the usual spots, this Japanese vacation is meant for you.


 

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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,394

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Day 1

Fukuoka

The pick up today for your 4 day tour is at the Hotel Nikko Fukuoka at 10:00am, please meet at in the 1st floor lobby. You will start today on foot and you are off to Hakata Station. Your walking tour continues around Hita City and a walk around the traditional Mamedamachi which are old merchant houses and storehouses from about 200 years ago still stand, giving this area a nostalgic atmosphere of times gone by and the center of sightseeing in Hita. Kuncho Sake Brewery / Sake Museum is another stop. This sake brewery with over 200 years of history. Brewery tours, taste testing, and shopping are available to those wanting to spend more time here. Lunch will be at Ohara Chaya, this Japanese-style restaurant is like a hidden getaway surrounded by a bamboo forest. After lunch you will head to the Kokonoe "Yume" Grand Suspension Bridge where you can enjoy great views of Shindo Falls and other scenery from this bridge 173 meters above the river. This location is often visited in autumn by those hoping to see colored leaves. Your last stop is at the Beppu Umijigoku ('Sea Hell') is the largest of the Hells of Beppu, with water at 98℃ and features a beautiful cobalt blue color.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Shiragiku

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    Hotel Shiragiku



    This property is 17 minutes walk from the beach. An 8-minute walk from JR Beppu Train Station, Hotel Shiragiku offers an indoor and outdoor hot spring bath, 4 restaurants and a beauty salon. It features karaoke rooms and a garden, while free Wi-Fi is provided ...

    This property is 17 minutes walk from the beach. An 8-minute walk from JR Beppu Train Station, Hotel Shiragiku offers an indoor and outdoor hot spring bath, 4 restaurants and a beauty salon. It features karaoke rooms and a garden, while free Wi-Fi is provided at the lobby.

    Guests at Shiragiku Hotel can unwind in a soothing public hot spring bath, which are separate for male and female guests. Other facilities include a souvenir shop, drinks vending machines and free parking.

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    • Hot Spring
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Shiragiku

After breakfast this morning you will depart at 10:00am and your first stop is the Kuju Flower Park where you will see bright, colorful flowers from March to November such as pansies and nemophila blooms in spring; plumed cockscomb and lavender in summer; and salvia and cosmos flowers in autumn. Your lunch stop will be at the San-ai Resthouse, where you can enjoy the view of the Five Peaks of Aso and the Kuju Mountains while savoring a natural lunch buffet. After lunch you head off to Takamori Yusui Tunnel Park, this tunnel was originally excavated for railway use. However, the railway plans were cancelled before the tunnel was completed, leaving this tunnel closed on one end. Inside visitors will find a well-maintained walking path, and various wonders created by the abundant spring water flowing through the tunnel. Last stop is the Shirakawa Riverhead, this is the source of the Shirakawa River which cuts across Kumamoto City. This plentiful water source pumps out 60 tons of water each minute thanks to nearby Mount Aso.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Aso Plaza Hotel

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    Aso Plaza Hotel



    Surrounded by the magnificent mountain ranges of Aso Goryakutsu and Okayama Mountain, the Uchimaki hot spring where a beautiful countryside scenery spreads in front of you. Blessed with abundant amount of hot water and a great location, this place known as Aso's largest hot-spring resort ...

    Surrounded by the magnificent mountain ranges of Aso Goryakutsu and Okayama Mountain, the Uchimaki hot spring where a beautiful countryside scenery spreads in front of you.

    Blessed with abundant amount of hot water and a great location, this place known as Aso's largest hot-spring resort is a historical spa resort where many literatians also visited such as Natsume Soseki and Yosano Tori Akira and Mrs. Akiko.

    It is also accessible from popular sightseeing spots and leisure facilities in Aso, about 15 minutes from Taikan Peak and Cadley · Dominion, and it is also the center of Aso sightseeing.
    From the Aso Plaza Hotel you can also enjoy the large panorama of Aso Goryakutsu and Outer Ring Mountain.

    After enjoying the sightseeing in Aso, please enjoy the plenty of hot water in the hotel while watching magnificent Aso smoke.

    Facilities

    • Hot Spring
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 3

Kumamoto

After breakfast at the hotel, depart the hotel at 10:00am, your first stop is Kumamoto Castle & Josaien, the Kumamoto Castle walls and other sections were heavily damaged in the earthquakes in April 2016. Presently the castle grounds cannot be entered, but the restoration work can be surveyed from safe areas. Located in Sakuranobaba at the foot of Kumamoto Castle is Josaien, a facility with restaurants and souvenir shops. You will then depart from Kumamoto Port on the Kyusho Ferry, enjoy the 60-minute ferry ride from Kumamoto Port to Shimabara Gaiko as you gaze out on the towering peaks of Unzen.

Arrive at Shimabara Gaiko and a 40min transfer later you will reach the Nita Pass Observatory, situated 1,070 m above sea level, this spot offers views of Heisei Shinzan, which was formed by volcanic activity of Mt. Unzen in 1990. Enjoy seeing the beautiful natural scenery with Kyushu azalea blooms in spring, fresh foliage of summer, and vividly colored leaves of autumn. Your last stop is at Unzen Onsen and you will have the opportunity to walk around the hot spring district and walk along the pathway at Unzen Jigoku, where smoke rising from high temperature hot springs can be seen here and there.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Miyazaki Ryokan

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    Miyazaki Ryokan



    Unzen Miyazaki Ryokan offers a traditional Japanese garden with hot spring baths. Located 6 km outside Unzen, it offers free Wi-Fi, a banquet room with karaoke, a bar, souvenir shop, and coffee lounge.

    Unzen Miyazaki Ryokan offers a traditional Japanese garden with hot spring baths. Located 6 km outside Unzen, it offers free Wi-Fi, a banquet room with karaoke, a bar, souvenir shop, and coffee lounge.

    Facilities

    • Hot Spring
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 4

Nagasaki

After breakfast at the hotel depart at 10:00am, on arrival in Nagasaki, your first stop is Oura Cathedral which is Japan's oldest Catholic church completed in 1865. The French priest Father Petitjean took part in its construction. Next stop is the Glover Garden, here, several Western-style buildings can be seen including the former residence of Thomas Blake Glover, a Scottish merchant who played a role in Japan's modernization towards the end of the Edo Period. It offers a scenic view of Nagasaki Port, with the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on the opposite shore. Your last stop is The Kyushu Ceramic Museum in Arita this gallery exhibits not only Arita porcelain, but also other ceramic ware from all over Kyushu. Drop-off at Tenjin Area (Tenjin Expressway Bus Terminal or Fukuoka Mitsukoshi 4F Boarding & Drop-off Area) in the late afternoon.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Mar 13; Apr 3, 24; May 15; Jun 5, 26; Jul 17; Sep 18; Oct 9, 30; Nov 20

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Guided touring as per itinerary
  • Inter-Japan coach and boat travel as per itinerary
  • Meals as specified

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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