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Yakushima, Kagoshima
Yakushima, Kagoshima
Fukuoka
Nagasaki
Kumamoto Castle, Kumamoto
Ibusuki, Kagoshima
Kurokawa-onsen, Kumamoto
Kurokawa-onsen, Kumamoto
Kujukushima, Nagasaki
Sakurajima, Kagoshima
Yakushima, Kagoshima Yakushima, Kagoshima Fukuoka Nagasaki Kumamoto Castle, Kumamoto Ibusuki, Kagoshima Kurokawa-onsen, Kumamoto Kurokawa-onsen, Kumamoto Kujukushima, Nagasaki Sakurajima, Kagoshima

Discover Kyushu

Hidden Japan: Discover Kyushu (via Yakushima)

Price per person based on twin share
minimum participant : 1 persons
Days: 14
from £1585

Price Includes:

* 5day All Kyushu Pass (Ordinary)
* 4day All Kyushu SUNQ Pass (Ordinary)
* Return Ferry ticket between Kagoshima and Yakushima
* Accommodation specified in the itinerary or similar standard class hotels
* Meals specified in the itinerary

Tour Detail

Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Ibusuki, Yakushima and Kurokawa.

Kyushu and its cities are not as popular a tourist destination as its main island rivals, Tokyo and Kyoto, but it should be. Kyushu's culture, food and history are very unique and the scenery on this island is simply incredible. In fact, Kyushu is such a diverse and interesting place that we feel a 14 day tour could easily be made just around this wonderful island. If you are visiting Japan for a lengthy trip or if you have been to Japan before and want to do something new, this trip might be perfect for you.

This trip starts in Fukuoka, one of Japan's gourmet cities known worldwide for its ramen, but with so much more to offer. After Fukuoka, you will head to Nagasaki, the only point of contact with the west for hundreds of years as well as the being the site of tragedy, where one of the atomic bombs was dropped. Next you will be visiting Ibusuki where you will be able to experience a natural sand bath. In Kumamoto, you would have the opportunity to visit the astounding Kumamoto Castle, one of the biggest and most beautiful castles in Japan. In Ibusuki, you will get to experience a Japanese sand bath. Next, you will head to the jaw-dropping Yakushima; this entire island was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status due to its 'outstanding universal value'. From here you will spend some time from Kagoshima and then onwards to Miyazaki to witness the beautiful Takachiho Gorge, a 'power spot' renowned for its natural beauty and connection to nature and Japanese mythology. Next, you will be staying in the charming Kurokawa at a ryokan with excellent hot springs, and also an easy visit to Mt. Aso, a still active volcano. Finally, you'll head to Yufuin, an onsen or 'hot spring' resort town, where you can feel completely at home in nature.

This trip will let you explore everything that is great about Kyushu, with a fantastic balance of relaxing, sightseeing, hiking, and of course, eating (and probably drinking!). After this trip you are sure to be charmed by this fantastic part of Japan.

Itinerary - 14 Days

  1. Day 1

    Location
    Fukuoka
    Hotel
    JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Hakata Chuo
    Welcome to the sub-tropical Kyushu, Japan's third largest island! (Arrive by plane to Fukuoka airport or by train to JR Hakata station.)

    At the airport, you will be met by our staff who will help you to transfer to JR Hakata station. If you are arriving there already, great! From Hakata station, we will help you to exchange for your JR Passes and book your seats for this Kyushu adventure. You will then be free to head to your hotel.

    After you check-in, you are free to explore Fukuoka!
    Fukuoka is known for its nightlife and local cuisine, including the numerous food stalls or 'Yatai' set along the river. Particularly famous in Fukuoka is Hakata ramen, a style of ramen noodles that have led to the creation of restaurants the world over, but nothing quite compares to the authenticity you'll find in Fukuoka.
  2. Day 2

    Location
    Fukuoka
    Hotel
    JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Hakata Chuo
    Meal
    Breakfast
    On your first full day, you are free to explore Fukuoka.

    Fukuoka is great for shopping and food, but it has plenty of other things to see as well. Fukuoka Tower is excellent for aerial views of the city and the sea, and Dazaifu Temple is a vibrant and popular temple. For the best shopping around, head to Canal City, a futuristic mall near the city centre. Whatever you do, we strongly recommend some Hakata ramen!
  3. Day 3

    Location
    Nagasaki
    Next, you will be heading to Nagasaki prefecture's second largest city, Sasebo.

    Sasebo has fantastic observatories that look out over the scenic Kujukushima islands, uninhabited islands completely full of nature. This view is really unmissable.

    Suggested route:
    Hakata 9:32 > Sasebo 11:25
    Sasebo 16:26 > Nagasaki 18:16

    (Accommodation: ANA Crowne Plaza Nagasaki)
  4. Day 4

    Location
    Nagasaki
    Meal
    Breakfast
    Free to explore Nagasaki!

    If you're very fond of Japanese history we would recommend Dejima, the reconstructed trading post that was the only point of contact between Japan and the West for many years.
    In the afternoon, we suggest a trip to the eerie abandoned island of Gunkanjima, made famous as a location in James Bond's 'Skyfall'.

    (Accommodation: ANA Crowne Plaza Nagasaki)
  5. Day 5

    Location
    Kumamoto
    Hotel
    Dormy inn Kumamoto
    Meal
    Breakfast
    Off to Kumamoto is home of Kumamoto Castle, one of the grandest and most beautiful castles in Japan and home to the mascot 'Kumamon', whose face has become well known worldwide. The castle was infamously sieged in 1877 during the Satsuma Rebellion, a war which took place over disagreement around Japan's modernisation.

    Suggested route:
    Nagasaki 10:20 > Kumamoto 12:40
  6. Day 6

    Location
    Ibusuki
    Hotel
    Hakusuikan
    Meal
    Breakfast & Dinner
    Your hotel in Ibusuki overlooks Kagoshima bay. It is the perfect location to enjoy a sand bath, a unique experience in Japan where you are buried to your head in sand (don't worry, you can get out anytime!) which is naturally heated from the ground. You emerge feeling like a new-born and can then proceed to the normal hot springs to wash off and relax.

    Suggested route:
    Kumamoto 12:02 > Ibusuki 14:16
  7. Day 7

    Location
    Yakushima
    Hotel
    Yakushima Iwasaki Hotel
    Meal
    Breakfast & Dinner
    Yakushima awaits! You will be travelling by jet foil boat to the island, which takes around 2 hours.

    Suggested route:
    Ibusuki 10:57 > Kagoshima-chuo 11:49
    Kagoshima port 13:20 > Miyanoura 15:10

    You are free to explore the island. Your hotel for this trip has stunning views over its own garden and the island itself and has its own onsen, perfect for relaxing in after a long day's walking! You're sure to love your stay here.
  8. Day 8

    Location
    Yakushima
    Hotel
    Yakushima Iwasaki Hotel
    Meal
    Breakfast & Dinner
    Today is your full day on Yakushima.

    Our suggestion:
    Presumably you are on Yakushima for the nature and the hiking. On your first full day, we encourage you to try out one of the hiking trails through the island, passing Jomonsugi, the giant cedar in the middle of this forest. The longest hike can take up to ten hours, so if you are feeling particularly adventurous make sure you are up very early so you can be back before sunset.
  9. Day 9

    Location
    Yakushima > Kagoshima
    Hotel
    Dormy inn Kagoshima
    Meal
    Breakfast
    After you check out, you are free to explore the island for the last time this trip!
    We strongly recommend you don't go for any of the lengthy trails today, as you don't want to miss your ferry. We hope you have enjoyed your trip into one of Japan's most mystical and beautiful places.

    Suggested ferry:
    Miyanoura 15:40 > Kagoshima port 18:20
  10. Day 10

    Location
    Kumamoto
    Hotel
    Dormy inn Kumamoto
    Meal
    Breakfast
    Head to Kumamoto via Kagoshima.
    You have some free time in Kagoshima. The symbol of Kagoshima is the constantly smoking volcano, Sakurajima, which has minor eruptions several times a day and which can be easily visited by ferry. be a bit careful with your time here, you will be staying in Ibusuki this afternoon!

    e.g. Tenmonkan 14:22 > Kumamoto Kotsu bus centre 17:45
  11. Day 11

    Location
    Kumamoto
    Hotel
    Dormy inn Kumamoto
    Meal
    Breakfast
    Day trip to Takachiho Gorge by bus, and time to start using your SunQ Bus Pass!

    Today you will be exploring the Takachiho area, where there is a beautiful gorge, a true meeting place between nature and spirituality. It is famous in Japanese mythology as the place where Amaterasu, the sun goddess, came to hide. If you're feeling particularly adventurous you can row down this river, the waters of which are very tranquil.

    Suggested route:
    Kumamoto Kotsu centre 9:22 > Takachiho Bus Centre - 12:09
    Takachiho Bus Centre16:31 > Kumamoto Kotsu Centre - 19:14
  12. Day 12

    Location
    Kurokawa
    Hotel
    Sanga
    Meal
    Breakfast & Dinner
    Travel to Kurokawa via Mt Aso by bus.

    Kurokawa is a charming town, lined with ryokan, cafes, shops and small shrines. The ryokan are renowned for their outdoor baths, which allow you to take in the scenery while you bathe. Kurokawa offers an Onsen hopping pass, the 'Nyuto Tegata' which lets you visit three hot springs for only 1300yen (roughly £10), we highly recommend you take advantage of this!

    Along the way, you will be passing Mt. Aso, an active volcano where you can visit the crater itself! This is a unique opportunity!

    Suggested route:
    Depart Kumamoto at 10:46, arrive Mt Aso at 12:46
    Spend a couple of hours exploring Mt. Aso.
    Leave Mt. Aso at 14:16, arrive Kurokawa Onsen at 15:31

    Enjoy your stay in a ryokan! If you've not tried out an onsen yet, now is definitely the time! Dive in! (Not literally, the water is relatively shallow.)
  13. Day 13

    Location
    Fukuoka
    Hotel
    JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Hakata Chuo
    Meal
    Breakfast
    Today, you will head back to Fukuoka via Yufuin, another charming onsen town.

    You are free to explore the picturesque onsen town of Yufuin until your bus departs for Fukuoka. Yufuin's centre is a bit more modern than some others like it in terms of shopping and cafes, but hot springs are still there to be enjoyed as well!

    Are you an onsen-o-holic yet?

    Suggested route:
    Leave Kurokawa Onsen at 11:26, arrive Yufuin at 13:01
    Leave Yufuin at 16:20, arrive Hakata bus terminal at 18:38
  14. Day 14

    Location
    Fukuoka
    Meal
    Breakfast
    All good things must come to an end! We really hope you have enjoyed your trip around one of the most beautiful areas of Japan and have made the most of your time here. After an entire trip around Kyushu, you must be a true seasoned Japan traveller! If you're up for an even bigger challenge next time, how about Shikoku, the smallest of Japan's four main islands and easily the most rural... We await your call!

    After you check out from your hotel, make your own way, either back home or somewhere else in Japan! Hope you've had a great trip!
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Price includes

* 5day All Kyushu Pass (Ordinary)
* 4day All Kyushu SUNQ Pass (Ordinary)
* Return Ferry ticket between Kagoshima and Yakushima
* Accommodation specified in the itinerary or similar standard class hotels
* Meals specified in the itinerary

NOT includes

* Travel Insurance
* Any meals and drinks not shown in the above itinerary
* Laundry, telephone, additional meals and drinks, and any other expenses of personal nature
* Baggage Transfer
* International Flights to/from Japan
* Travel Guide or Assistant

Conditions

* The price is per person based on twin share
* the prices are subject to availability
* Charges apply once it’s booked

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