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.