Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Takachiho, Sujiyu Onsen and Kunisaki.
On this 8 day driving holiday, you'll be heading to the island of Kyushu, one of Japan's hidden gems with a rich history and culture different to that which can be found on the mainland. Historically, Kyushu was home to some of the most powerful samurai clans who played a pivotal role in Japan's modernisation. It was a port on Kyushu that served as the single point of contact between Japan and the West for two hundred and fifty years, during the Edo period.
Modern day Kyushu reflects this history with many temples, castles and other historical sites, but is also renowned throughout Japan and beyond for its food, onsen and nature. Kyushu can be traveled around by train, but to do so might be to miss some of its most special features, which makes this driving tour an ideal way to see Kyushu.
Your adventure starts in Fukuoka, one of the best gourmet cities in Japan, After Fukuoka, you'll be travelling to Nagasaki, most infamously known because of its wartime bombing, but which has since recovered and boasts numerous sites which reflect its status as a major port city connecting Japan to the outside world. You will then move to Miyazaki to witness the beautiful Takachiho Gorge, a 'power spot' renowned for its natural beauty and connection to nature and Japanese mythology. In Kumamoto, you will be able to see one of the largest and most spectacular castles in Japan, which was famously sieged for 53 days during a samurai rebellion. Following this, you will have the opportunity to relax in an 'onsen', or Japanese hot spring in Kokonoe. Onsen are one of the real highlights of Japanese culture, great places to relax and feel refreshed in nature, and Oita prefecture is perhaps the most famous prefecture in Japan for them.
Finally, this tour will take you to Kunisaki peninsula, to experience a taste of the lifestyle of Buddhist monks, at one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan