Best of Kyushu: Nagasaki, Volcanoes and Coastal Gems
11 Days from $ 4,090 / person
On this private Japan holiday, discover the verdant landscapes and historic landmarks of Kyushu, the westernmost island in the country. Uncover the eclectic trading town of Fukuoka and in Nagasaki, explore the Peace Park and the Atomic Bomb Museum. In Kumamoto, visit landmarks such as the 16th century Kumamoto Castle and sample the culinary gems of Josaien with your very own guide. In Kagoshima, take a personalized tour of the seaside city, including its spectacular gardens and the Sakurajima volcano! Next, experience a coastal haven on the island of Yakushima, where you can enjoy a customized forest hike under the shade of ancient trees. Finally, visit eclectic Osaka with its majestic temples and castle, and vibrant nightlife and food.
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Fukuoka is a strategic harbor city anchored on Kyushu island in southern Japan. Historically, part of marine trade routes since the 13th century, discover a wealthy, cosmopolitan metropolis.
Highlights of Fukuoka Tour Explore the landmarks of Fukuoka on this tour. Visit the famous eighth century Shinto shrine of Kushida-jinja that hosts the annual Yamakasa Festival. Stroll around the grounds admiring the beautiful floats used in the festival, the biggest Otafuku mask in Japan, and a well to pray for eternal youth. Try lifting the Trial Stone and learn about the beliefs behind it. Continue on to the beautiful green lung – Ohori Park, and stroll on the pathway around the central pond. View the ruins of the Fukuoka Castle and the lovely cherry blossoms in bloom during spring. If you wish, relish a local delicacy – the Hakata Ramen – for lunch. (Half Day; Times: 0900/1300 hrs; This activity includes public transport – local trains and buses. You will be picked up and dropped off at the hotel.)
Close to mainland Asia, foreign traders, merchants, and missionaries have thronged to Nagasaki since the 16th century. The only trading port during national isolation, the city has played a significant role in modernizing Japan.
Nagasaki: A Colorful Fusion of Civilizations Discover the unique ambiance of this historic town that straddles both the orient and the occident with ease. As the only Japanese town that could interact with foreign merchants during the nation’s era of seclusion, it is home to old British mansions, churches, and Chinese shrines. Visit the charming Glover Hill open-air museum, showcasing the residences of European merchants built during the second half of the 19th century. Enjoy panoramic views of the city and harbor stretched out below. Stop by the Chinese shrine of Koshi-byo dedicated to Confucius, built in the 1890s. Walkover to the city’s bustling Chinatown and sample the delicious steamed dumplings at the many street stalls. Your afternoon is dedicated to the Nagasaki Peace Park that commemorates the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in August 1945. Discover how the city has recovered since that time, and visit the monuments and memorials leading up to the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and the Hypocenter Park. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 8 hrs; Private Activity & Public Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate).
Kumamoto, nicknamed “fire country” for its proximity to the active volcano Mount Aso, invites you to explore its varied attractions. Many Japanese gardens create green oases across the city with Suizenji Joju-en, which adjoins the Suizenji Temple, being the most prominent.
Kagoshima, with its own unique Japanese dialect, is set by the sea on the island of Kyushu. Home to hundreds of onsens or mineral springs, Kagoshima is dotted with public bathhouses that invite you to enjoy the hot springs.
Volcano Visit in Sakurajima Set out on an expedition to scenic Sakurajima Island by ferry. One of Japan’s most active volcanoes and the symbol of Kagoshima, you’ll notice that the volcano is perpetually emanating smoke, and small-scale eruptions occur a few times a day! While it is not allowed to venture near the crater, enjoy strolling to various picturesque observation points and exploring hiking trails. You can also relax as you experience the foot baths filled with water from hot springs. Visit the several observatories and then head to the Visitor Center, where you can find out more about the geology of this majestic volcano. (Half Day, Time of Day: Morning or Afternoon, Duration: 4 hrs; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Easy; Public Transfers)
Yakushima, located off the coast of Kagoshima, is a slice of tropical heaven with its ancient cedar trees, some of which date back thousands of years. The ethereal ambiance of this natural UNESCO World heritage site has inspired plenty of animators, writers, and filmmakers who have featured it in their works.
Natural Wonders of Yakushima Begin your exploration of this UNESCO World Heritage site at Nagata Inakahama, a spectacularly sandy beach that is a favored nesting ground for sea turtles during the period from May to July. Walk into the Yakushima Sea Turtle Museum that is set adjacent to the beach to learn more about the species and their behavior. Leave the surf behind as you make your way to the hillside Yakusugi Museum which outlines the history of the region and its biodiversity. Head out to the nearby Arakawa Trailhead which winds its way to Mount Miyanoura, the highest peak on the island. While the hike to the summit can take up an entire day, you can follow the trail up to Jomon Sugi, a massive cedar tree dating back thousands of years, before turning back. Drive on to the western shore of the island for a glimpse of the stunning Oko-no-Taki Waterfall which is counted among one of the country’s best. ( Self-Guided/Self-Driven Activity).
Osaka is third largest city of Japan and has been the home of traders and merchants. It is also well-known for Japan’s oldest temple, the Shinto Sumiyoshi-taisha, and the majestic 16th century Osaka Castle.
Shared Transfer from Osaka Hotel to Kansai Airport
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 4,090 /person
Option 2 From $ 5,190 /person
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 11 days / 10 nights.
Meals as indicated
The following train journeys in the highest class available :
Hakata Fukuoka – Nagasaki (Train – Standard Class)
Train from Nagasaki to Kumamoto (Shinkansen Train – Standard Class)
Train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima-Chuo (Shinkansen Train – Standard Class)
Train from Kagoshima-Chuo to Shin-Osaka (Shinkansen Train – Standard Class)
All activities as listed :
Fukuoka: Highlights of Fukuoka Tour
Nagasaki: Nagasaki: A Colorful Fusion of Civilizations
Kagoshima: Volcano Visit in Sakurajima
Yakushima: Natural Wonders of Yakushima
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
On request: A printed set of your travel documents by post
Fees and taxes
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
All airport, train station and hotel transfers as indicated. For private transfers our representative will meet you at the airport or the station and accompany you to your vehicle (and vice versa).
Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)