Japan Kyushu Discovery Tourfrom
2020 Departure: October 17 & December 12
- 9 Days discovery tour in Japan
- 7 Nights 4 star hotel accommodation with daily breakfast (included 3 night onsen hotel)
- All ground transfer
- 6 Lunch & 6 Dinner (4 nights dinner in hotel to experience authentic Japanese cuisine)
- Ticket for sightseeing attractions & UNESCO World Heritage Site (as per itinerary)
- English speaking tour guide
- Travel Insurance
- Meals not specified
- Gratuities and personal expenses
Depart from Canada
Depart from Canada to Fukuoka
Arrive, meet our local guide and transfer by private coach to hotel.
(Overnignt in Fukuoka, ANA Crowne Plaza Fukuoka or Similar)
Fukuoka - Saga (B, L, D)
Visit Karatsu Castle, it is located on a small hill along Karatsu Bay. The top floor offers views of the bay, the city and the pine grove. Former Takatori Estate. This mansion in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture was originally a residence of Takatori Koreyoshi, Meiji period coal tycoon. Then head to Okawachiyama and visit Arita Pottery Kiln. Enjoy an authentic Japanese onsen hotel.
(Overnignt in Saga, Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel or Similar)
Saga - Nagasaki (B, L, D)
Visit Nagasaki Peace Park, Nagasaki Peace Museum. Glover Mansion, the most famous of these, is Japan’s oldest Western-style house. Boat trip to Gunkanjima Island. Once the most densely populated place in the world, this island is now a ghost town. Stop by Dejima, where the Dutch East India Company would install a trading post, allowing the transport into Japan of both Western goods and the latest news of overseas current affairs.
(Overnight in Nagasaki, ANA Crowne Plaza Nagasaki or similar)
Nagasaki - Unzen (B, L, D)
Transfer for dolphin watching in the morning. Visit the Mount Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall, it is an excellent museum that was built to commemorate the volcano’s 1990s eruption and ensuing disaster. Unzen Hells, an area of volcanic activity where steam and hot sulfurous gasses spurt from the ground, has an entirely different history. Spend a night and relax in a decent onsen hotel.(Overnight in Unzen, Unzen Kyushu Hotel *Ensuite Private Onsen Bath* or similar)
Unzen - Kumamoto (B, L, D)
Taken Ferry from Shimabara to Kumamoto. Visit Kumamoto Suizenji Garden, it is a spacious, Japanese style landscape garden in Kumamoto, best enjoyed by strolling along a circular path. It was built by the Hosokawa family in the 17th century. Transfer to Yanagawa, where was originally a farming village, and the canals were built hundreds of years ago for irrigation. We will ecperience donkobune – low flat boats powered by a man with a pole – that take tourists on short cruises. Experience traditional Japanese hospitality at staying hotel.
(Overnignt in Yanagawa, Yanagawa Ohana or Similar)
Yanagawa - Mt. Aso - Beppu
Transfer to Mt. Aso – Mt. Daikanbo is the highest peak of Aso mountain chain. From its altitude of 936m, you can see Aso valley in caldera, five piques of Mt. Aso, Kujyu Mountain Chain. Then to Takachiho Gorge, it is a narrow chasm cut through the rock by the Gokase River. The nearly sheer cliffs lining the gorge are made of slow forming volcanic basalt columns which resemble the scales of a dragon where the stone twisted and flowed as it formed.
We soon will arrive Harajiri Falls, it is famous for being one of Oita’s best 100 sceneries and also Japan’s 100 best waterfalls. Boasting a width of 120 meters at a height of 20 meters, this is a rare waterfall said to have suddenly been formed due to a large volcanic flow caused by the eruption of Mount Aso 90,000 years ago.
(Overnignt in Beppu, Resorpia Beppu or similar)
Beppu - Yufuin - Fukuoka (B, L, D)
Beppu Hell Tour in the morning includes Umijigoku, Chinoike jigoku, in which you can enjoy famous Japanese hot spring spots all at once. Having existed for more than 1300 years, Chinoike Jigoku is the oldest natural hot spring in Japan, and as such is incredibly rare. Because of the high temperature of the hot spring’s water, there is no full body bathing, however you can enjoy free footbaths. Thereafter, we will visit Yufuin Yunotsubo Street, here is the main street in Yufuin, filled with small shops, art gallery, and plenty of bites to eat. Stroll through the main street and you’ll be rewarded with the view of Lake Kinrin at the end. Stop at Mameda Old Quarter, where is an Important Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings. Before returning to Fukuoka, let’s take a break at Sake Brewery at Hita.
(Overnight in Fukuoka, ANA Crowne Plaza Fukuoka or similar)
Depart Fukuoka (B)
Free for leisure until departure. Transfer from hotel to airport for homebound flight.