JAPAN’S NEXT BIG DESTINATION – KYUSHU: Land of Fire
Small Group Escorted Tour – Maximum 14 participants
(Minimum 10 to operate)
– Several authentic Japanese Ryokan and Hot Spring experiences
– World Famous Digital Art Museum in Mifuneyama
– Natural Scenery of Takachiho Gorge and Unzen volcanic landscape
– Kyushu Food Specialties using locally sourced unique ingredients
– Hands on Experiences; kimono fitting, tea brewing, tasting Japanese liquor in a one of a kind distillery, among others
– A unique way to see Japan by coach, taking in breathtaking landscapes, mountains, volcanoes, and coastal scenery with wild animals
2020: 17 March
* All Transportation costs from arrival to departure in Japan
* Daily Breakfast
* 10 lunches, 9 Dinners – Mixture of local specialties
* Fully Escorted by Australian Escort and Guide, with local tour guides providing additional commentary on certain days
Grand Prince Takanawa (Deluxe Room) Tokyo
Granvia Osaka Hotel
* A fair amount of walking is involved on this tour
* Accommodation and daily schedule is subject to change
Lunch today will be locally sourced, mouth wateringly tender Saga Beef.
There will be a visit to Takeo Shrine, the oldest Shrine in Saga City; along with the nearby Great Takeo Camphor Tree. At 3000 years old and 27m in height, it is truly a sight to behold.
A special treat this late afternoon includes drinks at the world famous Team Lab Digital Art exhibit at Mifuneyama. The museum will prove to be a sensory delight while you enjoy local beverages.
This evening, you will be enjoying a traditional Japanese dinner at your Ryokan (Japanese style accommodation), before staying the night here in the town of Ureshino Onsen.
Lunch will be local Nagasaki cuisine known as Chanpon and Kakuniman, dishes heavily influenced by Chinese traders.
This afternoon will see us travelling to the coastal town of Nagasaki, where we will no doubt experience a sobering visit to the Peace Memorial Museum.
In the evening, we’ll head up the local mountain by ropeway to see the grand nightscape of Nagasaki city.
Dinner today will be free at leisure, and we’ll be staying the night in a hotel in Nagasaki.
Lunch today will be another Nagasaki cuisine, known as Turkish Rice.
The afternoon sees us heading to the hot spring town of Unzen where we’ll be walking amongst the unique local phenomenon known as the “Hells of Unzen”, a volcanically active landscape.
Dinner tonight will be served at tonight’s accommodation, once again a traditional Japanese Ryokan.
We’ll be having lunch nearby, enjoying some hearty Mochi Hotpot.
Following this, we’ll be heading to Shimabara Port to board the local ferry across to Kumamoto city, where we’ll be staying the night; but before that, it will be a visit the Kumamoto Castle. Still fairly recently devastated by local earthquakes, Kumamoto Castle has been undergoing extensive reconstructions but remains Kumamoto’s most iconic monument.
A fun little experience awaits this afternoon; everyone will have the opportunity to dress up as samurai!
The Kyushu region is famous for some of the most tender and juicy pork in the world, from the specially bred “Black Pig”; this will be what’s for dinner tonight, before heading back to our western hotel.
Lunch will be a different type of local beef known as Akaushi Beef. If conditions permit, we’ll head to the crater of Mt Aso and get an up close view of the active volcano; before heading to the small, hot spring resort town of Yufuin.
Dinner will be at your traditional Ryokan this evening, for a traditional stay.
Lunch will be own arrangements today, and after Kitsuki, we’ll be heading into the mountains, to Monjusenji Temple, built INTO the Cliffside; and partaking in a traditional Buddhist practice known as Gomadaki. This will be a genuinely enlightening experience.
The day ends soon after we reach Beppu and check into our hotel. It’s one of the largest hot spring resorts in Kyushu, although it will be a western style stay tonight. Dinner this evening is yet another unique experience, where we collect fresh produce and cook our own dinner using clean hot spring waters.
After lunch, we’re heading to Amanoiwato Shrine; known as the site where Amaterasu (Sun Goddess, Ancestor of the first Emperor of Japan) hid herself, and the nearby Amano Yasukawara Shrine, where the gods and goddesses discussed ways to lure the Sun Goddess out of her hiding. These are places not often visited by non-Japanese travellers, and the experience really shouldn’t be missed.
We’ll be enjoying dinner at tonight’s western style hotel in Takachiho.
We’ll be stopping at a local restaurant for a buffet lunch along the way down to Udo Shrine, admiring the scenery along the way. Once again steeped in Shinto mythology, it is renowned as the birthplace of the first Emperor of Japan, and visiting here is believed to be fortunate for couples and newlyweds.
We’ll be heading further south to our hotel located on the coast, and we’ll be having dinner at the hotel tonight.
Lunch will be at a local restaurant today as we drive towards Kagoshima, where we’ll be able to check into our hotels and have the rest of the day free at leisure for shopping. We’ll be staying in Kagoshima for 2 nights, and dinner will be at own leisure this evening.
A sensational sushi lunch awaits today, before we visit the picturesque Senganen Garden, a landscaped garden located on coastal Kagoshima, the former residence of influential Samurai families in the region.
Dinner is once again at own leisure this evening.
This is followed by the Chiran Samurai Residence, where we will drive through Green Tea plantations and experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
Lunch will be a cultural daily favourite of curry rice at a local café, and then we head down to the seaside hot spring town of Ibusuki.
We’re allowing time for everyone to experience the black sand baths, where one is submerged in volcanic sand for a therapeutic, supposedly cleansing experience; one of a kind. A Ryokan stay (and dinner) awaits tonight.
At some point today, lunch will be own arrangements; we recommend picking up a bento box at Kagoshima Station to enjoy whilst on the bullet train. We’ll have a farewell dinner at a local Izakaya (Japanese pub) with an all-you-can-drink tab!
We’ll be staying at a western hotel this evening.
B : Breakfast L : Lunch D : Dinner
- • Minimum 10 persons for the tour to operate, maximum 14 people.
- • A fair amount of walking is involved on this tour.
- • Accommodation and daily schedule is subject to change.