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KYUSHU: VOLCANOES AND LEGENDS

Kumamoto, Mont Komezuka

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KYUSHU: VOLCANOES AND LEGENDS Tour

13 days

One of the southern islands of Japan, Kyushu is a land of contrasts. Located at the crossroads of the Far-East, it offers a blend of beauty - that of its landscapes trapped between sea and mountains, and violence - that of its constantly threatening volcanoes. 
The cradle of myths and legends from Japan, Kyushu’s many charms will seduce you: its warm climate, hospitality and the kindness of its inhabitants, or even the richness of its culture and its food and drink are only some of the island's multiple facets.
A complete tour, on this 13-day trip you'll discover the charms of this undiscovered part of Japan, from mountains and volcanoes, to the legends inspired by the island's atmosphere... 


Trip price per person, incl. VAT (depending on dates and availability).
Price calculated based on a twin room for 2 people. Single room supplement: contact us.

Included :

Accommodation for 11 nights; the meals stated (3 breakfasts, 3 dinners).
1 JR Kyushu Pass for 5 days.

Not included :

International flights; air taxes; meals not mentioned; entries to sites; local travel within each area; the journey by bus and the cable-car to Mount Aso; optional travel insurance.

Departures

  • January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Detailed Itinerary

Day
1

Arrive in Fukuoka by your own arrangements.

Day
2

FUKUOKA

Transfer to your hotel in Fukuoka.

 

FUKUOKA

Night at your hotel.

Accommodation: Sun Life Hotel, 2 *

Day
3

NAGASAKI

Depart in the morning for Nagasaki (about 2 hours away by train). Nagasaki, now infamous after it was destroyed in the explosion of the second atomic bomb, has been rebuilt to become a cosmopolitan and vibrant city.  Throughout its history, the city has maintained close relations with Europe and Asia. It was an important center for the spread of Christianity in Japan and the main gateway to foreign trade during the long era of isolation the Japanese archipelago imposed between the 17th and 19th centuries. Nagasaki has many temples and museums (including the Atomic Bomb Museum) and several places of interest: the Peace Park, Oura Catholic Church, first church of Japan, the "glasses bridge", Megane-bashi, Glover Park and its Western-style residences offering a unique view over the bay of Nagasaki and Shinchimachi Chinatown...
 

NAGASAKI

In the evening, take the cable car up to the observatory atop Mont Inas from which you will have a breathtaking view of the city lights...

Night at your hotel.

Accommodation: Monterey Nagasaki 3 * Hotel

Day
4

UNZEN

Depart in the morning for Unzen (30 minutes by train, then 1 hour and 20 minutes by bus). Located in the Shimabara Peninsula, in the heart of Japan's first national park and at the foot of Mount Unzen, an active volcano, Unzen spa is a relaxing stopover on your itinerary. Many excursions are possible and you will discover the famous "hells" (jigoku), hot springs are with a sulfuric smell where many Christians were tortured and killed, burned alive during the repression of Christianity.
 

UNZEN

In the evening, you will stay at a typical ryokan, which has its own spa.

Dinner and night at your ryokan.

Accommodation: Unzen Yumoto Hotel / Japanese room

Day
5

KUMAMOTO

Depart in the morning for Shimabara (40 minutes by bus). Shimabara was the scene of massacres of Christians in the 17th century during the repression of the Tokugawa shogunate. In the downtown area, you will see Shimabara Castle, the district of Teppo-cho and the old samurai mansions. In the south of the city, canals filled with carp run along the streets. Koto-ji temple hosts the Nehan-zo, the longest lying Buddha statue in Japan. From Shimabara, you will take a ferry to Kumamoto Harbour. Transfer by bus to the city (30 minutes).

In the afternoon, visit Kumamoto. With its mild climate and its village atmosphere, Kumamoto is famous for its castle. Apart from the garden of Suizen-ji, the town offers several interesting sights.

KUMAMOTO

In the evening, enjoy the nightlife of the city and taste the local specialities.

Night at your hotel. Accommodation: Ark Hotel Kumamoto, 2*

Day
6

MONT ASO

In the morning, depart for Mount Aso (1 hour and 30 minutes by train), the world's largest still active caldera. You will take a bus then a cable car to the spectacular Nakadake crater. Exploration is possible before returning to your hotel where you will be able to enjoy a bath in hot springs.
 

MONT ASO

Dinner and night at your hotel. Accommodation: Plaza Hotel / Japanese room

Day
7

BEPPU

Depart in the morning for Beppu. Beppu is a resort renowned throughout Japan for its many onsen (volcanic hot springs). You can bathe in the hot springs and experience mud baths and hot sand baths. The accommodation, with private baths, will be located near the many public baths of the city and the city's attractions, including the famous "hells". For those who have already experienced the charms of Beppu, you can go by train at 1:30 to Usuki where you will see the mysterious Buddhas sculptures carved into the rock.

 

BEPPU

Dinner and night at your hotel. Accommodation: Arthur Hotel, 3 *

Day
8

TAKACHIHO

In the early morning, you will head to Takachiho (3 hours and 30 minutes by train from Beppu). Takachiho is intimately linked to the myths and legends of Japan. The place is a highly sacred placed for the Shinto religion: there are many shrines, and several caves are said to have been inhabited by gods, including by the sun goddess Amaterasu O-Mikami. Do not miss the beautiful Takachiho gorges and the Gokase river waterfalls, on which you can take a canoe ride!

TAKACHIHO

In the evening, you will be able to relax from your adventures in a charming nearby ryokan.

Dinner and night at your ryokan. Accommodation: Imakuni Hotel / Japanese room

Day
9

MIYAZAKI

Breakfast at your ryokan. Depart in the morning for Miyazaki (about 3 hours by train from Takachiho). A seaside town, Miyazaki has much to offer: a warm climate, great beaches for watersports, nice parks and several historic sites. The Miyazaki area is the source of many legends and mythology of Japan. Miyazaki-jingu Shrine is dedicated to the Emperor Jinmu, mythical first emperor of Japan and founder of the kingdom of Yamato. From Miyazaki, you can visit the island of Aoshima (30 minutes by train), a small island covered with dense "biro" vegetation and betel trees.
 

MIYAZAKI

Night at your hotel. Richmond Hotel Miyazaki 3*

Day
10

KAGOSHIMA

Depart in the morning for Kagoshima (2 hours away by train). Located in a huge bay, Kagoshima was the fief of the Shimadzu clan who ruled over Okinawa for many centuries. Influenced by the culture of the southern islands, Kagoshima showcases the cuisine of southern Kyushu. Sample the local alcohol, shochu, made from sweet potatoes.

 

KAGOSHIMA

Night at your hotel. Accommodation: Tokyu REI Hotel 3*

Day
11

KAGOSHIMA

Free breakfast. Free visit of Kagoshima and Sakurajima volcano facing the city. Sakurajima volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The peninsula on which the volcano is located offers a picturesque scenery, as well as many onsen and rotemburo. You can see the biggest white radish in the world: some are 1.5 meters tall! Lunch and dinner not provided.


 

KAGOSHIMA

Night at your hotel. Tokyu REI Hotel 3*

Day
12

FUKUOKA

In the morning, depart for Fukuoka (about 2 hours and 30 minutes by train). Modern and cosmopolitan city, Fukuoka is the largest economic area on the island of Kyushu. Immerse yourself in the surrounding atmosphere, completely different from the urban culture of Tokyo and eastern Japan.

FUKUOKA

In the evening, stroll in the lively streets in the districts of Nakasu and Tenjin and try the local specialities from a yatai, pop-up food cart.

Night at your hotel. Accommodation: Sun Life Hotel 2*

Day
13

Return home

Day 1
Day 2 Fukuoka FUKUOKA
Day 3 Nagasaki, statue de la Paix NAGASAKI
Day 4 Côtes du Mont Unzen UNZEN
Day 5 Kumamoto, Mont Komezuka KUMAMOTO
Day 6 Kumamoto, Mont Komezuka MONT ASO
Day 7 Beppu, onsen BEPPU
Day 8 Takachiho TAKACHIHO
Day 9 Shiratani, Unsui MIYAZAKI
Day 10 Kagoshima, cuisine locale KAGOSHIMA
Day 11 Sakurajima, volcan KAGOSHIMA
Day 12 Fukuoka FUKUOKA
Day 13
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