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Regular flights for Tokyo, possibility to stop off in an Asian town Day 1 - London / Tokyo
Regular flights for Tokyo, possibility to stop off in an Asian town

Day 1 - London / Tokyo Regular flights for Tokyo, possibility to stop off in an Asian town

  • Leave London for Tokyo – Narita International Airport in economy class on a regular flight.
  • Night and meal on board.
  • Do not forget that it is entirely possible tostop off in Asia, Europe or the Middle-East for one or more nights to spice things up, relax and discover a new destination, on the way there or on the way back.
  • Depending on your preferences, choose from our partner airlines:
    • Asiana via Seoul
    • Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong
    • Eva Air via Taipei
    • Finnair via Helsinki
    • Lufthansa via Frankfurt or Munich
Historical district of Hakata, district of Nakasu and Canal city Day 2 – Fukuoka
Historical district of Hakata, district of Nakasu and Canal city

Day 2 – Fukuoka Historical district of Hakata, district of Nakasu and Canal city

  • Arrive at Fukuoka airport, the gateway to Kyûshu. After having reached your hotel, settled in and relaxed, head out for your first discovery of Fukuoka and its surroundings .
  • Visit the historical district of Hakata.
  • Start with Kushida-jinja shrine,created in 757, then walk around Ohori Park, in the midst of which is a vast Lake that can be crossed thanks to the many suspension bridges between the little islands.
  • You can also visit the , which retells 200 years of the district’s history with its specificities and celebrations.
  • In the evening, walk around the lively district of Nakasu..
  • For a spot of shopping, go to the Tenjin district, where you will find many department stores.
  • Finally, Do not miss Canal City, a giant futuristic complex, through which passes a 180 metre-long canal.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Nikko Fukuoka in Fukuoka (or similar).
Tenman-gû shrine, Kômyôzen-ji temple and Kyûshu National Museum Day 3 – Daizaifu
Tenman-gû shrine, Kômyôzen-ji temple and Kyûshu National MuseumTenman-gû shrine, Kômyôzen-ji temple and Kyûshu National Museum

Day 3 – Daizaifu Tenman-gû shrine, Kômyôzen-ji temple and Kyûshu National Museum

  • Take the train in the morning to visit the town of Dazaifu, which is 50 minutes from Fukuoka.
  • Daizaifu is the home of Tenman-gû shrine , which is entered through three bridges symbolising the present, the past and the future, allowing visitors to cleanse themselves. Many students come to this shrine to pray that they will pass their examinations as it is the final resting place of the poet Sugawara no Michizane (845 – 903), worshipped after his death as a patron of culture and knowledge under the name of Tenjin.
  • Also visit the beautiful temple of Kômyôzen-ji, which has a lovely Zen garden.
  • Finally, you can visit Kyûshu National Museum,which is devoted to the influences and interaction between Asian civilisations and Japanese culture.
  • In the evening, you will return to Fukuoka.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Nikko Fukuoka hotel in Fukuoka (or similar).
Visit the Venice of Japan, Ohana park and the former residence of the Toshima family Day 4 – Yanagawa
Visit the Venice of Japan, Ohana park and the former residence of the Toshima family

Day 4 – Yanagawa Visit the Venice of Japan, Ohana park and the former residence of the Toshima family

  • Today, visit the town of Yanagawa, 50 kilometres south of Kyûshu, the Venice of Japan, undeniably charming with 470 kilometres of canals.
  • You can discover the city by gondola or on foot, along the paved banks.
  • Do not miss the charming little fish market, the historical residency of the Toshima family , the tea garden dating back to the Edo period andOhana Park ,as well as the many temples and shrines of the town, and take the time to sample the local specialty: steamed eel on a bed of rice with sweet soy sauce. You can look forward to a wonderful day of strolling around the town!
  • In the evening, you will return to Fukuoka.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Nikko Fukuoka hotel in Fukuoka (or similar).
The ceramic towns of Imari and Arita, Yobukô fishing port and Hirado island Day 5 – Fukuoka / Nagasaki
The ceramic towns of Imari and Arita, Yobukô fishing port and Hirado island

Day 5 – Fukuoka / Nagasaki The ceramic towns of Imari and Arita, Yobukô fishing port and Hirado island

  • Between Kyûshu’s two big cities – Fukuoka and Nagasaki – is hidden a quiet, rural Japan.
  • You can visit the small towns of Imari and Arita, famous as the home of Japanese ceramics.
  • Arita is a charming town with narrow, winding streets.
  • In the small town of Karatsu, you can visit Karatsu-jô castle, which provides an enjoyable stroll since it is built on the sea front.
  • The small fishing port of Yobukô, is made picturesque by its fish market, held by women. You can sample the local delicacy: raw, live calamari.
  • Finally, do not miss the charming island of Hirado, with its jagged coastline and many churches. Indeed, Hirado has an interesting Christian past as it was a hiding place for Japanese Christians persecuted by the government.;/li>
  • In the evening, you will return to Fukuoka.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Nikko Fukuoka hotel in Fukuoka (or similar).
Visit the town, the Kôshibyo Confucian shrine, the Glover Garden and the Shianbashi district Day 6 – Nagasaki
Visit the town, the Kôshibyo Confucian shrine, the Glover Garden and the Shianbashi districtVisit the town, the Kôshibyo Confucian shrine, the Glover Garden and the Shianbashi district

Day 6 – Nagasaki Visit the town, the Kôshibyo Confucian shrine, the Glover Garden and the Shianbashi district

  • A long cape (Naga saki), that stretches out among a scattering of islands before coming to a natural port, in the shelter of which one of the most pleasant towns of Kyûshu was built : Nagasaki. The town has long been enriched by Chinese, Portuguese and Dutch influences that give it a discreet, romantic charm, despite the touching memorial sites, which dot every part of town.
  • Indeed, you can also visit the Atomic Bomb Museum as well as the different monuments erected in the Peace Park.
  • Then, in the heart of the colonial district, do not miss the Dutch steps leading up to the small paved streets of Higashi-Yamate, the district where many European visitors settled in the 19th century.
  • On the way down,visit Kôshibyo Confucian shrine, painted red with roofs decorated with dragons.
  • Stroll around Glover Garden where you can still find beautiful Western-style houses.
  • Nestled at the bottom of the hill on which the garden is built is Oura Church, which is dedicated to the 26 Christians (6 European missionaries and 20 Japanese) crucified in Nagasaki in 1597. Indeed, the town was the home of Portuguese missionaries in the 16th century and the place where Christian history developed in Japan .
  • In the evening, stroll around the lively streets of Shianbashi district, with streets flooded by neon lights.
  • Have lunch and dinner in your ryokan.
  • Spend the night in the 4*Nagasaki Baishokaku Ryokan in Nagasaki (or similar).
Hot springs, ropeway to Mount Fugen dake Day 7 – Unzen
Hot springs, ropeway to Mount Fugen dake

Day 7 – Unzen Hot springs, ropeway to Mount Fugen dake

  • A national park since 1934, Unzen was one of the first natural sites to be protected in Japan. The name Unzen comes from the onsen, hot springs, which abound on this volcanic mountain.
  • You can stroll around the Unzen Hells, called Jigoku, which are connected by a path at the foot of the volcano. These open-air volcanic bubbling pools and fumaroles from which dense clouds escape with a strong sulphur smell are even more impressive when you remember that some Christians who refused to abjure their faith were thrown into them!
  • After that, you can take a ropeway to the top of Mount Fugen dake, which provides an amazing view on a clear day.
  • You will glimpse lava flow on Mount Heisei shinzan as well as the amazing Ariake Sea and Mount Aso in the distance.
  • Have lunch and dinner in your ryokan.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Unzen Fukudaya Hotel in Unzen (or similar).
Visit the feudal castle and take the ferry to Kumamoto Day 8 – Shimabara Peninsula / Kumamoto
Visit the feudal castle and take the ferry to Kumamoto

Day 8 – Shimabara Peninsula / Kumamoto Visit the feudal castle and take the ferry to Kumamoto

  • Leave in the morning in your private car for the Shimabara Peninsula, where you will find a feudal castle built in 1625 and a former samurai district where there are still traditional thatched-roofed buke yashiki.
  • Stroll along a small canal in which live many Japanese carps.
  • From Shimabara, you will take a 30-minute ferry-ride to Kumamoto, the second largest town on the island. Your private car will take you to your hotel.
  • Have lunch and dinner in your ryokan.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Ryokan Maruko Hotel in Kumamoto (or similar).
Feudal castle, Kyû Hosokawa Gyôbu-tei residence and train-ride to Mount Aso Day 9 – Kumamoto
Feudal castle, Kyû Hosokawa Gyôbu-tei  residence and train-ride to Mount Aso

Day 9 – Kumamoto Feudal castle, Kyû Hosokawa Gyôbu-tei residence and train-ride to Mount Aso

  • Today, you will discover Kumamoto.
  • Visit Kumamoto feudal castle , one of the three most famous castles in Japan, which was built at the beginning of the 17th century.
  • Admire Uto Yagura Tower, a beautiful period tower made of camphor, pine and oak wood, which was built to resist invasions. The main tower, which dominates the town, houses a museum over several floors presenting the castle’s history and displaying everyday items and weapons used by the samurai class, such as palanquins and suits of armour.
  • Then, stroll around the lovely landscape garden of Suizen-ji, a natural environment with an incredible design reproducing the 53 stops on the old Tokaido road from Tokyo to Kyoto, including Mount Fuji and Lake Biwa.
  • Finally, do not miss the Kyû Hosokawa Gyôbu-tei residence, the former home of one of the members of the Hosokawa clan, built in 1678. You will have the opportunity to visit a remarkable example of a samurai home.
  • In the afternoon, you will take the train to the region of Mount Aso.
  • Have lunch and dinner in your ryokan.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Aso-no Tsukasa Villa Park Hotel in Aso.
Discover the caldera and take the train to Kagoshima Day 10 – Mount Aso
Discover the caldera and take the train to Kagoshima

Day 10 – Mount Aso Discover the caldera and take the train to Kagoshima

  • The Aso region is home to a mountain range of five volcanic peaks that gave birth to one of the largest calderas in the world with a circumference of 128 kilometres . Green in summer and covered with snow in winter, the caldera is impressive in all seasons.
  • Discover this beautiful caldera in a private car. Do not miss the Kusasenri plains, historical crater one-kilometer in diameter, which provides an incredible view of a dark blue lake and a volcanic chain. You will see oxen and horses grazing peacefully.
  • On a ropeway, climb to the top of>Mount Naka dake, a yawning, smoking gap that provides a unique scene. Your eyes will be drawn to a shining, sky-blue expanse of water, 160 metres below.
  • In the evening, your car will take you to Shin- Yatsushiro train station and you will leave for the southern town of Kagoshima.
  • Have lunch and dinner in your ryokan.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Park Hotel Kagoshima in Kagoshima.
Shiroyama Park, Sengan-en Garden and Sakurajima volcano Day 11 – Kagoshima
Shiroyama Park, Sengan-en Garden and Sakurajima volcanoShiroyama Park, Sengan-en Garden and Sakurajima volcano

Day 11 – Kagoshima Shiroyama Park, Sengan-en Garden and Sakurajima volcano

  • Sun and palm trees – welcome to the south ! Nicknamed the “Naples of the East”, Kagoshima is a pleasant town where everything happens at a leisurely pace and the blue skies bring with them cheerfulness and relaxation.
  • Visit the district of Shiroyama Park, with its many museums and historical sites. At an altitude of 120 metres, Shiroyama Park offers an amazing view of the town.
  • Do not miss having a pleasant stroll along the sea front at Dolphin Port, where you can find many restaurants.
  • Then, walk around Sengan-en, a lovely garden designed in 1658. Not only is it charming, it also offers the best view of Sakura-jima volcano.
  • After that, get closer to the volcano by visiting its base: you can take some lovely walks to theYunohira and Arimura observatories. The first one provides a beautiful panoramic view of the crater and the bay. The second one overlooks the famous lava flow of 1914. From there, you can wander around the lava fields.
  • Have lunch and dinner in your ryokan.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Park Hotel Kagoshima in Kagoshima.
Makurazaki and Bônotsu fishing port, Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots Day 12 – Satsuma / Ibusuki
Makurazaki and Bônotsu fishing port, Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots

Day 12 – Satsuma / Ibusuki Makurazaki and Bônotsu fishing port, Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots

  • In the morning, leave in a private car to go and visit the Satsuma Peninsula. This lovely peninsula is famous for its extremely mild weather and its beautiful rural landscapes that make it a truly peaceful retreat.
  • You will visit charming fishing ports like Makurazaki and Bônotsu.
  • Visit the little village of Chiran. You will find charming historical samurai residences, which have withstood the test of time. Do not miss this visit and the opportunity to admire their beautiful landscape gardens.
  • Chiran is also renowned for celebrating the memory of Kamikaze pilots, as the town housed a school for pilots in 1942 before becoming a special attack base in 1945.
  • Do not miss the wonderful museum that honours their memory: the Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots.
  • After this, you will go to the town ofIbusuki, which is famous for its hot sand baths, that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. You will have the opportunity to experience taking a bath in hot, black sand over 50°C.
  • Have lunch and dinner in your ryokan.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Park Hotel Kagoshima in Kagoshima.
Visit the island Day 13 – Yakushima
Visit the island

Day 13 – Yakushima Visit the island

  • Take the ferry in the morning to discover one of the jewels of Japan : the unspoiled island of Yakushima, with its exceptional natural tropical and lush heritage that is recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The island provides a pleasant break in unspoiled natural surroundings, but is also very popular with hikers who walk along some of the beautiful paths leading up to the top of Mount Miyano Ura, the tallest peak in Kyûshu (1935 metres).
  • The symbol of the island is a giant Japanese cedar tree, also known as the Jômon cedar which is very popular with visitors to the island. It is 30 metres high, the base of the trunk has a circumference of 43 meters and it is 7,200 years old.
  • Have lunch and dinner at your leisure in your ryokan.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Yakushima Iwasaki Hotel in Yakushima.
Visit the island Day 14 – Yakushima
Visit the island

Day 14 – Yakushima Visit the island

  • Make the most of your day on the beautiful island of Yakushima, renowned among amateurs of manga and cartoons as the inspiration for Hayao Miyazaki’s film Princess Mononoke. Apart from its dense, age-old forest, the island also offers picture post-card views of wonderful white sand beaches , against which laps the lovely turquoise sea.
  • In the evening, you will return to your hotel in Kagoshima.
  • Have lunch and dinner in your ryokan.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Park Hotel Kagoshima in Kagoshima.
Eda-jinja, Miyazaki-jingû and Kibana-jinja shrines and Aoshima Island Day 15 – Miyazaki / Aoshima
Eda-jinja, Miyazaki-jingû and Kibana-jinja shrines and Aoshima Island

Day 15 – Miyazaki / Aoshima Eda-jinja, Miyazaki-jingû and Kibana-jinja shrines and Aoshima Island

  • In the morning, you will take the train to the town of Miyazaki, in the southeast of Kyûshu. Once again, palm trees and beautiful beaches make it a very pleasant, slow-paced town. However, Miyazaki is also a land of Gods and legends. It is in fact nicknamed “Himuka no kun”: Land of the Rising Sun.
  • This region is the birthplace of many of the founding myths of Japan and Shinto shrines still bear testimony to this legend. In order to better understand these folk tales, we suggest taking the mythological path of Himuka that leads to the site of Misogi no Ike: the cleansing pool. It is in these very waters that the god Izanagi cleansed himself when he returned from the kingdom of the dead and, as he washed his wounds, new gods came out of them, like Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun. Then, visit Eda-jinja, Miyazaki-jingû and Kibana-jinja shrines, where the goddess Konohana gave birth to the ancestors of all the emperors of Japan.
  • In the afternoon, take the train to Aoshima Island, with its unworldly rock formations created by the erosion of the sea. It is said that this is where the Gods do their laundry.
  • The subtropical vegetation – with over 200 different species – is so dense that the centre of Aoshima is impossible to reach. Walk around the island on the beaches along the coast and visit the beautiful shrine of Aoshima-jinja.
  • Have lunch and dinner in your ryokan.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Aoshima Kanko Hotel in Aoshima.
Takachiho-jinja shrine and Kagura show Day 16 – Takachiho
Takachiho-jinja shrine and Kagura show

Day 16 – Takachiho Takachiho-jinja shrine and Kagura show

  • Today, you will leave in a private car to go to the village of Takachiho, a key place in Japanese mythology.
  • Visit Takachiho-jinja shrine, the birthplace of a traditional Japanese dance : le Kagura.
  • Then, go to Amano Iwato-jinja shrine, from which a path leads up into the woods. By following this path and crossing the river, you will arrive at Amano Yasugawara cave, an extremely symbolic place as it is where Amaterasu, goddess of the sun, hid, thus taking the light from the world. The Gods then performed the famous Kagura dance in front of the cave, from which the curious Amaterasu finally came out, bringing back the sun into the world.
  • You will then go to Takachiho-kyô Gorge, the surroundings of which offer many lovely hikes.
  • In the evening, do not miss the Kagura show which the villagers perform every day at 8 p.m. in Takachiho-jinja shrine
  • Have lunch and dinner in your ryokan.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Shinshu Hotel in Takachiho.
Beppu spa resort, Jigoku Meguri Hells Day 17 – Beppu
Beppu spa resort, Jigoku  Meguri HellsBeppu spa resort, Jigoku  Meguri Hells

Day 17 – Beppu Beppu spa resort, Jigoku Meguri Hells

  • In the morning, leave in a private car to go to the famous Beppu spa resort with over 3,000 hot springs and clouds of vapour and fumaroles.
  • All of Beppu’s geothermal wonders came from the eruption of Tsurumi volcano in 867, which overlooks the beautiful bay. The legend says that a wounded God recovered his health after bathing in the Waters of Beppu, which may explain the popularity of this town and its onsen.
  • Visit the Jigoku Meguri Hells where the water, vapours and geysers are smoking and colourful! Admire Umi Jigoku (sea hell) with its sky-blue water and Oniishi Bôzu jigoku (monk’s hell), with bubbling mud pools.
  • Have lunch and dinner at your leisure in your ryokan.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Shiragiku Hotel in Beppu.
Lake Kinrin-ko, hiking on Yufu dake volcano, historical district of Nioza and Tafuku-ji temple Day 18 – Yufuin / Usuki
Lake  Kinrin-ko, hiking on Yufu dake volcano, historical district of Nioza and Tafuku-ji temple

Day 18 – Yufuin / Usuki Lake Kinrin-ko, hiking on Yufu dake volcano, historical district of Nioza and Tafuku-ji temple

  • This morning, take a trip to Yufuin spa resort near the bubbling waters of Lake Kinrin-ko.
  • Do not miss the historical thatched-roof public bathhouse: Shitan’yu.
  • You can also enjoy a pleasant hike on Yufu dake volcano, as well as along the river Yufu.
  • In the afternoon, you have the choice of two sites to visit: you can choose to go to Usuki where there is a beautiful site of 60 stone sculptures of Buddha dating back to the Heian and Kamakura eras.
  • The town of Usuki is also worth visiting with its bay, the historical district of Nioza and Tafuku-ji temple.
  • In the evening, you will return to Beppu.
  • Have lunch and dinner at your leisure in your ryokan.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Shiragiku Hotel in Beppu.
Usa-Jingû temple and back to Fukuoka Day 19 – Fukuoka
Usa-Jingû temple and back to Fukuoka

Day 19 – Fukuoka Usa-Jingû temple and back to Fukuoka

  • You can go to Usa-jingu, a beautiful temple first built in 725. Renowned for its bright-red pavilion and the dense forest that surrounds it, this is a pleasant place for a stroll.
  • You can visit the network of little shrines that are connected by a maze of small paths, alleyways and stairs.
  • In the evening, you will take the train back to Fukuoka.
  • Have lunch and dinner at your leisure in your ryokan.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Nikko Fukuoka Hotel in Fukuoka.
Back to UK Day 20 - Fukuoka / London
Back to UK

Day 20 - Fukuoka / London Back to UK

  • The day of departure has arrived. You will go to Fukuoka International Airport to take your scheduled flight back to London.
    Sayonara!

Tour's activities

Our selection of activities

We invite you to take full advantage of your experiences with Marco Vasco by selecting among our additional guided tours. Don’t hesitate to talk to one of our specialists for more information or if you would prefer a Spanish-speaking guide!

Activities Included

Visit the main natural sites of Kyûshu

Visit the main natural sites of Kyûshu

Visit the main natural sites of Kyûshu

Thanks to your private car with chauffeur, you will discover the most beautiful sites in Kyûshu, which are usually quite difficult to access! This way, you will have the opportunity to walk around the largest volcanic caldera in the world – Mount Aso – , admire the Sakura-jima volcano in Kagoshima and wander around the Unzen, Yufuin and Beppu Hells. Discover the age-old forests and exceptional fauna of the UNESCO World Heritage island of Yakushima and the amazing Takachiho Gorge.

Visit the towns of Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kumamoto and Kagoshima

Visit the towns of Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kumamoto and Kagoshima

Visit the towns of Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kumamoto and Kagoshima

Visit the historical towns of Kyûshu and discover treasures of the past! From the churches of Hirado, past refuge of clandestine Christians, to the amazing castle of Kumamoto and the moving memorial sites of Nagasaki, this itinerary takes you to the heart of a region steeped in history and introduces you to its alluring folk tales and legends!

Tour's hotels

Our selection of hotels

Voici les hébergements que nous vous proposons pour ce séjour. N'hésitez pas à consulter nos conseillers si vous souhaitez une catégorie d'hébergements supérieure ou inférieure.

Hotels Included

Nikko - Fukuoka

Hotel Fukuoka

Nikko - Fukuoka

Just a few steps away from JR Hakata station, the Nikko Fukuoka is a 4* hotel providing an elegant, refined setting. The rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated in a modern style. Each room is equipped with television, A/C, mini-bar and Internet connection. You can sample Japanese and international cuisine in its many restaurants and bars. Among other services, you can also enjoy the fitness centre, the indoor swimming pool, the sauna and the beauty salon.

Shiragiku - Beppu

Hotel Beppu

Shiragiku - Beppu

This lovely Ryokan, which is devoted to hot springs that are given pride of place indoors and outdoors, welcomes you to its privileged, luxurious environment. You will enjoy the welcoming setting, which is complemented by the use of noble materials in your Japanese-style room where you will sleep on comfortable tatami mats and on an extremely soft futon. To relax after having taken a bath in the hot springs, try a spa treatment or massage that will relieve and refresh you. Finally, enjoy refined Japanese cuisine served in your room.

Nagasaki Baishokaku - Nagasaki

Hotel Nagasaki

Nagasaki Baishokaku - Nagasaki

Welcome to the 4* Nagasaki Baishokaku, a modern ryokan that offers Japanese and Western-style rooms. Perched on the hill, you will have an amazing view of Nagasaki bay. All the rooms have an elegant, refined decor. You can relax in the hotel's hot indoor and outdoor landscape baths. Your gourmet Japanese meal prepared with seasonal ingredients will be served in your room.

Unzen Fukudaya - Unzen

Hotel Unzen

Unzen Fukudaya - Unzen

You can enjoy this lovely hotel's many indoor and outdoor baths as much as you like. It is a real treat as the surroundings are stunning, especially at nightfall !

Maruko Hotel - Kumamoto

Hotel Kumamoto

Maruko Hotel - Kumamoto

Located in Kumamoto, the Maruko Hotel is a 3* Superior hotel with a modern façade and 46 Western and Japanese-style rooms. The rooms in the 3* Superior Maruko Hotel are decorated in the traditional Japanese style and are all equipped with television and A/C. You can relax in the outdoor and indoor hot baths and enjoy traditional, seasonal cuisine with seafood, local delicacies or vegetables.

Aso no Tsukasa Villa Park Hotel - Aso

Hotel Mount Aso

Aso no Tsukasa Villa Park Hotel - Aso

This lovely hotel is located at the heart of the largest volcanic caldera in the world, Mount Aso. It welcomes you to its Western and Japanese-style rooms, decorated with simplicity and comfort. For your enjoyment, you can try out the large indoor swimming complex with over 16 different pools, each with its own identity. The hotel offers a choice of two delicious restaurants serving Western and Japanese food.

Castle Park Hotel - Kagoshima

Hotel Kagoshima

Castle Park Hotel - Kagoshima

Located on a hill, the 3* Castle Park Hotel overlooks the city of Kagoshima and offers an amazing view of Sakura-jima volcano. The hotel has 365 Western-style rooms, decorated in a classical manner. In its five restaurants and bars, you can enjoy Western and Japanese delicacies. If you wish to relax, do not hesitate to check out the wonderful hot baths.

Ibusuki Hakusui-kan - Ibusuki

Hotel Ibusuki

Ibusuki Hakusui-kan - Ibusuki

Located by the sea, the 4* Ibusuki Hakusui-kan ryokan welcomes you in a refined and extremely elegant setting with large, elegant Western or Japanese-style rooms. You can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool and various indoor and outdoor hot baths as much as you like. You will also have the opportunity to sample the exquisite cuisine of South Kyûshu! A real treat for the taste buds !

Yakushima Iwasaki Hotel - Yakushima

Hotel Yakushima

Yakushima Iwasaki Hotel - Yakushima

Surrounded by nature, in the heart of the unspoiled island of Yakushima, the 4* Yakushima Iwasaki Hotel will allow you to breathe in the fresh air, far from Japanese cities. From the beautiful, elegant and refined rooms, fully equipped with television and A/C, you will have an amazing view of the mountain or of the sea. You will find enough to eat in the many restaurants serving Japanese and international food. Finally, relax in the beautiful swimming pool or in the various hot baths that promote gentle relaxation !

Aoshima Kanko Hotel - Aoshima

Hotel Aoshima

Aoshima Kanko Hotel - Aoshima

Located a few minutes’ walk from JR Aoshima station, opposite the sea, the beach and Aoshima Island, the Aoshima Kanko Hotel welcomes you to its beautiful surroundings and holiday atmosphere. The hotel offers traditional, Japanese-style rooms as well as Western-style rooms. You can enjoy the hotel's various hot baths, indoors and outdoors, without any restrictions.

Hotel Shinsu - Takachiho

Hotel Takachiho

Hotel Shinsu - Takachiho

Located a 15-minute walk from Takachiho station, the 3* Shinsu Takachiho Hotel is a good base for discovering the wild, hilly surroundings and the mountainous, verdant landscapes of this region. You will be housed in simple, comfortable Japanese rooms and will sample traditional local cuisine, in particular delicious fresh fish from the nearby river. In the evening, relax in warm indoor baths that will relieve and refresh you.

Good to know

Additional Information

  • Hotels and meals
    • If a hotel mentioned in the program is not available, a hotel in a similar category will be booked.
    • The visits mentioned in this program are merely suggestions. Of course, you can allocate your free time as you wish and visit other towns near Tokyo and Kyoto apart from those mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Most of the lunches and dinners in this tour are at your leisure to allow you can appreciate the diversity of Japanese cuisine according to your tastes and wishes. Please note that it is very easy to find food in Japan as there are many little restaurants offering a wide variety of dishes. Furthermore, simple, filling meals are inexpensive. Bon appetit!
  • Climate
    • Are you coming to Japan in winter?
      Bring warm clothes as the winter temperatures in Tokyo are similar to those in Paris.
      If you are travelling to the north of Japan in winter, to the west coast or to the Japanese Alps, bring clothes adapted to extreme temperatures since cold winds from Siberia often blow over Japan!
      A real Northern experience!
    • Are you going to Japan in summer?
      Please note that the weather will be very hot and humid! Pack your summer clothes but do not forget to bring an umbrella, especially in June and September, as well as warmer clothes for the cool evenings or for the north of Japan. Do not forget your sunglasses, hats and swimming costumes!
    • Are you going to Japan during the intermediary seasons: spring and autumn?
      Do not hesitate to bring summer clothes (shorts, swimming costumes, T-shirts, light shoes) as well as winter clothes (umbrella, jeans, jumpers, jackets and closed shoes) as the temperatures are mild in the south of Japan but cooler in Tokyo and the north.
    • Are you stopping off in Asia on the way there or on the way back?
      In this case, to avoid standing out in Hong Kong in your ski-suit or winter jacket, pack T-shirts, shorts and light shoes.
  • International flights and stopovers in Asia

    Depending on the period of travel, we have purposely calculated our prices with one of the partner airlines mentioned below so that you can always enjoy the best possible prices.
    As soon as you ask us for a quote, we will select the cheapest company by default (depending on your dates of travel).
    However, if you would prefer to fly with a specific partner airline or if you would like to stop over in a specific Asian city (among those mentioned below), please let us know!
    Please note that the price will be adjusted accordingly.

    • Our partner airlines, which offer flights to and from Tokyo and Osaka:
      • Asiana via Seoul
      • Air France (nonstop flights)
      • Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong
      • Eva Air via Taipei
      • Finnair via Helsinki
      • Lufthansa via Frankfurt or Munich
    • Stopovers in Asia, Europe or the Middle-East, base price for 1 night, in a double room :
      • Hong Kong, 3* Hotel + transfers + breakfast : from 45€ (about 37 GBP) per person
      • Seoul, 3* Hotel + transfer + breakfast : from 60€ (about 50 GBP) per person
      • Taiwan, 3* Hotel + transfer + breakfast : from 60€ (about 50 GBP) per person
      • Europe, 3* Hotel + transfer + breakfast : from 90€ (about 74 GBP) per person

Tour Price

The price include

  • International flights LONDON / FUKUOKA / LONDON on scheduled flights in economy class
  • Airport taxes (including fuel surcharge) and Solidarity Tax.
  • 18 nights’ accommodation in standard double rooms in the 3* Superior and 4* hotels or high-quality ryokan mentioned in the itinerary. If one of these hotels is not available, similar quality accommodation will be booked
  • Meals : Half-board breakfasts and dinners except in Fukuoka and Kagoshima
  • All unlimited train travel on JR lines with the 21-day JR Pass
  • All transfers in a private car with chauffeur as stated in the itinerary
  • Ferry trips from Unzen to Kumamoto (Day 8), from Kagoshima to Sakurajima (Day 11), from Ibusuki to Yakushima (Day 13) and from Yakushima to Kagoshima (Day 14)
  • Bus trip from Nagasaki to Unzen
  • Visits mentioned in programme including entry fees
  • Activities and excursions mentioned in the itinerary

The price doesn't include

  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals and drinks that are not included in the programme
  • Activities not included in the programme
  • Entry fees for places of interest that must be paid on the premises
  • Stopover in Asia or Europe (optional)

* price per person "from", double base in standard room

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