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    Places visited:

  • Tokyo
  • Fukuoka
  • Kurokawa
  • Kirishima National Park
  • Kumamoto
  • Nagasaki
  • Explore the beautiful volcanic mountains and dramatic Mount Aso caldera of Aso-Kuju National Park.

  • Take a boat ride down the striking Takachiho Gorge, amid tumbling waterfalls and picturesque mountain cherry trees.

  • Visit the hot springs of Kurokawa to stay in a traditional inn.

  • Spend time in the Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Park of Nagasaki.

  • Explore the picturesque gardens and samurai residences of Chiran.

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What our specialists say...

This itinerary offers the ultimate Kyushu experience, exploring this fascinating island's beautiful landscape and historical delights. Beginning in the north, you'll spend time in the glorious volcanic scenery of the Aso-Kuju National Park before driving south to Ibusuki, where you'll explore the beautiful gardens and ancient Samurai residences of Chiran not to mention enjoy a bit of hot sand bathing! From here you'll travel north, spending time in Kirishima National Park before progressing on to Kumamoto and Nagasaki for the fantastic cultural and historical monuments to be found. Finally, you'll return to Fukuoka via the famed porcelain town of Okawachiyama.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Tokyo
  • Fukuoka
  • Kurokawa
  • Takachiho
  • Takachiho
  • Ibusuki
  • Kirishima National Park
  • Kumamoto
  • Nagasaki
  • Fukuoka
  • Tokyo

Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Tokyo.

Day 2 Fukuoka

Tokyo , Fukuoka

Once arrived into Tokyo, transfer directly to your flight to Fukuoka. Once in Fukuoka you will be met at the airport by a representative to guide you through arrivals. They will then show you to the waiting transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing after your long flight. One recommendation would be to stay local and enjoy 'yatai' or street food in and around Canal City in Hakata.

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Day 3 Kurokawa

Fukuoka , Kurokawa

Pick up your hire car today and drive to the onsen village of Kurokawa and spend the rest of the day at leisure relaxing in the sumptuous hot springs.

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Day 4 Kurokawa

Kurokawa

There are some nice walks to be done or make use of your hire car to explore more of the area. You can also take advantage of a day pass to visit other hot springs in the village.

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Day 5 Takachiho

Kurokawa , Takachiho

Travel south to sheer limestone cliffs of Takachiho Gorge. Once freshened up, perhaps hire a rowing boat and drift gently along the river through waterfalls and cliff faces.

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Day 6 Ibusuki

Takachiho , Ibusuki

Drive south to Ibusuki and spend the evening unwinding in a traditional sand bath after a long day of driving through some delightful scenery.

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Day 7 Ibusuki

Ibusuki

Using your hire car, drive to Chiran, a very small town that has been relatively untouched by time and home to beautiful samurai residences and gardens. There is also a small museum dedicated to the kamikaze fighters of WWII.

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Day 8 Kirishima National Park

Ibusuki , Kirishima National Park

Continue your drive to Kirishima National Park, bypassing the smoking top of Sakurajima volcano that overlooks Kagoshima city.

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Day 9 Kirishima National Park

Kirishima National Park

At leisure in the Kirishima National Park to enjoy some of the many walking trails, and soak up the beautifully verdant green of this part of Kyushu.

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Day 10 Kumamoto

Kirishima National Park , Kumamoto

Return to Kagoshima, drop off your hire car and board the train to Kumamoto and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Our recommendation for the afternoon is to visit Kumamoto castle and its nearby Suizenji gardens.

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Day 11 Kumamoto

Kumamoto

Use your car to head east to Mount Aso and over the lip of the caldera. The scenery is quite different to anywhere else and on a good day you reach the top.

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Day 12 Nagasaki

Kumamoto , Nagasaki

A short drive to the port to board the car ferry over to Unzen Peninsula from where you climb the mountain via the sulphuric bubbling pools at the top of Mount Unzen. After, head back down the mountain over to Nagasaki Bay and the city itself.

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Day 13 Nagasaki

Nagasaki

At leisure in Nagasaki. It's worth visiting the small yet quite harrowing peace museum but more of what Nagasaki has to offer is in town such as Glover Garden on which 'Madame Butterfly' was based and Dejima Wharf at sunset.

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Day 14 Nagasaki

Nagasaki

At leisure to explore 'Gunkanjima' or 'Battleship Island' infamous for its eerily vacant and uninhabited atmosphere often used in movies.

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Day 15 Fukuoka

Nagasaki , Fukuoka

Continue by train to Hakata, a lovely journey along the coast and through paddy fields. Once in Fukuoka, enjoy the remainder of your evening in this compact but buzzy modern city.

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Day 16 Tokyo

Fukuoka , Tokyo

Take the easy subway line to the airport and board your flight back to Tokyo for a final night in the capital.

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Day 17 International return flight

Tokyo , International return flight

Take the airport shuttle bus to the airport and board your return flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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