- Kirishima National Park
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.
- Kirishima National Park
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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
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.
Day 3 Kurokawa
Day 4 Kurokawa
Day 5 Takachiho
Day 6 Ibusuki
Day 7 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.
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.
Day 9 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.
Day 10 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.
Day 11 Kumamoto
Day 12 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.
Day 13 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.
Day 14 Nagasaki
Day 15 Fukuoka
Day 16 Tokyo
Take the easy subway line to the airport and board your flight back to Tokyo for a final night in the capital.
Day 17 International return flight
Tokyo , International return flight
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