- 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.
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.
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- 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
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.
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
Day 9 Kirishima National Park
Day 10 Kumamoto
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
Day 14 Nagasaki
Day 15 Fukuoka
Day 16 Tokyo
Day 17 International return flight
Tokyo , International return flight
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