• Beppu Be Amazed by the "Eight Hells" Hot Springs

  • Kumamoto Castle Visit the Best Preserved Edo-Style Castle

  • Senganen Garden Take in the Beauty of Sakurajima 

  • Ibusuki  Try the Unique and Warm Sand Baths 

Kyushu Exploration- 8 Days

 Land Only from US $2299-$2450

Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Unzen, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Ibusuki, Mt. Aso, Beppu, Yufuin

Departs 6/21, 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/08, 12/20

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Highlights

    Featured Arrangements

    • We design our itineraries with care and leave out the tourist traps.
    • Transportation:
      •  Zip through serene Japanese countryside on the Shinkansen Bullet Train.
      •  Cruise from Shimabara to Kumamoto on a luxury ferry.
    • Northern Kyushu:
      • Free exploration in one of the liveliest cities in Japan, Fukuoka.
      • Be amazed by Beppu’s “Eight Hells” hot springs.
      • Experience the tranquil and charming town of Yufuin.
      • Take a cable car up to Mt. Aso and witness an active volcano.
    • Western Kyushu:
      • Enjoy the natural beauty of the Unzen National Park.
      • Visit the best preserved Edo-style castle, Kumamoto Castle.
      • Encounter history at the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park.
    • Southern Kyushu: 
      • Take in a panoramic view of Sakurajima, an active volcano, in Kagoshima.
      • Relax in Ibusuki, celebrated for its unique and warm sand baths. 

    Luxury Accommodations

    • Unzen Kyushu Hotel: Enjoy a view of the Unzen volcano.
    • Castle Park Hotel: Soak in the outdoor spa overlooking the city, Kagoshima Bay, and the volcanic Mt. Sakurajima. 
    • Ibusuki Hakusuikan: Try the unique and famous natural sand baths at one of the top ten hot spring hotels in Japan.
    • Ota Hanamura: Hidden away in the peaceful mountain, each room offers a private onsen. 

    Culinary Experiences  

    • Arranging great culinary experiences is a specialty we are very proud of. Our development team samples each meal before presenting them to our guests. On this trip, you will have a chance to taste an assortment of local cuisine unique to Southern Japan such as the Hakata-style Mizutaki, Aso-style Sukiyaki, Ibusuki-style Kaiseki, Kagoshima Kurobuta shabu shabu, and much more.

    Super Value Standard

    • Local, friendly, and knowledgeable, our expectional tour guide is your friend in Japan.
    • A comprehensive travel insurance plan for you to travel with a peace of mind. Details  
    • High quality headset to enjoy the tour guide presentation clearly.
    • Porterage service is provided (a few hotels may not be able to accommodate this request due to lack of manpower).

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Itinerary

Day 1

Departure 

  • Your Japan vacation begins! Depart for Fukuoka, Japan via Narita. 

Day 2

Arrival 

  • “Yokoso!” or “Welcome” to Fukuoka! You will be greeted by a Super Value Tours representative at the airport and escorted to the hotel.
  • Tonight, explore the local area or rest before official plans begin tomorrow. 
  • For dinner, we have arranged a Hakata-style Mizutaki (chicken broth hotpot) to soothe your stomach after a long trip. (If your arrival is after 8:00PM, we will present you with 2,000 JPY per person to cover the cost of dinner.)

Dinner  
Hakata-Style Mizutaki
Hotel  
Hotel Okura Fukuoka or Nikko Fukuoka
Day 3

Fukuoka  Nagasaki  Unzen 

  • Glover Garden: See the oldest Western-style houses and take in a panoramic view of the city and harbor. 
  • Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Museum: A symbol of commitment to peace.
  • Unzen Onsen: Relax in a hot spring town. The hot springs here have a higher acidity and are said to have beautification properties.
  • Unzen Kyushu Onsen Hotel: Unwind and enjoy the hot springs at your leisure. Japanese custom suggests trying the baths three times. Once after you check in, once after dinner, and once in the morning.

  • Glover Park

  • Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park

  • Unzen Kyushu Onsen

Breakfast  
Japanese or Western Buffet in Hotel
Lunch  
Chawanmushi Set
Dinner  
Unzen Onsen Specialties
Hotel  
Unzen Kyushu Onsen Hotel
Day 4

Unzen  Kumamoto  Kagoshima

  • Mt. Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall: Discover the significance of the volcanic activity in the region. The Memorial Hall serves as a reminder of mother nature's powerful dynamics. 
  • Unzendake Luxury Ferry: Cruise from Shimabara (Western) to Kumamoto (Eastern) Kyushu.
  • Kumamoto City Tour: From the beautiful ports to the luscious green hilltops, enjoy the highlights of Kumamoto. 
  • Kumamoto Castle: Visit the best preserved Edo-style castle. Unique in its vast grounds and structures, Kumamoto Castle is one of Japan's top three famous castles. 
  • Speical Note: Please prepare in advance a carry-on bag with belongings for 2 days/1 night so you can travel light on the Shinkansen (bullet train). Your tour guide will arrange the transfer of your large suitcases to our hotel at the Ota Onsen.)

  • Mt. Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall

  • Kumamoto Castle

  • Castle Park Hotel Onsen

Breakfast  
Japanese or Western Buffet in Hotel
Lunch  
Fresh Sashimi Set
Dinner  
Kagoshima Kurobuta Shabu Shabu
Hotel  
Castle Park Hotel (Offers a heavenly view of the city and Mt. Sakurajima)
Day 5

 Kagoshima  Ibusuki

  • Senganen Garden: Explore the beautiful and peaceful Senganen Garden.
  • Meiji Restoration Museum: Take a step back in time and learn about the revolution that catapulted Japan as a modernized nation.
  • Ibusuki Hakusuikan Onsen Hotel: Celebrated for its open-air baths and unique sand baths, let your body indulge in these amenities and wash away any lingering travel fatigue. 
  • At Super Value Tours, we want to make sure you have choices when it comes to meals. Tonight you have the option of having Italian cuisine deliciously crafted with local ingredients and organic produce or Ibusuki-style Kaiseki banquet.

  • Senganen Garden

  • Ibusuki Hakusuikan Onsen Hotel

  • Sand Bath

Breakfast  
Japanese or Western Buffet in Hotel
Lunch  
Local Produce Set Lunch
Dinner  
Ibusuki-Style Kaiseiki (A) or Modern Italian Fusion (B)
Hotel  
Ibusuki Hakusuikan Onsen Hotel (Upgrade to Ocean View Room for $100/room, Space Limited)
Day 6

Ibusuki   Aso  Ota Hot Spring 

  • Shinkansen: Zip through the southwestern coast of Kyushu on a bullet train and fully enjoy the serene beauty of the Japanese countryside. 
  • Mt. Aso: Take a cable car trip up to Mt. Aso to witness an active volcano and one of the largest craters in the world. 
  • Ota Hanamura Onsen: Rest in an oasis nestled away in the peaceful mountain forest of Yufu. Ota Hanamura Onsen is a traditional luxury Ryokan where you can experience firsthand Japanese lifestyle and hospitality.  

  • Shinkansen

  • Mt. Aso

  • Kaiseki Banquet Dinner

Breakfast  
Japanese or Western Buffet in Hotel
Lunch  
Aso-Style Sukiyaki
Dinner  
Kaiseki Banquet Dinner
Hotel  
Ota Hanamura Onsen
Day 7

 Ota Hot Spring  Beppu  Yufuin  Fukuoka

  • Yamanami Highway: Travel along Japan’s countryside and arrive at Beppu, a small onsen town with over 200 public hot springs. Beppu is also famous for its eight “Hells” hot springs. 
  • Yufuin: Stroll through a tranquil small town that is known for its Japanese crafts of paper making, ceramics, and woodworking. In addition, the art galleries are not to be missed. 
  • Fukuoka: Enjoy free time exploring one of the busiest cities in Japan with our helpful maps.  
  • Dinner will not be included tonight so that you may take advantage of unlimited dining options in Downtown Fukuoka. Our hotel is centrally located in city center Fukuoka so you can easily explore the vicinity and try out any eatery for dinner. 

 

  • Beppu Hot Springs

  • Yufuin

  • Fukuoka

Breakfast  
Japanese or Western Buffet in Hotel
Lunch  
Miso Noodle Set with Hand-Made Tofu & Yuzu Sauce
Dinner  
Not included - Explore Fukuoka
Hotel  
Hotel Okura Fukuoka or Nikko Fukuoka
Day 8
 

 Fukuoka  Your next destination

  • “Sa-yo-na-ra” or (Goodbye)! Our journey has come to an end. After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport for your next destination. 
 

Breakfast  
Japanese or Western Buffet in Hotel
Fukuoka
A relatively modern city in Japan, Fukuoka was merged from two cities (Hakata and Fukuoka) in 1889 and is now the largest city on Kyushu Island.  As a port town with Shanghai and Seoul as its nearest neighbors, Fukuoka is famous throughout Japan for its cosmopolitan atmosphere and Hakata Ramen noodles.
 
Nagasaki

During Japan's isolationist policies of the Tokugawa period, Nagasaki Harbor was the only port in which foreign ships were allowed. With its classic European influence during the 1500s to 1800s, Nagasaki is now home to many Christian buildings which are quite rare in Japan.  The atomic bombings Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 made Nagasaki the second and, to date, last city in the world to experience a nuclear attack.

Glover Garden

Glover Garden is an oceanside park showcasing the home of Thomas Blake Glover, a Scottish merchant instrumental in Southern Japan's logistical, religious, and political development during the 1800s.  The beautiful park is the best place to catch a panoramic view of the city and harbor.

Nagasaki Peace Park

Both sobering and beautiful, the Peace Park commemorates the atomic bombing of Nagasaki of August 9, 1945.  Here, we can see the famous Peace Statue, profound memorials, and the epicenter of the atomic explosion in the nearby Hypocenter Park. Above the park stands the in-depth exhibits of the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

The museum is a remembrance to the second atomic bomb which was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9th, 1945. Its profound exhibits help visitors understand the consequences of the nuclear era and how the bomb affected the lives of local residents.

Unzen Onsen

Near the peak of Mount Unzen lies the onsen resort town of Unzen. As one of Japan's first tourist resorts popular among foreigners during the Meiji era, a hint of Western influenced architecture can still be seen about town. The natural hot springs here have a higher balance of acidity, and it is said that a soak in the baths is a healthy and effective remedy for many maladies such as muscle pain, joint pain, fatigue, and eczema.

Unzen Volcano Memorial Museum

The Mount Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall is an excellent museum built to commemorate the volcano's eruption and ensuing disaster in 1990. With hands-on displays and videos to educate visitors about how volcanoes work, we will have a chance to learn how they affect the lives of those who live around them.

Unzendake Luxury Ferry

With spectacular views of Shimabara Bay and a smoth ride, the Kumamoto Ferry is the best way to cross from Eastern to Western Kyushu. 

Kumamoto

Developed around its most famous landmark, Kumamoto Castle, Kumamoto is the capital city of the prefecture of the same name.

Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto Castle is one of Japan's most impressive castles. With beautiful landscaping featuring over 800 cherry trees and a variety of buildings, Kumamoto Castle offers visitors one of the most complete castle experiences in Japan. Kumamoto Castle also becomes a popular cherry blossom viewing spot in late March and early April.

Kagoshima

Located in the southernmost tip of Kyushu, Kagoshima is known for its warm climate and beautiful coastline, and Sakurajima, an active volcano off the coast. Kagoshima is also the birthplace of Saigo Takamori, a famous Meiji Era samurai whose story inspired the Last Samurai.

Sengan-en (Sengan Park)

 

Iso Teien is a garden located in the city of Kagoshima dating back to the 1600s. Its formal name, Sengan-en, was taken from a place in China on which the garden is modeled.

 

By using a traditional Japanese gardening method called Shakkei (Borrowed scenery), background landscapes are incorporated into the composition of the garden. In this case the Sakura-jima Island in the background with Kinko Bay before it gives the impression of being part of the garden’s miniature hills and pond. The garden is considered to be one of the best in Japan and is designated as a national site of outstanding scenic beauty. 

 

Meiji Restoration Museum

With Japan's rich and complex history of shogunate reform, the Meiji Restoration Museum is a great place to see the stories of this era in context. The galleries feature illustrious stories and multimedia exhibits to help visitors have a better understanding of old shogunate times.

Shinkansen (Bullet Train)

Quiet, efficient, and fast, the Shinkansen remains one of the best ways to travel throughout the beautiful countryside of Japan.  Whiz through the southwestern coast of Kyushu on the bullet train; a major highlight!

Mt. Aso Volcanic Region

An active volcano in the center of Kyushu, Mount Aso's ancient caldera ranks among the world's largest with a diameter of up to 15 miles and a circumference of over 60 miles. The spectacular views of the breathtaking craters on Mt Aso are truly unforgettable. However, its important to be aware the volcanic gasses can be intense at times and guests with repiratory concerns should avoid approaching the crater.

Yamanami Highway

Passing through fields of flowers against a beautiful backdrop of the southern Japan countryside, the Trans-Kyushu highway stretches across the island. Along this idyllic road, each season offers its own unique views which makes it one of the best ways to travel across the Kyushu.

Beppu “Hells” hot spring tour

A nationally-designated Place of Scenic Beauty in a small onsen town, the "Eight Hells of Beppu" are a collection of hot springs, each one nicknamed as "Hells" for their unique special features. For instance, we pay a visit to the "Sea Hell," known for its boiling teal blue water and the "Blood Pond Hell," named for its fiery red hot springs.

Yufuin Walking tour

Yufuin is a small hot spring town hidden on a flat river basin surrounded by mountains with a wealth of art museums, cafes and boutiques. The area is rural and not far from the main walking path, you can even come across rice paddies and farm houses which make up a considerable part of the town.

Fukuoka Tenjin

Tenjin is the exciting downtown area of Fukuoka, deemed the political, cultural, economic, and fashion center of Kyushu Island.

Hotel Nikko Fukuoka

Located next to major shopping and entertainment venues in the heart of Fukuoka, the Nikko luxury hotel is just 5 minutes from Fukuoka Airport via subway. JR and local subway lines are accessible in nearby Hakata station which is just a 3 minute walk.


Kyushu Hotel

Nestled in the Unzen "Hell Valley" in a calm and peaceful atmosphere, the Kyushu Hotel is a prime model of combining both old and new styles into a Japanese spa hotel.


Castle Park Hotel

With views overlooking the city & Mt. Sakurajima, the special hilltop location makes the Castle Park Hotel (Shiroyama Kanko Hotel) the best in Kagoshima.


Ibusuki Hakusuikan

In addition to its open-air baths, Ibusuki's hot springs are also known throughout Japan for its natural sand baths. Enjoy these refreshing amenities in the Ibusuki Hakusuikan and let them wash away any travel fatigue. This remarkably unique hotel was a Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Winner for 2011 & 2012 (best B&Bs and Inns).


Hanamura

Hidden away in the peaceful mountain forests of Yufu, this luxury ryokan features outdoor hot springs baths where you can feel as if you're bathing in the wild. A perfect example of Japan's man-made artwork blended into nature.


Hotel Okura Fukuoka

This 5-star hotel combines historic style, a convenient location, and impeccable service to offer one of the hotel experiences during our stay in the city.


Hakata-style Mizutaki (chicken broth hotpot) set
Chawanmushi (teacup-steamed egg custard) set
Classic Kyushu Fusion Creations
Kagoshima Kurobuta (Black Pork) Shabu Shabu
Aso-style Sukiyaki
Fresh Sashimi Set
Kagoshima Steamed Vegetables(light and healthy cuisine)
Ibusuki-Style Kaiseki with black pork dishes and local seafood specialties (Ibusuki Dinner Choice A)
Italian cuisine crafted with local ingredients and organic produce (Ibusuki Dinner Choice B)
Oda Spa Local Cuisine
Miso noodle soup set with hand-made tofu and yuzu sauce

Ah L. (Malaysia)

  

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Site arrangements or the itinerary was very well-spaced and relaxing. Not too rush like in a “regular” tour. Great to have the guide explain some things followed by free time to explore and look at things on our own. Meals are all very good. I have no complaints. Great experience at Miyazaki Ryokan Unzen—both dinner and breakfast. I was able to sample and enjoy fine Japanese cuisine and Japanese food presentation. Very memorable! 

April 2014

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