6 days / 5 nights
Max 16 People
Limited Express + Local Train + Private Mini-Bus
TOUR CODE: EAA05091S
Discover diverse culture of Kyushu and its foreign roots
The itinerary is packed with the eclectic history and culture of Kyushu. While the southern island of Kyushu is mostly famous for its mild climate and picturesque nature, the region has also been known as an important point for cultural integration, with Nagasaki in particular greatly influenced by the Dutch and Chinese cultures.
From the architecture and food of Nagasaki to the Dutch themed park built with Japanese precision, this 6-day tour digs a little deeper on Kyushu’s unique culture and history with its foreign ambience. You’ll also have the chance to visit Peace Park, World Heritage Gunkanjima island and other must-go spots like Fukuoka’s vibrant food stalls and a relaxing canal cruise in Yanagawa.
This tour will take you completely beyond imagination, and is perfect for those who wish to explore beyond Japan’s major cities like Tokyo and Kyoto.
Fukuoka’s open-air food stalls may be the city’s best-known symbol. Around 100 stalls open as the night falls and invite you to the local food culture. Enjoy typical dishes such as yakitori and Hakata Ramen in a casual atmosphere with friendly locals.
Nagasaki is renowned for its jewel-like night views and has been chosen as one of Japan’s three most beautiful nightscapes. Take a cable car up to Mt. Inasa and enjoy the sparkling romantic view.
The island of Gunkanjima made its name after being featured in a Bond movie. While it has been uninhabited for almost 50 years, the island is open for visitors and you can still feel the legacy from the impressive ruins.
Visit Huis Ten Bosch, a unique Dutch-themed amusement park in Sasebo to see the fruits of the Dutch influence on Japanese culture. You will be met with meticulous precision used in re-creating an entire Dutch town in Japan, complete with windmills, canals, and seasonal flowers.
Enjoy the nostalgic canal town of Yanagawa, also called “the Venice of Kyushu”. The town has hundreds of kilometres of canals and is famous for its canal cruise in low flatboats by boatmen. Hop on a boat ride and take in the picturesque scenery.
The tour will be mainly based from the brand new Miyako Hotel Hakata, which is directly connected to a major Station in Fukuoka. With the spacious rooms and rooftop spa, the hotel ensures you a comfortable and pleasant stay.
The tour will visit a Dutch-themed Park “Huis Ten Bosch” by this orange coloured limited express train operated by Kyushu Railway Company. The train runs between Hakata station and Huis Ten Bosch.
This sleek looking all-white train operates between Hakata and Nagasaki, assuring you a comfortable and relaxing journey with the peaceful scenery of the Saga plain and sea of Ariake.
Welcome to vibrant city of Fukuoka!
Check in to Miyako Hotel Hakata, a brand new hotel located just a few minutes walk from JR Hakata station. Your journey begins at this stylish hotel, featuring spacious and stylish rooms with room size over 30sqm, and access to both rooftop pool and indoor natural hot spring.
Meet your tour escort and fellow travellers at the hotel and enjoy a local gourmet dinner together.
*You can also meet up with the tour escort to assist you with getting to the hotel if you are arriving at Fukuoka airport between 9am to 11am in the morning.
Hop on a limited express train to Huis Ten Bosch, Japan’s largest theme park recreating a 17th-century style Dutch Town. While the train allows you to enjoy the countryside scenery of Kyushu, it leads you to a little piece of the Netherlands with beautiful windmills, canals and splendid seasonal flowers. At Huis Ten Bosch, not only you can witness Japan’s ultrahigh precision in recreating an entire foreign town, you can also learn how Japan has adopted foreign culture throughout its history. Enjoy a full day exploring the vast park visiting attractions including museums, shops, restaurants, theatres and rides.
Grab your overnight bag and take the limited express train Kamome to stretch out to Nagasaki! Discover the eclectic ambience that Nagasaki offers – from the oldest catholic church in Japan, Oura Tenshudo to a foreign settlement site, Glover Garden. Nagasaki was Japan’s only window to the world during the period of national isolation that went for 200 years, and the mixture of cultures you can see in the city gives you a unique insight of Japanese history.
The tour will also include a visit to Peace Park, a tranquil place of prayer for world peace.
In the evening, enjoy one of the most spectacular night views of Japan and unique local cuisine at the restaurant atop the summit of Mt Inasa.
Please note: The footpaths in Glover Park are a series of sloping hills and uneven cobblestones. Please use the moving walkways where available.
Located about 20km offshore from Nagasaki port floats an abandoned “battleship island”. The nickname coming from its battleship-like silhouette, this concrete-made island was once a symbol of Japan’s industrialization with its coal mining in the 1960s. It is now an uninhabited World Heritage site, also known from being featured in a James Bond film. Set sail to land on the island and imagine the way of life of its former inhabitants. After immersing in the Bond movie set, you will take a short stop at Dejima, a historic Dutch trading post island in Nagasaki before taking a trip back in time for the train home.
After coming back to Fukuoka by limited express train, enjoy free time to explore the local delicacies.
Start the day with a visit to Yanagawa “the Venice of Kyushu” by local train. In Yanagawa, a town meshed in hundreds of kilometres of canals, take a ride on a low flatboat and enjoy the beautiful view of the greens and sunlight reflecting on the water. For lunch, enjoy a meal of the iconic local delicacy of grilled and steamed unagi (eel) in sweet and spicy sauce with rice.
Moving on to Dazaifu Tenmangu, a magnificent shrine dedicated to the spirit of the learned scholar, enjoy a walk along serene gardens, and snack on locally-loved Umegae Mochi rice cake and deep-fried chicken Dazaifu Burger.
On this last night of the tour, we’ll end the day diving into Fukuoka’s food stalls for a farewell dinner!
Your tour officially concludes today.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast with a view of the city of Hakata and hotel stay until check-out.
Continue a safe and enjoyable journey all the way home.
Superior Twin or Superior Double
This brand new hotel operated by Kintetsu Miyako Hotels is directly connected to JR Hakata Station. From Fukuoka Airport, it’s only 5 minutes by subway and 5 minutes’ walk away. Superior room with room size over 30sqm features a comfortable space and a bathtub. The hotel also offers an outdoor spa and indoor hot spring where you can relax after a busy day of exploring.
This hotel is conveniently located near all the popular spots such as Glover Garden and Oura Tenshudo, making it a convenient base for sightseeing. Providing guests a romantic and exotic atmosphere accompanied by warm hospitality, the hotel is a popular choice among travellers.
For 2021 departure
Group size: Min 04 people / Max 16 people
*Please contact us for our solo traveller rates.
*This tour is for travellers aged 15 years old and up.
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