6 days / 5 nights
Max 16 People
Limited Express + Local Train + Private Mini-Bus
TOUR CODE: EAB11101S
Relax your mind, body and spirit through Kyushu’s sacred and natural offerings
The southern island of Kyushu was formed by volcanoes and is known for its abundant picturesque nature and mild climate. Kyushu is home to a vast number of hot springs as well as sacred sites – making it a perfect destination for a wellness holiday.
In this tour you can enjoy the natural beauty of hot springs in Beppu, recharge your mind in the sacred Usa Jingu shrine, explore scenic samurai districts in Kitsuki and soak in a private open air bath overlooking the ocean from your own room at a luxury resort. You will also visit a Dutch themed park to frolic amongst the beautiful seasonal flowers, Fukuoka’s vibrant food stalls for a fun night and finally you’ll take a relaxing canal cruise in Yanagawa.
This tour is perfect for those who want something more than just a normal holiday.
Relax your body and mind through the wellness Kyushu offers.
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.
The famous hot spring town of Beppu receives visitors to both sightsee and bathe in its natural hot springs. The geothermal hot-spots referred to as the “Seven Hells of Beppu” includes “Umi-Jigoku”, an astonishingly beautiful cobalt-coloured hot spring, which you can visit to see.
Usa-jingu is home to more than 40,000 Hachimangu shrines throughout Japan. The Usa-Kunisaki peninsula is a unique place, where Shintoism and Buddhism intertwined to develop a unique culture. The peaceful and sacred atmosphere of the shrine will calm your mind, body and spirit.
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 limited express takes you to Beppy from Hakata station. The train offers a high quality ride using the tilting mechanism in order to maintain both smoothness and speed when the train is going around a curve.
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 ride the limited express train Sonic to Beppu, one of the most renowned hot spring towns in Japan. The steamy townscape is simply a scenery unique to Japan and the town is also known for its collection of hot spring ponds for viewing called “seven hells” with different colours of water such as milky blue “Sea Hell” and bright red “Bloody Pond Hell”. Also visit the Yukemuri observatory for a magnificent panoramic view of Beppu town and the steam rising from the hot springs.
In the afternoon, visit Takasakiyama Monkey Park where you can walk freely among the resident monkeys, relaxing and grooming in the sun.
After a busy day, check in to the luxury seaside resort and soak in the private open-air bath, available in each guest room and embrace the dynamic sea views. Enjoy a freshly prepared meal using local produce for dinner.
Please note: Takasakiyama Monkey Park is a 5-minute walk up a hill and stairs from the entrance. You can also use the Monkey Rail to get to the top (It costs additional 110 yen for round trip/Not included in the tour).
The historic castle town of Kitsuki features authentic townscapes of samurai houses. The town sits on a plateau with two hills and a valley in between to hold samurai residences on each hill looking over the merchant district in the valley. This unique castle town offers an authentic atmosphere with well-preserved buildings and no power lines or commercial signs, and many visitors rent a kimono to stroll the beautiful town.
The tour continues to Usa Jingu Shrine, one of Japan’s major shrines with over 1,300 years of history. The shrine is said to be the birthplace of the fusion of Shinto and Buddhist cultures. Bathe in the calm, tranquil energy surrounding the shrine and recharge your mind, body and spirit. Also visit “Gankake jizo” statue that is said to grant one single wish for your life.
After a day in Kitsuki and Usa, hop on the limited express train to return to Fukuoka.
Please note: The castle town of Kitsuki has gentle slopes and stairs in many places. You can also enjoy the view from below and take pictures without going up to the top.
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 luxurious resort is located on the seaside overlooking the beautiful Beppu Bay. All guest rooms have an open-air private bath with ocean view. The infinity hot spring pool on the ground level is so close to the sea that it makes you feel as if you are floating in the ocean.
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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