6 days / 5 nights
Max 16 People
Bullet train + Limited Express + Local Train + Private Mini-Bus
TOUR CODE: EAC20091S
Immerse in the samurai legacy of Kyushu
While the southern island of Kyushu is mostly famous for its mild climate, picturesque nature and cultural integrations, it’s also known as a place where Samurai legacy can still be seen with historic sites from the end of the samurai era.
This tour reveals the “last samurai” legacy by taking you to a historical samurai estate, stunning Japanese style garden, and of course, the majestic castle that are in Kagoshima and Kumamoto regions. You will also visit a Dutch themed park to frolic amongst the beautiful seasonal flowers, Fukuoka’s vibrant food stalls and finally you’ll take a relaxing canal cruise in Yanagawa.
This tour is suitable for those who wish to go beyond major cities and dig a little deeper on Japan’s wonderful cultural roots of modern day Japan.
Feel the aesthetics of the samurai ethos in the architecture and culture of Kyushu loaded through this tour’s interesting itinerary!
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.
UNESCO-listed Sengen-en garden was built in 1658 as a villa for a samurai clan family. There’s much to discover here, including the spectacular views of the bay and the active Sakurajima volcano puffing in the distance.
Kumamoto Castle was built about 400 years ago and is well known for its steep castle walls that repelled its challengers. The castle was damaged by a recent earthquake, but restoration work is ongoing with the help of many people. Witness the resiliant “samurai spirit” coming through here!
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 be taking this high-speed bullet train “Sakura” between Fukuoka and Kagoshima. “Sakura” means cherry blossom in Japanese.
The tour will be taking another bullet train between Fukuoka and Kagoshima. The name “Tsubame” means a swallow.
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.
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.
Take the bullet train to Kagoshima for an overnight trip. On arrival, visit Ishin Furusato Museum and Sengen-en, a garden of a samurai clan estate listed as a World Heritage site where you can step back in time to the samurai era. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the bay and the active volcano Sakurajima puffing in the background from the garden and feel like a samurai lord.
You can also take time to see another World Heritage Site, Shuseikan, Japan’s first modern factory that started Japan’s industrial revolution. Here you can appreciate coloured glass craft “Satsuma Kiriko” originated from this factory and other traditional local crafts and specialities that are only available in the region.
Stop over in Kumamoto on the way back from Kagoshima to visit Kumamoto Castle, one of the three best castles in Japan and the beautiful landscape of Suizenji Garden. Due to the damage from the recent earthquake, Kumamoto Castle is still undergoing restoration, but you can see how the castle and also Japan itself are building back with resilience. After lunch, take a walk around Suizenji Garden, a traditional Japanese garden with a natural spring pond at its heart. Visitors can enjoy traditionally-prepared Japanese tea at the teahouse within the park for an authentic experience. Finally, hop on the bullet train back to Fukuoka.
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.
The hotel is located about 20 minutes from Kagoshima Chuo Station. The hotel overlooks Kagoshima’s spectacular Sakurajima and Kinko Bay. Enjoy the magnificent view of Sakurajima from your room or from the top floor hot spring.
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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