To the south of Japan’s archipelago lies the island of Kyushu. With a warmer climate than the rest of Honshu, Kyushu makes an ideal location for exploring the outdoors. The port city of Nagasaki, once the only entry point for foreigners into Japan exudes its Dutch influence, and has emerged from the site of an atomic bomb as a thriving coastal city.
Use your 7-Day Japan Rail Pass and travel to Kagoshima, sitting at the southernmost tip of Kyushu and home to Japan’s most active volcano, Sakurajima. The island on which it stands boasts sweeping views across Kagoshima itself.
Next is a visit to Kumamoto, a castle town located near to another of Japan’s active volcanoes – Mount Aso. It is possible to walk up to the rim of the crater and witness the gasses spewing from its cauldron.
The mountainous onsen town of Yufuin provides a multitude of ryokans with fabulous onsen and a host of walking paths, including nearby Yufudake; a mountain providing sweeping views across the valleys. It is possible to walk across the pedestrian-only bridge of Otsurihashi, where one can admire the spectacular picturesque views in a tranquil setting.
An overnight stay at Fukuoka is included. As the largest city in Kyushu and home to some of the country’s best food, Fukuoka is a bustling city with lots of museums, cafes and shops. It is the ideal place to recuperate before the journey home.
|Day 1||London – Tokyo
Depart London on a non-stop flight to Tokyo.
Take an early morning flight to Nagasaki. Travel by airport bus to Nagasaki (pay locally). Stay for 2 nights.
Free to explore Nagasaki
Travel by train to Kagoshima. Stay for 2 nights
Free to explore Kagoshima and visit the active volcano of Sakurajima
Travel by train to Kumamoto. Stay for 2 nights
Free to explore Kumamoto / visit Mount Aso.
Travel by train to the onsen town of Yufuin. Stay for 2 nights in a ryokan.
Free to explore Yufuin and the surrounding scenery
Travel by train to Hakata, Fukuoka. Stay overnight.
Transfer to your Tokyo airport by train. Depart on a non-stop flight to London.
Tour Prices for 2017
|Jan – Dec||From £2,305|
|Single Supplement from||£ Call|
Note: Prices subject to change without notice due to exchange rate fluctuation and/or airline tax changes. Please contact Jaltour for alternative arrangements and tailormade tours.