Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Exploring Japanese Culture, Kyushu-style (5 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Fukuoka, Japan To Kurokawa, Japan

Valid for Departures Now Through: 28 Mar 2019

Exploring Japanese Culture, Kyushu-style (5 days)

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Fukuoka, Japan
None Dinner

Begin by touching down in Fukuoka, a city situated on the northern shore of the island Kyushu. Settle into your hotel-- we recommend either With the Style Fukuoka or The Luigans Spa & Resort-- and then spend today exploring the largest modern city on the island. First up, visit Canal City, a large shopping and entertainment complex. There’s great shops, cafes and restaurants inside, and it’s the perfect place to start your shopping. Don’t forget to visit Nakasu, the red light district and party area. For a culture kick, stop by the Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine, spanning more than 3,000 acres. This shrine was built over the grave of Sugawara no Michizane, a poet who is worshipped as the god of learning and academic achievements. In the evening, grab a taste of local Fukuoka cuisine - make sure you try the Mizutaki chicken hot pot or the Tonkotsu ramen noodles in pork bone broth.


Day 2
Nagasaki, Japan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning you will first pay a visit to several small towns in Saga Prefecture that are famous for their pottery. Karatsu, Arita and Imari towns have been creating high quality, impressive pottery and porcelain for many years with ancient techniques brought to the island from Korea. These towns have fabulous pottery on display at various studios, galleries and the homes of historically important pottery makers. Next, head to the city of Nagasaki, known to much of the world as the target of an atomic bomb attack by the United States, an event which killed more than 70,000 residents within seconds. Stay overnight at a hotel in central Nagasaki, or at Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park of the Netherlands. Here you’ll see many buildings created in Dutch style, including hotels, villas and restaurants, plus iconic landmarks such as windmills. There’s also theme park rides and a large park filled with flowers.

Day 3
Kumamoto, Japan
None Breakfast, Lunch

Wake up early for a busy morning exploring Nagasaki with your local guide. First, visit the Peace Memorial Park, a somber reminder of the more than 70,000 people killed by the events in Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. Then you’ll move onto Nagasaki’s Chinatown, Japan’s oldest, established in the 17th century. Chinatown is best known for its restaurants and distinctive Chinese flair not seen in other parts of Japan. Stunning European houses and an old Catholic wooden church are located on the hill overlooking the port. For lunch, it’s a local meal of Chanpon, which is ramen noodles with stirfry, or Shippoku, original Chinese-influenced cuisine. After lunch, take a scenic train trip and a ferry ride to Kumamoto. Here you’ll see a view of beautiful volcanic Mt Unzen. Spend a night at a deluxe hotel in the center of the city-- we recommend Hotel Nikko Kumamoto.


Day 4
Kurokawa, Japan
Yufuin, Japan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake up in Kumamoto and take a trip to Kumamoto Castle, a large castle situated high up on a hill. It’s an impressive sight and well worth a visit. After that, visit a traditional Japanese garden, surrounded by pine trees and a lovely, tranquil pond. After a busy morning of exploration, head to relax in either Yufuin or Kurokawa, two areas known for their hot springs.On the way to the hot springs resort, experience a scenic drive around the area of Mount Aso. This is the largest active volcano in Japan and is located in the Aso Kuju National Park. Spend the night at Tamanoyu and enjoy a delicious full-course Japanese dinner.

Day 5
Kurokawa, Japan
None Breakfast

Emerge from a restful sleep before heading to Fukuoka Airport to catch your international flight. Reflect upon what a fabulous time you’ve had exploring this amazing part of Japan. Safe travels to your next onward destination!


Exclusively for Virtuoso Guests

VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

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Description

Kyushu is Japan’s third-largest island and the farthest southwest of them all. With its fascinating historical architecture, unique Asian- and European-influenced cuisine, and cultural curiosities unique to this particular region of Japan, Kyushu is an interesting destination for those looking for to cover a range of interests. Its must-see sights include the history-enriched city of Nagasaki, stunning volcanic mountains of Aso and Unzen, and historical buildings, castles included.



Highlights

  • Japanese cuisine is some of the best in the world and you’ll get to try all sorts of local dishes on this trip, including the famed ramen noodles

  • Visit the somber Nagasaki bomb site memorial

  • Visit a real Japanese castle on a hill - Kyushu’s scenery is stunning, home to two large volcanic mountains

  • Get a taste of the Netherlands at the iconic Huis Ten Bosch Dutch-themed amusement park


About Us

Remote Lands creates highly personalized itineraries with extraordinary experiences for discerning travelers, based on their own passions, interests and needs. The world’s most elite travel advisors rely on us for our deep knowledge of Asia and entrust us with their highly discerning clients, from celebrities to CEO’s, Wall Street titans to professional athletes. We are available to travel advisors 24/7 from the initial consultation to the day your clients return from Asia.

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Payment Notes
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Refund Policy
  • Fully refundable, less a 15% of total trip price cancellation fee, if cancelled 91 days or more before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • 50% of total trip price refundable if cancelled 30-90 days before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • No refund less than 30 days before departure

  • Please note that some vendors have onerous cancellation policies with substantial penalties for changes where funds paid are non-refundable


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