Volcanos, ghost islands, wildest nature, nuclear bombs, hot springs, hidden shrines, archaeology... a trip suitable for Indiana Jones and true adventurers only! This tour covers the entire island of Kyushu, the third largest of Japan. This area is rich in contrasts and everything is surrounded by exuberant nature. It hosts one of our favorite shrines of Japan: the Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Jinja. It is the only place in the country where you can be literally buried in hot volcanic sand or to find the Japanese version Jurassic Park in terms of ancient trees, some of them up to... 7000 years old!

SOUTHERN WONDERS at a glance:

Fukuoka - Yoshinogari Koen - Nagasaki - Gunkanjima - Kumamoto - Kurokawa Onsen - Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine - Miike Lake - Ibusuki - Yakushima

WELCOME TO JAPAN!
DAY

01

All travelers will be picked up at Nagasaki airport and taken to Nagasaki main train station, in whose main structure we will check in at JR Kyushu Hotel Nagasaki or similar. Then you will enjoy free time to take a first glimpse of the city and explore the surroundings. It is also possible to exchange foreign currency at this hotel.

ATOMIC BOMBING AND GHOST ISLAND
DAY

02

Following breakfast, we will take a ferry to the ghost island of Gunkanjima. James Bond's Skyfall was inspired on this island when it was filmed. Right after this tour, we will visit the Nagasaki Peace Park and the hypocenter of the atomic bombing.

We will try to sweeten the bitterness left by the visit to the Museum of the atomic bomb with a stopover at the Sofukuji Temple and the Kazagashira Park, absolutely beautiful when the sakura trees are blooming.

ANCIENT WONDERS 
DAY

03

We will visit the Yoshinogari Archaeological Park in the morning to discover how ancient Japanese people used to carry out ceremonies, dress, cook and live. Then, we will head to the wonderful Yutoku Inari Shrine, one of the 3 most important inari shrines of Japan before checking in at Kumamoto New Otani Hotel or similar.

THE HEART OF THE ISLAND
DAY

04

A private transport will take us to the amazing Takachiho Gorge. There is no better way to start a day in Kyushu island. Even though you will hate to leave such a charming place, we have to move forward to the nearby Takachiho Shrine, preceding the magnificent Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Jinja and its 'power spot'. If that was not incredible enough, Laputa Road will definitely blow your mind, especially in a cloudy day. At this point you will feel really lucky to have joined this adventure!

To help you relax after so many experiences in a single day, you will relax at Kurokawa Onsen, where you will spend the night at a wonderful ryokan with a hot spring attached.

FREE DAY 
DAY

05

This is a free day at Kurokawa Onsen that you may spend trying different natural hot springs in the area, organizing the pictures of your journey or writing your travel journal. De-stress and let your worries melt away!

OGAWA FALLS
DAY

06

After breakfast we will go to the lake Miike and spend a tranquil morning surrounded by the nature. Close by we will visit the Higashi Kirishima Shrine, from where we will enjoy a nice view of the lake and the nearby mountains.

Kyushu hides another natural gem well-kept from tourists that we will appreciate: the Ogawa falls. After the pleasant view and sound of the tranquil waters of Ogawa, we will check in at Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel or similar in Kagoshima.

SOUTHERN KYUSHU
DAY

07

Following breakfast we will make a little outing to Ibusuki to enjoy a bath of hot volcanic sand. Once you have renewed yourself with the therapeutic properties of the hot sand, we will visit the samurai residences of Chiran. In this enjoyable historic walk offers visit to well preserved houses and gardens built over 250 years ago. Not far from this town we will have the chance to take a look at the only museum dedicated to the Japanese kamikaze during the World War II, the Chiran Tokko Museum.

Back to Kagoshima, we will relax at the Sengan-en Garden, from where you and your travel mates may enjoy a wonderful view of Sakurajima island and its volcano.

YAKUSHIMA
DAY

08

After breakfast we will take a ferry to Yakushima island, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. Upon checking in at Seaside Hotel Yakushima or similar, we will start exploring the island. Following a relaxing stopover at Inaka-hama, Isso and Kurio beaches, we will complete an outstanding day at Hirauchi Ocean Hot Springs.

YAKUSUGI LAND
DAY

09

We will spend the day walking around Yakusugi Land, the ancient cedar forest. On our way back, you will have some spare time to purchase handcrafts made of local wood. Do not miss this opportunity because Chinese products are flooding Japan to the detriment of its traditional wood artisans.

SHIRATANI UNSUIKYO VALLEY
DAY

10

This wonderful valley has three courses. Ask your guide and pick the best one to walk in and spend the day discovering a natural wonder unlike anywhere else. If you feel enough kamikaze to trek across two paths instead of one, talk to your fellow travel mates and see if their remaining energy is sufficient to do so. Your guide is always eager to keep going!

FUKUOKA 
DAY

11

We will take a quick flight to Fukuoka (1h) and check in at Hotel Centraza Hakata or similar. Then you will be given the option to explore Fukuoka, to visit the reclining Buddha statue at Nanzoin temple or to visit its neighbor Dazaifu, popular for its temples, shrines and ruins. Fukuoka, on the other side, is the largest city of this trip and will allow us to carry out activities that we couldn't while we were surrounded by nature and wild creatures.

FREE DAY AND BACK HOME
DAY

12

Visit one of the seven museums of the city, take your time to do last minute shopping or enjoy the famous green areas of the urban area, perfect to have an open air picnic. This day is at your disposal before heading to the airport to take your flight back home. We hope you have enjoyed these Southern Wonders and you again soon!

ALL INCLUSIVE!

Guide and assistant

Accommodation in Hotels and High Standard Ryokan or Minshuku

All means of transportation during the trip

Admission / Entrance Fees for all sightseeing spots and listed activities

Tour starts: Tour calendar
        Price: 3,870 EUR /Person (if 6-8 travelers)
                    5,210 EUR /Person (if less than 6 travelers)