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Sample Itinerary

The tours featured throughout our website are intended to give you ideas for what's possible when you travel with us. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created individually by one of our specialists to match your tastes and budget.

Fukuoka

Your airport pick up will meet you at Fukuoka International Airport (assuming your flight arrives after 8:00am and before 21:30) and will take to your hotel by public transportation. They will answer any of your questions and hand you your pocket internet device to use during your trip. Details directions will be included in your tour organizer send to you about 2 weeks before you depart for Japan. Once you are checked in and had time to rest, you will be free to enjoy dinner anywhere you’d like. Make sure to ask your airport pick-up to provide a few recommendations before parting ways. One idea would be to stay local and enjoy ‘yatai’ or street food in and around Canal City in Hakata.

Kurokawa Onsen

Today you will pick up your rental car and drive to Kurokawa Onsen (hot spring) where you will spend the night. During your drive you will be able to stop at a number of interesting locations. One of the best is Hita where you will be able to see its traditional shopping street, the Kuncho Sake Brewery Museum, and other sights. Make sure to arrive at your hot spring ryokan by 17:30 to check in and have one of the best meals you will have in Japan. After dinner and a soak in a hot spring, you can head out for an evening stroll of this amazingly quaint town.

Mt Aso

Today you will have a full day to explore the caldera around Mt Aso. We recommend visiting Mt Aso which is an active volcano. Note, that the crater area is sometimes partially or completely closed off to visitors due to poisonous volcanic gases, bad weather or the risk of volcanic activity. You may also enjoy some fruit picking, horseback riding, visit by Aso Shrine, and other sites. Dinner will be served at your accommodation so please check-in by 17:30.

Takachiho Gorge

After breakfast you will drive to the Takachiho Gorge where the impressive waterfall contrasts with the basalt organ and in the background dense green foliage. The best way to admire the gorge is by renting a rowing boat and floating through the gorge. Takachiho is also a small town popular for its legends. Amaterasu (the Shinto Sun Goddess) is supposed to have hid herself in a cave because of her brother’s cruel pranks. Since then other gods and goddesses have been trying to lure her out. Another legend is that god Ninigi no Mikoto (grandson of Amaterasu) was sent from heaven to establish the lineage of Japanese emperors landed in Takachiho. Japanese people will often visit its spiritual spots such as Amano Iwato Shrine. Make sure to check-in by 17:30 as dinner is served early at your ryokan.

Kumamoto

After breakfast you will drive to Kumamoto where Japan crushed its last great rebellion and where its imposing castle remains the top attraction of the city. Kumamoto Castle is one is one the largest in Japan and one of the most impregnable one, unfortunately it was damaged in the earthquake of April 2016 but it still worth the trip and it gives you a good chance to see how determined Japanese people are.
Suizenji Garden is another beautiful site in Kumamoto. Built by the Hosokawa family during the 17th century this garden reproduces the 53 post stations of the Tokaido road between Edo/Tokyo and Kyoto. Between Takachiho Gorge and Kumamoto don’t miss the Tsujinkyo Bridge. If you like fruits picking, please let us know the area is notorious for strawberry farms. You will drop off your rental car in Kumamoto.

Kagoshima

Today after breakfast in Kumamoto you will head to Kagoshima by car. Then you will take a ferry to Sakurajima to admire one of Japan’s most active volcanoes and the symbol of Kagoshima. In addition we recommend you to visit the Senganen Garden, especially for the views it provides of the Kagoshima Bay and Sakurajima. While in Kagoshima, don’t forget to taste some sweet potato cakes.

Ibusuki

Today after breakfast you will drive to Chiran Samurai District. This town preserved houses and gardens that are about 250 years old. You will be pleasantly surprise to see this charming town without telephone poles! It’s so rare in Japan. Later you will head to Ibusuki for a black-sand spa. Of course sand baths are the main attraction in town but there is more to enjoy in Ibusuki such as the Satsuma Denshokan Museum famous for its local ceramics.

Yakushima

This morning you will first drop off your rental car. Then you’re going to take on a high speed boat bound for the subtropical island of Yakushima famous for its wildlife and cedar forests. The oldest trees are said to be over 7000 years old. This particular tree, called Jomonsugi, was discovered only about 70 years ago as the island was not well explored due to its thick vegetation. The Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine is a lush green forest that inspired the Studio Ghibli for Princess Mononoke. The island receives a lot of rain each year which created such lush environment. The local joke that it rains 32 days a month! The high speed boat ride from Ibusuki to Yakushima Island takes about 75 minutes.

Yakushima

This morning a local private guide will pick you up at your hotel. Together you will explore the island hiking. Depending on your health condition and desires we will present you different courses. Let us know which one you like the most.

Amami Oshima

Today, via Kagoshima you will fly to the island of Amami Oshima. At your arrival you will pick up your rental car and start to explore this island which most tourists do not take time to visit making it one of the most isolated places in Japan. With subtropical climate and a small population this island offers great beaches, mangrove forests, delicious cuisine, museums, and the like. For romantics, you can visit the “Heart Rock of Amami” which is sure to make your relationship much stronger. While staying in Amami we invite you to taste the Keihan (the island’s most popular chicken rice dish).

Amami Oshima

Today we invite you to explore the northern part of Amami Oshima with its lighthouse and unique landscape around it where many Japanese Sago Palm grow. On the way, stop at Minatoya Amami chicken rice restaurant for its rustic but famous “Keihan” (Chicken soup). If you haven’t visited it the previous day, then stop at the Tanaka Isson Museum (a Paul Gauguin or Henri Rousseau in Japan) and later have a break on the beautiful beach near the museum and try to find the “Heart Rock of Amami”. Please note that the Heart Rock of Amami is best seen during low tides.

Amami Oshima

Amami Oshima islands offers a number of different activities including:
-Rent a kayak and explore the mangrove of Amami. This can be done with or without guide. Amami Oshima has the second largest mangrove forest in Japan

-Kinsakubaru Primeval Forest

-Yuidake and Kochiyama peaks for the best views over the archipelago

-Oshima Tsumugi silk. Come and learn about Oshima Tsumugi produced from white silk thread.
-Honohoshi Coast: Located about 20 minutes from Setouchi by car, this unique beach is characterized by its giant, water-smoothed pebbles that cover the shore between rugged cliffs on both sides.

The final day has come, today you will fly home with memories that you will keep for the rest of your life.

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Jeff was born in a south suburb of Chicago named South Holland and lived in Japan for 14 years. He now lives in Commerce Township, Michigan with his wife Yoshimi, son Shota, and daughter Mina. He enjoys playing with his kids, volunteering with his daughter’s marching band, cycling and training and teaching Aikido.

Michiyo Kakiuchi

Tour Arrangement Manager

Michiyo was born in Noboribetsu, Hokkaido Prefecture though currently lives in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture. Her main passions in life is traveling all around the world and enjoying their cultures.

Izumi Yamauchi

Tour Arrangement team

Izumi has spent most of her life in the Kansai region, except for the 10 years that she enjoyed in the UK. Living abroad has made her appreciate her own culture and local beauty even more. She currently lives in Osaka with her family, including two cats and two dogs.

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