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Tour Details

Route: Hiroshima Yamaguchi Fukuoka Nagasaki Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Beppu 

Duration: 13 nights

Transport: This route is a 14 day trip covering 8 of Southern Japan’s most popular cities. You’ll spend 13 nights in your accommodation and travel by train during the day

Summary: Enjoy Japan on the beach! Explore southern Japan with this 2 week long trip from south Honshu to the whole of Kyushu. Get your fill of history and culture with cities like Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Kumamoto. Relax on the beaches and hot springs of Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Beppu and party all night and get lost in the buzzing Fukuoka. At the end of this trip, your tan will be on point, the emblematic Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be ticked off your list and you’ll have experience Japanese hot springs like a local. All of it with a belly full of amazing food!

What's Included?

  • All overland transport tickets
  • Compulsory seat reservations On high-speed rail, night trains or ferries.
  • Accommodation In top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels.
  • Walking directions Between the stations and your booked accommodation.
  • Optional Activities Walking tours, pub crawls and other activities at our partner hostels.
  • A personalised travel booklet With maps, language guides, top tips, and more.
  • Peace of mind With alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption.
  • 24/7 SupportAccess to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.

Not included:

  • Air travel to the start city and from the end city
  • Food, Drink and EntertainmentAlthough some of our accommdoation includes breakfast
  • Travel Insurance
Itinerary

2 NightsHiroshima

Hiroshima is a charming town worth visiting for its historic past and relaxed atmosphere. The Peace Memorial Park which features the WWII bombing museum and its peace park are enlightening and tranquil despite its tragic past.Take the time to visit the impressive Hiroshima Castle which will give you a panoramic view of the city, before trying some local delicacies such as an oyster hot por or even fried oysters and the famous maple leaf cake. There is a laid back feel here, wander around Hondori or Nagerakawa to try the restaurants and sample the nightlife. The perfect day trip from Hiroshima would be Miyajima Island; which offers a peaceful green forest and well preserved temples. It also features the famous big red tori gate in the water which is stunning at sunset.

Highlights:

Peace Memorial Park

Hiroshima Castle

Miyajima

Mitaki Dera 

Hondori 

Oysters

Tsukemen

Train to Yamaguchi – 1 hour

1 NightYamaguchi

In this city you will have your share of temples and shrines to visit, including Yamaguchi, one of the countries most traditional temples, or Rukikoji Temple, which features a national treasure pagoda. Hop on the Yamaguchi steam train which will take you back in time with its picturesque drive and beautiful landscapes. For a more scenic view we recommend the Chomonkyo Gorge and the Ichi no Sakagawa trail. Do not forget to make your own chopsticks at the Furusato Denshou Sogo Center! Try the famous fugu fish sashimi or a soba dish made with green tea before you leave the region!

Highlights:

Furusato Denshou Sogo Center 

Yamaguchi Daijingu Shrine 

Steam Train

Chomonkyo Gorge

Yuda Onsen

Fugu Fish

Kawara Soba

Train to Fukuoka – 1 hour

2 NightsFukuoka

Fukuoka is the biggest city in Kyushu. As a harbour town close to the Asian mainland, you will experience a buzzing city influenced by Chinese and Korean culture. Fukuoka is home to Japan’s first Zen Temple, Shofukuji, but also a huge Buddha statue lying on the ground. If you’re looking for a unique experience, the beautiful Futamigaura beach featuring a white torii in the water and huge “wedded rocks” in the distance is the perfect picture spot. Wander around on the beach or in one of its peaceful parks before your night out in the Canal city or Nakasu to eat the famous Hakata Ramen and then hit the many bars and nightclubs this young city has to offer.

Highlights:

Shofukuji Temple 

Futamigaura

Uminonakamichi

Train to Nagasaki – 2 hours

Ohori Park

Fukuoka Tower

Hakozaki Shrine

Hakata Ramen

Yatai

2 NightsNagasaki

Despite its tragic history, it is a vibrant and lovely city. Get lost in the oldest Chinatown in Japan, and explore Gunkanjima, the battleship island, before heading to the Nagasaki Peace Park to learn more about what happened during WWII. The impressive Sofukuji Temple, with its chinese architecture, is a sight to behold. Climbing Mount Inasa will show an impressive view of the city – one of the three great night views of Japan. Wander around in Glover Garden, the district where foreign traders used to settle, before taking a picture of the Megane Bridge, or”Glasses Bridge”, as it looks like a pair of glasses reflected on the water. In Daikoku you will find plenty of bars and restaurant – try the Nagasaki Beef, less known than Kobe Beef but just as delicious (it has won many awards, making it the best wagyu in Japan). Get a taste of sea food hot pot, Guzoni, or the sea bream dish, Tameshi, famous in this region.

Highlights:

Peace Park

China Town

Gunkanjima

Glover Garden

Mount Inasa

Daikoku

Nagasaki Beef

Momo Castella

Train to Kumamoto – 3 hours

1 NightKumamoto

In this city full of charm, why not visit one of Japan’s most impressive castles, Kumamoto Castle, before relaxing in Suizenji Garden,with its own reproduction of Mt Fuji. The Honmyoji Temple will give you a traditional vibe, with its stairs lined with Japanese lanterns. If you are brave enough, you should definitely try Basashi, raw meat horse sashimi, or Kurashi Renkon, a fried lotus filled with mustard and miso paste. Impressive Kumamoto Castle is a sight to behold! We then recommend visiting the Hosokawa Residence, former home of a high-ranking Samurai in the region. Mount Aso is close to the city and is one of the largest active volcano in the world.

Highlights:

Kumamoto Castle

Hosokawa Residence

Suizen Garden

Mt Aso

Kamitori

Honmyoji Temple

Horse Sashimi

Kurashi Renkon

Train to Kagoshima – 1 hour

1 NightKagoshima

Voted the friendliest city in Japan, it has one of the best sake in the country, brewed from Satsuma sweet potatoes. Home to one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Sakurajima is nicknamed “Naples of the Eastern World”. Wander around Senganen Garden, which has a great view of the volcano, or hop on a cruise ferry to get as close as possible, as the volcanoe is an island close to Kagoshima shores. Black Pig and chicken sashimi are local delicacies and a must try while in Kagoshima!

Highlights:

Sakurajima

Shiroyama Park

Reimeikan Museum

Saigo Takamori Statue

Senganen Garden

Stastuma Shochu

Torisashi

Kurobuta

Train to Miyazaki – 2 hours

2 NightsMiyazaki

Work on your tan in Miyazaki by relaxing on the beach or in Aoshima with its tropical atmosphere. Then stroll down the iconic Heiwadai Park with its Peace Tower before going to Udo Shrine, located on a cliff near the sea. Being a tropical city, you should definitely try mango and lobster, as well as chicken nanban, a local fried chicken dish.

Highlights:

Miyazaki Jingu

Peace Tower

Udo Shrine

Aoshima

Heiwadai Park

Amagajo Park

Chicken Nanban

Spiny Lobster

Train to Beppu – 4 hours

2 NightsBeppu

Famous in all of Japan for its hot springs – hottest in Japan, and second hottest worldwide (after Yellowstone) due to the volume of geothermal water. Make sure you visit its hot springs, 8 of which are nicknamed “Hell” and make up a Hell circuit tour. Each of them has a particularity, from red water to muddy bubbling ones. Why not experience a neck-deep sand bath heated by a hot spring while you’re there? Relax in a hot spring in Beppu to end your journey and try to cook your food with the hot spring water. You can do it in an onsen house, or you can relax your feet in an Ashiyu free of charge! Visit the Monkey Park with free-roaming snow monkeys, or try your hand at bamboo crafting before leaving. Mount Tsurumi and its observation decks showcase impressive views of the city. Don’t forget to try the local chicken tempura, as well as soft ice cream, with unique flavors such as lobster or ramune!

Highlights:

Sand Bath

Hell Circuit

Bamboo Park

Mt Tsurumi

Ashiyu

Bamboo Crafting

Onsen Food

Toriten

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