Kyushu by Tourist Train – 15 Days
Fukuoka, Yufuin, Beppu, Mt Aso, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Ibusuki, Unzen, Nagasaki
|Duration||14 nights and 15 days|
|Price||From $2,450 per person (based on twin share)|
Kyushu by tourist train is one of the most scenic rail journeys in Japan. Enjoy Kyushu’s famous sightseeing trains as you visit some of Japan’s best onsen towns – such as Beppu, a hot-spring town which is surrounded by beautiful nature, the unique sand baths in Ibusuki and the unearthly atmosphere in Unzen onsen. Take in the dynamic views of the volcanic Mt Aso, discover the fascinating history of Nagasaki and Hitoyoshi and feast in one of Japan’s best food cities, Fukuoka.
This awe-inspiring adventure will intoxicate every one of your senses.
Day 1: Fukuoka
Arrive in Fukuoka.
Visit Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine and Komyozenji Temple, also known as Kokedera (“moss temple”).
Explore Canal City Hakata, Fukuoka’s large shopping and entertainment complex.
Accommodation: Fukuoka – 2 nights
Day 2: Fukuoka
Explore the largest city in Kyushu, Fukuoka, at your own pace. Visit Kushida Jinja Shrine, called ‘Okushida-san’, founded in 757. Discover Hakata (Fukuoka)’s local foods at the Yanagibashi rengo Market.
Day 3: Fukuoka – Yufuin – Beppu
Transfer to Yufuin, a quaint little hot spring town, by tourist train “Yufuin no Mori”.
Stroll around Yufuin and enjoy the picturesque vista with the beautiful Mt Yufu-dake along the way. Make your way to your accommodation in Beppu.
Accommodation: Beppu – 2 nights (Dinner and Breakfast)
Day 4: Beppu
Take your time to explore Beppu Onsen – one of the biggest hot springs in the world and home to more than 2,000 onsen.
Day 5: Beppu – Mount Aso
Head off to Aso via the tourist train Aso-boy or Odan Tokkyu. Explore Japan’s largest active volcano. Marvel at the dynamic wonder of nature and savour the fresh air as you take a stroll in the broad grassland of Kusasenri-ga-hama, enjoying the breathtaking sight of the 5 peaks of Mt Aso.
Accommodation: Mount Aso – 1 night
Day 6: Mount Aso – Kumamoto
Board a bus to Kumamoto, famous for its elegant black castle and an exquisite Japanese garden, Suizenji Park. Explore the city in your own time, ensuring you pass by the high-class Hosokawa samurai residence.
Accommodation: Kumamoto – 2 nights
Day 7: Kumamoto
Take a day tour to Takachiho Gorge, or join a Samurai Sword making tour.
Day 8: Kumamoto – Hitoyoshi – Kagoshima
Take the “Kawasemi Yamasemi” tourist train or steam locomotive “SL Hitoyoshi” to the hidden gem, Hitoyoshi City. Explore the prosperous former castle town before taking the tourist trains “Isaburo” and “Hayato no Kaze” to Kagoshima.
Accommodation: Kagoshima – 2 nights
Day 9: Kagoshima
Explore Kagoshima city. Visit Senganen Garden, a Japanese style, landscaped garden. See the stunning contrasts between the garden, the ultramarine coloured ocean and the imposing Sakurajima. Then tour the volcanic mountain island – witness a wonder of nature with superb views from the observation deck.
Day 10: Kagoshima – Ibusuki
Take an expedition to Ibusuki on the tourist train “Ibusuki no Tamatebako”. Experience the unique local onsen, Sunamushi-buro (sand steam bath)! Make sure you see the beautiful picturesque mountain, Kaimondake, from Cape Nagasakibana Lookout
Accommodation: Ibusuki – 1 night
Day 11: Ibusuki – Kumamoto
Explore Ibusuki before heading to Kumamoto
Accommodation: Kumamoto – 1 night
Day 12: Kumamoto – Unzen
Explore Kumamoto City before making your way to Unzen. Take your time wandering around this hot spring town and visit the “Unzen Jigoku Hell”!
Accommodation: Unzen Onsen – 1 night
Day 13: Unzen – Nagasaki
Head to Nagasaki, one of the most important ports, of very few, which were open to foreign traders during Japan’s period of isolation.
Accommodation: Nagasaki – 1 night
Day 14: Nagasaki – Fukuoka
Complete your sightseeing in Nagasaki before heading to Fukuoka for your final night. Visit Nakasu to savour Fukuoka’s famous tonkotsu ramen at the Yatai food stands!
Accommodation: Fukuoka – 1 night
Day 15: Fukuoka – Fukuoka International Airport
Depart Japan or head to your next destination.
*The order of the tour can be changed and the length increased or decreased to match your requirements.
– Experience a lovely Japanese onsen hotel in Beppu and Unzen
– Dynamic volcanoes Mt Aso and Sakurajima
– Unique sand bath in Ibusuki Onsen
– Gorgeous scenery in Kagoshima
– Panoramic views from Kyushu’s tourist trains
– Discover Nagasaki’s historical significance
|Duration||14 nights and 15 days (travel order can be changed, length of tour can be extended or decreased)|
|Departure Dates||Available all year round|
|Route||Fukuoka, Yufuin, Beppu, Mt Aso, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Ibusuki, Unzen, Nagasaki|
|Tour Type||Self-guided package: pick up/drop off service is not available|
|Price (land fee)||Twin share from $2,450 per person
Triple share from $2,235 per person
Single from $3,395 per person
|*Seasonal fee may apply (arriving in March, April, May, October and November)|
– 9 nights accommodation in a standard room in 3-4 star hotels, 5 nights in Onsen Hotels
・ 3 nights in Fukuoka – Blossom Hakata Chuo or similar
・ 2 nights in Beppu – Beppu Hotel Sansuikan or similar
・ 1 night in Mount Aso – Aso No Tsukasa Villa Park Hotel & Spa Resort or similar
・ 3 nights in Kumamoto – Kumamoto Hotel Castle or similar
・ 2 nights in Kagoshima – Kagoshima Tokyu REI or similar
・ 1 night in Ibusuki – Ginsyou or similar
・ 1 night in Unzen – Unzen Miyazaki Ryokan or similar
・ 1 night in Nagasaki – JR Kyushu Hotel Nagasaki or similar
・ 5 x dinner and 5 x breakfast – Beppu (x2), Mount Aso, Ibusuki and Unzen
– All Kyushu Area Pass (5-day Pass) + Northern Kyushu 3 day pass + Southern Kyushu 3 day pass
– Flights: We can assist with your flights to match your itinerary.
*If you have already booked your flight, please provide us with your flight details or send us copies of e-tickets when you book/enquire.
– Travel expenses (unless covered by the included Kyushu Area Passes).
– Meals: Except as mentioned in the Package inclusions.
– Activities or tours: Except as mentioned in the Package inclusions.
*You can add any day tours or activities you like, we can arrange this for you.
– Admission fees: Except as mentioned in the Package inclusions.
– Personal expenses
*Non-smoking rooms may be available on request. We book non-smoking rooms when available.
*Please read our term and conditions.
*Package inclusions are subject to availability.
*Prices are subject to currency fluctuations.
*Some tourist trains run irregular services and may not be available on your tour dates.