8 days from £ 1,450 p/person
Discover Kyushu and its southern beauty with this 7-day tour.
Starting with the bright lights of Tokyo, discover the hidden charms of this megacity, where the weird and wonderful fuse effortlessly.
Then, head to the southern island of Kyushu to enjoy a scenic journey through the Japanese countryside – taking in breath-taking mountain top views, invigorating waterfalls, and relaxing hot spring baths on this 7-night self-drive package.
Day 1 : Tokyo
Arrive in Tokyo and transfer by airport shuttle bus to your hotel.
Stay for 3 nights.
Day 2 : Tokyo
Spend your day at your leisure.
We suggest visiting famous landmarks, such as the Imperial Palace, Senso-ji Temple, and the world’s tallest tower – Tokyo Skytree.
Experience the bustling night markets, enticing eateries, and quirky bars that Tokyo’s vibrant nightlife scene is renowned for. Why not try Golden Gai in Shinjuku?
Day 3 : Tokyo
Spend another free day enjoying the sites of Tokyo.
Visit the hidden-treasures of Tokyo, such as Gotokuji Temple where there are numerous maneki neko (“the beckoning cat”) statues.
Why not visit the Borderless exhibition – a world of artworks without boundaries, a museum without a map created by art collective teamLab.
Day 4 : Tokyo - Oita - Kurokawa Onsen
Transfer by shuttle bus to the airport in Tokyo this morning, where you will take your domestic flight down to Oita in Kyushu.
Pick up your hire car on arrival in Oita, and drive to Kurokawa Onsen – a picturesque town located around 1.5 hours from the airport, famous for its outstanding hot-spring baths.
Upon arrival, check in to your ryokan (Japanese-style inn), and spend the rest of your day hot-spring hopping around the town’s many attractive baths. Enjoy an authentic Japanese “kaiseki” dinner during both evenings of your stay.
Stay for 2 nights.
Day 5 : Kurokawa Onsen
Spend today exploring Kyushu’s beautiful natural landscape by car.
First, head to Mt. Aso, the volcano in the centre of the island (approx.1 hour from Kurokawa Onsen). The spectacular crater, which ranks among the world’s largest, has a circumference of over 100 kilometres!
Later, take a trip to the magnificent Nabegataki Falls, and walk behind its unique curtain of water. Return to your ryokan in Kurokawa Onsen this evening in time for dinner.
Day 6 : Kurokawa Onsen - Beppu
Travel to the east coast today for your final destination – Beppu.
This popular resort town offers a huge range of baths for tourists to enjoy – from regular hot-spring baths, to mud, steam, and even sand baths, where your entire body gets buried in the hot sands. The local “Hells of Beppu” are several beautiful geothermal steaming-hot ponds for viewing (rather than bathing), and are also well worth a visit.
Stay for 2 nights.
Day 7 : Beppu
Have this day free at leisure.
Take a short trip to the nearby quaint town of Yufuin this morning to visit the numerous art galleries, trendy cafés, and boutique stores.
Or, stay in Beppu and try your hand at cooking like a local, using the abundant steam generated from the geothermal activity at the “Jigokumushi Kobo Steam Cooking Center”.
Day 8 : Beppu - Oita - Tokyo
When you are ready, head back to Oita Airport (around a 45-minute drive). At the airport, drop-off your hire car and check in for your departing flight back to Tokyo.
|Dates||Per person sharing a twin room|
Total package price is a “from” price, and is subject to availability.
Single traveler supplement, on request basis only.
All prices are per person, sharing twin room in standard (3 star) accommodation. Superior (4-star) and higher accommodation is available upon request.
* During the Summer Games (24th Jul – 9th Aug & 25th Aug – 6th Sep 2020), the tour will be altered to cater around this period, and Tokyo will most likely be missed (inquiry basis)*
- 7 nights standard accommodation based on twin rooms
- Daily breakfast and dinner on 2 nights
- Domestic return flights between Tokyo and Oita (Economy Class)
- Tokyo airport shared shuttle transfer on Day 1 and Day 4
- 5 day car hire (Toyota Corolla or similar)
- International flights
- Meals not mentioned above
- Travel Insurance
- Any excess baggage charges (over 23kg)
- Passport and other visa document fees (UK citizens do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days in Japan)
- Incidental costs such as personal laundry, drinks, snacks