from £ 1,297 p/person
Visit all the highlights of Japan’s southern island with the Kyushu Rail Pass. Start in the lively shopping capital of Fukuoka. Visit historic Nagasaki and Kumamoto. Admire Sakurajima from the coast of Kagoshima and try the beach sauna in Ibusuki. Explore the active volcano of Mt. Aso and enjoy the hot springs in Yufuin. Complete the circle by returning to Fukuoka.

Day 1 : Arrive Fukuoka

On arrival at Fukuoka Airport, transfer to hotel.

Stay 2 nights.

Day 2 : Fukuoka

Full day free to explore Fukuoka.

 

Day 3 : Fukuoka - Nagasaki

Using your Kyushu Rail Pass, take the train to Nagasaki (Limited Express “Kamome”, approx 2hrs). In the afternoon you could visit the Peace Park and the Peace Museum.

Stay 2 nights.

 

Day 4 : Nagasaki

Full day free to explore Nagasaki. Why not visit the fascinating district of Dejima, and Glover Park and Glover Mansion.

 

 

Day 5 : Nagasaki - Kumamoto

Using your Kyushu Rail Pass, take the train to Kumamoto (Limited Express “Kamome” and then the Bullet train, approx 2hrs40). After arrival, there is time to visit Kumamoto Castle.

Stay 1 night.

Day 6 : Kumamoto - Kagoshima

Using your Kyushu Rail Pass, take the train to Kagoshima. (Shinkansen “Sakura” takes less than 1 hour to Kagoshima-chuo station). Using the local bus service (Machimeguri bus) from right outside Kagoshima-chuo station, you can visit the Reimeikan Museum of local history and culture, and the Senganen Garden, which uses the views of the Sakurajima volcano across the bay to great advantage.

Stay 1 night.

Day 7 : Kagoshima - Ibusuki

Using your Kyushu Rail Pass, take the train to Ibusuki, the far south of Kyushu. (The JR Ibusuki Makurazaki Line takes just over 1 hour). Ibusuki is famous for “bathing” in the volcanically-heated sand. At sand baths, you are provided with a yukata robe you are then buried by staff members in the sand, which is heated by natural steam coming up from below. After staying buried for typically 10 to 20 minutes, wash off the sand and enter the regular hot spring baths.

Stay 1 night.

Day 8 : Ibusuki - Mt.Aso

Using your Kyushu Rail Pass, take the train to Mt. Aso.

Usually there is a cablecar to the crater, but since the eruption of April 2018, it is not operated and a shuttle bus goes to the crater instead.

Stay 1 night at ryokan (Japanese inn) with Japanese dinner and breakfast.

Day 9 : Mt. Aso - Yufuin

Using your Kyushu Rail Pass, take the train to the pretty spa town of Yufuin, via Oita. (Depending on the date, you may be able to take the remarkable themed “Aso Boy” train).

Stay 2 nights at a ryokan (Japanese inn) including Japanese dinner and breakfast.

Day 10 : Yufuin - Beppu

Using your Kyushu Rail Pass, take the train to nearby Beppu, famous for its hot springs. Steam rises from natural vents all around the town. Return to Yufuin in the evening.

Day 11 : Beppu - Fukuoka

Using your Kyushu Rail Pass, take the train to Fukuoka (Limited Express “Sonic” takes just over 2 hours to Fukuoka/Hakata) to complete your exploration of Kyushu.

from £ 1,297

per person sharing twin room.

Included

  • 7 nights accommodation including breakfast
  • 3 nights at ryokan (Japanese inn) including Japanese dinner and breakfast
  • Kyushu Rail Pass (2 x 5-day passes)
  • detailed itinerary and extra information

Not included

  • flights
  • tours and excursions
  • travel insurance
  • any other meals and personal expenses