icone-19Heavenly islands, fire-spitting mountains and bubbling thermal springs

Duration: 14 days/13 nights
Stages: Ôsaka (KIX) – Kita-Kyushu – Fukuoka – Nagasaki – Unzen – Kumamoto – Kurokawa – Beppu – Kishiwada – Ôsaka (KIX)

Walks for foodies

Ôsaka is the Japanese centre for popular cuisine. Here you can eat extremely well and at reasonable prices. After a short cultural and culinary foray in the capital of Kansai, you take the ferry to the north of the island of Kyushu. There you will experience the delights of a slightly different type of Japanese cuisine offered at the food stalls of Fukuoka.

Sad lesson in history and beautiful seascapes

You will visit one of the key ports which opened up Japan to the West, made infamous by the atomic holocaust of 1945. However, the city of Nagasaki has much more to offer than just a dramatic lesson on the stupidity and cruelty of the human race. Then, you will go to Sasebo, home of the National Park of Kujuku-Shima (= 99 islands), a real paradise of green and blue. Marvel at these beautiful and naturally formed landscapes during a short cruise among the islands.

Volcanoes and thermal springs aplenty

Kyushu has the largest number of active volcanoes in the whole of Japan. Between two stopovers in the “land of the angry mountains”, you will visit the beautiful castle and the religious sites of Kumamoto. In Beppu, the world’s most geothermically active city, you will enjoy the soothing effects of the thermal baths and marvel at the “jigoku”, springs with vivid colours but scalding hot.



Difficulty Level

Important information

  • I offer typically tours during the spring (15.03 to 31.05) and autumn (30.09 to 30.11). I do not travel to Japan during the summer because it’s too hot and rainy. I have also decided not to offer tours during the winter – traditional Japanese houses do not have central heating and I don’t want my customers to freeze.
  • The difficulty level is calculated for active travellers who are physically fit and enjoy walking/hiking.
  • For more detailed information about the Japanese accommodation system as well as further peculiarities unique to the “Land of the Rising Sun”, please refer to our brochure Tips for Travellers to Japan.
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All the photos that appear in this description are the property of Fukuchan Ryoko Olivier Baubrand. All rights reserved.

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