9 Days Essence of Spring | Southern Japan - Cherry Blossom Seasonal Tour

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Venture beyond the bright lights of Tokyo during our fully guided Essence of Spring | Southern Japan Tour holiday package for an unforgettable journey through Japan's southern islands. Explore the scenic islands of Kyushu and Shikoku during Japan's stunning cherry blossom season. Enjoy an epic journey through a side of Japan you've never experienced before during this epic 8 day holiday vacation package.
Itinerary

Osaka | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

Hotel Vischio Osaka ( Western Style )

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Hotel Vischio Osaka

The Hotel Vischio Osaka by Granvia has everything you need to keep your vacation travels comfortable during a Japan tour with Japan Deluxe Tours. This charming hotel is just a stone's throw away from some of Osaka's top tourist attractions and destinations you can't miss in Japan. Unwind at the hotel's restaurant or cafe after a day of exploring the sights of Osaka with your wonderful tour guide.

Nearby......
-Umeda Sky Building
-Osaka Castle
-Universal Studios Japan, Osaka

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Welcome to Japan! We will have transportation services to take you to your hotel. Please refer to your tour app for more information.
Rest at the hotel and be ready to start your exciting tour tomorrow.

**INFORMATION**
From KIX Airport to downtown hotel in Osaka - about 70 mins (Bus)
From ITM Airport to downtown hotel in Osaka - about 30 mins (Bus)

Tokushima & Takamatsu | The best of Shikoku with Cherry Blossoms

Breakfast Lunch

JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu ( Western Style )

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JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu

JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu's guestrooms command a splendid view of Seto Inland Sea and Takamatsu City. Guests can also enjoy the romantic views of Takamatsu city at night. This hotel has easy access to Takamatsu castle and Naoshima, the Art Island.

Near by.....
-Castle
Takamatsu castle 5 mins by walk
Naoshima 50 mins by Ferry

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Our journey begins with a visit to the Awa-odori Museum in Tokushima. This museum is dedicated to the traditional Awa Dance, celebrated during the Obon season. We'll explore the rich history of this vibrant dance and even have the opportunity to participate and try some dance steps ourselves. The interactive exhibits provide a deeper understanding of the cultural significance of Awa-odori.

Next, we head to Takamatsu to explore the stunning Ritsurin Garden. Awarded three stars by the Michelin Green Guide, this garden is an ideal spot for taking breathtaking photos. The meticulously landscaped grounds feature beautiful ponds, bridges, and teahouses. Climbing to the highest point of the garden offers a panoramic view, allowing visitors to fully appreciate the serene beauty and design of this historical garden.


Takamatsu & Hiroshima | Hands-On Japanese Noodle Experience & UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima ( Western Style )

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Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima

Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima is located in the heart of Hiroshima's Downtown. The Hotel offers beautiful view of Hiroshima City. Hotel offers many modern facilities and services like the gym, hot springs, and spa (these are extra charges). Many famous sight see spots are within walking distance such as Hiroshima Castle, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and Atomic Bomb Dome.

Near by....
-Amusement district
Nagarekawa in 5 mins by car
Hondori Shopping Area in 5 mins by walk

-Museum
Mazda Museum in 10 mins by car
Peace Park Museum in 10 mins by walk

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Our journey begins with an interactive Udon Making experience in Takamatsu, where we'll learn the art of crafting these delicious noodles and enjoy our handmade creations.

Next, we'll head to Hiroshima to visit the iconic Atomic Bomb Dome, a powerful symbol of peace and resilience. We'll then explore the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, dedicated to the memory of the victims and a place for reflection and hope for a peaceful future. Our visit continues at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, where we'll learn more about the city's history and the impact of the atomic bombing through poignant exhibits.

To conclude our day, we'll indulge in a traditional Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki dinner, savoring the unique flavors of this local specialty at a renowned restaurant.


Hiroshima | the Iconic Floating Shrine of Japan

Breakfast

Rihga Royal Hotel Kokura ( Western Style )

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Rihga Royal Hotel Kokura

Conveniently situated right next to JR Kokura Station in Kitakyushu, this high-rise urban hotel comprises 30 floors and ascends majestically 433 feet (132 meters) high. RIHGA Hotel Kokura is equipped with the highest-quality facilities and technology, making it an ideal venue for business and community events.

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Our journey begins with a scenic ferry ride to Miyajima, offering beautiful views of the Seto Inland Sea. As we glide over the calm waters, take in the fresh sea breeze and the stunning landscape, setting the tone for an unforgettable day of exploration.

Upon arrival, we'll explore the island of Miyajima, renowned for its lush natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Stroll through the charming streets, admire traditional architecture, and experience the serene ambiance that makes Miyajima a beloved destination for both locals and visitors.

Next, we'll visit the iconic Itsukushima Shrine, famous for its "floating" torii gate, which appears to float on the water during high tide. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a unique and picturesque setting, perfect for capturing memorable photographs and appreciating the historical significance of the shrine.

Don't miss the chance to savor local delicacies like momiji manju, maple leaf-shaped cakes filled with sweet bean paste, and fresh oysters, a specialty of the region. Indulge in these treats as you explore the island, adding a culinary delight to your cultural journey.

For the adventurous, take the ropeway up to the higher elevations of Miyajima and enjoy a trek through the island's scenic trails. The ropeway ride offers breathtaking views of the island and the surrounding sea, while the trails provide an opportunity to immerse yourself in nature, with stunning vistas and peaceful forests.


Beppu | Charming Streets and the Thrilling Hot Springs of Sea Hell

Breakfast Dinner
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Suginoi Hotel ( Japanese Style )

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Suginoi Hotel

Suginoi Hotel offer a wide arrange of entertainment for all the guests. It has a huge outdoor pool with hot tubs, an indoor wave pool, karaoke room, bowling alley, and arcade center. For relaxation there is a coffee bar, spa, restaurants, outdoor/ indoor hot springs, shops, beauty and hair salon. This hotel is perfect for all the family to enjoy.

Near by..........
-Lake
Kagurame Lake in 25 mins by taxi

-Aquarium
Aquarium Umitamago in 20 mins by taxi

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We begin our exploration with a leisurely stroll through the picturesque streets of Yufuin. This charming town is nestled in a valley and is known for its stunning views of Mount Yufu, traditional ryokan inns, and hot springs. Yufuin's main street, Yunotsubo Kaido, is lined with unique shops, art galleries, and delightful cafes. The town also boasts beautiful natural scenery, including rice paddies and small rivers, creating a tranquil and idyllic atmosphere.

Next, we'll visit Kinrin Lake, a serene spot surrounded by lush greenery. The mist that rises from the lake in the early morning adds a mystical touch, making it perfect for peaceful walks and moments of reflection.

Our journey continues with an adventure to Beppu's famous hot springs: Sea Hell and Blood Hell. Sea Hell, with its striking blue waters, and Blood Hell, known for its vibrant red hue, offer unique geothermal experiences. These hot springs showcase the fascinating natural volcanic activity of the region, providing an unforgettable and thrilling experience.


Takachiho | the Myths come alive at Takachiho Gorge

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

SOLEST TAKACHIHO HOTEL ( Western Style )

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SOLEST TAKACHIHO HOTEL

We begin our adventure with a visit to Amano Iwato Shrine, a sacred Shinto site nestled in the mountains. The shrine is dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu and steeped in mythology. We'll explore the grounds and learn about the legend of Amaterasu hiding in the cave, causing the world to fall into darkness.

Continuing our journey, we'll walk to Amano Yasugawara, a mystical cave along the Iwato River. This significant Shinto site is where the gods gathered to discuss coaxing Amaterasu out of her cave. The cave, adorned with countless visitor-stacked stones, creates a serene and spiritual atmosphere.

Our exploration culminates with a visit to Takachiho Gorge, a breathtaking natural wonder. The gorge is famous for its sheer cliffs, lush greenery, and the emerald waters of the Gokase River. For those interested, boat rentals are available to explore the gorge and view the stunning Manai Falls up close, enhancing the tranquil beauty of this remarkable landscape.


Kumamoto & Nagasaki | Majestic Kumamoto Castle and Stunning Night Views

Breakfast Lunch

JR Kyushu Hotel Nagasaki ( Western Style )

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JR Kyushu Hotel Nagasaki

JR Kyushu Nagasaki is a good stop for travelers on the go. This 3.5 star hotel is right next to the Nagasaki station, perfect when you want to move around the city or an easy place to stay if you end your day in Nagasaki. A great choice for anyone with a rail pass in Japan, the JR Kyushu Nagasaki is a comfortable base for exploring Nagasaki.

Near by.......
-Oka Masaharu Memorial Nagasaki Peace Museum
-Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture
-Amu Plaza Nagasaki

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We start our day at Sakura-no-baba Josaien, a cultural complex at the foot of Kumamoto Castle. Here, we immerse ourselves in the history and culture of the area, with traditional shops, restaurants, and historical exhibits offering a glimpse into the past.

Next, we visit the magnificent Kumamoto Castle, one of Japan's most impressive and well-preserved castles. We'll explore its grand architecture, learn about its rich history, and enjoy the beautiful views from the castle grounds.

Our journey then takes us to Yanagawa, known for its picturesque canals. We'll enjoy a relaxing boat ride along the waterways, surrounded by charming scenery and traditional buildings, making for a serene and memorable experience.

As night falls, we head to Mount Inasa for a breathtaking view of Nagasaki's nightscape. The observation deck offers panoramic views of the city illuminated below, providing a stunning and unforgettable end to our day.


Nagasaki, Saga & Fukuoka | The Marvelous Dutch-Inspired Glover Garden

Breakfast Lunch
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Our day begins in Nagasaki where we will visit several historically significant locations. The first stop will be the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park, a symbol of peace and a testament to the horrors of war. The Peace Statue sits at the epicenter of the atomic bomb blast. The right hand points up to symbolize the bomb, while the left hand points toward future peace. The statue's bent right leg symbolizes meditation, while the bent left leg represents the need to stand against war. The closed eyes offer prayers and respect for the souls lost in the devastation.

For lunch, we will enjoy local favorites champon and sara udon, both noodle dishes that originated in Nagasaki.

Next, we will head to Glover Garden, which exhibits Western-style mansions. After viewing these gorgeous mansions, we will continue to the Oura Catholic Church. The Oura Catholic Church is Japan’s oldest standing Catholic church and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list as part of the Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region in 2018.

Our journey continues to Imari in Okawachiyama Village, famous for its high-quality Imari porcelain. Here, we'll explore pottery shops and learn about the traditional techniques of ceramic craftsmanship.

We conclude our day in Fukuoka, exploring the vibrant Nakasu district. Known for its street food, Nakasu offers a lively atmosphere and a chance to sample delicious local delicacies.


Fukuoka | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

Breakfast

Your pleasant and memorable Japan tour ends today. The tour will disband after breakfast. Fly home with cherished memories or enjoy your extended stay in Japan.

▪Important Notice▪
*JDT Recommends Experiences are not included with your tour package.
*Group Tour Participants (Not applicable to Private Tours) - Your group may be joined with other groups during the tour. If so, your tour guide and bus may be changed during your tour.
*Any special request(s) must be submitted when booking your tour (meals, accommodations, etc.). Note: Not all requests can be fulfilled.
*Itinerary, hotels, and meals are subject to change or cancellation without notice. No refund will be owed for any changes or cancellations if the tour still occurs.
*This tour includes 1.5~2 hours of walking on sightseeing days. Tour Participants are expected to be of moderate fitness, keep up with the pace of the group, and can climb stairs with no difficulty.
*B : Breakfast   L : Lunch   D : Dinner
*Please be advised that Maiko performances are not available on their designated days off or on days when special Maiko events are taking place.

Tour Departure and Prices 1) Price per person.   2) Airfare is not included.  

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$4298
$2998
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$4298
$2998
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9 DAYS

8 nights accommodation


16 MEALS

8 breakfasts
5 lunches
3 dinners


TRANSPORT

Bus
Ferry
Essence of Spring | Southern Tour Japan

Tour Includes


7 nights Western and 1 night hotel with hot-springs

Daily Breakfast-Buffets, 5 Lunches, and 3 Dinners included

All ground transportation in Japan during the tour

Complimentary Airport Transfers (see details)

Admission Fees, Tax & Gratuities at all included Destinations

Full time service of licensed English speaking tour guide & separate bus driver

Japan Deluxe Tours App access and Tour Goods Package

Free Wi-Fi in Bus & Most hotels

Not Included
  • - Airfare
  • - Travel Insurance
  • - Optional Excursions

Travel Highlights


The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park Museum, the top-pick museum in Japan

A stroll through Ritsurin Garden, Takamatsu's beautiful Japanese garden

Time exploring Takachiho Gorge, where Japan's myths and legends originate

Try local cuisines ; Udon-workshop and fresh productes from the farm

A boat ride to Miyajima to see the floating gates of Itsukushima Shrine

Shopping for souvenirs at Tunnel Station

Delve into the rich history at Glover Garden in Nagasaki, a significant site for understanding Japan's Meiji Restoration and Western influences

Discover the grandeur of Kumamoto Castle, a magnificent fortress with impressive architecture

Explore the historic pottery village of Okawachiyama, renowned for its exquisite Imari porcelain

Important Information


The maximum number of participants will not exceed 26 people during your Japan tour. Your group may be joined with other tour groups during the tour. Please note that your bus and tour guide may be changed if other groups join the tour.

Single travelers are required to pay a single supplement in order to guarantee single room accommodation.

We request one suitcase, one carry-on bag, and an overnight bag per person. The tote bag we provide can be used to hold any small merchandise/souvenirs purchased during your tour. When you check out, bring your luggage to the lobby and the bus driver will assist in loading it onto the bus. When you arrive at the next hotel, the bus driver will unload your luggage for you to bring to your room.

Please note: The maximum weight of a checked in bag is typically 20 Kilograms or 44 Pounds. You will be traveling with your luggage except during the bullet train ride (if applicable).

All hotel rooms come with a full bathroom and room amenities free of charge unless stated otherwise.

All motor coaches come equipped with air-conditioning, plenty of space, comfortable seats, and Wi-Fi.

All of our tours begin in either Tokyo or Osaka/Kyoto. When beginning or ending a tour in Tokyo, please book flights to or from Narita International Airport or Haneda International Airport. For tours beginning or ending in Osaka/Kyoto, please book flights to or from Kansai International Airport or Itami Airport.

We recommend you do not book your flights until the tour status changes from Book Now to Guaranteed Departure. You can also contact us if you would like for Japan Deluxe Tour's to arrange your flights.

Traveling and visiting sights in Japan includes a good amount of walking. To fully enjoy the tour, please be prepared to keep up with the pace of the group, climb stairs with no difficulty, and wear comfortable shoes for all day use.

Guests with tattoos may not be able to use the hot-springs or onsens while in Japan. We apologize if you are unable to enjoy this experience during your stay.

We understand sometimes unanticipated situations may arise before or even during your Japan tour. In order to best assist you when things don't go as planned, Japan Deluxe Tours recommends purchasing travel insurance offered through Travel Guard® Insurance.

Travel Guard® Insurance offers coverage for: Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Travel Delay, Baggage Delay, Medical Expense (deductible required), Emergency Medical Transportation, and an Exclusive Family Protection Plan: One child 16 or under will receive coverage at no additional cost for every adult that purchase a protection plan. Every Travel Guard policy includes 24-hour emergency travel assistance services for emergencies or last-minute travel changes, such as re-booking flights, hotel reservations or ground transportation, tracking lost luggage, and more!
For more information about coverage, view our Travel Insurance Page.

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We cannot guarantee cherry blossoms will be in full bloom for viewing during this tour. Please refer to our Cherry Blossom Forecast page for updates and information about Sakura Cherry Blossoms and when they are expected to bloom in select cities.

Please notify us before your tour starts if you have any dietary restrictions or requirements we should be aware about. Japan Deluxe Tours can provide Vegetarian meals for guests, and we will do our best to cater to any serious allergies or dietary restrictions. We will not be able to substitute or change meals after your tour begins.

Day
Day 1

Osaka | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

Welcome to Japan! We will have transportation services to take you to your hotel. Please refer to your tour app for more information.
Rest at the hotel and be ready to start your exciting tour tomorrow.

**INFORMATION**
From KIX Airport to downtown hotel in Osaka - about 70 mins (Bus)
From ITM Airport to downtown hotel in Osaka - about 30 mins (Bus)

Day 2

Tokushima & Takamatsu | The best of Shikoku with Cherry Blossoms

Breakfast Lunch

Our journey begins with a visit to the Awa-odori Museum in Tokushima. This museum is dedicated to the traditional Awa Dance, celebrated during the Obon season. We'll explore the rich history of this vibrant dance and even have the opportunity to participate and try some dance steps ourselves. The interactive exhibits provide a deeper understanding of the cultural significance of Awa-odori.

Next, we head to Takamatsu to explore the stunning Ritsurin Garden. Awarded three stars by the Michelin Green Guide, this garden is an ideal spot for taking breathtaking photos. The meticulously landscaped grounds feature beautiful ponds, bridges, and teahouses. Climbing to the highest point of the garden offers a panoramic view, allowing visitors to fully appreciate the serene beauty and design of this historical garden.


JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu or similar

Day 3

Takamatsu & Hiroshima | Hands-On Japanese Noodle Experience & UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Our journey begins with an interactive Udon Making experience in Takamatsu, where we'll learn the art of crafting these delicious noodles and enjoy our handmade creations.

Next, we'll head to Hiroshima to visit the iconic Atomic Bomb Dome, a powerful symbol of peace and resilience. We'll then explore the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, dedicated to the memory of the victims and a place for reflection and hope for a peaceful future. Our visit continues at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, where we'll learn more about the city's history and the impact of the atomic bombing through poignant exhibits.

To conclude our day, we'll indulge in a traditional Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki dinner, savoring the unique flavors of this local specialty at a renowned restaurant.


Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima or similar

Day 4

Hiroshima | the Iconic Floating Shrine of Japan

Breakfast

Our journey begins with a scenic ferry ride to Miyajima, offering beautiful views of the Seto Inland Sea. As we glide over the calm waters, take in the fresh sea breeze and the stunning landscape, setting the tone for an unforgettable day of exploration.

Upon arrival, we'll explore the island of Miyajima, renowned for its lush natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Stroll through the charming streets, admire traditional architecture, and experience the serene ambiance that makes Miyajima a beloved destination for both locals and visitors.

Next, we'll visit the iconic Itsukushima Shrine, famous for its "floating" torii gate, which appears to float on the water during high tide. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a unique and picturesque setting, perfect for capturing memorable photographs and appreciating the historical significance of the shrine.

Don't miss the chance to savor local delicacies like momiji manju, maple leaf-shaped cakes filled with sweet bean paste, and fresh oysters, a specialty of the region. Indulge in these treats as you explore the island, adding a culinary delight to your cultural journey.

For the adventurous, take the ropeway up to the higher elevations of Miyajima and enjoy a trek through the island's scenic trails. The ropeway ride offers breathtaking views of the island and the surrounding sea, while the trails provide an opportunity to immerse yourself in nature, with stunning vistas and peaceful forests.


Rihga Royal Hotel Kokura or similar

Day 5

Beppu | Charming Streets and the Thrilling Hot Springs of Sea Hell

Breakfast Dinner

We begin our exploration with a leisurely stroll through the picturesque streets of Yufuin. This charming town is nestled in a valley and is known for its stunning views of Mount Yufu, traditional ryokan inns, and hot springs. Yufuin's main street, Yunotsubo Kaido, is lined with unique shops, art galleries, and delightful cafes. The town also boasts beautiful natural scenery, including rice paddies and small rivers, creating a tranquil and idyllic atmosphere.

Next, we'll visit Kinrin Lake, a serene spot surrounded by lush greenery. The mist that rises from the lake in the early morning adds a mystical touch, making it perfect for peaceful walks and moments of reflection.

Our journey continues with an adventure to Beppu's famous hot springs: Sea Hell and Blood Hell. Sea Hell, with its striking blue waters, and Blood Hell, known for its vibrant red hue, offer unique geothermal experiences. These hot springs showcase the fascinating natural volcanic activity of the region, providing an unforgettable and thrilling experience.


Suginoi Hotel or similar

Day 6

Takachiho | the Myths come alive at Takachiho Gorge

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

We begin our adventure with a visit to Amano Iwato Shrine, a sacred Shinto site nestled in the mountains. The shrine is dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu and steeped in mythology. We'll explore the grounds and learn about the legend of Amaterasu hiding in the cave, causing the world to fall into darkness.

Continuing our journey, we'll walk to Amano Yasugawara, a mystical cave along the Iwato River. This significant Shinto site is where the gods gathered to discuss coaxing Amaterasu out of her cave. The cave, adorned with countless visitor-stacked stones, creates a serene and spiritual atmosphere.

Our exploration culminates with a visit to Takachiho Gorge, a breathtaking natural wonder. The gorge is famous for its sheer cliffs, lush greenery, and the emerald waters of the Gokase River. For those interested, boat rentals are available to explore the gorge and view the stunning Manai Falls up close, enhancing the tranquil beauty of this remarkable landscape.


SOLEST TAKACHIHO HOTEL or similar

Day 7

Kumamoto & Nagasaki | Majestic Kumamoto Castle and Stunning Night Views

Breakfast Lunch

We start our day at Sakura-no-baba Josaien, a cultural complex at the foot of Kumamoto Castle. Here, we immerse ourselves in the history and culture of the area, with traditional shops, restaurants, and historical exhibits offering a glimpse into the past.

Next, we visit the magnificent Kumamoto Castle, one of Japan's most impressive and well-preserved castles. We'll explore its grand architecture, learn about its rich history, and enjoy the beautiful views from the castle grounds.

Our journey then takes us to Yanagawa, known for its picturesque canals. We'll enjoy a relaxing boat ride along the waterways, surrounded by charming scenery and traditional buildings, making for a serene and memorable experience.

As night falls, we head to Mount Inasa for a breathtaking view of Nagasaki's nightscape. The observation deck offers panoramic views of the city illuminated below, providing a stunning and unforgettable end to our day.


JR Kyushu Hotel Nagasaki or similar

Day 8

Nagasaki, Saga & Fukuoka | The Marvelous Dutch-Inspired Glover Garden

Breakfast Lunch

Our day begins in Nagasaki where we will visit several historically significant locations. The first stop will be the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park, a symbol of peace and a testament to the horrors of war. The Peace Statue sits at the epicenter of the atomic bomb blast. The right hand points up to symbolize the bomb, while the left hand points toward future peace. The statue's bent right leg symbolizes meditation, while the bent left leg represents the need to stand against war. The closed eyes offer prayers and respect for the souls lost in the devastation.

For lunch, we will enjoy local favorites champon and sara udon, both noodle dishes that originated in Nagasaki.

Next, we will head to Glover Garden, which exhibits Western-style mansions. After viewing these gorgeous mansions, we will continue to the Oura Catholic Church. The Oura Catholic Church is Japan’s oldest standing Catholic church and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list as part of the Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region in 2018.

Our journey continues to Imari in Okawachiyama Village, famous for its high-quality Imari porcelain. Here, we'll explore pottery shops and learn about the traditional techniques of ceramic craftsmanship.

We conclude our day in Fukuoka, exploring the vibrant Nakasu district. Known for its street food, Nakasu offers a lively atmosphere and a chance to sample delicious local delicacies.


TBA or similar

Day 9

Fukuoka | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

Breakfast

Your pleasant and memorable Japan tour ends today. The tour will disband after breakfast. Fly home with cherished memories or enjoy your extended stay in Japan.

Dining Experience

Kaiten Sushi

Hiroshima Okonomiyaki

Hiroshima may be famous for many landmarks and attractions, but when it comes to food, Hiroshima Okonimyaki is a must. It is primarily made from flour, eggs, cabbage mixed and is cooked on a hot plate.

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Kaiten Sushi

Kaiten Sushi

Sometimes called sushi trains or conveyor belt sushi, pick & choose your favorite sushi dishes off a revolving conveyor belt lined with mouth-watering morsels and your favorite rolls.

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Udon

Udon - Cooking Workshop

Udon are Japanese thick noodles made from wheat flour. The thickness of the udon noodle varies by type of udon but udons in general are the thickest types of noodles in Japan.

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Nagasaki Champon Ramen

Champon

Champon is a noodle dish that originated in Nagasaki. The dish was created with the intent to provide cheap and filling meals for Chinese students studying in Japan during the Meiji period.

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Cultural Experience

Outdoor Hot Spring

Hot Spring

Natural hot springs (onsen) are numerous and highly popular across Japan. There are many types of hot springs, distinguished by the minerals dissolved in the water.

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Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden represents many aspects of the Japanese culture. Zen and serenity calm your soul as you stroll down the paved paths past the koi pond and bamboo to a place of peace.

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Image of Osaka Castle

Japanese Castle

Castles emerged in Japan during the 15th century when the country was in the midst of wars and battles. They served as guards and strategic sites where the local feudal lords could come up with strategies and battle tactics.

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Awaodori Dancing

Awaodori Dance

With a live performance and a workshop, immerse in this exciting Japanese tradition. Learn, participate, and appreciate this vibrant cultural activity firsthand.

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Riding Experience

ferry

Ferry

A short ferry trip is a good opportunity to relax and perhaps strike up a conversation with your fellow travellers.

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