Kyushu Explorer (16 days)

Discover the best of Kyushu, the most southern of Japan’s larger islands, on this exciting 16-day self-drive tour. This predominantly rural island is blessed with a stunning coastline and endless hot springs but receives far fewer visitors than its larger neighbour Honshu. Start in the bustling city of Fukuoka one of Japan’s most cosmopolitan cities and a true hidden gem for foodies. Hop on the bullet train to Nagasaki to unravel the compelling history of Gunkanjima island before travelling to Unzen to unwind in its famous hot springs. Cross the Ariake Sea to Kumamoto, home of one of the largest castles in Japan, to pick up your hire car and journey inland to enjoy a two-night stay in a traditional ryokan in Kurokawa Onsen to explore the surreal landscape of Mount Aso. Continue south to the port city of Kagoshima, a city dominated by the volcanic island Sakurajima and dubbed the Naples of Japan. Finish with three nights exploring Yakushima, a nature lover’s paradise, on the south coast of Kyushu with the flexibility of a car hire.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the abandoned island of Gunkanjima
  • Explore the surreal landscape of Mt Aso
  • Hit the hiking trails on Yakushima Island

Suitable For

  • Return visitors
  • Confident drivers
  • Nature lovers
  • Culture seekers

Guide Price

From £5,045 per person based on a shared room for departures in October.

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