B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Day 1**Mar.21 | Honolulu –> Fukuoka
We begin our journey by boarding an international flight to Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan’s third largest and southernmost of the four main islands. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 2**Mar.22 | Fukuoka
Upon our arrival at Fukuoka International Airport, we will meet with an Air and Sea Travel representative who will escort us to our hotel. Fukuoka is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture and is situated on the southern end of Kyushu Island. Fukuoka was ranked as the 12th most livable city in May 2012 for its green spaces in a metropolitan setting.
Day 3**Mar.23 | Fukuoka – Yufuin – Beppu | (B, D)
After breakfast, we will go to Hakata Station to take our Limited Express Train (Yufuin no Mori 1) to Yufuin Station. Many areas in Japan have their own special, scenic railways on which we can take in the natural beauty and essence of the region. Yufuin no Mori 1 is one of the scenic railways filled with appealing local highlights. Once we step into the train, the warm yet modern wooden interior will make us feel like we are at a resort. The JR train “Yufuin no Mori” reflects the many charms of Yufuin. Yufuin is a hot springs resort surrounded by a rich variety of nature and the most popular Onsen Town for Japanese females. We can feel the small old town atmosphere as we walk along the streets to buy local snacks and souvenirs. After that, we will transfer to Beppu. Beppu is a city and spa resort on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. Set between Beppu Bay and volcanic mountains, it is the home to more than 2,000 onsens. Upon arrival, we will visit the Hells of Beppu, the nationally designated “Place of Scenic Beauty” in the onsen town of Beppu. The “hells” are for viewing rather than bathing. They are presented to visitors in a rather touristy fashion, which might not appeal to everybody. After enjoying our stroll in Beppu, we will transfer to our onsen hotel for tonight. Dinner will be served at the hotel.
Day 4**Mar.24 | Beppu – Aso – Kumamoto | (B, L, D)
This morning, we will visit Kokonoe Yume Otsurihasi, Japan’s longest and loftiest suspension bridge. It provides us panoramic scenes of Oita’s verdant countryside, including two waterfalls, the Naruko River and the valley 173 meters below. We can enjoy the feeling of walking across the sky. Then, we will transfer to Aso, a city where Mt. Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan and one of the largest in the world is located. Isshingyo Park in Minami-Aso, is one of the top places in the country to view cherry blossoms in the spring. The park is home to one particularly famous cherry tree. It’s an absolute giant, measuring over 45 feet tall, and over 400 years old. Afterward, we will transfer to Kumamoto. Kumamoto means “origin of the bear”, and its nickname is Hi No Kuni (fire country), because of the nearby giant volcano (Mt. Aso) and Mori no Miyako (capital of the forest). We will check into our hotel after dinner.
Day 5**Mar.25 | Kumamoto | (B, L)
Today’s highlight is cherry blossom viewing. Suizenji Jojuen Park is a traditional Japanese garden landscaped around a natural spring pond. There are 150 cherry trees planted in the garden, and the park becomes filled with people enjoying the delicate blossoms between the end of March and the beginning of April. Kumamoto Castle is one of the most impressive castles in Japan and is also the city’s most popular cherry blossom spots. Nearly a thousand cherry trees are planted throughout the castle grounds and in the adjacent public parks. With expansive castle grounds and a variety of buildings, Kumamoto Castle offers its visitors one of the most complete castle experiences in Japan. After lunch, we will visit Yuuhouen Fruits Land, a unique pick-your-own farm that has crops ready for picking all year round. Let us enjoy “all you can eat” strawberries. After that, we will enjoy some free time for omiyage (souvenir) shopping at The Kamitori Shopping Arcade. This shopping arcade stretches northward from Kumamoto’s main street, Densha-Dori. The covered arcade houses a wide variety of old and new shops. We can enjoy the rest of day on our own.
Day 6**Mar.26 | Kumamoto – Nagasaki | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will continue our journey by boarding a Ferry from Kumamoto Pier and cross the Ariake Sea to Shimabara Pier. Upon arrival, we will transfer to Nagasaki. Our first stop is Glover Garden, a park built for Thomas Blake Glover, a Scottish merchant who contributed to the modernization of Japan in shipbuilding, coal mining, and other fields. The Glover Residence, the oldest Western-style house surviving in Japan and Nagasaki’s foremost tourist attraction is located in the park. Our next stop is the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, a remembrance site of the second atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945 at 11:02:35 am. Next to the museum is the Nagasaki Peace Park, commemorating the atomic bombing of the city on August 9, 1945 during World War II. The park features the 9.7-meter-high Nagasaki Peace Statue that is a stark reminder of the devastation that befell this city after the detonation of an atomic bomb during the final stages of World War II and a dedication to the victims of the atrocity. We will check into our hotel after dinner.
Day 7**Mar.27 | Nagasaki – Saga – Fukuoka | (B, D)
After breakfast, we will travel north to enjoy a series of scenic views in Saga Prefecture, the northwest part of the island of Kyushu with a long history of rice farming culture. Our first stop will be another cherry viewing festival in Mifuneyama Rakuen. It is a flower-laden site spread out over 500,000 square meters at the base of Mt. Mifune in Takeo City. During spring, the park is filled with visitors to view thousands of cherry blossoms, azaleas, and plum trees. After enjoying the beautiful cherry blossoms, we will return to Fukuoka. On the way, we will stop by Yanagawa city, known for its many canals navigable by small boats. Take the famous river boat ride that stops at various places in the city by in a gondola-like Donko boat and enjoy the cherry blossoms and irises in the riverside town. A Hakata doll is a traditional Japanese clay doll, originally from the city of Fukuoka, part of which was previously named Hakata before the city merger in 1889. Today, we can paint our own doll to experience this traditional cultural activity. After dinner, we will transfer to Fukuoka for an overnight stay.
Day 8**Mar.28 | Fukuoka | (B)
Full day at leisure. “Shop till you drop; eat till you overflow!” Enjoy this free day to shop around the city and eat whatever looks interesting.
Day 9**Mar.29 | Fukuoka–>Honolulu | (B)
After breakfast, we will proceed to Dazaifu Tenmangu, a Shinto shrine built over the grave of Michizane Sugawara, respected by the Japanese as the Tenman-Tenjin (the deified spirit of Michizane), or the God of literature or calligraphy. The shrine is also known for its 6,000 ume (Asian plum) trees including 167 varieties. One of the trees, known as Tobiume, stands directly to the right of the main hall. Legend has it that after Michizane was exiled from Kyoto, he yearned so much for this tree that it uprooted itself and flew to Dazaifu Tenman-gū. This is the most popular shrine in Kyushu on New Year’s Day. Maizuru Park is a park that the ruins of Fukuoka Castle are located at. The best time to visit the castle ruins is usually between late March and early April, when Maizuru Park turns into the city’s most pleasant spot for cherry blossom viewing. A number of walking paths are lined with cherry trees so that visitors can walk through a tunnel of flowers, and there are also plenty of lawned areas for holding hanami parties under the blossoms. There are a lot of Food & Game Stalls at the Sakura Festival, where we can enjoy our lunch. Before we transfer to the airport, we will do our last minutes shopping at Tenjin Underground Shopping Area, the largest underground shopping area in Kyushu, stretching about 600 meters from north to south in the downtown area. There are 12 avenues with 150 shops of fashion, gourmet cuisine, books and more. 19th century European-style flagstone floors and arabesque-design ceilings decorate the underground space and create a stylish and comfortable atmosphere. Lastly, we will transfer to the airport for our return flight home, ending our fantastic journey in Kyushu.
We wish you a safe journey and have many wonderful memories to share with family and friends! ☺
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