Small Group Tour IJT Classic

Kyushu Elements

13 Nights: from US$5285 Trip Code: KE

Kyushu is a little-visited oasis filled with steaming volcanoes, bubbling hot springs, lush rainforests and sandy beaches. Not only is its countryside some of Japan's finest, but Kyushu's cities have plenty of cosmopolitan charm – without the crowds that Tokyo is famous for! Read more >

For centuries, Kyushu was Japan's only gateway to Asia and the rest of the world, leaving it with a legacy of European influence and architecture that lasts to this day. During this time, the only contact with the outside world was through Dejima - or "exit island" - an artificial island off Nagasaki Port, where Portuguese and Dutch traders were permitted to operate.

In Nagasaki you'll visit Dejima Island and Glover Garden, home to the oldest western-style residence in Japan. In Kagoshima city you'll spend a day with a private local guide and admire the volcano of Sakurajima from across the bay. Finally, in Kumamoto city you'll stop to admire the impressive Kumamoto Castle and perhaps pick up a "Kumamon" mascot as a souvenir!

Kyushu's cities harbour plenty of appeal, but it is in the lush countryside that this pocket of western Japan really comes into its own.

In Unzen you'll admire Mars-like landscapes swathed in clouds of volcanic gas and soak in wonderful hot spring baths. At Mount Aso you'll take a helicopter ride over the crater lake, and on Yakushima you'll explore the primeval rainforests that inspired Hayao Miyazaki's animated masterpiece Princess Mononoke.

Bookending your tour will be stays in Kyoto, the "City of Ten Thousand Temples". Here, lush bamboo groves, golden temples, ancient palaces, hilltop shrines and a traditional geisha district are just some of the treasures in store.

Kyushu Elements is the perfect tour for those who want to discover Japanese culture in a stunning location away from the crowds, and for second (or third!) time visitors to Japan who want to venture further afield.

If this sounds good and makes you want to see even more, why not extend your tour in Japan!

Important Tour Information

Group Size: 4 - 14

Single Supplement: This tour has a single supplement. This guarantees a single room throughout the tour. 

Fitness:Even when not using public transport, sightseeing in Japan often involves walking between sights, climbing up steps in temples and being 'on the go' for much of the day. To enjoy any of our Small Group Tours you should be of moderate fitness, able to walk and climb stairs without difficulty and able to maintain a pace that is comfortable for the majority of the group.

Check-in: Please note that rooms at the Kyoto hotel are only available from 3pm. (You can, however, securely leave your luggage at the front desk at any time). 

The tour leader will be staying at the first hotel for two nights before the tour starts so they will be available for advice if you choose to book pre-tour nights. We recommend booking at least one extra night to check in and relax before the tour begins.

Transport: Please note that all transfers are by public transport making use of Japan's first-rate transport network. This tour uses a mixture of trains, taxis, public buses and boats, cable car, helicopter, as well as private coaches for some transfers and sightseeing.

Luggage: We highly recommend that to make your stay more enjoyable you pack reasonably light. Large suitcases will be an inconvenience to you. A small case or bag with wheels or a rucksack are most appropriate for this tour as you will have to carry your bags for short distances and some stations do not have escalators or elevators/lifts. You will also need a small overnight back-pack (for up to two nights) for use when we forward our main bags to the next location.

Accommodation: The accommodation in Kyoto (start and finish), Nagasaki, Unzen, Kumamoto, Kagoshima and Yakushima is equipped with full en-suite facilities (attached bath, shower and toilet). The accommodation in Aso has a private toilet and shared bathing facilities (single sex).

Please note that in Japan, twin rooms are very much the norm, and there are far fewer double rooms available. Please understand that even if you are being booked in a double, this will only be in the hotels where there is availability.

International Flights: This tour starts and finishes in Kyoto for arrivals and departures at Osaka Kansai or Itami Airports. 

At a glance

What's Included >

What's included

  • Full-time services of your InsideJapan tour leader
  • 13 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast every day, two lunches and six evening meals
  • Your InsideJapan Info-Pack
  • Airport transfers by shared shuttle bus
  • Explore the Aso area with a private bus and entrance fees included
  • Full-day private guide service in Kagoshima
  • 2 Day transport pass in Kagoshima
  • Full-day private guide service in Yakushima (including a private bus)
  • All transport between destinations
  • Entrance to Shiratani Unsuikyou nature park and Yakusugi Land on Yakushima
  • Entrance to Suizenji Garden in Kumamoto
  • Entrance to Dejima, Glover Gardens & Peace Mark and Museum in Nagasaki
  • Luggage forwarding from Kyoto to Unzen, Unzen to Aso & Kagoshima to Kyoto
  • 14-day Japan Rail Pass
  • Shared portable Wi-Fi access throughout trip

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Any extra local transportation (subways, buses, taxis) unless otherwise specified
  • Entrance fees including those for museums, temples & shrines unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage handling & luggage forwarding unless otherwise specified

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Tour Price Information

  • Tour Price: From US$5285
  • Single Supplement: From US$483

Extra Nights

  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share From US$217 pp Single From US$296 pp
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share From US$217 pp Single From US$296 pp
Disclaimer Message: Please note: Prices displayed above are all "From" prices as individual prices vary depending on time of year travelling. For full pricing information on specific departures please speak to your Travel Consultant.

Tour Highlights

  • Take a full-day tour of Yakushima Island with lunch included
  • Take an included helicopter ride over Japan's largest active volcano, Mount Aso
  • Admire Sakurajima volcano from across the bay in Kagoshima
  • Try your hand at shodo, Japanese calligraphy in Kumamoto
  • Visit Dejima and Glover Gardens, remnants of Nagasaki's cosmopolitan past
  • Bask in hot spring baths at a traditional ryokan inn in Unzen
  • If all this sounds great and makes you want to see even more, why not extend your stay in Japan!

For more information email us: [email protected] or call: 303 952 0379

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Kyushu Elements - 14 Days - Accommodation

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Single supplement from US$665

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