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Kyushu Walking & Hiking Tour: Spring

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Tour Code: GTE3761700

Kyushu Walking & Hiking Tour: Spring

15 days 14 nights

fromUSD $6035.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

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Single Supplement: USD $950.00


A small-group guided walking & hiking tour to the land of fire Kyushu with short hikes of 1-3 hours.

Kyushu, Japan's third largest island, is known for its volcanic activity and many hot springs. With stunning scenery, historical sites, and amazing cultural experiences, this tour is great for those looking to explore more rural Japan and travel off the beaten path. Your English-speaking guide will provide valuable insight into each of your destinations and guide you through rural Japan. The spring season of Japan is a fantastic time to go hiking as the weather is not too hot nor too cold. Take in the sights of blooming flowers, which can be viewed as you trail along the wonderous nature of Japan. Join All Japan Tours, as we take you on an expedition through Japan's southernmost main island.

Our tour begins with the historic city of Kyoto that was spared from air raids and saved from the atomic bomb during World War II for its cultural and historical value. We will also visit the nearby town of Asuka, one of Japan’s earliest capital before sailing through the Seto Inland see to venture deeper into the cradle of Japanese civilization. As though formed over fire, Kyushu is known for its many active volcanoes and hot springs. You will as visit Mt. Aso, one of the world’s oldest calderas as well as several hot spring towns that are natural by-products from the volcanoes. We will also visit the rock formations that make the Takachiho Gorge, another by-product of the volcanoes. While there, we will learn a little about ancient Japanese mythology by watching a Yokugura Dance. At some point, we will spend a day further relaxing and having the unique experience of being buried in hot sand in Yamakawa. Hike through the lush forests at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Yakushima, where you will find giant cedar trees that are said to be thousands of years old. Spend time in the historic city of Nagasaki, known for not only its devastating past in WWII but for being one of the first places that opened trade to the world. We end our tour in Japan’s other metropolis of Osaka, home to neon lights and street food.

Note: this is an intense rated hiking trip with some steady steep ascents and hikes over 4 hours.

Activity Level: Intense
Our Intense tours generally have dedicated days of trail walking, with some days of over four hours and with some ascent and/or descent.

Who is an Intense tour designed for?
- We recommend our Intense tours for anyone who does regular walking or hiking, and is comfortable walking a full day with some climbing and descending.
- If you do not exercise regularly, please practice walking for three to four hours, about three to six months prior to the tour in order to get the most out of your trip.

Accommodations
This itinerary contains overnight stays at Western Hotels, Ryokans, and Minshukus. Ryokans and Minshukus are more traditional accommodations, with a more casual hospitality than you will find at a hotel. At both a Ryokan and a Minshuku, you will stay in a simply furnished room and sleep on a futon, which is laid on a tatami mat.
Some Ryokans may have private bathrooms attached to your room, but others only have public bathrooms used by all the guests. Minshukus usually offer only a public bathroom – meaning either a smaller bathroom used one guest at a time, or larger bathrooms separated by gender (male & female), and designed to be used by multiple guests at once.

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Dates & Price

2025

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Mon. Mar 10, 2025 Mon Mar 24, 2025 USD $6035.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Osaka Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  

Please Note:

All prices are per person, based on twin (double on request) or triple occupancy.
International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money!

We can arrange international flights for US customers if needed, please ask for details.

Deposit

A 20% deposit is required to hold the space at time of booking and final payment is due 2 months prior to departure. At least 4 passengers minimum are required to guarantee the tour’s departure. Booked passengers will be informed 3 months before the starting date if the tour is not guaranteed, and they will have the option to either cancel and refund the amount already paid, or transfer the payment to another tour.

What's included

  • • 14 nights in hotels and Japanese-style inns (Ryokan and Minshuku)
  • • All transportation between tour locations
  • • Forwarding of one item of luggage on 3 occasions
  • • Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide

  •   Meals
  • • Breakfast everyday
  • • 8 dinners

  • Admission fees and activities
  • • All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

What's NOT included

  • • International Airfares
  • • Airport transfers
  • • Meals that are not included in the itinerary
  • • Travel Insurance
  • • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
  • • For single travelers, this tour has a single supplement. The Single Supplement for this tour only applies to Western-style hotels. For Ryokan / Minshuku / Temple Lodging, you will be paired with another traveler of the same gender.

Additional Information

Transport

Public transportation


Arrival Departure Airports

For arrivals at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX), this tour starts in Kyoto and ends in Osaka, with departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX).


Meal Requests

Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged.


Meet and Greet

Airport meet and greet and arrival airport transfer are NOT included, but we will provide with full instructions in advance.


Itinerary In Brief

  • Day1   Meet in Kyoto
  • Day2   Sightseeing in Kyoto
  • Day3   Asuka & ferry to Kyushu
  • Day4   Beppu and Kurokawa Onsen
  • Day5   Mount Aso & Takachiho
  • Day6   Takachiho Gorge
  • Day7   Kumamoto & Kagoshima
  • Day8   Ibusuki & Hot Sand Baths
  • Day9   Yakushima Island
  • Day10   Yakushima Island
  • Day11   Yakushima Island
  • Day12   Transfer to Nagasaki
  • Day13   Nagasaki
  • Day14   Bullet Train to Osaka
  • Day15   Tour Ends

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Kyoto / Asuka / Beppu / Kurokawa Onsen / Mount Aso / Takachiho / Kumamoto / Kagoshima / Ibusuki / Yakushima / Nagasaki / Osaka


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