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8 days Northern & Central Kyushu tour

Exploring the 5 prefectures of Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita and Fukuoka.

There are many fascinating tourist destinations are concentrated in this area

and a lot of Photo spots on the way to main tourist destinations as well.

 


 

Where to Explore 

Day 1 : arrive Fukuoka-city  → Saga-prefecture, stay Ureshino or Takeo

Day 2 : Nagasaki, stay Nagasaki

Day 3 : Shimabara and Unzen, stay Unzen

Day 4 : Kumamoto, stay Kumamoto

Day 5 : Aso, stay Kurokawa Onsen or Aso

Day 6 : Yufuin and Beppu, stay Yufuin or Beppu

Day 7 : Kitakyushu, stay Kitakyushu

Day 8 : Fukuoka, stay Fukuoka

 


 

Travelling route 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Tour conditions 

The tour is the private tour exclusively for your group.

・Minimum number : 2 person

・Maxum number : 30 person

・Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka-city, please specify the place where you want

・Tour date : please specify the date

・Accommodations is selected as per your required grade, room conditions and budget

 and the location is considered sightseeing, dinner and nightlife as well.

・Chartered vehicle is utilized as per number of person.

・English speaking tour attendant escorts your journey to produce a pleasant trip.

・For making enjoyable our company staff always assist during tour by  

 communicating with you using a communication tool such as WhatsApp.

 


 

 Itinerary 

 

Day 1   Saga-prefecture

 

Itinerary

There are two travelling routes to be offered, please select as per your preference.

 

Route 1

 

Depart Fukuoka-city

Exploring Saga-city

  Saga is also known as the place where it has made a great contribution to the

  Japanese Industrial Revolution

Lunch in Saga, to be selected from the following

Saga beef

  Saga beef is esteemed as one of the best Wagyu beef brands in Japan

Takazaki crab

   Takezaki crab is the local specialty of Tara, and is well-known for its rich flavor

Exploring Kashima

  Feature sightseeing spot is Yutoku Inari Shrine and also Sake brewery visiting is recommended

Ureshino

  Onsen Resort, clear hot spring waters are high in sodium bicarbonate and sodium

  chloride and feel extremely smooth on skin

Stay at Ureshino Onsen Resort

 Japanese style Hotel, included dinner and breakfast

 


 

Route 2

Depart Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Yobusko

Yobuko

 Town of Fishing industry, famous for Squid and Morning Market called Asaichi

Lunch  at Yobuko, fresh Squid

  Transparent in body and firm in texture. The squid has a sweetness that melt

  upon the tongue

Transfer to Imari 

Imari 

  The porcelain town, has 400years history

Okawachiyama porcelain district

  About 30 potteries are manufacturing Imari porcelain in Okawachiyama

Transfer to Takeo

Romon Gate  

  The landmark of Takeo Onsen

Mifuneyama-rakuen Garden

  Beautiful Japanese Garden, located in the southwestern foot of Mifuneyama

Stay at  Takeo Onsen Resort

  Japanese style Hotel, included dinner and breakfast

 


 

Option : the following site can be arranged as an option

Great Camphor tree at Takeo Shrine

  The tree is one of the largest in Japan and over 3,000 years old

 


 

Where to explore

 

Route 1

Saga-city

Saga-city in Kyushu is the seat of the Saga-prefectural government. Saga is also known as

the plece where it has made a great contribution to the Japanese Industrial Revolution. 


 

Lunch at Saga or Tara

 

Saga beef

Saga beef is esteemed as one of the best Wagyu beef brands in Japan. The cattle used for our

meats are fattened in adherence to the regulations of the Japan Agriculture Co-operative, and we

use only Japanese black cattle registered with their cattle traceability system.


 

Takezaki crab

Takezaki crab is the local specialty of Tara, and is well-known for its rich flavor. Takezaki crabs

are available almost year around. From summer into fall the male rabs are delicious, with the

females and their eggs most delicious during the autumn and winter. You could even try one of each.

 

 

Kashima and Tara

Kashima is located about 60 kilometers southwest of Saga-city. It borders the Ariake Sea

to the east and Nagasaki Prefecture to the southwest. Feature sightseeing spot is Yutoku

Inari Shrine and also Sake brewery visiting is recommended.

 

Yutoku Inari Shrine

One of the most famous Inari shrines in Japan and located in Kashima-city, Saga-prefecture.

Dedicated to Inari, the deity whose messengers are foxes, it is the third largest of its kind

in Japan. It was constructed in 1688 as the family shrine of the Nabeshima clan who ruled

what would become the Saga area during the Edo period. ​​


 

Kaichu Torii

Kaichu Torii gates in the sea have become a popular photo spot when the tide is high.The “Floating

Torii Gate” of Ouo Shrine stands on the shallow area of the ocean in Tara-cho, which has 6 meter

tide difference. It changes its appearance every time you look at it, and it is a famous tourist spot.

 

 


 

Ochacha Mura Villaege

Visitors get to taste test green teas and products, see and tour the warehouse factory where

green tea is cultivated and packaged, and leave with a better understanding of the ever-so-popular

tea. You can even experience the process of picking young green leaves for cultivation.


 

Stay

 

Ureshino Onsen Resort

Ureshino Onsen is a hot spring town in southwestern Saga Prefecture. Its clear onsen waters are

high in sodium bicarbonate and sodium chloride and feel extremely smooth on skin, giving rise to

its popularity as a “Bihada no Yu” ( beautiful skin waters).


 

Route 2

 

Yobuko

Fishing industry town famous for Squid and Morning Market called Asaichi,

Asaichi opens from 7:30 to 12:00, every day at just next to Yobuko Port. The street of

200 m borrowed from the eaves of the shopping street is named “Asaichi Street”.


 

Lunch at Yobuko, Freash Squid

Famous for fresh Squid, transparent in body and firm in texture. The squid has a sweetness that melt

upon the tongue. In the finely crafted style of sashimi known as Ikezukuri, the flesh of still-living

seafood is served.


 

Imari

Imari is the porcelain town, has 400years history and is most notable because of Imari porcelain,

which is the European collectors’ name for Japanese porcelain wares made in the town of Arita,

Saga Prefecture.


 

Arita

It is known for producing Arita porcelain, one of the traditional handicrafts of Japan. Famous

for Arita yaki which is 400-years old porcelain. The piece is bright, elegant pictures drawn in

transparent white porcelain

 

 

Takeo

The Onsen resort, has 1200 years history. Takeo is located in the western part of Saga-prefecture.

The hot spring temperature is 18 to 52 degrees. Spring quality is smooth with alkaline simple hot

spring.  Romon Gate is the landmark of Takeo Onsen Resort, which was designed by a renowned

architect in the Meiji Era, Kingo Tatsuno, and is at the entrance of the Onsen area.

 

 

Stay

Takeo Onsen Resort

Spring quality is smooth with alkaline simple hot spring.  It is said that the color is colorless

and transparent and has an outstanding effect on recovery from fatigue.


 

Day 2   Nagasaki

 

Itinerary

Leave Hotel in Takeo

Transfer to Nagasaki

Visit Peace Park 

Atomic Bomb Museum  

  Exhibits a number of photograph that depict the devastation caused by Atomic Bomb

Ground Zero

  The plutonium atomic bomb exploded about 500m over the central monument

Peace Fountain 

  Reminds us of the tragic scene unfolded shortly after dropped the Atomic Bomb

Peace Statue   

  The Peace Statue was completed ten years after the atomic bombing for World Peace

Lunch at Nagaaki Wharf or  China Town  

Oura Cathedral 

  The Cathedral is one of the significant Christian Pilgrimage site in Japan

Glover Garden  

  Located on Minami-Yamate hill in Nagasaki-city, Glover Garden has nine Western style

  buildings including the Glover’s Residence

Stay at Nagasaki,  Western style Hotel, included breakfast

Dinner around JR Nagasaki station, local speciality Cuisines  

 


 

Option : the following sites can be arranged as an option.

Dejima

  Only open gateway to Europe during Japan’s National isolation period

Night view of  Mount Inasa

  The three Major Night View in the World

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan

  The Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan were a group of Catholics who were executed by

  crucifixion

Confucius Shrine

  The world’s only Confucian shrine built outside China by Chinese hands

Gunkan-jima island cruise

  Exploring Tachibana bay from Nagasaki port and landing on Gunkan-jima island

 


 

Where to explore

 

Nagasaki-city

The city have many oversea countries cultures and the significant Japanese histories like

no other areas. In addition to above features, the geographical conditions are creating

fascinating tourism and now many tourists are visiting here.

 


 

Peace Park

Established in 1955 near the Ground Zero where the Atomic Bomb was dropped at 11:02 am

on Aug. 09, 1945. Peace Memorial Ceremony is held in front of the statue on August 9 every

year and the Mayor of Nagasaki makes the “Nagasaki peace declaration” for the whole world.

 

Atomic Bomb Museum

The museum exhibits a number of photograph that depict the devastation caused by atomic

bomb showing the lead-up to this tragic day, the history of the development of nuclear arms

and our desire for peace.


 

Ground Zero

The plutonium atomic bomb exploded about 500m over the central monument at 11:02 a.m.

on August 9, 1945.   The most part of Nagasaki was destroyed, and a tremendous number of

lives were lost. And about 70,000 of Nagasaki’s 240,000 residents died instantly, and up to

60,000 were injured. 


 

Peace Statue

Completed in 1955, ten years after the atomic bombing. The 9.7 meter high statue sitting on a

4 meter tall pedestal, made by renown sculptor Kitamura Seibo. The raised arm points to the

threat of nuclear weapons and the out-stretched arm symbolizes peace.


 

Lunch at Nagasaki Wharf or China Town

 

Nagasaki Wharf

Elegant international & domestic tourist harbour. Made up of around 20 unique shops and

restaurants lined up at the water front, offering various choices such Japanese, Western,

and Italian cuisine, to beauty salons, outdoor shops and more.


 

China Town

Nagasaki China town at shinchi is one of the big three china town in Japan. There are about

50 Chinese restaurants and many Chinese sundries shops in there.

   


 

Oura Cathedral

The Cathedral is one of the significant Christian Pilgrimage site in Japan. Established 1865,

this church is officially known as “Oura Cathedral, the Church of 26 Martyrs.” It was built by

the French priest Bernard Petitjean of Fier who had been dispatched by the Foreign

Missionary Church of Paris to dedicate prayers to the 26 saints martyred on Nishizaka hill.


 

Glover Garden 

Located on Minami-Yamate hill in Nagasaki-city, Glover Garden has nine Western style buildings

including the Glover’s Residence built in 1863 and is Japan’s oldest wooden Western–style building

registered on the UNESCO World Heritage. The elegant scenery of Nagasaki harbor view from

Glover Garden can be enjoyed. 


 

Option

 

Dejima 

Dejima was the fan-shaped artificial island in the bay of Nagasaki where was used as a Dutch

trading port and it was only open gateway to Europe during Japan’s National isolation of Edo

period from 1641 until 1853. At that time, many European technologies and cultures were

introduced here through Dutch.


 

Mount Inasa

It is a 333 meter high mountain in close distance to JR Nagasaki Station. The summit can be

reached by ropeway or car and offers great views over the city. And also, the magnificent night

views from Mount Inasa are ranked among Japan’s three best night views.


 

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan     

Nishizaka hill is the most significant Christian Pilgrimage site in Japan. The 26 Martyrs of Japan

were a group of Catholics who were executed by rucifixion on February 5, 1597.Their martyrdom

is especially significant in the history of the Catholic Church in Japan. In 1637, St. Lorenzo Luiz

from Philippines martyred here at Nishizaka hill.


 

The museum behind the monument is devoted to the memory of the martyrs and to Christianity in

Japan in general. Its interior is reminiscent of a church with stained-glass windows, making for

atmospheric viewing of the exhibits. On display are artifacts related to Christianity in Japan,

including old documents, statues and jewelry.


 

Confucius Shrine

The world’s only Confucian shrine built outside China by Chinese hands. First built in 1893 by

Chinese residents of Nagasaki with the support of the Ch’ing Dynasty government, the shrine

was designed to serve as a place of worship and learning for the Chinese community, and

housed a Confucian sanctuary and primary school. 


 

Hashima Coal Mine  /  Gunkan-jima island cruise

Hashima coal mining island is an artificial reclaimed island and the site of Japan’s first major

undersea coal exploitation pioneered by Mitsubishi. Hashima Island is located 3 km southwest of

Takashima. Now Hashima is a ruins called “Gunkanjima”, so called after its resemblance to the

silhouette of a battleship.


 

Stay

Nagasaki

Most Hotels are located close to the main street and walking distance from Nagasaki tram

stations. And you can find many restaurants around the Hotels.

 


 

Dinner at Nagasaki-city

Local restaurants

 

 

Sushi restaurant


 

Beef restaurant

 

 

Day 3   Shimabara and Unzen

 

Itinerary

Leave Hotel in Nagasaki

Transfer to Shimabara

Shimabara Castle

  Built in 1625 by the feudal load Matsukura Shigemasa, who was regarded as a master

  of castle building

Samurai Street

  The Samurai Houses in Shimabara along the old Samurai street nearby Shimabara

  Castle were built in 18th century

Lunch at  Shimabara,  local cuisine Guzoni

  Guzouni is a local cuisine created in the 17th century during Shimabara Rebellion

Transfer to Unzen

Nita Pass

  One of the best scenic spot in Unzen. At any time of the year the natural scenery

  is magnificent

Unzen Jigoku

  The number one attraction of Unzen with a peculiar smell of sulfur emitted from the springs

Stay at Unzen Onsen Resort  Japanese style Hotel,  included dinner and breakfast

  Dinner at Hotel : Japanese style kaiseki dinner including local specialty cuisines

 


 

Option : the following sites can be arranged as an option.

Dolphins watching cruise

  It is possible to see the dolphins so close that you could almost touch them

Harajo Castle ruins

 Christian Pilgrimage site of Historic Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion

The Japan’s longest foot bath in Obama

  The length of foot bath is 105m which is same number of the hot spring

  source temperature of 105 degree Celsius

 


 

Where to explore

 

Shimabara

Located in the Shimabara peninsula, the region spread in the foot of gentle mountain and

facing to calm sea.  Offers various enjoyable things such as Nature, Onsen, Castle town of

Shimabara-city and Christian Pilgrimage sites.

 


 

Shimabara Castle

Located in Shimabara-city and was built in 1625 by the feudal load Matsukura Shigemasa, who

was regarded as a master of castle building. The castle, which took 7 years to complete, is also 

known as “Moritake Castle”.


 

Samurai Houses

Samurai was a term for the military nobility in pre-industrial Japan. The Samurai Houses in

Shimabara along the old Samurai street nearby Shimabara Castle were built in 18th century.


 

Samurai Street

The street lined with stone walls and a spring water canal running down the center commemorates

the old samurai section of Shimabara. Three Samurai houses have been restored and opened 

as exhibits.


 

Lunch at Shimabara

 

local delicacy food, Guzoni

Guzoni is said to created during the Shimabara Rebellion of 1637. When Cristians were fought

under the leadership of Amakusa Shiro, they brought various ingredients such as rice cake,

fishes and vegetables, and made a stew.   This is the origin of Guzoni.


 

Obama Chanpon 

It is a local cuisine in Obama Onsen resort, made of noodles, seafood, and vegetables. The feature

of the restaurant in Obama Onsen serving everything from any Japanese style including Susi and

Chanpon. Shrimp are found in abundance along the beaches near the Onsen, and a special soup

is made from them.

 

 

Indian restaurant, TAJ MAHAL

 

 

Unzen 

Unzen is a beautiful highland Onsen Resort in Shimabara peninsula situated Unzen National Park 

The first area to be designated as a National Park in Japan and then the area has been developed

as Onsen Resort for both tourist Japanese and foreigner. Even now, many tourist from all over the

world are visiting here for enjoying Nature.

 


 

Nita Pass

One of the best scenic spot in Unzen. At any time of the year the natural scenery of Nita Pass 

in Unzen is magnificent. Azaleas, green leaves, brilliant autumnal tints of maples and silver frost

represent each season of the year.


 

Unzen Jigoku

Jigoku, means Hell, is the number one attraction of Unzen with a peculiar smell of sulfur emitted

from the springs, and with white smoke rising from the ground over a wide area. This is a striking

reminder that Unzen Volcano is still very much alive.


 

Option

Dolphins watching cruise

Approximately 300 wild Dolphins live in the sea between the Shimabara Peninsula and Amakusa.

The dolphin watching cruises have become increasingly popular for all ages, especially because

it is possible to see the dolphins so close that you could almost touch them.

 

 

Harajo Castle ruins

The Christian pilgrimage site, registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site as Hidden Christian

Sites in the Nagasaki Region. The battle field of Shimabara Rebellion which was a peasant

uprising agaist bakufu’s persecution of Christians under the leadership of Amakusa Shiro in 1637. 


 

The Japan’s longest foot bath in Obama

Called “Hot foot 105  The length of foot bath is 105m which is same number of the hot spring

source temperature of 105 degree Celsius.


 

Local specialities, Souvenir shop

 

 

Stay

Unzen Onsen Resort

There are 17 Hotels and Japanese style inns around Unzen Jigoku. rom every hotel, beautiful 

scenery which changes by season can be enjoyed.


 

Day 4   Kumamoto

 

Itinerary

Transfer from Shimabara to Kumamoto by a ferry boat

Transfer to Kumamoto

Lunch at Kumamoto, Japanese restaurant

Exploring  Kumamoto

Sakurano-baba Josaien 

  Located at the foot of Kumamoto Castle, there are many shops and restaurants

Kumamoto Castle 

  One of the three great castles in Japan, Due to the Earthquakes in 2016, Now, the

  Castle can be seen from the outside of the moats surrounding the castle

Suizenji-koen Park

  Imitated the beautiful scenery of Japan

Stay at   Kumamoto , Western style Hotel, included breakfast

Dinner at  Shimo-tori Shopping Street , local specialty cuisines

 

 


 

Where to explore

 

Kumamoto

Situated roughly in the center of Kumamoto-prefecture, is the government and economic center

of the prefecture. From the early 17th century to the end of the 19th century, Kumamoto was

prosperous as a castle town.

 


 

Transfer to Kumamoto from Shimabara by a ferry

Two ferries are operated form Shimabara to Kumamoto–city

  Kyusho Ferry : operated by Kyusho Ferry, 60 minutes ride

  Ocean Arrow : operated by Kumamoto Ferry, 30 minutes ride.


 

Lunch at Kumamoto

Japanese restaurant, Gorin located nearby Kumamoto Castle

  

 

Sakurano-baba Josaien         

Josaien is located in Sakurano-baba, at the foot of Kumamoto Castle, one of Japan’s three major

castles. It is a popular tourist attraction designed to enhance the appeal of the old castle town and

convey to visitors the food, history and cultural traditions of the region from Kumamoto Castle, a

symbol of the Kumamoto-city.


 

Kumamoto Castle

The Castle is one of the three great castles and one of the 100 best places in Japan to view cherry

blossoms. Due to the Earthquakes in 2016, the Castle have heavey damages and many of Castle

buildings were destroyed. After that the restoration activities are being performed as fast as possible

and now Kumamoto Castle can be seen from the outside of the moats surrounding the castle.

 


 

Suizenji-koen Park

Imitated the beautiful scenery of Japan, is a refined circular garden of Momoyama period style

and represents the 53 Stations of the Tokaido Road including Mt. Fuji. The fresh springs in the

garden release clean, cold water, which flows there from Mount Aso via underground currents.


 

Stay

Kumamoto near  Shimo-tori Shopping Street       

The largest shopping arcade in Kumamoto-prefecture, the center of fashion and amusement

where department stores and boutiques line up and also there are gourmet area where cafes

and restaurants including local cousin restaurants opened daytime and nighttime.


 

Day 5   Aso

 

Itinerary

Leave Hotel in Kumamoto

Transfer to Aso

Aso Tourist Tram

   Enjoy the magnificent scenery of Aso from the Tourist Tram

Lunch at Takamori  Dengaku-no sato 

  Enjoy Aso beef and local cuisines called dengaku. The restaurant uses the old private house

  with thatch roof built more than 200 years ago

Kusasenri-ga-hama    

  The vast and beautiful prairie in the crater, enjoy the various seasons from its vivid green

  summer to the fantastic silvery winter, as well as riding horses

Daikanbo

  The perfect spot view the five peak of Mount Aso, the must visiting tourist spot in Aso

Stay at Kurokawa Onsen or Aso region

  Japanese style Hotel, included dinner and breakfast

  Japanese style kaiseki dinner included lacal spesiality cuisines 

 


 

Option : the following sites can be arranged as an option

Mount Aso  

  The largest active volcano in Japan. Its peak is 1592 m above sea level

  The site can be visited as per the volcano condition

Nabegataki Waterfalls

  Nabegataki Waterfall is a hidden tourist spot, It is very unique waterfalls, actually climb

  behind the falls

Aso shrine  

  One of the oldest and most prominent shrines in Japan

 


 

Where to explore

 

Aso

The world’s largest caldera and the active volcano give a lot of excitements. And numerous

unforgettable experiences in the rural area can be made including Onsen, variety of sports 

and local cuisines.

 


 

Tourist Tram   Minami Aso Rail Way

Enjoy the magnificent scenery of Aso. The Minami Aso railway is a private railroad offering

a very scenic ride from Takamori to Nakamatsu in the south east of the caldera. Lovely and

magnificent scenery can be enjoyed.

 


 
Lunch

Enjoy Aso beef and local cuisines. The restaurant uses the old private house with thatched roof

built more than 200 years ago. Bake the meat and local ingredients with charcoal at a Japanese

traditional style fire place.


 

Aso Akaushi beef rice bowl

Aso Akaushi laterally means red beef that is unique in that it has a higher proportion of red meat

with just the right amount of fat, combined with great taste, tenderness and healthiness.

Aso Akaushi beer rice bowl is a local cuisine in Aso consisting of a bowl of rice put in a mildly

sweet sauce and topped with Akaushi beef and egg.


 

Kusasenri-ga-hama

The beautiful prairie of 785,000 square meter in the crater spreads in northern part of Mt. Eboshi

that is one of the Aso Five Mountains. A big pond at its center and grazing horses round about

make an idyllic scene.


 

Mount Aso

The largest active volcano in Japan, and is among the largest in the world. Its peak is 1592 m

above sea level. Its caldera is 25 km across north to south and 18 km across east to west.


 

Daikanbo

The perfect spot view the five peak of Mount Aso. Daikanbo literally means a big observatory peak.

The circumference of the Aso caldera is about 130 kilometers. From the observation site, you can

clearly see its conical shape.


 

Option

Nabegataki Waterfalls

The hidden tourist spot in Kumamoto prefecture, located just outside Oguni town in Aso region.

One of the area’s more well-known waterfalls. Looking like a mini-Niagara. It is very unique

waterfalls, you can actually climb behind the falls to see how the water has carved out the rock

over the year.


 

Aso shrine 

The shrine is located in the center of the caldera of Mt. Aso and the caldera is known as the
largest in the world in which people are actually living. Aso Shrine is popular as a god protecting
worshipers from traffic accidents, and exorcism, marriae, and learning. Aso shrine one of the
oldest and most prominent shrines in Japan


 

Stay

 Kurokawa Onsen

The most popular Onsen resort in Aso region, located on the northern side of Mount Aso.  Widely

known for its open-air baths, it is one of the best places to enjoy the atmosphere of old town in Japan, 

more than 20 Japanese style accommodations and gift shops standing in a row along the river.


 

Day 6   Yufuin and Beppu  

 

Itinerary

Leave Hotel in Aso

Transfer to Yufuin

Exloring Yufuin

Yunotsubo Avenue   

  The avenue is started near JR Yufuin Station and connected to Kinrinko lake

Yufuin Floral Village 

  Reproduced the townscape of the Cotswold region in England. The place was also

  used for Harry Potter’s shooting location.

Kinrinko lake

  One of the landmark in Yufuin, hot water gushes from the bottom of the lake

Lunch at Yufuin

Transfer to Beppu

Exploring Beppu

Beppu Hell tour 

  The most famous sights are Hell tour, a collection of hot springs where the water bubbles

   forth from underground, often with unusual result

Foot bath

  Foot bath is called Ashiyu in Japanese and is a public bath in which people can

  bath their feet

Stay at Beppu  

 


 

Option : the following site can be arranged as an option.

Mount Tsurumi

  Soaring 1375 metres into the sky, Mount Tsurumi is a breathtaking mountain

  overlooking Beppu

Jigoku Mushi kobo

  Jigoku Mushi, literally “hell-steaming” is an unusual cooking method found in Beppu

Hyotan Onsen, sand bath 

  The most popular pubulic bath in Beppu, various type of Onsen including the sand bath

 


 

Where to explore

 

Yufuin

Graceful Onsen Resort located in the Yufu basin surrounded by Mount Yufu and Tsurumi.

One of the most popular among ladies and International tourist visits to here are increasing. 

 


 

Yunotsubo Avenue

Main street in Yufuin located at the foot of mount Yufu. The avenue is started near JR Yufuin

Station and connected to Kinrinko lake. Through Yunotsubo Avenue, it takes about 30 minutes

on foot from JR Yufuin Station to Kinrinko lake. There are 70 shops, gift shop, galleries, curiosity

item shops as well as cafes.


 

Yufuin Floral Village

Floral Village is the amusement facility that recreated the street of the Cotswolds region in

England, which was also used as the location for Harry Potter. Cute owls welcome you in

OWL’s FORESR. You can enjoy strolling, gourmet and shopping with beautiful flowers in

the Village, and there is Alice in Wonderland shop here.


 

Kinrinko lake

One of landmark in Yufuin. Hot water gushes from the bottom of the lake, and hot steam rises from

its surface on a cold day.  The lake is located at the end of the town’s main walking route, about a

kilometer and a half from the Yufuin station.


 

Lunch at Yufuin

Yufumabushi

Yufumabushi is a local cuisine which serves really nice BUNGO Beef. But surprisingly, the way

they serve beef is not BBQ or SUKIYAKI style that are seen in most cases, but “Yufumabushi ”

style which we rarely see for beef dish.

 

 

Local gourmet restaurants

There are many kind of restaurants and cafes around Kinrinko lake and at the Yunotsubo Avenue,


 

Beppu

The popular hot spring town nestle at the foot of volcanos, Mt. Yufu and Mt. Tsurumi. Boasting

more than 2,800 hot spring sources and flowing rate of nearly 137,000 kiloliters per day.

 


 

Beppu Hell tour 

Hell (Jigoku Meguri ) tour that is a collection of hot spring where the water bubbles forth from 
underground, often with unusual result.  Seven of the hells are located in the Kannawa district
where over 4 km northwest of Beppu station, and two in the more remote Shibaseki district.  
 

Umi Jigoku

Sea Hell, it resemble of sea, this 200 metre deep, cobalt blue pond of boiling water emerge

1200 years ago after a volcano explosion.


   

Oniishi Bozu Jigoku 

Oniishi shaving Head Hell, large and small bubble of hot gray mud that boiling up here look

like the shaven head of monks.

 

 

Chi-no-ike Jigoku 

Blood Pull Hell, the clay is steaming hot point that the steam is red. Japan’s oldest natural
Jigoku as written about in the Bungo Topography described as Akayusen, a reddish hot spring.


 

Foot bath

Have you tried Foot bath before?  oot bath is called Ashiyu in Japanese and is a public bath in
which people can bath their feet. Ashiyu in Beppu set up at Kannawa Onsen near the Hell tour spot.


 

Option

Mount Tsurumi

Soaring 1375 metres into the sky, Mount Tsurumi is a breathtaking mountain overlooking Beppu

that offers some decent hiking, rare flora and outstanding vistas. Visitors can take a ropeway 800

metres up and revel in being surrounded by acres of rolling greenery. You can see as far as the

Kuju Mountains, a famous mountain range that runs between Oita and Kumamoto-prefectures.

 

 

Jigoku Mushi kobo

Jigoku Mushi, literally “hell-steaming” is a unique cooking method found in Beppu. The ingredients

such as vegetables, seafood and meals are cooked using the steam from natural hot spring.

You can operate the steam cookers all by yourself and you can cook whatever you want.

  

 

Hyotan Onsen, sand bath 

The most popular pubulic bath in Beppu. You can enjoy various type of Onsen including the

sand bath.

 

 

Stay

Beppu or Yufuin

The best Onsen life to suit your requirement can be chosen from the various options.

Where to stay : Yufuin Onsen, Sujiyu Onsen, Beppu eight Onsen including Kannawa.

Japanese style room or Western style room can be chosen and the local cuisines

including Bungo beef can be enjoyed at dinner.

 


 

Enjoy local specialty cuisines in Oita-prefecture

Bungo Beef, Seki  Aji & Seki Saba, mackerels, Oita fugu, blowfish

 


 

Day 7    Kitakyushu-city

 
Itinerary

Leave Hotel in Beppu

Transfer to Kitakyushu-city

Visit Kukura Castle 

Lunch at Featured restaurant  

Exploring Kitakyushu-city

MjikoRetro 

Higashida district   UNESCO World Heritage

Mount Sarakura : enjoy beautiful sunset and the three Major Night View in Japan  

Stay at  Kitakyushu-city ,  Western style Hotel,included breakfast

Dinner at Kokura

 


 

Option

Kawachi Wisteria Garden

   Usually peaks around late April to middle of May

Kokura Castle Garden

  The former site of lord’s guest house, located next to Kokura Castle

Konamon Pedstrian tunnel  

  Only the place in the world !   You can cross the strait on foot. 

Manga Museum and Aru Aru City

   The multi-floored shopping mall devoted to products and services for anime, manga, idol culture,

   and cosplay fans, a kind of Harajuku in miniature

Hiraodai Karst Plateau & Caves 

   One of the three largest Karst Plateau in Japan

 


 
Where to explore
 
Kitakyushu is the second largest city in Kyushu with a population of 940,000. The city is the
Industrial Innovation city greatly contributed to Japan’s Industrial modernization. Now the city
offers a lot of sightseeing spots such as scenic beauty places, UNESCO World Heritage site,
industrial heritages placed introduce cultures of people living there, and various historic sites.  
 

Kitakyushu’s landmark Kokura Castle. Fukuoka–prefecture only in Japan is selected by CNN

Travel as one of the top 19 places to visit in 2019.  And the Photo of Kokura Castle is used for

introducing Fukuoka-prefecture. The Castle located within a walking distance of JR Kokura Station

   

 

Lunch, local cuisines at Kokura

 


 

Mojiko Retro

Dr. Albert Einstein awarded Nobel Prize in Physic visited Moji in 1922, and he acclaimed that

everything could see were Arts. The exotic district of Mojiko Retro is visited by more than 2 

million tourists a year. Moji-ko Port flourished following its 889 designation as a Special National

Port for exporting coal and other products

 


 

Mitsui Club

It was built by the Mitsui Co., Ltd in 1921 as a reception centre and to provide accommodation for

VIP’s.   Albert Einstein (1879-1955), one of the world’s most famous theoretical physicists, stayed

here during his visit to Japan with his wife in 1922.


 

Kaikyo Plaza

The shopping area in the Mojiko Retro district located by the sea. “Full of a romance market which

stir up forgetting contentment” is the direct translation of the concept Kaikyo Plaza is based on. 

The area has a very romantic ambience and evokes feeling of nostalgia and contentment that will 

never be forgotten. 


 

Mojiko Station

It is the only Station building that is designated as an Important National Cultural Property 

together with Tokyo Station. Mojiko Station is a beautiful station built in the Renaissance 

style and modeled on the Termini Station in Italy. 


 

Mojiko Retro Observatory       

Situated on the 31st floor of the high-rise apartment building “Retro Hi-Mart”.  The 103 metre-high

observatory offers magnificent views of the Mojiko Retro district, the Kanmon-kyo Bridge over the 

Kanmon Strait, as well as the Shimonoseki area.


 

Higashida

Japan’s modern steel industry was started as Yawata steel Works at Higashida district

in 1901. Since then, the Works greatly contributed to Japan’s industrial modernization.

The three sites in Higashida have been registered on UNESCO World Heritage  as

Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution.

 


 

Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace

Only the Blast  Furnace in the world which preserved as it was. The birth place where 

Japan’s steel industry began in 1901. It contributed greatly to the development of the

Japanese steel industry and was used until 1972, and has been preserved just as it was.


 

First Head Office of the Steel Works  / UNESCO World Heritage

Built in 1899, ahead of production facilities. It is an architectural fusion of Japanese and

European design, a two story red brick building with bilateral symmetry and a central dome

set in a Japanese tile roof.


 

Museum of Industrial Technology. In April 2007, based on this theme of “innovation, ” the Kitakyushu

Innovation Gallery & Studio (KIGS) opened in Yahata, Higashida, the first site of steel manufacturing

in Japan’s modern age. Various things related Industry technologies are exhibited.


 

Mount Sarakura

Kitakyushu is the dynamic city where one million people are living and working, is creating

the beautiful Night view which you have never seen before. The night view from the mount

Sarakura is chosen the three major Night View in Japan. The area of Night view is the largest

in the World ; about 40km east to west and 10km south to north and also the number of

lighting to create the night view is the largest in the World

The most dynamic night view in the World

 

 

Opotion

 

Kawachi Wisteria Garden is a private garden at the Mountain foot of Sarakura and famous for its

spectacularly presented, large numbers of wisteria flowers. The garden is opened to the public

seasonally during the wisteria season which usually peaks around late April to middle of May.


 

Kokura Castle Garden

Kokua Castle Garden made at the former site of lord’s guest house, located next to Kokura Castle.

This garden consists of a Japanese garden and a lord’s house, a building of the style of Japanese

domestic architecture. In this garden, not only can you see Japanese traditional architecture,

but also enjoy the Tea Ceremony at the Experience Zone.


 

Konamon Pedstrian tunnel

Only the place in the world !   You can cross the strait on foot.  The Kanmon Strait, separating

Honshu and Kyushu, is a very beautiful and busy waterway with as many as 700 small and 

large ships a day passing through it. the Kanmon Pedestrian Tunnel, which enables people to 

cross on foot,


 

Manga Museum and Aru Aru City 

Manga Museum is located next to JR Kokura station. The museum is located on the 6th floor

of Aru Aru City, a multi-floored shopping mall devoted to products and services for anime, manga,

idol culture, and cosplay fans, a kind of Harajuku in miniature.

 


 

Hiraodai Karst Plateau & Caves 

One of the three largest karst plateau in Japan. It is located in southeastern part of Kitakyushu-city

At altitudes between 400 and 600 meters above sea level and stretching 6 km from north to south

and 2 km from east to west.  


 

Dinner at Kokura

Ekikara sanjippo yokocho

The place is located on the ground floor of JR Kokura Station. There are 8 restaurants where

local cuisines can be enjoyed.

   

 

Day 8   Fukuoka-city

 

Itinerary

 

Leave Hotel in Kitakyushu-city 

Transfer to Fukuoka-city

Exploring  Fukuoka-city

Lunch : local cuisine in Fukuoka-city

Stay in  Fukuoka-city , Western style Hotel, included breakfast

Dinner at Fukuoka-city, local speciality cuisines

 


 

Where to explore

 

Fukuoka-city

The city has a long history as commercial town and castle town, and prospered as important district

to Asian Continent for many years.   Now, Fukuoka-city is the International hub of Kyushu, the nation’s

fourth largest economic zone. You can enjoy various things by selecting from the following.

 


 

Shopping and Meal

JR Hakata Station

Canal City Hakata

Tenjin


 

Seaside Momochi

The water-front resort area, only a 15 minute drive from Tenjin in the centre of Fukuoka-city. 

The park is surrounded by Fukuoka Tower and high rise contemporary high rise buildings, 

all of which help make a modern urban landscape. 

 

Fukuoka tower

One of the must visit spots is the 234 metre high Fukuoka Tower. It  is the highest coastal
tower in Japan and is covered with 8000 two way mirrors. The observation room located at
a height of 123m offers a breathtaking and spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of 
Fukuoka-city and Hakata Bay.


 

Marizon

The complex facility for the wedding hall, shops and restaurants and is located in Seaside

Momochi Park.


 

Historical places

Kushida Shrine

Tochoji Temple

Fukuoka Castle Ruins


 

Kawabata-dori Shopping Street

Japanese traditional Shopping Street where you can find a lot of Cool Japan. The entrance of the

shopping street is located next to Kushida Shrine. Approximately 130 shops built in the 400 metre

arcade. There are also souvenir shops including Hakata dolls, shops collected Hakata Gion

Yamakasa goods. ​Enjoy lunch, Hakata Ramen at the birth place of Nagahama Ramen.

 


 

Nokonoshima Island

In the middle of Hakata Bay Beautiful flowers can be enjoyable throughout the year. Rapeseed

blossom, Cherry blossom, Livingstone daisy Poppy, Rhododendro, Marigold, Hydrengea, Plumed 

cockscomb, Dahlia, Sunflower, Cockspur coral tree Bougainvillea, Scarlet sage, Cosmos, Dahlia,

Autumn leaves, Scarlet sage, Japanese narcissus, Japanese camellia, Plum.


 

Marine World Uminonakamichi

The aquarium focuses on the aquatic life found around Kyushu. The main tank is a huge,

seven meter deep pool filled with all different kinds of marine life including over 120 sharks

of 20 different varieties. There are also several outdoor tanks where you can experience

feeding dolphins and sea lions.


 

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

The sprawling, family oriented public park, located on a narrow peninsula across the bay from

central Fukuoka.The park is made up of several different areas including flower gardens, playgrounds,

an amusement park with ferris wheel, sports fields, a water park, a zoo and large open spaces and

lawns perfect for picnicking.

 

 

Yusentei Garden

The Japanese traditional Garden; it was originally built in the 1754 for Kuroda Tsugutaka who was

the lord of Fukuoka clan. You can feel Japanese traditional cultures and enjoy Tea Ceremony.


 

Marinoa City Fukuoka

The urban living area where you can enjoy a resort lifestyle full of fun and entertainment.

There is a large shopping mall, a sports equipment store, a car accessories store, an interior

design shop, a baby specialty mega store, some restaurants, a Ferris wheel, and many 

amusement attractions.

 

 

Hakata Ramen Yatai

Food stalls “Yatai”is one thing to enjoy in Fukuoka. Despite a decline in recent year,

there are said to be more than 160. The food stalls have all kind of food, but you have

to try Hakata ramen, usually made with white soup from pork bone and thin noodles.

 

 

Ramen Stadium

Ramen Stadium isn’t really a stadium as the name suggests, but a food court on the fifth floor

of Canal City’s Cinema Building. It carries not one, but eight famous ramen stalls that serves

different ramen styles from across Japan. Ramen Stadium has eight ramen stalls with ramen

from Hakata, Kurume, and as far as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Sapporo.


 

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6 days North-West Kyushu tour

Exploring the 3 prefectures of Saga, Nagasaki and Fukuoka.

 

Where to Explore  

Day 1 : arrive Fukuoka  → Saga-prefecture, stay Ureshino or Takeo

Day 2 : Nagasaki, stay Nagasaki

Day 3 : Shimabara and Unzen, stay Unzen

Day 4 : Yanagawa, stay Kitakyushu

Day 5 : Kitakyushu, stay Fukuoka

Day 6 : Fukuoka, stay Fukuoka

 


 

Travelling route 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tour conditions 

The tour is the private tour exclusively for your group.

・Minimum number : 2 person

・Maxum number : 30 person

・Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka-city, please specify the place where you want

・Tour date : please specify the date

・Accommodations is selected as per your required grade, room conditions and budget

 and the location is considered sightseeing, dinner and nightlife as well.

・Chartered vehicle is utilized as per number of person.

・English speaking tour attendant escorts your journey to produce a pleasant trip.

・For making enjoyable our company staff always assist during tour by  

 communicating with you using a communication tool such as WhatsApp.

 


 

 Itineraty  
 
Day 1   Saga-prefecture
 
Itinerary

There are two travelling routes to be offered, please select as per your preference.

 

Route 1

Depart Fukuoka-city

Exploring Saga-city

Lunch  Saga beef or Takazaki crab  

Exploring Kashima

Exploring Ureshino

Stay at Ureshino Onsen Resort

 Japanese style Hotel, included dinner and breakfast

 


 

Route 2

Depart Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Yobusko

Exploring Yobuko and lunch, freash Squid

Exploring Imari  and visit Okawachiyama porcelain district

Exploring Arita

Transfer to Takeo

Exploring Takeo

Romon Gate→  Mifuneyama-rakuen Garden

   Option :  Great Camphor tree at Takeo Shrine

Stay at Takeo Onsen Resort 

 Japanese style Hotel, included dinner and breakfast

 


 

Where to explore

 

Route 1

Saga-city

Saga-city in Kyushu is the seat of the Saga-prefectural government. Saga is also known as the

plece where it has made a great contribution to the Japanese Industrial Revolution. 


 

Lunch at Saga or Tara

Saga beef

Saga beef is esteemed as one of the best Wagyu beef brands in Japan. The cattle used for our

meats are fattened in adherence to the regulations of the Japan Agriculture Co-operative, and

we use only Japanese black cattle registered with their cattle traceability system.


 

Takezaki crab

Takezaki crab is the local specialty of Tara, and is well-known for its rich flavor. Takezaki crabs are

available almost year around. From summer into fall the male crabs are delicious, with the females

and their eggs most delicious during the autumn and winter. You could even try one of each.

 

 

Kashima and Tara

Kashima is located about 60 kilometers southwest of Saga-city. It borders the Ariake Sea to the east

and Nagasaki Prefecture to the southwest. Feature sightseeing spot is Yutoku Inari Shrine and also

Sake brewery visiting is recommended.

 

 

Ochacha Mura Villaege

Visitors get to taste test green teas and products, see and tour the warehouse factory where green

tea is cultivated and packaged, and leave with a better understanding of the ever-so-popular tea.

You can even experience the process of picking young green leaves for cultivation.


 

Stay

Ureshino Onsen Resort

Ureshino Onsen is a hot spring town in southwestern Saga-prefecture. Its clear onsen waters are

high in sodium bicarbonate and sodium chloride and feel extremely smooth on skin, giving rise to

its popularity as a “Bihada no Yu” ( beautiful skin waters).


 

Route 2

Yobuko

Fishing industry town famous for Squid and Morning Market called Asaichi, Asaichi opens from

7:30 to 12:00, every day at just next to Yobuko Port. The street of 200 m borrowed from the

eaves of the shopping street is named “Asaichi Street”.


 

Lunch at Yobuko

Freash Squid

Famous for fresh Squid, transparent in body and firm in texture. The squid has a sweetness that melt

upon the tangue. In the finely crafted style of sashimi known as Ikezukuri, the flesh of still-living

seafood is served.


 

Imari

Imari is the porcelain town, has 400years history and is most notable because of Imari porcelain,

which is the European collectors’ name for Japanese porcelain wares made in the town of Arita,

Saga-prefecture.


 

Arita

It is known for producing Arita porcelain, one of the traditional handicrafts of Japan. Famous for Arita

yaki which is 400-years old porcelain. The piece is bright, elegant pictures drawn in transparent white

porcelain

 

 

Takeo

The Onsen resort, has 1200 years history. Takeo is located in the western part of Saga-prefecture.

The hot spring temperature is 18 to 52 degrees. Spring quality is smooth with alkaline simple hot

spring.  Romon Gate is the landmark of Takeo Onsen Resort, which was designed by a renowned

architect in the Meiji Era, Kingo Tatsuno, and is at the entrance of the Onsen area.


 

Stay

Takeo Onsen Resort

Spring quality is smooth with alkaline simple hot spring.  It is said that the color is colorless

and transparent and has an outstanding effect on recovery from fatigue.


 
Day 2  Nagasaki 
 
Itinerary
Leave Hotel in Takeo

Transfer to  Nagasaki

Visit Peace Park

Atomic Bomb Museum    

  Exhibits a number of photograph that depict the devastation caused by Atomic Bomb

Ground Zero

  The plutonium atomic bomb exploded about 500m over the central monument

 Peace Fountain

   Reminds us of the tragic scene unfolded shortly after dropped the Atomic Bomb

 Peace Fountain   

   The Peace Statue was completed ten years after the atomic bombing for World Peace

Lunch at Nagaaki Wharf  or China Town

Oura Cathedral 

  The Cathedral is one of the significant Christian Pilgrimage site in Japan

Glover Garden   

  Located on Minami-Yamate hill in Nagasaki-city, Glover Garden has nine Western style

  buildings including the Glover’s Residence

Stay at Nagasaki, Western style Hotel, included breakfast

Dinner around JR Nagasaki station, local speciality Cuisines  

 


 

Option

Dejima

  Only open gateway to Europe during Japan’s National isolation period

Night view of  Mount Inasa

  The three Major Night View in the World

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan         

  The 26 Martyrs of Japan were a group of Catholics who were executed by

  crucifixion

Confucius Shrine

  The world’s only Confucian shrine built outside China by Chinese hands

Gunkan-jima islamd cruise

  Exploring Tachibana bay from Nagasaki port and landing on Gunkan-jima island

 

 
Where to explore
 

The city have many oversea countries cultures and also the significant Japanese histories

like no other areas. In addition to above features, the geographical conditions are creating

fascinating tourism and now many tourists are visiting here.

 


 

Peace Park

Established in 1955 near the Ground Zero where the Atomic Bomb was dropped at 11:02 am on

Aug. 09, 1945. Peace Memorial Ceremony is held in front of the statue on August 9 every

year and the Mayor of Nagasaki makes the “Nagasaki peace declaration” for the whole world.

 

Atomic Bomb Museum

The museum exhibits a number of photograph that depict the devastation caused by atomic

bomb showing the lead-up to this tragic day, the history of the development of nuclear arms

and our desire for peace.


 

Ground Zero

The plutonium atomic bomb exploded about 500m over the central monument at 11:02 a.m.

on August 9, 1945.   The most part of Nagasaki was destroyed, and a tremendous number of

lives were lost. And about 70,000 of Nagasaki’s 240,000 residents died instantly, and up to

60,000 were injured. 


 

Peace Statue

Completed in 1955, ten years after the atomic bombing. The 9.7 meter high statue sitting on

a 4 meter tall pedestal, made by renown sculptor Kitamura Seibo. The raised arm points to the

threat of nuclear weapons and the out-stretched arm symbolizes peace.


 

Lunch at Nagasaki Wharf or  China Town

 

Nagasaki Wharf

Elegant international & domestic tourist harbour. Made up of around 20 unique shops and

restaurants lined up at the water front, offering various choices such Japanese, Western,

and Italian cuisine, to beauty salons, outdoor shops and more.


 

China Town

Nagasaki China town at shinchi is one of the big three china town in JapanThere are about 50

Chinese restaurants and many Chinese sundries shops in there.

   


 

Oura Cathedral

The Cathedral is one of the significant Christian Pilgrimage site in Japan. Established 1865, this

church is officially known as “Oura Cathedral, the Church of 26 Martyrs.” It was built by the French

priest Bernard Petitjean of Fier who had been dispatched by the Foreign Missionary Church of

Paris to dedicate prayers to the 26 saints martyred on Nishizaka hill.


 

Glover Garden 

Located on Minami-Yamate hill in Nagasaki-city, Glover Garden has nine Western style buildings

including the Glover’s Residence built in 1863 and is Japan’s oldest wooden Western–style building

registered on the UNESCO World Heritage. The elegant scenery of Nagasaki harbor view from

Glover Garden can be enjoyed. 


 

Option

 

Dejima 

Dejima was the fan-shaped artificial island in the bay of Nagasaki where was used as a Dutch

trading port and it was only open gateway to Europe during Japan’s National isolation of Edo

period from 1641 until 1853. At that time, many European technologies and cultures were

introduced here through Dutch.


 

Mount Inasa

It is a 333 meter high mountain in close distance to JR Nagasaki Station. The summit can be reached

by ropeway or car and offers great views over the city. And also, the magnificent night views from

Mount Inasa are ranked among Japan’s three best night views.


 

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan

Nishizaka hill is the most significant Christian Pilgrimage site in Japan. The 26 Martyrs of Japan

were a group of Catholics who were executed by rucifixion on February 5, 1597.Their martyrdom

is especially significant in the history of the Catholic Church in Japan. In 1637, St. Lorenzo Luiz

from Philippines martyred here at Nishizaka hill.


 

The museum behind the monument is devoted to the memory of the martyrs and to Christianity in

Japan in general. Its interior is reminiscent of a church with stained-glass windows, making for

atmospheric viewing of the exhibits. On display are artifacts related to Christianity in Japan,

including old documents, statues and jewelry.


 

Confucius Shrine

The world’s only Confucian shrine built outside China by Chinese hands. First built in 1893 by

Chinese residents of Nagasaki with the support of the Ch’ing Dynasty government, the shrine

was designed to serve as a place of worship and learning for the Chinese community, and

housed a Confucian sanctuary and primary school. 


 

Hashima Coal Mine  /  Gunkan-jima island cruise

Hashima coal mining island is an artificial reclaimed island and the site of Japan’s first major

undersea coal exploitation pioneered by Mitsubishi. Hashima Island is located 3 km southwest of

Takashima. Now Hashima is a ruins called “Gunkanjima”, so called after its resemblance to the

silhouette of a battleship.


 

Stay

Nagasaki -city

Most Hotels are located close to the main street and walking distance from Nagasaki tram

stations. And you can find many restaurants around the Hotels.

 


 

Dinner at Nagasaki-city

Local restaurants

 

 

Sushi restaurant


 

Beef restaurant

 

 
Day 3  Shimabara & Unzen 
 
Itinerary

Leave Hotel in Nagasaki

Transfer to Shimabara

Exploring  Shimabara

Shimabara Castle  →Samuraihouses  → Samurai Street

Lunch at  Shimabara, local cuisine in Shimabara, Guzoni or Indian food

Transfer to Unzen

Exploring Unzen

Nita Pass  → Unzen jigoku

Stay at  Unzen Onsen Resort, Japanese style Hotel,  included dinner and breakfast

Dinner at Hotel : Japanese style kaiseki dinner included lacal spesiality cuisines

 


 

Option

Harajo Castle ruins

The Japan’s longest foot bath in Obama

 


 
Where to explore
 

Shimabara

Located in the Shimabara peninsula, the region spread in the foot of gentle mountain and

facing to calm sea.  Offers various enjoyable things such as Nature, Onsen, Castle town of

Shimabara-city and Christian Pilgrimage sites.

 


 

Shimabara Castle

Located in Shimabara-city and was built in 1625 by the feudal load Matsukura Shigemasa, who was

regarded as a master of castle building. The castle, which took 7 years to complete, is also known as 

“Moritake Castle”.


 

Samurai Houses

Samurai was a term for the military nobility in pre-industrial Japan. The Samurai Houses in

Shimabara along the old Samurai street nearby Shimabara Castle were built in 18th century.


 

Samurai Street

The street lined with stone walls and a spring water canal running down the center commemorates

the old samurai section of Shimabara. Three Samurai houses have been restored and opened 

as exhibits.


 

Lunch at Shimabara

 

local delicacy food, Guzoni

Guzoni is said to created during the Shimabara Rebellion of 1637. When Cristians were fought

under the leadership of Amakusa Shiro, they brought various ingredients such as rice cake, fishes

and vegetables, and made a stew.   This is the origin of Guzoni.


 

Obama Chanpon 

It is a local cuisine in Obama Onsen resort, made of noodles, seafood, and vegetables. The feature

of the restaurant in Obama Onsen serving everything from any Japanese style including Susi and

Chanpon. Shrimp are found in abundance along the beaches near the Onsen, and a special soup

is made from them.

 

 

Indian restaurant, TAJ MAHAL

 

 

Unzen

Unzen is a beautiful highland Onsen Resort in Shimabara peninsula situated Unzen National Park 

The first area to be designated as a National Park in Japan and then the area has been developed

as Onsen Resort for both tourist Japanese and foreigner. Even now, many tourist from all over the

world are visiting here for enjoying Nature.

 


 

Nita Pass

One of the best scenic spot in Unzen. At any time of the year the natural scenery of Nita Pass 

in Unzen is magnificent. Azaleas, green leaves, brilliant autumnal tints of maples and silver frost

represent each season of the year.


 

Unzen Jigoku

Jigoku, means Hell, is the number one attraction of Unzen with a peculiar smell of sulfur emitted

from the springs, and with white smoke rising from the ground over a wide area. This is a striking

reminder that Unzen Volcano is still very much alive.


 

Option

 

Dolphins watching cruise

Approximately 300 wild Dolphins live in the sea between the Shimabara Peninsula and Amakusa.

The dolphin watching cruises have become increasingly popular for all ages, especially because

it is possible to see the dolphins so close that you could almost touch them.

 

 

Harajo Castle ruins

The Christian pilgrimage site, registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site as Hidden Christian

Sites in the Nagasaki RegionThe battle field of Shimabara Rebellion which was a peasant uprising

agaist bakufu’s persecution of Christians under the leadership of Amakusa Shiro in 1637. 


 

The Japan’s longest foot bath in Obama

Called “Hot foot 105  The length of foot bath is 105m which is same number of the hot spring

source temperature of 105 degree Celsius.


 

Local specialities, Souvenir shop

 

 

Stay

Unzen Onsen Resort

There are 17 Hotels and Japanese style inns around Unzen Jigoku. From every hotel,  beautiful 

scenery which changes by season can be enjoyed.


 
Day 4  YanagawaKitakyushu 
 
Itinerary

Leave Hotel in Unzen

Transfer to Yanagawa
Exploring  Yanagawa 

Canal boat cruise  →  Ohana Shotoen Garden  

Lunch at Yanagawa  : Unagi, eel cuisine  or Seafood of Ariake sea 
Trasfer to Kitakyushu 

Mount Sarakura : enjoy night vuewThree Major Night View of Japan

Stay at Kitakyushu : Western style Hotel, included breakfast

Dinner at Tanga Market  : the traditional local food stall 

 


 

Where to explore

 

Yanagawa

The estuary town facing the Ariake Sea; Canal boat cruise can be enjoyed while

experience the atmospheres of castle town. Surprisingly, 60km lengh canal in total was

constructed in the town of Yanagawa and the Yanagawa prospered as a castle town because

the canals were used for the moats, which was the protection of enemy during Edo period.

 


 

Canal boat cruise 

Yanagawa Canal boat cruise is to board a small boat called the Donkobune and slowly 

go down the river skillfully maneuvered by a boatman with bamboo pole.

 


 

Ohana and Shotoen Garden

Listed on National Scenic Landmark, was built in 1697 as the villa of the Fourth Lord Tachibana

Akitora. At that time the region was called Hanabatake (Field of flower), so the villa was named

Ohana or Flower.


 

Lunch

Unagi, eel cuisine 

Yanagawa is the birthplace of Steamed Eel that has more than 300 years history. There are many

restaurants which have their long history and each restaurants have been keeping the traditional

source and brand value.


 

Seafoof of Ariale sea, local delicacies 

Yanagawa is facing to Ariake Sea where many fresh and unique fishes are caught. Japanese

cuisine using local delicacies is also reccomended


 

Kitakyushu is the dynamic city where one million people are living and working, is creating the

beautiful Night view which you have never seen before. The night view from the mount Sarakura

is chosen the three major Night View in Japan. The area of Night view is the largest in the World ;

about 40km east to west and 10km south to north and also the number of lighting to create the

night view is the largest in the World. 

The most dynamic night view in the World

 

 

Dinner at Kokura

Ekikara sanjippo yokocho

The place is located on the ground floor of JR Kokura Station. There are 8 restaurants where

local cuisines can be enjoyed.

 

 

Tanga Yatai

At night time, food stalls called Yatai open in the square in front of Tanga Market.
Here you can try delicious oden (a stew made from various ingredients) and ramen.


 

Sushi restaurant

 

 
Day  5    Kitakyushu-city
 
Itinerary

Leave Hotel in Kitakyushu-city

Visit Kukura Castle

Lunch : Local cuisines

Exploring Moji

Mjiko RetroKonamon Pedstrian tunnel

Visit Higashida district

  UNESCO World HeritageFirst Head Office  → Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace

Transfer to Fukuoka-city

Stay at  Fukuoka-city, Western style Hotel, included breakfast

Dinner at Fukuoka-city, local speciality Cuisines

 


 

Option

Kawachi Wisteria Garden

   Usually peaks around late April to middle of May

Kokura Castle Garden

  The former site of lord’s guest house, located next to Kokura Castle

Konamon Pedstrian tunnel  

  Only the place in the world !   You can cross the strait on foot. 

Manga Museum and Aru Aru City 

  The multi-floored shopping mall devoted to products and services for anime, manga, idol culture,

   and cosplay fans, a kind of Harajuku in miniature

Hiraodai Karst Plateau & Caves 

   One of the three largest Karst Plateau in Japan

 


 
Where to explore
 

Kitakyushu-city

The Industrial Innovation city with many different fascinating feature. Kitakyushu offers amazing

possibilities for tourism and travel with a combination of spectacular scenery, rich cultural 

experiences as well as learning possibilities through Study tours based on the environmental 

and industrial themes.

 


 

Kokura Caltle

Fukuoka–prefecture only in Japan is selected by CNN Travel as one of the top 19 places

to visit in 2019And the Photo of Kokura Castle is used for introducing Fukuoka-prefecture.

The Castle located within a walking distance of JR Kokura Station

   

 

Lunch, local cuisines at Kokura

 


 

Mojiko Retro

Dr. Albert Einstein awarded Nobel Prize in Physic visited Moji in 1922, and he acclaimed that

everything could see were Arts. The exotic district of Mojiko Retro is visited by more than 2 

million tourists a year. Moji-ko Port flourished following its 889 designation as a Special National

Port for exporting coal and other products. 

 


 

Mitsui Club

It was built by the Mitsui Co., Ltd in 1921 as a reception centre and to provide accommodation for

VIP’s.   Albert Einstein (1879-1955), one of the world’s most famous theoretical physicists, stayed

here during his visit to Japan with his wife in 1922.


 

Kaikyo Plaza

The shopping area in the Mojiko Retro district located by the sea. “Full of a romance market which

stir up forgetting contentment” is the direct translation of the concept Kaikyo Plaza is based on. 

The area has a very romantic ambience and evokes feeling of nostalgia and contentment that will 

never be forgotten


 

Mojiko Station

It is the only Station building that is designated as an Important National Cultural Property 

together with Tokyo Station. Mojiko Station is a beautiful station built in the Renaissance 

style and modeled on the Termini Station in Italy


 

Mojiko Retro Observatory

Situated on the 31st floor of the high-rise apartment building “Retro Hi-Mart”.  The 103 metre-high

observatory offers magnificent views of the Mojiko Retro district, the Kanmon-kyo Bridge over the 

Kanmon Strait, as well as the Shimonoseki area.


 

Higashida

Japan’s modern steel industry was started as Yawata steel Works at Higashida district in 1901. 

Since then, the Works greatly contributed to Japan’s industrial modernization until rapid  postwar

economic growth. The three sites in Higashida have been registered on UNESCO World Heritage  

as Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution.

 


 

Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace

Only the Blast  Furnace in the world which preserved as it was. The birth place where Japan’s

steel industry began in 1901. It contributed greatly to the development of the Japanese steel 

industry and was used until 1972, and has been preserved just as it was.


 

First Head Office of the Steel Works  / UNESCO World Heritage

Built in 1899, ahead of production facilities. It is an architectural fusion of Japanese and

European design, a two story red brick building with bilateral symmetry and a central dome

set in a Japanese tile roof.


 

Museum of Industrial Technology. In April 2007, based on this theme of “innovation, ” the Kitakyushu

Innovation Gallery & Studio (KIGS) opened in Yahata, Higashida, the first site of steel manufacturing

in Japan’s modern age. Various things related Industry technologies are exhibited.


 

Option

 

Kawachi Wisteria Garden is a private garden at the Mountain foot of Sarakura and famous for its

spectacularly presented, large numbers of wisteria flowers. The garden is opened to the public

seasonally during the wisteria season which usually peaks around late April to middle of May.


 

Kokura Castle Garden

Kokua Castle Garden made at the former site of lord’s guest house, located next to Kokura Castle.

This garden consists of a Japanese garden and a lord’s house, a building of the style of Japanese

domestic architecture. In this garden, not only can you see Japanese traditional architecture,

but also enjoy the Tea Ceremony at the Experience Zone.


 

Konamon Pedstrian tunnel

Only the place in the world !   You can cross the strait on foot.  The Kanmon Strait, separating

Honshu and Kyushu, is a very beautiful and busy waterway with as many as 700 small and 

large ships a day passing through it. the Kanmon Pedestrian Tunnel, which enables people to 

cross on foot,


 

Manga Museum and Aru Aru City 

Manga Museum is located next to JR Kokura station. The museum is located on the 6th floor

of Aru Aru City, a multi-floored shopping mall devoted to products and services for anime, manga,

idol culture, and cosplay fans, a kind of Harajuku in miniature.

 


 

Hiraodai Karst Plateau & Caves 

One of the three largest karst plateau in Japan. It is located in southeastern part of Kitakyushu-city

At altitudes between 400 and 600 meters above sea level and stretching 6 km from north to south

and 2 km from east to west.  


 

Day 6    Fukuoka-city
 
Itinerary

Leave Hotel

Exploring  Fukuoka-city

Lunch : local cuisine in Fukuoka-city

Stay in  Fukuoka-city , Western style Hotel, includedbreakfast

Dinner at Fukuoka-city, local speciality Cuisines

 

 
Where to explore
 

Fukuoka-city

A long history as commercial town and castle town, and prospered as important district

to Asian Continent for many years.   Now, Fukuoka-city is the International hub of Kyushu,

the nation’s fourth largest economic zone. You can enjoy various things by selecting from

the following.

 


 

Shopping and meals

JR Hakata Station

Canal City Hakata

Tenjin


 

Seaside Momochi

The water-front resort area, only a 15 minute drive from Tenjin in the centre of Fukuoka-city. 

The park is surrounded by Fukuoka Tower and high rise contemporary high rise buildings, 

all of which help make a modern urban landscape. 

 

Fukuoka tower

One of the must visit spots is the 234 metre high Fukuoka Tower. It  is the highest coastal
tower in Japan and is covered with 8000 two way mirrors. The observation room located at
a height of 123m offers a breathtaking and spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of 
Fukuoka-city and Hakata Bay.


 

Marizon

The complex facility for the wedding hall, shops and restaurants and is located in Seaside

Momochi Park.


 

Historical places

Kushida Shrine

Tochoji Temple

Fukuoka Castle Ruins


 

Kawabata-dori Shopping Street

Japanese traditional Shopping Street where you can find a lot of Cool Japan. The entrance of the

shopping street is located next to Kushida Shrine. Approximately 130 shops built in the 400 metre

arcade. There are also souvenir shops including Hakata dolls, shops collected Hakata Gion

Yamakasa goods. ​Enjoy lunch, Hakata Ramen at the birth place of Nagahama Ramen.

 


 

Nokonoshima Island

In the middle of Hakata Bay Beautiful flowers can be enjoyable throughout the year. Rapeseed

blossom, Cherry blossom, Livingstone daisy Poppy, Rhododendro, Marigold, Hydrengea, Plumed 

cockscomb, Dahlia, Sunflower, Cockspur coral tree Bougainvillea, Scarlet sage, Cosmos, Dahlia,

Autumn leaves, Scarlet sage, Japanese narcissus, Japanese camellia, Plum.


 

Marine World Uminonakamichi

The aquarium focuses on the aquatic life found around Kyushu. The main tank is a huge, 7 meter deep

pool filled with all different kinds of marine life including over 120 sharks of 20 different varieties. There

are also several outdoor tanks where you can experience feeding dolphins and sea lions.


 

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

The sprawling, family oriented public park, located on a narrow peninsula across the bay from central

Fukuoka.The park is made up of several different areas including flower gardens, playgrounds,

an amusement park with ferris wheel, sports fields, a water park, a zoo and large open spaces and

lawns perfect for picnicking.

 

 

Yusentei Garden

The Japanese traditional Garden; it was originally built in the 1754 for Kuroda Tsugutaka who was

the lord of Fukuoka clan. You can feel Japanese traditional cultures and enjoy Tea Ceremony.


 

Marinoa City Fukuoka

The urban living area where you can enjoy a resort lifestyle full of fun and entertainment.

There is a large shopping mall, a sports equipment store, a car accessories store, an interior

design shop, a baby specialty mega store, some restaurants, a Ferris wheel, and many 

amusement attractions.

 

 

Hakata Ramen Yatai

Food stalls “Yatai”is one thing to enjoy in Fukuoka. Despite a decline in recent year, there are

said to be more than 160. The food stalls have all kind of food, but you have to try Hakata ramen,

usually made with white soup from pork bone and thin noodles.

 

 

Ramen Stadium

Ramen Stadium isn’t really a stadium as the name suggests, but a food court on the fifth floor

of Canal City’s Cinema Building. It carries not one, but eight famous ramen stalls that serves

different ramen styles from across Japan. Ramen Stadium has eight ramen stalls with ramen

from Hakata, Kurume, and as far as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Sapporo.


 
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Nagasaki Pilgrimage one-day tour

Where to visit : Pilgrimage sites in Sotome and Nagasaki-city

Christian history in Japan was started when St. Francis Xavier came to Japan as a first Christian

missionary in 1549. Then Christianity was spread in Nagasaki region. However, unparalleled

hidden Cristian history was started from when Toyotomi Hideyoshi Shogunate proclaimed Christian

ban in 1587. During ban on Christianity, people secretly continued to faith while surviving in the

midst of the conventional society and Japanese religions.

Since ban on the Christianity was lifted in 1873, new Christian history in Japan has begun.

 


 

Travelling route 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Tour conditions

The tour is the private tour exclusively for your group.

・Minimum number : 2 person

・Maxum number : 30 person

・Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka-city, please specify the place where you want

・Tour date : please specify the date

・English speaking tour attendant escorts your journey to produce a pleasant trip.

・Chartered vehicle is utilized as per number of person.

 


 

Itinerary

8:00 Depart Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Nagasaki-city, 2hours 

Sotome Pildrimage sites

  Sotome is a rural, coastal area on the peninsula north of central Nagasaki

Shitsu Church

  On an elevation commanding a view over the Sea of Goto, Father Marc Marie de Rotz

  established a church at his own expense

Former Shitsu Aid Center

  I want to save people in the Sotome from poor life. Former Shitsu Aid Centeris indispensable

  in talking about the history and culture of the region

Endo Shusaku Literary Museum 

  The peaceful Sotome, the setting of Endo Shusaku’s novel Silence

Ground Zero

  The plutonium atomic bomb exploded about 500m over the central monument

Lunch at Nagasaki Wharf  or China Town

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan       

  The Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan were a group of Catholics who were executed by

  crucifixion 

Oura Cathedral  

  The Cathedral is one of the significant Christian Pilgrimage site in Japan

Transfer to Fukuoka-city, 2hours 

18:00 Arrive at  Fukuoka-city

 


 

Where to visit

 

Sotome Pilgrimage sites  / UNESCO World Heritage  Hidden Christian sites

Sotome is a rural, coastal area on the peninsula north of central Nagasaki. During the ban

on Christianity, Sotome was home to communities of “Hidden Christians”, many of whom

emigrated there from other parts of Nagasaki as the remote region allowed them to practice

their religion in secret. 

 

Shitsu Church

On an elevation commanding a view over the Sea of Goto, Father Marc Marie de Rotz

established a church at his own expense 1882. The building was extended and renovated

again and again. A statue of Mary that he ordered from France is standing in the bell tower.


 

Former Shitsu Aid Center        

I want to save people in the Sotome from poor life.

Former Shitsu Aid Centeris indispensable in talking about the history and culture of the region.


 

Endo Shusaku Literary Museum         

The setting of Endo Shusaku’s novel Silence. Sotome is blessed with a unique history and

culture of Christianity. In particular, the area in which the Endo Shusaku Literary Museum

stands is known as the site of a Christian village, one of Endo’s most notable work, Silence.

 

 

Ground Zero

Disastrous War must not be repeated. The plutonium atomic bomb exploded about 500m over the

central monument at 11:02 a.m. on August 9, 1945.  The most part of Nagasaki was destroyed, and

a tremendous number of lives were lost.  Pope Francis visited Nagasaki on November 24, 2019, and

calls for a ‘world without nuclear weapons’ at the Ground Zero.


 

Lunch at Nagasaki Wharf or China Town

 

Nagasaki Wharf  

Elegant international & domestic tourist harbour. Made up of around 20 unique shops and

restaurants lined up at the water front, offering various choices such Japanese, Western,

and Italian cuisine, to beauty salons, outdoor shops and more.


 

China Town

Nagasaki China town at shinchi is one of the big three china town in Japan. There are about

50 Chinese restaurants and many Chinese sundries shops in there.

   


 

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan     

Nishizaka hill is the most significant Christian Pilgrimage site in Japan. The 26 Martyrs of Japan

were a group of Catholics who were executed by rucifixion on February 5, 1597.Their martyrdom

is especially significant in the history of the Catholic Church in Japan. In 1637, St. Lorenzo Luiz

from Philippines martyred here at Nishizaka hill.


 

The museum behind the Monument is devoted to the memory of the martyrs and to Christianity in

Japan in general. Its interior is reminiscent of a church with stained-glass windows, making for

atmospheric viewing of the exhibits. On display are artifacts related to Christianity in Japan,

including old documents, statues and jewelry.


 

Oura Cathedral  / UNESCO World Heritage

The Cathedral is one of the significant Christian Pilgrimage site in Japan. Established 1865, this

church is officially known as “Oura Cathedral, the Church of 26 Martyrs.” It was built by the French

priest Bernard Petitjean of Fier who had been dispatched by the Foreign Missionary Church of

Paris to dedicate prayers to the 26 saints martyred on Nishizaka hill.


 

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Nagasaki Pilgrimage 3 days tour

Where to visit : Pilgrimage sites in Sotome, Nagasaki-city, Shimabara and Unzen

Christian history in Japan was started when St. Francis Xavier came to Japan as a first Christian

missionary in 1549. Then Christianity was spread in Nagasaki region. However, unparalleled

hidden Cristian history was started from when Toyotomi Hideyoshi Shogunate proclaimed Christian

ban in 1587. During ban on Christianity, people secretly continued to faith while surviving in the

midst of the conventional society and Japanese religions.

Since ban on the Christianity was lifted in 1873, new Christian history in Japan has begun.

 


 

Overall itinerary

Day 1 : depart Fukuoka  → Sotome & Nagasaki, stay Nagasaki

Day 2 : Nagasaki & Unzen, stay Unzen

Day 3 : Shimabara, stay Fukuoka

 


 

 Location of Nagasaki-prefecture

   

 


 

Tour conditions

The tour is the private tour exclusively for your group.

・Minimum number : 2 person

・Maxum number : 30 person

・Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka-city, please specify the place where you want

・Tour date : please specify the date

・Accommodations is selected as per your required grade, room conditions and budget

    and the location is considered sightseeing, dinner and nightlife as well.

・English speaking tour attendant escorts your journey to produce a pleasant trip.

・Chartered vehicle is utilized as per number of person.

 


 

 Itinerary  

 

Day 1   Sotome & Nagasaki

 

Depart  Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Nagasaki-city

Sotome Pilgrimage sites

  Sotome is a rural, coastal area on the peninsula north of central Nagasaki

Shitsu Church

  On an elevation commanding a view over the Sea of Goto, Father Marc Marie de Rotz

  established a church at his own expense

Former Shitsu Aid Center

  I want to save people in the Sotome from poor life. Former Shitsu Aid Centeris indispensable

  in talking about the history and culture of the region

Endo Shusaku Literary Museum 

  The peaceful Sotome, the setting of Endo Shusaku’s novel Silence

Lunch at Nagasaki Wharf  or China Town

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan       

  The Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan were a group of Catholics who were executed by

  crucifixion 

Oura Cathedral  

  The Cathedral is one of the significant Christian Pilgrimage site in Japan

Glover Garden 

  Located on Minami-Yamate hill in Nagasaki-city, Glover Garden has nine Western style

  buildings including the Glover’s Residence

Mount Inasa

  Enjoy the magnificent views of Nagasaki 

Stay at Nagasakicity

 


 

Where to visit  

 

Sotome Pilgrimage site / UNESCO World Heritage

Sotome is a rural, coastal area on the peninsula north of central Nagasaki. During the ban on

Christianity, Sotome was home to communities of “Hidden Christians”, many of whom emigrated

there from other parts of Nagasaki as the remote region allowed them to practice their religion in

secret.    

 

Shitsu Church

On an elevation commanding a view over the Sea of Goto, Father Marc Marie de Rotz established

a church at his own expense 1882. The building was extended and renovated again and again.

A statue of Mary that he ordered from France is standing in the bell tower.


 

Former Shitsu Aid Center        

I want to save people in the Sotome from poor life.  Former Shitsu Aid Centeris indispensable in

talking about the history and culture of the region.


 

Endo Shusaku Literary Museum         

The setting of Endo Shusaku’s novel Silence. Sotome is blessed with a unique history and

culture of Christianity. In particular, the area in which the Endo Shusaku Literary Museum

stands is known as the site of a Christian village, one of Endo’s most notable work, Silence.

 

 

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan

Nishizaka hill is the most significant Christian Pilgrimage site in Japan. The 26 Martyrs of Japan

were a group of Catholics who were executed by rucifixion on February 5, 1597.Their martyrdom

is especially significant in the history of the Catholic Church in Japan. In 1637, St. Lorenzo Luiz

from Philippines martyred here at Nishizaka hill.


 

The museum behind the Monument is devoted to the memory of the martyrs and to Christianity in

Japan in general. Its interior is reminiscent of a church with stained-glass windows, making for

atmospheric viewing of the exhibits. On display are artifacts related to Christianity in Japan,

including old documents, statues and jewelry.

 

 

Lunch at Nagaaski Wharf or China Town

 

Nagaaski Wharf  

Elegant international & domestic tourist harbour. Made up of around 20 unique shops and

restaurants lined up at the water front, offering various choices such Japanese, Western,

and Italian cuisine, to beauty salons, outdoor shops and more.


 

China Town

Nagasaki China town at shinchi is one of the big three china town in Japan. There are about 50

Chinese restaurants and many Chinese sundries shops in there.

   


 

Oura Cathedral   / UNESCO World Heritage

The Cathedral is one of the significant Christian Pilgrimage site in Japan. Established 1865, this

church is officially known as “Oura Cathedral, the Church of 26 Martyrs.” It was built by the French

priest Bernard Petitjean of Fier who had been dispatched by the Foreign Missionary Church of

Paris to dedicate prayers to the 26 saints martyred on Nishizaka hill.


 

Glover Garden   / UNESCO World Heritage

The garden takes its name from Thomas Glover, his arms-importing operations played an important

part in the Meiji Restoration, he built the first train line in Japan and he even helped establish the

first modern Mitsubishi ship yard.


 

Mount Inasa

It is a 333 meter high mountain in close distance to JR Nagasaki Station. The summit can

be reached by ropeway or car and offers great views over the city. And also, the magnificent

night views from Mount Inasa are ranked among Japan’s three best night views.


 

Stay

Nagasaki

Most Hotels are located close to the main street and walking distance from Nagasaki tram

stations. And you can find many restaurants around the Hotels.

 


 

Dinner at Nagasaki-city

 

Local restaurants

 

 

Sushi restaurant


 

Beef restaurant

 

 
Day 2  Nagasaki & Unzen
 
Itinerary

Visiting  Peace Park  

Atomic Bomb Museum   

  Exhibits a number of photograph that depict the devastation caused by Atomic Bomb

Ground Zero 

  The plutonium atomic bomb exploded about 500m over the central monument

Peace Fountain

  Reminds us of the tragic scene unfolded shortly after dropped the Atomic Bomb

Peace Statue 

  The Peace Statue was completed ten years after the atomic bombing for World Peace

Transfer to Unzen

Nita Pass 

  One of the best scenic spot in Unzen. At any time of the year the natural scenery

  is magnificent

Unzen Jigoku

  The Pilgrimage site, the number one attraction of Unzen with a peculiar smell of

  sulfur emitted from the springs

Stay at Unzen

 


 

Option

The Japan’s longest foot bath in Obama

  The length of foot bath is 105m which is same number of the hot spring

   source temperature of 105 degree Celsius

 


 
Where to visit  
 

Established in 1955 near the Ground Zero where the Atomic Bomb was droppedat 11:02 am

on Aug. 09, 1945. Peace Memorial Ceremony is held in front of the statue on August 9 every

yearand the Mayor of Nagasaki makes the “Nagasaki peace declaration” for the whole world.

 

Atomic Bomb Museum

The museum exhibits a number of photograph that depict the devastation caused by atomic

bomb showing the lead-up to this tragic day, the history of the development of nuclear arms

and our desire for peace.


 

Ground Zero

The plutonium atomic bomb exploded about 500m over the central monument at 11:02 a.m.on

August 9, 1945.   The most part of Nagasaki was destroyed, and a tremendous number of lives

were lost. And about 70,000 of Nagasaki’s 240,000 residents died instantly, and up to 60,000

were injured. 


 

Peace Statue

Completed in 1955, ten years after the atomic bombing. The 9.7 meter high statue sitting on

a 4 meter tall pedestal, made by renown sculptor Kitamura Seibo. The raised arm points to the

threat of nuclear weapons and the out-stretched arm symbolizes peace.


 

Lunch at Obama Onsen

 

Obama Chanpon 

It is a local cuisine in Obama Onsen resort, made of noodles, seafood, and vegetables. The feature

of the restaurant in Obama Onsen serving everything from any Japanese style including Susi and

Chanpon. Shrimp are found in abundance along the beaches near the Onsen, and a special soup

is made from them.

 

 

Unzen, Nita Pass

Unzen is a beautiful mountain and Onsen resort, and was the first area to be designated as   

a National Park in Japan. At any time of the year the natural scenery of Nita-toge Pass in Unzen

is magnificent. Azaleas, green leaves, brilliant autumnal tints of maples and silver frost

represent each season of the year.


 

Means Hell, is the number one attraction of Unzen with a peculiar smell of sulfur emitted from

the springs, and with white smoke rising from the ground over a wide area. Unfortunately, this

was once put into reality nearly 350 years ago during the time of religious persecution in Japan. 

 30 Japanese Christians, failing to renounce their faith met their death here in the scalding spring

of Jigoku.


 

Option

The Japan’s longest foot bath in Obama

Called “Hot foot 105  The length of foot bath is 105m which is same number of the hot spring

source temperature of 105 degree Celsius.


 

Local specialities, Souvenir shop

 

 

Stay

Unzen Onsen Resort

There are 17 Hotels and Japanese style inns around Unzen Jigoku. From every hotel, beautiful 

scenery which changes by season can be enjoyed.


 

Day 3   Shimabara

 

Itinerary

Transfer to Minami Shimabara

Harajo Castle ruins

  Christian Pilgrimage site of Historic Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion

Shimabara Castle

  Built in 1625 by the feudal load Matsukura Shigemasa, who was regarded as a master

  of castle building

Lunch at Shimabara, local cuisine Guzoni

  Guzouni is a local cuisine created in the 17th century during Shimabara Rebellion

Transfer to Fukuoka-city

Arriva at  Fukuoka-city

 

Option

Hinoe Castle Ruins

   The 14th lord, Harunobu (1567-1612) was a Christian daimyo and refurbished his castle into

   a large scale which had gardens, a tea arbor and many rooms.

 


 

Where to visit  

 

Harajo Castle ruins

The Christian pilgrimage site, registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site as Hidden Christian

Sites in the Nagasaki RegionThe battle field of Shimabara Rebellion which was a peasant

uprising agaist bakufu’s persecution of Christians under the leadership of Amakusa Shiro in 1637.  


 

Shimabara Castle

The castle was built in 1625 by the feudal load Matsukura Shigemasawho was regarded as

a master of Castle building. The castle, which took 7 years to complete, is also known as 

“Moritake Castle”.  It was an almost rectangular flatland castle built in the Renkaku-style.


 

Samurai Houses & Samurai street

Samurai was a term for the military nobility in pre-industrial Japan. The Samurai houses in

Shimabara along the old Samurai street nearby Shimabara Castle were built in 18th century.


 

Lunch at Shimabara

 

local delicacy food, Guzoni

Guzoni is said to created during the Shimabara Rebellion of 1637.  When Cristians were fought

under the leader ship of Amakusa Shiro, they brought various ingredients such as rice cake, fishes

and vegetables, and made a stew.   This is the origin of Guzoni.


 

Option

Hinoe Castle Ruins         

During the period of the Southern and Northern Courts (1337-92), the Arima family ruling the

Shimabara Peninsula constructed a castle named Hinoe-jo. The 14th lord, Harunobu (1567-1612)

was a Christian daimyo and refurbished his castle into a large scale which had gardens, a tea

arbor and many rooms.


 

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History of Japanese Christianity

 


 

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Japan tour packages to Kyushu

Japan KYUSHU Tourist is the specialist of Fukuoka and Kyushu tours in Japan. We offer various

types of customized private tour package exclusively for you. Japan tour packages are travel plans,

which include some or all of the following ; transportation such as chartered taxi or bus, tour guide,

accommodations, meals, and more.

 

One of our most proud things in Kyushu is Japanese cuisines and local delicacies.  You can enjoy

many different dishes using fresh and unique ingredients in various places during your travel. Also

you can meet a lot of amazing things what you have never experienced before.

 

We have prepared Suggested Kyushu tour packages that have been created based on the abundant

latest local tourist information collected by our own site investigation. And also the tour packages

have been considered the numerous tour results reflecting the customer’s satisfactions.

 


 

Long duration Kyushu tours in Japan 

Kyushu has rich landscapes including nature and diverse cultures including food cultures. It has a

variety of histories all over Kyushu, and nature and urban are harmonized. You can enjoy a lot of

things here in Kyushu what you want to experience.

 

11 days 

Kyushu tour

8 days Northern &

Central Kyushu tour

8 days

Southern Kyushu tour

Exploring throughout Kyushu.

Enjoy Japanese cuisines,

local delicacies, Nature, Onsen, Shopping of local specialties 

and any other amazing things

Exploring Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita and Fukuoka.

Many fascinating tourist destinations are concentrated

in this area.

Exploring Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefecture.

A lot of unique and featured tourist places are visited


 

6 days

North-West Kyushu tour

7 days 

Central Kyushu tour

Exploring Saga, Nagasaki, Shimabara, Unzen , Yanagawa, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka

Exploring Amakusa, Kumamoto, AsoKurokawa, Takachiho 

Okugungo, Chikugo, Fukuoka

Exploring Asakura, Ukiha,  

Okubungo, YufuinBeppu, Usa, Kunisaki , Peninsula,

Kitakyushu , Fukuoka


 

Short duration tours from Fukuoka-city  

Many kind of fascinating tourist destinations are concentrated in northern part of  Kyushu. and you

can enjoy a short journey from Fukuoka-city. The starting and finishing place of the tour is Fukuoka-city.

If required, the starting place of the tour can be changed to Kitakyushu-city.

 

Fukuoka

one-day tour

Yanagawa & Dazaifu

one-day tour

Kitakyushu

one-day tour

The Heart of Kyushu and the

energetic city bustling as the

center of Kyushu’s politics,

economy, culture, fashion 

and tourism

Yanagawa is a Castle town

with beautiful canalDazaifu

is must visit place in Fukuoka-

prefecture has 1300 years

history


The Industrial Innovation city 

greatly contributed to Japan’s

industrial modernization and

blessed with spectacular &

stunning nature 


 

Itoshima

one-day tour

Asakura & Ukiha

one-day tour

Nagasaki

one-day tour

Itoshima is a resort town next to

Fukuoka-city, with beautiful dynamic Genkai Sea;

seafood gourmet, rural

landscape, Sake brewery

Agricultural industries spreading

in the Chikugo plain. Let’s meet

real Japan, beautiful rural landscape, fruit picking,

Sake brewery, Onsen

The city in harmony with

foreign countries cultures,

and the significant Japanese histories like no other areas


 

Takachiho

one-day tour

Yufuin & Beppu Onsen

2 days tour 

Aso & Takachiho

2 days tour


Dynamic and beautiful

Takachiho Gorge and here is

the birthplace of Shinto which

is Japanese indigenouse

religion.

Exploring the most popular 

Onsen Resorts Beppu and Yufuin. Two Onsen Resorts

have different fascinating

features.

The dynamic nature of Aso and Takachiho where is spreading around Mt. Aso.

Mt. Aso is the largest active volcano in Japan


 

Other featured Sightseeing tours

Munakata & Fukutsu one-day tour  UNESCO World Heritage sites

Yame & Hishino village one-day tour

Ukiha & Yanagawa oneday tour

Huis Ten Bosch one-day tour

Usa & Kunisaki oneday tour 

 


 

Christian Pilgrimage sites tours in Nagasaki regions   

Japanese Christianity has a long history of continuing faith while coexisting with Japanese

traditional religion Shinto and General society. Japan’s unique practice of the Christian faith

continued even during the ban on Christianity. A lot of the Christian Pilgrimage sites in Nagasaki

regions have been registered on UNESCO Hidden Christian Sites.

 

Nagasaki Pilgrimage

one-day tour

Nagasaki Pilgrimage

3 days tour

Nagasaki Pilgrimage

6 days tour

Nagasaki is a sacred place

of Christianity where Pope

and Saint Mother Teresa

officially visited.

Nagasaki has arduous and

sacrifice histories during the

ban on Christianity, such as

Shimabara Rebellion and 

many religious persecutions

Introduce how Christians have

been continued their faith by visiting Nagasaki-city, Unzen, Shimabara, Amakusa

and Hirado


 

 UNESCO Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution sites  

Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining are a group of historic sites that played an

important part in the industrialization of Japan in the Bakumatsu during National isolation

period and Meiji periods, and are part of the industrial heritage of Japan.

 

Kitakyushu

one-day tour

Nagasaki

one-day tour

Japan’s Industrial

modernization tour         

The birth place of Steel Industry in Japan and contributed to the development of the Japanese industry modernization

The origin of Japan’s

modernization. Nagasaki

contributed for Shipbuilding

and Coal Mining

To learn how Japan has become

the world’s most industrialized

country in the short period


 

Study tour and field trip in Kitakyushu-city

Kitakyushu-city is the best place in Japan for Study tour of Environmental and Industrial issues.

 

Solid waste management

tour

Low Carbon Society

tour

Japan’s KAIZEN

Strategy tour

Kitakyushu-city is the most

advanced city in Japan for

solid waste management

and recycling 

Kitakyushu-city is promoting

the low carbon society in Asia

taking leadership as the

Environmental Future City.

KAIZEN is the most important

key word for Japan’s modernization

and world leading industries


 

Featured destinations map

 

Note

  Red letters indicates Prefecture

  Black letters indicates Destinations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Tour results

We are offering various types of tours, and the tour results up to now are shown links below.        

Tailor-made tour       Study tour       Golf tour 

 


 
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And we would love to chat about your travel plans on the phone as well,

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Nagasaki Pilgrimage 6 days tour

Where to visit : Pilgrimage sites in Sotome, Nagasaki-city, Shimabara, Unzen, Amakusa

Kumamoto and Hirado

Christian history in Japan was started when St. Francis Xavier came to Japan as a first Christian

missionary in 1549. Then Christianity was spread in Nagasaki region. However, unparalleled

hidden Cristian history was started from when Toyotomi Hideyoshi Shogunate proclaimed Christian

ban in 1587. During ban on Christianity, people secretly continued to faith while surviving in the

midst of the conventional society and Japanese religions.

Since ban on the Christianity was lifted in 1873, new Christian history in Japan has begun.

 


 

Averall itinerary

Day 1 : depart Fukuoka  → Sotome & Nagasaki, stay Nagasaki

Day 2 : Nagasaki & Unzen, stay Unzen

Day 3 : Shimabara, stay Amakusan

Day 4 : Amakusa & Kumamoto, stay Kumamoto

Day 5 : Hirado, stay Hirado

Day 6 : Hirado, stay Fukuoka

 


 

Location of Christian Pilgrimage sites in Nagasaki regions

  

 


 

Tour conditions

The tour is the private tour exclusively for your group.

・Minimum number : 2 person

・Maxum number : 30 person

・Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka-city, please specify the place where you want

・Tour date : please specify the date

・Accommodations is selected as per your required grade, room conditions and budget

    and the location is considered sightseeing, dinner and nightlife as well.

・English speaking tour attendant escorts your journey to produce a pleasant trip.

・Chartered vehicle is utilized as per number of person.

 


 

 Itineraty  

 

Day 1   Sotome & Nagasaki

 

Itinerary

Depart  Fukuoka-city

transfer to Nagasaki-city

Visit Sotome Pilgrimage sites

Lunch at Nagasaki Wharf

Exploring Nagasaki

 Martyrdom of 26 Saints of JapanOura Cathedral

 Glover Garden → Mount Inasa

Stay in  Nagasaki–city

 


 

Where to visit

 

Sotome Pilgrimage sites / UNESCO World Heritage

Sotome is a rural, coastal area on the peninsula north of central Nagasaki. During the ban

on Christianity, Sotome was home to communities of “Hidden Christians”, many of whom

emigrated there from other parts of Nagasaki as the remote region allowed them to practice

their religion in secret.

 

Shitsu Church

On an elevation commanding a view over the Sea of Goto, Father Marc Marie de Rotz

established a church at his own expense 1882. The building was extended and renovated

again and again. A statue of Mary that he ordered from France is standing in the bell tower.


 

Former Shitsu Aid Center        

I want to save people in the Sotome from poor life. Former Shitsu Aid Centeris indispensable in

talking about the history and culture of the region.


 

Endo Shusaku Literary Museum         

The setting of Endo Shusaku’s novel Silence. Sotome is blessed with a unique history and

culture of Christianity. In particular, the area in which the Endo Shusaku Literary Museum

stands is known as the site of a Christian village, one of Endo’s most notable work, Silence.

 

 

Lunch

Nagasaki Wharf

Elegant international & domestic tourist harbour. Made up of around 20 unique shops and

restaurants lined up at the water front, offering various choices such Japanese, Western,

and Italian cuisine, to beauty salons, outdoor shops and more.


 

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan

Nishizaka hill is the most significant Christian Pilgrimage site in Japan. The 26 Martyrs of Japan

were a group of Catholics who were executed by rucifixion on February 5, 1597.Their martyrdom

is especially significant in the history of the Catholic Church in Japan. In 1637, St. Lorenzo Luiz

from Philippines martyred here at Nishizaka hill.


 

The museum behind the Monument is devoted to the memory of the martyrs and to Christianity in

Japan in general. Its interior is reminiscent of a church with stained-glass windows, making for

atmospheric viewing of the exhibits. On display are artifacts related to Christianity in Japan,

including old documents, statues and jewelry.


 

Oura Cathedral   / UNESCO World Heritage

The Cathedral is one of the significant Christian Pilgrimage site in Japan.  Established 1865, this

church is officially known as “Oura Cathedral, the Church of 26 Martyrs.” It was built by the French

priest Bernard Petitjean of Fier who had been dispatched by the Foreign Missionary Church of

Paris to dedicate prayers to the 26 saints martyred on Nishizaka hill.


 

Glover Garden   / UNESCO World Heritage

The garden takes its name from Thomas Glover, his arms-importing operations played an important

part in the Meiji Restoration, he built the first train line in Japan and he even helped establish the

first modern Mitsubishi ship yard.


 

Mount Inasa

It is a 333 meter high mountain in close distance to JR Nagasaki Station. The summit can

be reached by ropeway or car and offers great views over the city. And also, the magnificent

night views from Mount Inasa are ranked among Japan’s three best night views.


 

Day 2  Nagasaki & Unzen
 
Itinerary
Exploring Nagasaki

Lunch at China Town

Transfer to Unzen

Visit Nita Pass→ Unzen Jigoku

Stay at Unzen

 


 

Option

The Japan’s longest foot bath in Obama

 


 

Where to visit

 

Established in 1955 near the Ground Zero where the Atomic Bomb was dropped at 11:02 am

on Aug. 09, 1945. Peace Memorial Ceremony is held in front of the statue on August 9 every

year and the Mayor of Nagasaki makes the “Nagasaki peace declaration” for the whole world.

 

Atomic Bomb Museum

The museum exhibits a number of photograph that depict the devastation caused by atomic

bomb showing the lead-up to this tragic day, the history of the development of nuclear arms

and our desire for peace.


 

Ground Zero

The plutonium atomic bomb exploded about 500m over the central monument at 11:02 a.m.on

August 9, 1945.   The most part of Nagasaki was destroyed, and a tremendous number of lives

were lost. And about 70,000 of Nagasaki’s 240,000 residents died instantly, and up to 60,000

were injured. 


 

Peace Statue

Completed in 1955, ten years after the atomic bombing. The 9.7 meter high statue sitting on

a 4 meter tall pedestal, made by renown sculptor Kitamura Seibo. The raised arm points to the

threat of nuclear weapons and the out-stretched arm symbolizes peace.


 

Lunch

China Town

Nagasaki China town at shinchi is one of the big three china town in Japan. There are about 50

Chinese restaurants and many Chinese sundries shops in there.

   


 

Unzen, Nita Pass

Unzen is a beautiful mountain and Onsen resortand was the first area to be designated as   

a National Park in Japan. At any time of the year the natural scenery of Nita-toge Pass in Unzen

is magnificent. Azaleas, green leaves, brilliant autumnal tints of maples and silver frost

represent each season of the year.


 

Means Hell, is the number one attraction of Unzen with a peculiar smell of sulfur emitted from the

springs, and with white smoke rising from the ground over a wide area. Unfortunately, this was once

put into reality nearly 350 years ago during the time of religious persecution in Japan.  30 Japanese


 

Option

The Japan’s longest foot bath in Obama

Called “Hot foot 105  The length of foot bath is 105m which is same number of the hot spring

source temperature of 105 degree Celsius.


 

Day 3   Shimabara

 

Itinerary

Exploring Shimabara

  Shimabara Castle   → Samurai Houses & Samurai street

Lunch at Shimabara, local delicacy food, Guzoni

Transfer to Minami Shimabara

Harajo Castle ruins ;  Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion

Transfer to Amakusa from Kuchinotsu

Stay in Amakusa

 


 

Where to visit

 

Shimabara Castle

The castle was built in 1625 by the feudal load Matsukura Shigemasa, who was regarded as

a master of Castle building. The castle, which took 7 years to complete, is also known as 

“Moritake Castle”.  It was an almost rectangular flatland castle built in the Renkaku-style.


 

Samurai Houses & Samurai street

Samurai was a term for the military nobility in pre-industrial Japan.  The Samurai houses in

Shimabara along the old Samurai street nearby Shimabara Castle were built in 18th century.


 

Lunch at Shimabara

local delicacy food, Guzoni

Guzoni is said to created during the Shimabara Rebellion of 1637.  When Cristians were fought under

the leader ship of Amakusa Shiro, they brought various ingredients such as rice cake, fishes and

vegetables, and made a stew.   This is the origin of Guzoni.


 

Harajo Castle ruins

The Christian pilgrimage site, registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site as Hidden Christian Sites

in the Nagasaki RegionThe battle field of Shimabara Rebellion which was a peasant uprising agaist

bakufu’s persecution of Christians under the leadership of Amakusa Shiro in 1637. 


 

Transfer to Amakusa (Oniike) , from Kuchinotsu (Minami-Shimabara-city)

Shimatetsu Ferry : operated by Shinabara Rail Way, 30 minutes ride.

    Kuchinotsu port

      Kuchinotsu

        To Amakusa


 

Day 4  Amakusa & Kumamoto  

 

Itinerary

8:00 Depart Hotel 

Visiting Hidden Christian sites

  Oe Cathedral →  Sakitsu Village  →  Amakusa Shiro Memorial Hall

Travel Amakusa Gokyo / Pearl line

Transfer to Kumamoto

Exploring Kumamoto 

  Sakurano-baba Josaien Kumamoto Castle  

Stay in Kumamoto

 


 

Where to visit

 

Oe Cathedral 

The oldest Catholic Church in Amakusa and was one of the first churches built right after the ban

on Christianity was lifted. The Romanesque-style architecture and the chalky white structure was

rebuilt in 1933 by a French missionary priest named Father Garnier using his own money and

contributions from local Christians living in the area.


 

Sakitsu Village  / UNESCO World Heritage

A Gothic-looking church is located on a cove of a fishing village. In 1934, a French priest Augustin

Halbout MEP purchased the premises of the former village headman and built a wooden and

concrete finished church, with Tetsukawa Yosuke’s design and construction. He placed the altar

at the very site where fumie or a test to ensure non-allegiance to Christianity had been conducted.

 


 

Amakusa Shiro Memorial Hall

The theme Museum shows History of Christianity in Amakusa and Shimabara Rebellion in

Harajo Castle Ruins which was a peasant uprising agaist bakufu’s persecution of Christians

under the leadership of Amakusa Shiro in 1637.


 

Sakurano-baba Josaien         

Josaien is located in Sakurano-baba, at the foot of Kumamoto Castle, one of Japan’s three

major castles. It is a popular tourist attraction designed to enhance the appeal of the old castle

town and convey to visitors the food, history and cultural traditions of the region from Kumamoto

Castle, a symbol of the Kumamoto-city.


 

Kumamoto Castle

The Castle is one of the three great castles and one of the 100 best places in Japan to view cherry

blossoms. Due to the Earthquakes in 2016, several of the castle’s shacihoko ornaments were

destroyed, and a large number of kawara tiles also fell from the roof. Now the restoration activities

are being performed as fast as possible. Now, the Kumamoto Castle can be seen from the outside

of the moats surrounding the castle.

 


 

Day 5  Hirado

 

Itinerary

Depart Kumamoto

Transfer to Hirado

Visit Tabira Church

Lunch at Hirado, local delicacy sea food

Exploring Hirado

  Matsura Historical Museum →  St Francis Xavier Memorial Church  Dutch Trading Post

Stay at Hirado

 


 

Where to visit

 

Tabira Church

The church was designed by Tetsukawa Yosuke, a famous architect of various churches

in Nagasaki-prefecture, and built between December 1915 and October 1917. It is one

of the latest brick churches in the prefecture of Nagasaki. Tetsukawa Yosuke has called

this one of his best works.


 

Lunch at Hirado

local delicacy sea food

 

 

Matsura Historical Museum

The museum stores and displays the historical collection of the Matsura family who ruled over the

northern area of Nagasaki prefecture since the 13th century. The museum is housed in the former

private residence of the Matsura family, the grand Tsurugamine Mansion, built in 1893. Hirado has

a long history of overseas exchange due to its geographical location.


 

St. Francis Xavier Memorial Church

This church is a catholic church in Hirado, Nagasaki. Hirado is a place where Francis Xavier visited

3 times in Japan to spread Christianity, and even during the Kinkyo Ordinance of the Edo Period

that prohibited religions, Christianity was very widespread. For that reason when the ordinance was

lifted this church was constructed, and the image of Francis Xavier was put on the side.


 

Dutch Trading Post

Set up in Hirado in 1609 as the base of operations of the Dutch East India Company in Japan. The

building seen today is a warehouse which was originally constructed here in 1639 as part of the

trading post, but torn down just three years later after the Dutch had been relocated to Dejima Island

in the port of Nagasa