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Kyushu Travel Guide

6 days North-West Kyushu tour

 

 Where to Explore  

 

Saga (Karatsu, Yobuko, Imari, Kashima, Takeo) → Nagsaki  → Shimabara  

Unzen  →   Yanagawa → Kitakyushu  → Fukuoka 


 

 

 

 


 
  

 

 

 

 

 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 Itineraty  
 
 Day 1   Saga-prefecture
A prefecture in the northwestern part of Kyushu and is located next to Fukuoka-prefecture.

Consist of Karatsu & Yobuko, Imari, Arita, Kashima, Takeo and Saga.

 

Karatsu Castle

Karatsu Castle is called

Dancing Crane Castle

Yobuko Asaichi

Famous for Squid and Morning

Market called Asaichi

  Hado-misaki Cape

Cape of Lovers’ sanctuary,

the heart-shaped monument

Imari

The porcelain town, has 400

years history

 Arita

Arita porcelain, bright, elegant

pictures drawn in porcelain. 

Takeo

The Onsen resort, has 1200

years history

Saga-city

Great contribution to the

Japanese Industrial Revolution

Kashima

Exciting experience, Sake

brewery visiting

Yutoku Inari Shrine

One of the most famous Inari

shrines in Japan


 

Schedule

Arrive at Fukuoka

Karatsu → Yobuko → Imari → Kashima →  Takeo 

Stay at Takeo

 


 
 Day 2    Nagasaki 
 
Became a center of European influences in the 16th century and flourished as a trading

port & center of Christian missionary activities. The detonation for an atomic bomb over Nagasaki 

during the World WarⅡis a dark page in the cities turbulent history. 

Now, however the city has become a center of peace, blessed with beautiful natural scenery and

eclectic mix of historical sites and architecture.

Nagaaki Wharf

 Elegant international & domestic

 tourist harbour

Mount Inasa

 Breathtaking panoramic view

 of Nagasaki-city

Mount Inasa

 One of the World’s three

 beautiful night view

Glover Garden

 UNESCO World Heritage, the

 largest number of visitor here 

Peace Park

 Let’s make World Peace and

 everyone’s happiness

Path in Minamiyamate

 Various gift shops, 

 restaurants, Café lined the street

Oura Cathedral

 The most significant Church, 

  Mother Teresa and Pope visited

Dejima

 

 Only the trading port in Japan

 during Natinal isolation           

China Town

 One of the three big China

 town in Japan 


 

Schedule

Travel to Nagasaki
Explore Nagasaki : 
Nagasaki Peace Park, Glover Garden, Oura Cathedral , Dejima

Nagasaki Night view, one of the world’s three greatest night views

Stay at Nagasaki : Western style Hotel  

Local cuisine can be enjoyed

 

 
 Day 3  Shimabara & Unzen 
 

Shimabara

Located in the Shimabara peninsuka, region spread in the foot of gentle mountain and facing to

calm sea. Shimabara is consist of two cities, Shimabara-city and Minami-Shmabara-city.

Offers various enjoyable things such as Nature, Onsen, Castle town of Shimabara-city,

Hidden Christian history as well as Local Gourmets. 

Shimabara

 Nature, Onsen, Castle town,

 Christianity history, Gourmets

 Shimabara Castle

 Symbol of Shimabar, almost 

 rectangular flatland castle

Samurai Houses

Even now, atmosphere in 18th 

 century is still remained    


 

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.

 Unzen

Highland Onsen Resort,

seasonal colour makes beauty

 Nita pass

Magnificent scenery of mountain

foot area & Ariake bay              

 Unzen jigoku

White smoke rising from the

ground over a wide area


 

Schedule

Travel to Shimabara 
Explore Shimabara : Shimabara Castle Samurai houses, Samurai Street  

Lunch at Shimabara : local cuisine ( Rokube, Guzoni)

Travel to Unzen 

Explore Unzen Nita-toge Pass, Unzen jigoku, Mt. Fugen

Stay at Unzen : Japanese style accommodation Ryokan, Local cuisine can be enjoyed  

 

 

 
 Day 4  Yanagawa
 

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.

Okinohata

The heart of Yanagawa

Beautiful canal town

Canal boat cruise

A boat called Donkobune,

slowly go down the river

Canal boat cruise

Skillfully maneuvered by a

boatman with bamboo pole.

Ohana

Built in 1697 as the villa of the 

Lord Tachibana Akitora

Shotoen Garden

Listed on the National Scenic

Landmark

Ohana

Built as the guest house of Tachibana family in 1910

Sagemon Festival

The festival is held from

February 11 through April 3

Local delicacies

Serve the sea foods using local

delicacies of Ariake Bay

Steamed  Eel

The Steamed Eel is Yanagawa’s representative dish


 
Schedule

Travel to Yanagawa, using a highway
Explore Yanagawa 
Canal boat cruiseOhana Shotoen Garden,  

Lunch at Yanagawa Unagi (eel ) cuisine or seafood of Ariake sea 
Travel to Kitakyushu, using a highway ( 2hours) 

Enjoy local dinner in Kitakyushu, the food stall at Tanga Market 

Stay at Kitakyushu : Western style Hotel

  


 
 Day  5    Kitakyushu-city
 

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 Castle

Kitakyushu’s land mark, walking

distance of Kokura Stations

 Uomachi Shopping arcade

Down town shopping street,

various shops, restaurants, bars

 Hiraodai Karst Plateau

One of the three largest karst

plateau in Japan 

 Kanmon-kyo Bridge

The suspended bridge crossing

the Kanmon Straits

 Mojiko Retro

The exotic district, former trading

port coal and other products

 Kanmon Pedstrian Tunnel

Only the place in the world,
can be crossed the strait on foot

 World Heritage

Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial

Revolution

 Higashida district

The birth place of Steel making

Industry in Japan 

Mount Sarakura

The most dynamic night view

in the world


 

Schedule

Explore  Kitakyushu : Kokura Caltle, Mojiko-retro, Konamon Pedstrian tunnelHigashida,  Mt. Sarakura  

Industrial tour can be arranged as an alternative

   TOYOTA, TOTO,  Yaskawa Electric,   Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal

Travel to Fukuoka, using a highway

Any kind of local cuisines can be enjoyed

Stay at Fukuoka : Western style Hotel 

  


 
 Day 6    Fukuoka-city
 

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. 

In other words, Fukuoka-city is the heart of Kyushu against various things,

such as food culture, shopping, entertainment, economy and international business.

JR Hakata Station

The largest and busiest JR train

station in Kyushu

Sea Side Momochi

The water-front resort area JR

Hakata Station and Tenjin

Tenjin

The biggest shopping district

in Kyushu 

Fukuoka City tour bus

Fukuoka Open top bus tour,

three courses for journey

Fukuoka Tower

Japan’s highest coastal tower,

magnificent view from the top

Tochoji Temple

The oldest temple of the

Shingon sect in Japan

 Kushida Shrine

Hakata Gion Yamagasa Festival

is held in the shrine 

Kawabata Shopping Arcade

400 m down town street,

100 shops and restaurants

Nakasu

One of the largest entertainment

district in western Japan


 
 How to make your customized tour  

 

1. Enquiry

 The tours we are offering are customized for private travel accordance with your preferences

 and date,  click the   Enquiry Form   to tell us what you are looking for.

 

2. Proposal

・Preliminary quotation which is guide line of the tour price as per the Enquiry.

・Basic suggested itinerary will be provided.

 

3. Clarifications

 All the tour conditions are to be clarified including the grade & type of accommodations,

 transportation, visiting placed, meals and other excursions, in order to meet your requirements

 and budget.

 

4. Final proposal

 The quotation and itinerary are provided based on the Clarification.

 

5. Make an agreement 

 The agreement for proceeding the customized tour is conducted.

 

6. Enjoy the customized journey 

  All the arrangement are made as per the agreement and operated the tour in

  accordance with the plan

 

Price of the tour

The price is customized based on travel date, number of participants, hotel choices,

transportations, and other custom preferences.

 


 

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below

. Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Steamed Eel in Yanagawa

 

Yanagawa is the birthplace of Steamed Eel

 

The most recommended local cuisine is Steamed Eel that was born in Yanagawa

more than 300 years ago.

Rice seasoned with a special sauce is topped by grilled eel and thin shredded omelet,

all of which is steamed in a bamboo steamer.

 

There are many restaurants which have their long history and each restaurants have

been keeping the traditional source and brand value.

 


 

 General information  

 

Address Yanagawa-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

70 minutes by a vehicle from Dazaifu

80 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

110 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city


 

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897,  Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Yanagawa and Dazaifu one-day tour

 

The tour takes you to two popular destinations around Fukuoka-city, Yanagawa and Dazaifu.


Tour condition

Start and end of the tour is to be  Fukuoka-city 

English speaking guide is accompanied

Chartered vehicle such as a jumbo taxi or bus
is utilizes as per number of pax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 Itinerary  

 

9:00 Depart Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Yanagawa  by a vehicle

Canal boat cruise

Exploring Yanagawa : Ohana Shotoen Garden, Birthplace of Hakushu Kitahara and Shopping

Lunch at Yanagawa  : Unagi (eel ) cuisine or seafood cuisine of Ariake sea

Trasfer to Dazaifu by a vehicle

Exploring Dazaifu : Shrine Approach path, Komyozen-ji temple, Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

Transfer to Fukuoka by vehicle

16:30 Arrive at Fukuoka-city 

 


 

 Yanagawa  

 

Yanagawa is 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.

 

Okinohata

The heart of Yanagawa

Beautiful canal town

Canal boat cruise

A boat called Donkobune,

slowly go down the river

Canal boat cruise

Skillfully maneuvered by a

boatman with bamboo pole

Ohana

Built in 1697 as the villa of the 

Lord Tachibana Akitora

Shotoen Garden

Listed on the National Scenic

Landmark

Ohana western style building

Built as the guest house of

Tachibana family in 1910


 

 Lunch at Yanagawa  

 

Steamed Eel

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.

Local delicacies 

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

Japanese cuisine using local delicacies is also reccomended. 

 


 

 Dazaifu   

 

Dazaifu, time back to 1300 years ago, historical place Dazaifu About 1300 years ago, 

there was a government office to manage the entire Kyushu for a long period of 500 years at

the present Dazaifu. The most popular tourist destination is Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine.

Dazaifu Temmangu Shrine

 

Approach path

Many gift shops, restaurants,

Umegae-mochi shops

Starbucks

Unique architecture designed by renown designer Kengo Kuma

Sacred Cow

Cows bringing good fortune

when touching

Red Bridge or Taiko bashi

The bridge approach to the

sacred area

Entrance of Shrine

The landmark lantern, to the

Shrine compound

Main Building of Shrine

Enshrine the deity of scholorship, Sugawara Michizane


 

Komyozen-ji temple

The Zen temple famous for its 

beautiful stone garde

Kyushu National Museum

Japan’s fourth national museum

after Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara   

 Dazaifu Government Office

Known as TOFURO during the

Nara and Heian period


 

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897,  Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Yanagawa travel guide

 

A beautiful canal town Yanagawa

 

Canal boat cruise can be enjoyed while experience the atmospheres of Japanese castle town

and rural Japanese  life style. The estuary town facing the Ariake Sea through the Chikugo

River and Yabe River. 

People started to live here since ancient times and the agriculture and fishery have been 

engaged in by making Horiwari literary means the artificial canal. 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.


 

Birthplace of Hakushu Kitahara

Yanagawa is the birthplace of renown poet Hakushu Kitahara, whose accomplishments 

are marked by a memorial park and the many stone monuments bearing his works placed

throughout the city


 

 Local cuisine 

 

Steamed Eel

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.

Local delicacies 

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

Japanese cuisine using local delicacies is also reccomended


 

Yanagawa Sagemon Festival

The festival is held from February 11 through April 3 in Yanagawa. Hina dolls are displayed by families

with girls to pray for safe growth of their children, in Yanagawa


 

 Featured tours related to Yanagawa  

 

Yanagawa and Dazaifu one-day tour         

The tour takes you to two popular destinations around Fukuoka-city, Yanagawa and Dazaifu


 

6 days North-West Kyushu tour

Where to Explore

Saga (Karatsu, Yobuko, Imari, Kashima, Takeo) → Nagsaki  → Shimabara  

Unzen  →   Yanagawa → Kitakyushu  → Fukuoka 

 


 

             Location of Yanagawa

 

 


 

 General information  

 

Address City hall : 87-1 Honmachi, Yanagawa-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

70 minutes by a vehicle from Dazaifu

80 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

110 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city

 

50 minutes by Nishitetsu train from Nishitetsu Tenjin (Fukuoka)

Transportation Nishitetsu train
Population 66,000   Population density 850

 
 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax : +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Yanagawa Sagemon Festival

 

Yanagawa Sagemon Festival
The festival is held from February 11 through April 3 in Yanagawa.

Hina dolls are displayed by families with girls to pray for safe growth of their children,

in Yanagawa, in addition to Hina dolls, colourful “Sagemon” are displayed.

 

Sagemon Meguri was started in order to showcase beautiful “Sagemon” to visitors.

Each display of “Sagemon” represents parents’ wishes for their girls to grow into beautiful, strong,

and proud women.

 

 


 

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax : +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Birthplace of Hakushu Kitahara

 

Yanagawa is the birthplace of renown poet Hakushu Kitaharawhose accomplishments are

marked by a memorial park and the many stone monuments bearing his works placed

throughout the city.

 

The house harmonized with

the town of Yanagawa

Portrait Photo of Hakushu Kitahara

Family was marine produsts

wholesaler and Sake Brewery


 

 General information  

 

Address 55-1 Okinohata, Yanagawa-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

10 minutes by a vehicle from Nishitetsu Yanagawa station

70 minutes by a vehicle from Dazaifu

80 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

110 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city

Open hours 9:00 to 17:00
Admission fee JPY 500
Days closed December 29 to January 3

 

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax : +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Ohana and Shotoen Garden

 

Listed on National Scenic Landmark

 

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.

 

The garden itself spread out over 3300 square meters and is laid out in such a way as to evoke the

image of Matsushima in Sendai.  It was extensively renovated in 1908 to 1910.
There are around 280 pines within the garden 1500 stones and
14 stone lanterns.
From October to March the pond is host to a flock of wild ducks.

 

 


 

 General information  

 

Address 1 Shinsoto-machi, Yanagawa-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

10 minutes by a vehicle from Nishitetsu Yanagawa station

70 minutes by a vehicle from Dazaifu

80 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

110 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city

Open hours 9:00 to 18:00
Admission fee JPY 500
Days closed No closing days

 

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax : +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

 

Yanagawa 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. 

 

You will enjoy a leisurely cruise along the streets and houses which still retain some remnants of

castle town, hearing the boatman’s explanation of the history and landscape of Yanagawa. 

You can also enjoy the specialty of Yanagawa eel steamed in basket called “Unagi-no-seiromushi”

on the boat.

 

 


 

 General infromation

 

Company Operated by 5 Canal boat cruise companies
Course

70 minutes course : Near Yanagawa station to Okinohata

60 minutes course : Near Yanagawa station to Ohana

30 minutes course : Arond Ohana

Fare

Operating time

JPY 800 to 1600 depending on the course  

9:00 to sunset time


 
 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax : +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Local delicacies restaurant in Yanagawa

 

Yoakejaya, Japanese restaurant using local delicacies of the Ariake Sea

 

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

Yoakejaya is serving Japanese cuisine using local delicacies of Ariake Sea. 

 


 

 General information  

 

Address 94-1 Inarimachi, Yanagawa-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

10 minutes by a vehicle from Nishitetsu Yanagawa station

70 minutes by a vehicle from Dazaifu

80 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

110 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city

Open hours 11:30 to 15:00
Days closed Tuesday

 

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897,  Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture