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Kyushu Travel Guide

7 days Central Kyushu tour


This tour explores Central Kyushu and visit a lot of featured tourist places in

Fukuoka-prefecture,  Kumamoto-prefecture , Miyazaki-prefecture  and  Oita-prefecture


Where to Explore  

Fukuoka-city   → Amakusa  →  Kumamoto →  Aso  →   Takachiho  →  Kuju 

KokonoeYufuin → Asakura AkizukiUkiha →  Fukuoka-city  



ravelling 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.





Day 1   Amakusa




Depart Fukuokacity
Transfer to Amakusa

Exploring Amakusa Gokyo / Pearl line : beautiful five bridges connects Amakusa Inlands 

Lunch : local cuisine in Amakusa

Exprience of  Amakusa Cruise or dolphin watching

Visiting the UNESCO World heritage / Hidden Christian Sites  

    Oe Cathedral   → Sakitsu Village

Stay Amakusa Onsen, Japanese style Hotel, included dinner and breakfast

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


Option : the following sites can be arranged as option.

Amakusa Shiro Memorial Hall

Tomioka Castle Ruins



Where to explore



An archipelago located west side of Kumamoto, beautiful landscape, seafood and 

local delicacies and marine activities can be enjoyed.

Amakusa are connected to Shimabara by the Ferry and to Kumamoto by the bridges.


Amakusa Gokyo / Pearl line

Amakusa Gokyo or Amakusa five bridges, is a general term for five bridges which connects 

from Misumi at the Udo peninsula to the Oyano island, the Nagaura island, Ikejima, Maejima,

and Amakusa Kamishima, was built in 1966. The area on the National road route 266 called

as the Pearl Line.




 First bridge



   Second bridge


  Fourth bridge 


Amakusa cruise

Connecting the islands of Amakusa with the inland of Kumamoto via the Uto Peninsula are

Amakusa Gokyo or Amakusa Five Bridge. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Amakusa

from the sea on a cruise.



 Fifth bridge


 To the fifth bridge


 Numerous small islands


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 and 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.


The oldest Catholic Church

in Amakusa





 Oe Village



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.



A Gothic-looking church


 Sakitsu Village


 Fishery port





Amakusa Shiro Memorial Hall

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

which was a peasant uprising agaist bakufu’s persecution of Christians under the leadership

of Amakusa Shiro in 1637.



 Amakusa Shiro Memorial Hall


 Bell for Love


 Amakusa Shiro Statue


Tomioka Castle Ruins

Tomioka Castle was built in 1602, one year after Terasawa Shimanokami hirotaka came

to Amakusa. Although Amakusa ruled by proxy for Terasawa from Tomioka Castle,

he revelled with his army in the Shimabara Rebellion in 1637. After the rebellion, Yamasaki

Kainokami Ieharu ruled from the castle, and which was restored and enlarged to its

present form



 Castle was built on the hill

 of Tomioka peninsula


Castle was rebuilt in 1994


   Magnificent view of Ariake



Day 2   Kumamoto




Leave Hotel in Amakusa

Transfer to Kumamoto
Exploring Kumamoto 

   Sakurano-baba Josaien  included lunch →   Kumamoto Castle   → Suizenji-koen park

Stay at Kumamoto , Western style Hotel, included breakfast

Dinner at Shimo-tori Shopping Street, local speciality Cuisines



Where to explore

From the early 17th century to the end of the 19th century, Kumamoto was prosperous as

a castle town.  The Shira-kawa River and its branches run through the downtown area

around Kumamoto Castle. Therefore, the city is called “City of Woods and Fresh Water” .


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.



The main gate located in



Many shops sell Kumamoto



Restaurants, to enjoy distinctive

food culture in Kumamoto





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.



  Castle tower


 Castle tower after Earthquake 




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.



Imitated the beautiful scenery

of Japan


53 Stations of the Tokaido Road

including Mt. Fuji


The fresh springs in the garden

from Mt. Aso



Stay Kumamoto


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.



 Enjoy shopping at arcade



 Many kind of restaurants

 and pubs


Japanese traditional restaurant



Day 3  Aso 




Leave Hotel in Kumamoto

Transfer to Aso

Enjoy the magnificent scenery by Aso Tourist Tram

Lunch at Minami Aso ;  featured restaurant / Takamori Dengaku-no sato

Explore Aso 

   Kusasenri-ga-hama    → Mount Aso → Aso shrine  → Daikanbo

Stay at Kurokawa Onsen, or Onsen Resort Aso, Japanese style Hotel, included dinner and breakfast

Japanese style kaiseki dinner included lacal spesiality cuisines 


Option : the following sites can be arranged as option.

Aso Shrine

Nabegataki Waterfalls



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 mede 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.



 Minami Aso Rail Way

 Takamori station


 Tourist tram, start a 30minutes




  Enjoy the magnificent

  scenery of Aso


Takamori Dengaku-no sato / Featured restaurant

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.



 Japanese traditional house built

 200 years ago


Japanesetraditional style

fire place


 Delicious local speciality

 Aso beef



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.



 Dynamic active volcano

 Mt. Aso can be seen


The beautiful prairie spreads

in the crater


 Enjoy horse riding


Mount Aso

The largest active volcano in Japan. Its peak is 1592 m above sea level. Its caldera is 25 km

across north to south and 18 km across east to west. The caldera has a circumference of around

120 km, although sources vary on the exact distance.



 Arond the Crater


 Look down the Crater


 Japan’s largest active volcano



The perfect spot view the five peak of Mount AsoDaikanbo 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.



 Over view from Daikanbo

 At the top
 Observatory place 




Kurokawa Onsen

The most popular hot spring 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, where more than 20 Inns (Ryokan)and gift shops standing in a row

along the Tanoharu River, a headstream of the Chikugo River.



Japanese style accomodations

Ryokan along the river


 Roten-buro or out side open

 air bath


 Japanese tradditiona meal

 used local ingredients




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



 Shrine building 


Shimenawa, twisted straw rope

has power to keep off evil sprits


Ema, pentagon-shaped wooden

plaque dedicate to Shrine


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.



  The hidden tourist spot

  in Aso region


 View from outside of the



 View from behind the



Day 4   Takachiho 




Depart Hotel in Kurokawa Onsen or Onsen Resort Aso

Transfer to Takachiho
Exploring Takachiho

    Takachiho Shrine  →lunch : local cuisine in Takachiho  →  Takachiho Gorge  →  Amano Iwato Shrine 

back to Kurokawa Onsen or Onsen Resort Aso

Stay at Kurokawa Onsen or Onsen Resort Aso, Japanese style Hotel, included dinner and breakfast

Japanese style kaiseki dinner included lacal spesiality cuisines 



Where to explore

Takachiho is located in the center of the Kyushu mountain area where about 40km away from

Aso and is steeped in Japanese mythology.


Takachiho Gorge

The narrow chasm cut through the rock by the Gokase RiverThe nearly sheer cliffs lining the 

gorge are made of slow forming volcanic basalt columns which resemble the scales of a dragon 

where the stone twisted and flowed as it formed.



The narrow chasm cut through

the rock, boat riding experience


Exploring Takachiho Gorge

using the walk-way


Souvenir shops and 



Takachiho Shrine

Located just west of the town center, is nestled in a grove of tall cedars. During the day

the shrine’s nondescript, unpainted buildings blend in naturally with the surrounding trees.

The light that filters through, brings with it an air of calm, peaceful reverence.



Entrance of Shrine, Torii gate


 The sacred tree, 800 years old


Shrine main building



Amano Iwato Shrine

Japanese indigenouse religion, Shinto born here.

There is a story of Shinto origin in the Cave behind of Amano Iwato Shrine, and Amano

Yasugawara. About ten kilometers outside of central TakachihoAmano Iwato Shrine

was built near the Cave where is place of the Shinto origin story.




 The God shows the story of

 Shinto origin


 Amano Iwato Shrine, there is the

 Cave behind the shrine


 Amano Yasugawara, Gods &

 Goddesses had a discussion



Day 5   Kuju & Yufuin




Leave Hotel in Kurokawa Onsen  or Onsen Resort Aso

Exploring Kuju

  Kuju Flower Park  →    Kokonoe yume Otsurihasi  →  Handa Kogen Plateau 

Lunch at Kokonoe : local cuisine in Oita 

Transfer to Yufuin

Exploring Yufuin

  Yunotsubo Avenue  → Yufuin Floral Village →  Kinrinko lake 
Stay at Yufuin Onsen Resort, J
apanese style Hotel, included dinner and breakfast

Japanese style kaiseki dinner included lacal spesiality cuisines 


Option : the following site can be arranged as option.

Harajiri Waterfall



Where to explore



The plateau resort area and is a part of Aso Kuju National Park.

The plateau of 600 to 1000 metre altitude, spreading at southern part of Kuju and Taisen

mountains foot, and is located in between Aso and Takeda.


Kuju Flower Park

The Park offers stunning seasonal displays of flowers set against beautiful mountain scenery.

Over 3 million flowers in 500 different varieties from spring to late autumn. The park covers 49

acres of the beautiful Kuju plateau, the Kuju mountain range making a stunning alpine back

drop and the sleeping buddha of Mount Aso, a vista in the distance.


 Entrance of Kuju Flower Park


Over 3 million flowers in 500

different varieties  


Seasonal displays of flowers

set against beautiful mountain



Handa kogen Plateau

The best driving area where the beautiful scenery of Aso Kuju National Park can be enjoyed

The Handa kogen Plateau is located in the southern part of Kokonoe-cho, Kusu-gun.

Altitude is 800 to 1,200 m. By the opening of the Yamanami Highway in 1964, the area

became a nice sightseeing spot connected to Beppu Onsen and Yufuin in the north and

Aso in the south.



Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi

The longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Japan and the 2nd leongest in the World

Splendid and beautiful view from the thrilling sunpension bridge over the Naruko river valley.



 Entrance of the pedestrian

 suspention bridge


Beautiful scenery of Naruko

river valley


390 metre long, 173 metre

height from Nariko River valley




Harajiri Waterfall

It is called Niagara Falls of Japan, In the Ogata River, running through the center of the Ogata plain.

The falls, 120 meters wide and 20 meters hight, are selected as one of the best 100 falls in Japan.

Lava flows produced by the great eruption of Mt. Aso accumulated and chighreated Harajiri Falls.




 Water come from Ogara plain


 Over view of Waterfall

 120m wide and 20m hight


 Dynamic Waterfall created

 by Mt. Aso eruption



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.



Main street in Yufuin located

at the foot of mount Yufu 


70 shops, gift shop, galleries,

curiosity item shops


 Many souvenios can be found


Yufuin Floral Village

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

Harry Potter’s shooting location.



Welcome to Yufuin Floral



Theme area “spring of girl

Heidi in the Alps”


Reproduced the townscape

of the Cotswold region


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.



Hot water gushes from the

bottom of the lake


Hot steam rises from

its surface on a cold day


Cafe restaurant by the lake


Day 6   Chikugo region



Leave Hotel in Yufuin Onsen Resort

Transfer to Ukiha

Visiting Ukiha Inari Shrine

AsakuraTriple Water Wheel

Fujii Apiary

Exploring Shirakabe-dori Avenue

Lunch at the featured restaurant Shirakabe

Visiting a Shochu brewery

Transfer to Fukuoka-city

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

Dinner at Fukuoka-city, local speciality cuisines


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


Pottery experience at Koishiwara 

Tachiarai Peace Memorial Museum   

Fruits harvest experience         


Where to explore
The Kyuhsu’s largest Chikugo River which flows from Mount Aso through the Chikugo region
to Ariake Sea. The Kyushu’s largest Chikugo plain spreading in the Chikugo River basin,
where people live from ancient time and the various cultures have been created.
There are a lot of features here such as rural land scape, fruit fields, ancient ruins,
shrines, temples, castle town, Sake brewery, Onsen (hot spring), scrumptious local cosines, 
Japanese cultural experiences.

Ukiha Inari Shrine

Breath taking beautiful scenery harmonizes with the Shrine. Located at foot of Mino mountain

range, 130 m height from sea level. The 90 vermilion coloured Torii Gates stand on the 300 steps

stairs is introduced you from bottom area to the Shrine main building.



   To the Shrine


   Shrine main building


Breath taking view from Shrine


Asakura Triple Water Wheel

Asakura is the only area in Japan to use water wheels for irrigation. The irrigation system used the

Triple Water Wheel was completed in 1760. The water is supplied from Yamada weir in Chikugo 

through the canal to the Triple Water Wheel. And then the water distributed to each rice field by

Triple Water Wheel.




  Yamada Weir in Chikugo river


 Asakura Triple Water Wheel


 Water supply to rice field


Fujii Apiary

The apiary collecting honey while traveling with bees from Kagoshima to Hokkaido.

The Apiary was established in Asakura in 1909 and offers delicious Japanese milkvetch

honey and acacia honey, both of which have a deep and sophisticated taste.



  Welcome to Fujii Apiary


 Honey collected in Japan


 Honey from all over the World


Shirakabe-dori Avenue

Time-honored scenery, back to 100 years ago. Located in Yoshii-machi, Shirakabe, literary

meaning is white wall. The avenue of houses with white wall were constructed about 100 years

ago.  About 250 houses in the area has been designated as National important raditional buildings

preservation district.



 White painted clay walls

 considered fire protection


 All the houses are about

 100 years old


 The canel running through

 the town




Featured Restaurant, Shirakabe, located at Shirakabe Avenue

The building is designated by Government as Traditional building at the Conservation district

in Ukiha-city. Japanese cuisines using best local ingredients that vary by season  can be enjoyed.

The chef who makes that cuisines also experienced the imperial family’s cook.



 The building constructed 100

 year ago


  Featured lunch menu


  Enjoy lunch


Shochu Brewery

Shochu is a Japanese distilled beverage less than 45% alcohol by volume. The shochu of

Beniotome Shuzo is distilled from Sesame.  The brewery can be visited and there is a tasting

corner,  Let’s sample Chochu.


 Visiting Shochu brewery


 Featured Shochu, Beniotone


  Enjoy tasting Shochu



Akizuki is a former Castle town located in northern part of Asakura. You can enjoy the harmony

of countryside landscape and former castle town scenery that makes the atmosphere like a time

of 400 years ago.



   Sakurano-baba Street


    Cherry Blossoms 

    Autumn leaves


Pottery experience at Koishiwara

Make your own original Koishiwara-yaki pottery. Try your hand at making the famous local

Koishiwara-yaki pottery at Ota-gama pottery, by learning how to create your own piece of

Koishiwara-yaki pottery.



  Making own pottery




 Your own piece


Tachiarai Peace Memorial Museum   

The main exhibit room displays a few letters and other items of kamikaze pilots who died in battle.

One case has photos of about 50 kamikaze pilots from Tachiarai Air Base and includes the following

information on each pilot: name, unit, plane used, date of death, and air base of final sortie.



  Peace Memorial Museum


  Zero-sen fighter


  Cockpit of Zero-sen


In the harvest time, the northern Kyushu boasts many area with beautiful fruit orchards.

Fukuoka is one of the leading fruit-producing prefecture in all Japan.
The fruit production in Fukuoka is primarily concentrated in the southern Chikugo region

such as Ukiha, Asakura and Tanushimaru.



Strawbery : December to May



Grape : August to October


 Apple : August to December

 Persimmon : Oct. to Dec.


Day 7   Fukuoka-city




Leave Hotel

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 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 bub 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

Canal City Hakata



The complex commercial facility, 

in the heart of Fukuoka-city




The biggest shopping district

in Kyushu 


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.  There are many tourist attractions here


Seaside Momochi area


Fukuoka Tower Seaside Park & Marizon 


The water-front resort area JR

Hakata Station and Tenjin


Japan’s highest coastal tower,

magnificent view from the top



A complex facility for wedding

hall, shops and restaurants


Historical places


Kushida Shrine



Hakata Gion Yamagasa 

Festival is held in the shrine 

Tochoji Temple



The oldest temple of the

hingon sect in Japan

Fukuoka Castle Ruins



Part of stone wall and canal, and

the Tamon tower are still left 


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.



Marine World Uminonakamichi

facing to Hakata bay


 Dolphines and sea lions Show


 Different kinds of marine life

 can be enjoyed


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,



Breathtaking panoramic

view of Hakata bay


Beautiful flowers can be

enjoyable throughout the year


  Flower garden


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