A Taste of Kyushu

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A Taste of Kyushu

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Kyoto – Fukuoka – Nagasaki – Hiroshima (6 Days/5 Nights)

Kyushu is one of Japan’s four main islands and by far its most underrated by foreign tourists. Due to its geographical location, it has been the gateway to foreign civilization and culture for well over thousands of years. On this 6 x Day/5 x Night journey, you will visit Fukuoka, the largest city in Kyushu, and Nagasaki, the only port city permitted to trade with foreigners during the Edo era, and Hiroshima in the western end of Honshu island, sharing the same destiny as Nagasaki at the end of WWII. With your local tour manager as your expert guide, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the labyrinth of local life, history, and unique foods which are synonymous with this largely undiscovered region.

Start

Kyoto

Finish

Hiroshima

Ages

Min. 20

Group size

Min. 2, Max. 6

Included

  • Tour manager: English/Japanese speaking tour manager
  • Accommodation: 5 x nights in western style hotels (3-4 Star)
  • Meals: Daily breakfast & dinner plus 2 x lunches
  • Transport: All transport as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees: As indicated in the itinerary
  • One luggage transfer from Kyoto to Nagasaki or Hiroshima (one item per person)

Not Included

  • International & domestic flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses
Highlights
  • This 5-night/6-day journey will introduce you to some of the unique faces of the Kyushu region in a short amount of time.
  • Visit World Heritage sites in Kyoto, Nagasaki and Hiroshima
  • Experience unique local food.
  • Explore the labyrinths of narrow alleyways and back-streets to soak up the distinctive atmosphere of each city.
  • Travel on the renowned “Shinkansen” bullet train.
  • All of our tours at “Two Streets Back” have a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 passengers, therefore you will receive much more attention from our friendly tour manager, and have access to smaller sites and eating venues that reflect the true local character of our destinations often not available to bigger tour groups
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Itinerary

Day 1Kyoto

Your adventure begins with the all important “Welcome Meeting” at 5pm. Here you will meet your tour manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Night walking tour of the world-famous Gion “geisha” district before making our way to the stunning Higashiyama area lined with centuries old temples and shrines separated by original Kyoto townhouses. Our first day in Kyoto will end with a superb “Kaiseki” dinner, a highly elaborate and beautifully presented course-style meal of seasonal dishes prepared with local ingredients. This special style of cuisine grew out of 16th-century Buddhist tea ceremonies before being introduced to the Emperor’s court right here in Kyoto. The presentation of each dish is truly spectacular, offering a very unique Kyoto experience.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (Kyoto)

Meal

  • Dinner (Kyoto’s signature “Kaiseki” cuisine) (Kyoto)

Activities

  • Welcome Meeting & Dinner
  • Kyoto Gion & Higashiyama night walk

Special Information

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting important insurance details, proof of Covid-19 vaccination, and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent, hotel reception or your “Two Streets Back” Japan representative know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

Day 2Kyoto - Fukuoka

After a nourishing breakfast we will ensure your suitcases are forwarded on to Nagasaki (or last destination, Hiroshima) before we visit the World Heritage listed Nanzenji Temple. Although this spectacular temple often escapes the attention of many foreign visitors, it is ranked number one among all Zen temples in Japan, with its impressive “samon” gate, European style brick aqueduct, and stunning zen garden, it truly deserves the respect and place reserved in every Japanese person’s heart. As a bonus, today’s “Yudofu” vegetarian lunch was originally created by the Buddhist monks from this very special temple. After our historic lunch, let’s all unwind onboard the “Shinkansen” bullet train on our 3-hour journey to Fukuoka, Kyushu’s largest city and a vibrant multi-cultural hub. In the evening, we’ll explore the famous Hakata Yatai food stall area to taste local street food, including the world famous Tonkotsu Ramen.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (Fukuoka)

 Meal

  • Breakfast (Kyoto)
  • Lunch (“Yudofu”) (Kyoto)
  • Dinner (Hakata Yatai street food) (Fukuoka)

Activities

  • Nanzenji Temple
  • Fukuoka night walk

 

Day 3 Fukuoka - Nagasaki

After a delicious breakfast our first stop is the ancient town of Dazaifu. Established in the late 7th century, this beautifully preserved town served as the administrative center for the entire island of Kyushu for over 500 years and was widely known as the “Western Capital” of ancient Japan and a frontier to East Asia. Dazaifu’s Tenmangu Shrine originated in 919AD to commemorate the famous Kyoto scholar, Sugawarano Michizane, exiled to Dazaifu in 900AD cementing its place as one of the most famous shrines in Japan. After visiting the shrine, take some time to explore the nearby shops and restaurants lining the approach to the shrine for lunch. In the afternoon, we will be arriving in Nagasaki after our 2 hours train journey from Fukuoka.  In Nagasaki, we will first visit the Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum which marks the events of that tragic day in August 1945, three days after Hiroshima. This evening, your tour manager will take you to Mt. Inasa. After a short ride on the ropeway gondola, you will enjoy a spectacular night view of Nagasaki from the very top of the mountain. This view is widely recognized as one of the three “Top Night Views in The World” along with Hong Kong & Monaco.   Our very special dinner tonight will be Nagasaki’s signature “Shippoku” cuisine, a banquet style meal of Japanese, Chinese and European fusion to reflect the city’s long history of being at the crossroads of Japan’s East & West culture.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (Nagasaki)

 Meal

  • Breakfast (Fukuoka)
  • Dinner (Nagasaki’s signature “Shippoku” cuisine) (Nagasaki)

Activities

  • Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
  • Nagasaki Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum
  • Nagasaki night walk & panoramic night view from Mt. Inasa

 

Day 4Nagasaki

Our second day in Nagasaki starts with a walk to the city’s historical area, visiting two of its most important World Heritage sites, the Oura Church and the old Glover House, said to be the inspiration for Puccini’s much loved opera “Madame Butterfly”. This area more than any reflects Nagasakis unique place in Japanese history as the only port permitted to trade with the rest of the world for more than 250 years ending only in the middle of the 19th century. After lunching on some delicious street food in one of three Japan’s most famous Chinatowns, we will take the 9km boat trip to another world heritage listed site, Hashima Island. This island is nicknamed “Battleship Island” because of its distinctive shape, and has been abandoned for many, many years. However, abandoned does not mean empty, the ghosts of the past have taken over the island and its remaining buildings. You may also recognise this spot as the deserted island of James Bond’s adversary Silva in the movie SkyFall. This is another testimony to Nagasaki’s important history, a showcase of Japan’s industrial revolution during the 19th and 20th centuries. We’ll surely have much to discuss over tonight’s meal at one of Nagasakis best local Izakayas.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (Nagasaki)

Meal

  • Breakfast (Nagasaki)
  • Lunch (China town street food) (Nagasaki)
  • Dinner (at local Izakaya) (Nagasaki)

Activities

  • Nagasaki City walk (including world heritage sites, the Oura Church and Glover Garden)
  • Nagasaki Chinatown walk
  • Boat trip & tour to Hashima Island (“Battleship Island”)

Day 5Nagasaki - Hiroshima

After a relaxing breakfast, we will be taking the 3.5 hours journey by local express train and Shinkansen to another port city, Hiroshima. You might like to join the local travelers and enjoy a traditional Japanese “Bento” lunch box during the train journey. On arrival, we will be heading straight to Miyajima Island by ferry. This much revered island was believed to be the sacred land of Gods, and therefore, the world heritage listed Itsukushima Shrine was built on the sea away from the land in late 12th century. In the evening, your tour manager will be delighted in taking you to one of our favorite local restaurants to try Hiroshima’s signature dish “Okonomiyaki”, a delicious savory pancake cooked on a hot plate right in front of you. Let’s celebrate the end of our adventure with delicious food, refreshing sake and good conversation.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (Hiroshima)

Meal

  • Breakfast (Nagasaki)
  • Dinner (Hiroshima’s signature “Okonomiyaki”) (Hiroshima)

 Activities

  • Miyajima Island & Itsukushima shrine

 

Day 6Hiroshima

There are no activities planned for today, so feel free to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time is 10am, however if you wish to depart later, we can arrange luggage storage for you at the hotel. Your tour manager will be more than happy to help plan your post-tour itinerary or advise you on your onward journey. Please note a visit to Hiroshima Peace Park & Museum is not included in this tour. However, if you haven’t visited the museum in the past, you may like to add this important site to your post-tour itinerary while in Hiroshima. Your tour manager will be happy to point you in the right direction.

Meal

  • Breakfast (Hiroshima)
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