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2022 AUTUMN CIRCLE KYUSHU

Featuring ‘Kingdom of Lights Festival’ at Huis Ten Bosch 

November 09 - 20 2022 (12 Days & 10 Nights)

(Tour dates may be subject to change)

$100 EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
($100 deposit per person received by 5/15/2022)

Haneda, Fukuoka, Kushida Shrine, Hakata Machiya Furusato-kan, Hakata Traditional Craft & Design Museum Karatsu Bay, Niji-no-Matsubara, Imari Okawachiyama, Mifuneyama Rakuen, Sasebo, Kujuku-shima Cruise, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki International Peace Memorial Hall Nagasaki Heiwa-koen, Huis Ten Bosch, Kingdom of Lights Festival , Nagasaki Castella Land, Ferry to Kumamoto, Suizenji-koen, Kagoshima, Sengan-en Garden, Shoko Shuseikan Museum, Ibusuki, Chiran, Tokko Heiwa Kaikan, Samurai Street, Nichinan Kaigan Coast, Oni-no-Sentakuita, Takachiho-kyo, Hitome Hakkei, Beppu, Umi Jigoku, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, Kitakyushu, Toto Museum, Fukuoka, Haneda 

 

LAND TOUR COST: 
$ 3,550 per person
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
$ 800 per person
 
(Group airfare to be advised when available) (Individual arrangements to meet group are not included)
 

 (Tour dates may be subject to change) 

Wednesday, November 09 (Day 01) 

HONOLULU TO HANEDA

Our tour commences this morning when we assemble at the check-in lobby at the airport for baggage check-in procedures. We will depart Honolulu for Haneda International Airport. A meal will be served on board the flight. 

 

Thursday, November 10 (Day 02) 

ARRIVE HANEDA * FUKUOKA (B)

We’ll arrive Haneda Airport in the afternoon and after completing entry and customs formalities, we’ll transfer with our luggage to the domestic ticket lobby to check-in for our flight to Fukuoka International Airport in Kyushu, the third-largest and southernmost island of Japan. We’ll transfer to our hotel to check-in for two nights in downtown Fukuoka, the largest city in Kyushu and capital of Fukuoka prefecture. 

Accommodations at MIYAKO HOTEL HAKATA or similar

 

Friday, November 11 (Day 03) 

FUKUOKA (B)(D)

This morning, we’ll visit the Hakata Machiya Furusato-mura - a folk museum featuring magnificent displays of beautiful artwork and local crafts from the Meiji and  Taisho periods. Adjacent to the museum is a working textile shop with craftsmen weaving traditional Japanese designs native to Hakata. An enormous mikoshi  (float) used for the festivals is displayed on the grounds of the Kushida-jinja that hosts the annual Hakata Gion Yamasaka Festival during the summer. The most famous of Fukuoka/Hakata’s traditional arts and crafts are Hakata Ori (woven tex tile) and Hakata Ningyo (clay dolls) - passed down through the ages by their craftsmen. A visit to Hakata’s Traditional Craft & Design Museum offers information on traditional arts & crafts in Fukuoka through various exhibits, workshops and lectures in the Gallery Room. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.  

Accommodations at MIYAKO HOTEL HAKATA or similar

 

Saturday, November 12 (Day 04) 

FUKUOKA * KARATSU * IMARI * ARITA * SASEBO (B)(D)

We’ll travel west to enjoy a scenic view of Karatsu Bay and the two-mile-long Niji no-Matsubara, a grove of black pine trees extending along a sandy beach. The forest was originally planted by the feudal Lord Terasawa as a counter-measure against the strong winds and tides in Karatsu Bay. Today, this scene is noted as one of the most picturesque landscapes in Japan. The pottery towns of Arita and  Imari in Saga prefecture have been a major manufacturing source of ceramics for centuries with Imari-yaki and Arita-yaki as the most famous and distinctive. Korean potters were brought to Imari to produce porcelain mainly for the Nabeshima domain. Enjoy a stroll through Imari Okawachiyama (The Village of Secret Kilns) - a small artisans’ village located in the city of Imari that has been producing unique pottery for centuries and kept its methods a secret - hence the name ‘Village of Secret Kilns’. We’ll visit Mifuneyama Rakuen, a large garden in Saga Prefecture featuring a teahouse, 500 statues of Buddhist saints, and a 200-year-old maple tree.  Weather permitting, the autumn leaves should be at its peak during this time of the season. We’ll proceed to Kashimae Port to board a sightseeing boat and enjoy a  relaxing and scenic cruise around Kujuku-Shima (99 pine-studded islets) in the inland sea. Enjoy some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in Japan as you cruise through the islands. We’ll spend the night in Sasebo, the gateway to Saikai  National Park in Nagasaki Prefecture. Enjoy dinner and relax in the hot springs of our onsen hotel this evening. 

Accommodations at YUMIHARI NO OKA HOTEL or similar

 

Sunday, November 13 (Day 05) 

SASEBO * NAGASAKI * HUIS TEN BOSCH (B)(D)

We’ll continue on the Saikai Bridge to Nagasaki, the capital city of Nagasaki prefecture. Nagasaki became the second city after Hiroshima to be devastated by a nuclear weapon on August 9, 1945. We’ll visit the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum featuring photos, relics and documents related to the bombing and the Nagasaki International Peace Memorial Hall, built in memory of those who perished in the atomic bombing. The Nagasaki Heiwa-koen (Peace Park) was established near the hypocenter of the explosion and remnants of a concrete wall of Urakami Cathedral are still visible. At the park’s north end stands a 10-meter-tall Peace Statue and the south end features a Fountain of Peace. We’ll spend the night at a hotel located adjacent to Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park that recreates a Dutch town and named after one of the residences of the Dutch  Royal Family. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this park featuring a European atmosphere with picturesque canals,  iconic windmills, beautiful gardens, and unique architecture. In the evening, enjoy the Kingdom of Lights Festival, featuring a  brilliant illumination of thousands of lights. This view is ranked as the ‘No. 1-night scenery in Japan’. Enjoy dinner and relax in the hot spring waters of our onsen hotel this evening. 

Accommodations at HOTEL OKURA JR HUIS TEN BOSCH or similar

 

Monday, November 14 (Day 06) 

HUIS TEN BOSCH * SHIMABARA * KUMAMOTO (B)

We’ll continue our journey to the Shimabara Peninsula, passing by Mount Unzen - an active volcano located at the center of the peninsula. The volcano erupted most recently from 1990 to 1995, sending pyroclastic flows down toward the town below.  The deadliest eruption occurred during the late Edo Period when large mudflows of volcanic ash flowed down the mountainside, burying several homes and buildings. Castella (fluffy & moist sweet sponge cake) is a popular local food product of Naga saki. Enjoy a visit at Nagasaki Castella Land for an interesting factory tour of the facility. We’ll continue on to the Shimabara  Port to transfer by ferry to Kumamoto Port. On arrival in Kumamoto city, we’ll visit Suizenji-koen, a spacious and beautiful  Japanese-style landscape garden designed with an impression of views seen when traveling along the Tokaido, the old highway between Kyoto and Edo (present-day Tokyo). As you stroll around this scenic park, you’ll have a magnificent feeling of nature with its small ponds, lakes, and trees. Featured at the east end of the park is Horaitsukiyama, a beautiful representation of a miniature Mt. Fuji. We’ll spend the night in Kumamoto. Dinner will be on your own this evening to try some of the local specialties of this prefecture.  

Accommodations at KUMAMOTO HOTEL CASTLE or similar

 

Tuesday, November 15 (Day 07) 

KUMAMOTO * KAGOSHIMA * IBUSUKI (B)(D)

We’ll travel south to Kagoshima, the southernmost major city in Kyushu and capital of Kagoshima prefecture. The city is often compared with its Italian sister city Naples, due to its similar mild climate and Sakurajima, Kagoshima’s Vesuvius. The city’s main attraction is Sengan-en, a picturesque Japanese-style garden with one of the most impressive pieces of ‘borrowed scene ery’ - Kagoshima Bay and the fuming peak of Sakurajima beyond the bay. Enjoy a leisure stroll through this beautifully landscaped garden featuring small ponds, streams, and a bamboo grove. Located adjacent to the garden, visit the Shoko Shu seikan Museum, featuring exhibits and historical materials about the Shimazu family related to the Satsuma clan. Both the garden and the museum were recognized as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2015. We’ll continue on to the southernmost tip of the Satsuma Peninsula to spend the night in Ibusuki, a coastal town best known for its sunamushi onsens  (steaming black sand baths). As an option, you may want to experience being covered with warm black volcanic sand. The weight and heat of the sand warms your body and feels so good. After rinsing off, you’ll feel relaxed and energized. Enjoy dinner and relax in the hot springs at our onsen hotel this evening. 

Accommodations at IBUSUKI ROYAL HOTEL or similar

 

Wednesday, November 16 (Day 08) 

IBUSUKI * CHIRAN * MIYAZAKI (B)(D)

We’ll continue on to the little town of Chiran, noted for its fine collection of preserved samurai houses and gardens. Enjoy a  stroll through ‘samurai street’, a nicely preserved district to visit a few old samurai residences and beautifully landscaped gardens. We’ll visit the Tokko Heiwa Kaikan (Chiran Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots), a museum featuring an extensive collection of correspondence, photographs, relics, and mementoes belonging to members of the Special Air Force Attack  Group also known as the Kamikaze Pilots. Subject to confirmation, a local guide will share with us some photos and letters to present a positive image of these pilots as they willingly gave their lives for their country and their families to establish peace and prosperity for Japan. We’ll continue on to the scenic Nichinan Kaigan Coast, located on the southern area of Miyazaki prefecture. Enjoy the view of eroded rock formations known as Oni-no-Sentakuita (devil’s washboard) on Ao-shima Island.  The island is located in the northernmost area of the Nishinan-Kaigan Quasi-National Park. We’ll spend the night in Miyazaki,  capital city of Miyazaki prefecture. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at our onsen hotel. 

Accommodations at SHERATON GRANDE OCEAN RESORT MIYAZAKI or similar

 

Thursday, November 17 (Day 09) 

MIYAZAKI * NOBEOKA * TAKACHIHO MOUNT ASO (B)(D)

Located in the northwestern region of Miyazaki prefecture in the center of the Kyushu Mountains is the little town of Takachiho.  This village is a remote mountain resort and is considered one of the most sacred places in Japan - known for its myths, legends and traditional sacred music and dancing. Its major attraction is Takachiho-kyo, a scenic v-shaped ravine created by the  Gokase River featuring breathtaking waterfalls, overhanging rocks, and sheer cliffs. Weather permitting, the colored leaves along the gorge and the surrounding area should be at its peak, providing an awesome sight. We’ll spend the night at Aso Resort Grandvrio, a hot spring resort in the vicinity of Mount Aso. Enjoy dinner and relax in the soothing hot springs at the hotel this evening. 

Accommodations at ASO RESORT GRANDVRIO or similar

 

Friday, November 18 (Day 10) 

MOUNT ASO * BEPPU (B)(D)

We’ll continue on to enjoy the breathtaking view at Hitome Hakkei, noted as one of Japan’s three best spots to see Autumn colored leaves in Yabakei (weather permitting). We’ll travel on to spend the night in Beppu, famous for its numerous hot springs with hot water baths, mud baths, sand baths and steam baths. Beppu is also known for unique thermal vents known as the  Hells of Beppu featuring several spectacular hot springs for viewing rather than bathing - known as jigokus. The city is divided into eight spectacular jigokus and we’ll visit one of the most beautiful - Umi-Jigoku, a pond of boiling, steaming blue water. Located in the spacious garden area is another reddish-colored jigoku and another clear water pond with lotus flowers floating on the surface. Enjoy dinner and relax in the hot spring waters of our onsen hotel this evening. 

Accommodations at BEPPU KAMENOI HOTEL or similar

 

Saturday, November 19 (Day 11) 

BEPPU * DAZAIFU * KITAKYUSHU * FUKUOKA (B)

We’ll travel to the cultural city of Dazaifu, visiting Dazaifu Tenman-gu, an important shrine dedicated to the spirit of Sugawara no Michizane, a scholar and politician of the Heian period. His rise to power during his political career resulted in a rivalry with the Fujiwara clan and he was later exiled to Dazaifu. Michizane passed away in Dazaifu and the main shrine was built on his gravesite. Discover the interesting world of toilets at the Toto Museum, Japan’s premier manufacturer of toilets and washroom product in Kitakyushu. The museum provides us with the history of Toto, its products, and the production from the past to the present. One of the highlights is to view the super-modern architectural design of the building, featuring rounded and rimmed curves with a glowing white finish. Dinner will be on your own this evening to try some of the local specialties of Fukuoka.  

Accommodations at MIYAKO HOTEL HAKATA or similar

 

Sunday, November 20 (Day 12) 

FUKUOKA TO HANEDA TO HONOLULU (B)

The morning is at your leisure for your own activities or do some last-minute shopping for souvenirs and omiyage to bring home.  In the afternoon, we’ll transfer to the Fukuoka Airport for our domestic flight to Haneda Airport. On arrival at Haneda Airport,  we’ll transfer by shuttle to the Haneda International Terminal for our evening flight to Honolulu, arriving in the morning on the same day due to the crossing of the International Date Line. A late meal will be served onboard the flight. 

Land portion based on 114 Yen = $1.00 U.S.

Map of Tour Itinerary

 

The tour price is based on double occupancy and a minimum group size of 20 passengers. Fare adjustment may apply for groups of 20 or under. The rate is based on tariffs and exchange rates effective 10/31/21. Tour fare is subject to change according to any airfare increase, additional fuel surcharges and fluctuation of the rate of exchange between U.S. and foreign currency. In the event of revaluation, the land portion of the tour price may be adjusted prior to your final statement.