Kyushu Wonders

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Yufuin   ●  Kitsuki   ●  Beppu (or Oita)   ●  Usuki   ●  Takachiho Gorge   ●  Umagase   ●  Miyazaki   ●  Devil’s Washboard   ●  Udo Shrine   ●  Ibusuki   ●  Sakurajima   ●  Kagosima   ●  Ureshino   ●  Arita   ●  Fukuoka
Highlights:-
  • 2 Nights Hot Spring Stay
  • Beppu Umijigoku
  • Stone Buddha in Usuki
  • Takachiho Gorge
  • Devil’s Washboard
  • Udo Jigu Shrine
  • Hot Sand Bath in Ibusuki
  • Japanese Tea Tasting
  • Sakurajima Island Visit
  • Kyushu Shinkansen Ride
  • Fruit Picking
  • Arita Tojinosato Plaza

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Trip Itinerary

Assemble at Changi Airport for Check in

Upon arrival transfer to Kitsuki Town

Yufuin (由布院)
This town is a popular hot spring resort Yufuin has a wealth of art museums, cafes and boutiques. It is located in a green valley on a flat river basin surrounded by mountains. The most prominent feature of Yufuin skyline is the twin peaked Mount Yufu, which hovers over the town and serves as the backdrop for many scenic views. The area is rural, with rice paddies and farm houses that make up a considerable part of the town.

Kitsuki (杵築市)
The city of Kitsuki is located on the southern side of the Kunisaki Peninsula. The city center has its interesting topography of having two samurai districts on hills north and south respectively, sandwiching a commercial district in the middle which sometimes referred to as a "sandwich castle town”. The beautiful town features multiple photogenic slopes and samurai residences that are open to the public.

Beppu(別府市)
Beppu is situated between the sea and the mountains, sometimes referred to as the "eight hells of Beppu. Hot water gushes at many spots in the city. The Beppu-onsen Spa consists of eight hot spring areas including Hamawaki, Beppu, Kankaiji, Myoban and Kannawa, which are collectively called "Beppu Hatto". In addition, there are many modern spa resorts also supplied from the rich sources in those areas.
Umijigoku (海地獄)
There are The Eight "Hells" or Eight Jigoku which are clustered around Kannawa. These exhilarating hot spring sites are natural wonders that shouldn't be missed. Each igoku is distinctive, with billowing steam, spewing hot clay mud or gushing high temperature hot water, rich with iron oxide.
"Umi jigoku" is the largest of the boiling "hells". It is said to be 200 meters-deep, with a temperature of 98 °C. It has a cool cobalt blue color, looks similar to ocean so known as "Umi (Sea)

Usuki (臼杵)
Usuki is a former castle town located on the east coast of Oita Prefecture in Kyushu. It is famous for its numerous stone Buddha which are sculpted into the walls of cliffs and designated as national treasures.

The Usuki Stone Buddha (臼杵磨崖仏)
There are a collection of stone sculptures of Buddha, in Usuki, Oita Prefecture. The Usuki Stone Buddha was estimated to be carved during the 12th century, and consist of four groups of stone Buddha.

Takachiho (高千穂)
Takachiho is a town in northern Miyazaki Prefecture. It is known as a "power spot", a place of profound religious importance and natural beauty, which radiates spiritual energy. The Gokase River flows from the west to the southeast part of town.

Takachiho Gorge (高千穂峡)
The spectacular steep walls of the Takachiho Gorge were formed by columnar jointing, due to the rapid cooling of an ancient lava flow that filled the narrow valley of the Gokase River after an eruption of the Mt. Aso volcano. Partway along the gorge is the 17 meter high Minainotaki waterfall cascading down to the river below, and it is truly impressive to see the waterfall against a backdrop of dense green foliage and the surrounding grey cliffs.

Uamagase (馬ケ瀬)

Umagase, at the top of Cape Hyuga, is a precipitous cliff of pillar-like rocks, towering as high as 70 meters, and commands an excellent view of the waves below breaking against the rocks on both sides of the waterway and sending up sprays of water, 200 meters long and 10 meters wide. If you go further toward the ocean with Umagase at your back, you can enjoy an unobstructed panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean from the tip of the cape.

Miyazaki (宮崎)

Miyazaki, capital of Miyazaki Prefecture, is located on the south eastern coast of Kyushu. With one of the warmest climates on the main islands of Japan, resorts, beaches and sports facilities, Miyazaki used to be the top honeymoon spot and a popular destination with domestic travelers until the 1980s.

Devil’s Washboard (鬼の洗濯岩)
The shallow water around the island has a geological phenomenon known as Oni no Sentakuita, or devil's washboard. Visible at low tide, these perfectly straight rows of basalt rock look as if they must be the remnants of something manmade. They are natural formations.

Udo Jingu Shrine (鵜戸神宮)
Udo Shrine, located on the Nichinan Coast south of Miyazaki City, is dedicated to Yamasachihiko, the father of Emperor Jimmu, the mythical first emperor of Japan. This brightly painted shrine is set in a cave on the side of a cliff overlooking the ocean and so enjoys a spectacular view.
Among the rocks is a target marked by rope into which people try to throw small ceramic undama, or lucky balls (available at the shrine for a small fee). Women throw with their right hand while men throw with their left, and landing an undama in the target brings good luck.

Mt. Onodake (大野岳) – Tea Tasting

Mt. Onodake is an accessible mountain for cars and beginner hikers alike, having a height of only 466 meters.
From the observatory at the summit, visitors can access a panoramic view of the tea plantations spread out all around the area.

 

Ibusuki (指宿) / Hot Sand Bath Experience (砂蒸し体験)

An Onsen area that is famous for its sand baths, where bathers are buried in naturally heated sand. The town encompasses the southern tip of the Satsuma Peninsula, and the main downtown area is along the coast facing Kagoshima Bay. At sand baths, guests get provided with yukata robes and are then buried by staff members in hot sand that is heated by natural steam coming up from below. After staying buried for typically 10 to 20 minutes, guests wash off the sand and enter regular hot spring baths.

Sakurajima (桜島)

Sakurajima is one of Japan's most active volcanoes and the symbol of Kagoshima. The volcano smokes constantly, and minor eruptions often take place multiple times per day. Located in the middle of Kagoshima Bay, Sakurajima is the area's most prominent geographic feature, having an elevation of 1117 meters and a circumference of about 50 kilometers.

Lava Nagisa Beach Park and Public Foot-Spa (溶岩なぎさ公園足湯)
The seaside park has a 100m long natural hot spring foot spa. You can try to get warm while overlooking Kinko Bay and Kagoshima urban area with your back against Sakurajima.

Tenmonkan Shopping Arcade (天文館ショッピングアーケード)

The Tenmonkan shopping arcade has a roof cover to provide shade from the sun and also volcanic ash from Mount Sakurajima. There are retail stores, boutiques, restaurants selling traditional Kagoshima food, café, and so on, lining the arcade.

Amu Plaza Kagoshima (アミュプラザ鹿児島)
Amu Plaza Kagoshima is the terminal building adjacent to Kagoshima-Chūō Station. It is owned by the Kagoshima Terminal Building Corporation, which belongs to JR Kyushu. It has about 190 shops. When it opened on 17 September 2004, its floor space was the largest in Kagoshima.

Kyushu Sinkansen Ride (九州新幹線乗車)
The Kyushu Shinkansen is a shinkansen line that connects Fukuoka (Hakata Station) in the north with Kagoshima (Kagoshima-Chuo Station) in the south of Kyushu. The southern half was opened in 2004 and the northern half in 2011.

 

Fruit Picking (フルーツ狩り)
The town of Tanushimaru is famous as the birthplace of Kyoho grapes, known as the “king of grapes”. It’s also where the first vineyards in Japan were opened to tourists. The area is blessed with beautiful natural scenery including the Chikugogawa River, the lush green Chikushi Plains and the Minou Mountain Range. Fruit farms are everywhere and await your visit!

Ureshino (嬉野)
A city located in the western part of Saga prefecture.
Ureshino Onsen Town in Saga Prefecture is a tranquil place, surrounded by tea plantations. These hot springs, which are our pride and joy, have a history of over 1300 years, and boast a discharge rate of 3,000 tons of water per day. The spring waters are rich in sodium bicarbonate and sodium chloride with a luscious silky and thick consistency.

Transfer from Ureshino to Arita. Imari porcelain is the name for Japanese porcelain waves made in the town of Arita.

Arita Toji-no-sato (有田陶磁の里)
It is a compact place to shop & chill. You may find awesomely reasonable-priced tea pot set, ramen bowl, personal sake glass, porcelain artwork and magnificent decorative dishes made by top ceramic manufacturer.

After breakfast,  check out and transfer to Fukuoka Airport for flight back to Singapore

 

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