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Southern Japan 18 Days

Southern Japan 18 Days

Experience the beautiful country side in Japan on a journey from Nagasaki to Kyoto, taking less-travelled byways. This trip is all about historic regional towns, gardens, ceramics and art, with the added bonus of hot springs and interesting train trips. In traditional inns, "ryokan", weary travellers will be revived with a soak in hot spring baths, followed by delicious meals, sleeping on comfortable futon on tatami mats.

In regional centres modern western-style hotels balance out the traditional experience. Wherever possible you stay two nights in the same hotel. Trains are a feature travel through the spectacular volcanic mountain scenery of Oita, the Hagi to Matsue express train with views of the Sea of Japan coast, and of course, the bullet train.

The tour begins in Nagasaki, where European trade thrived from 1571, and the second atomic bomb was dropped in August 1945. After visiting the famous ceramics town of Arita, you cross northern Kyushu where the landscape is dominated by Mt. Aso. Verdant valleys, rushing rivers and plentiful hot springs are evidence of volcanic geology and high rainfall. Moving on to the Honshu island, you visit the castle towns of Tsuwano and Hagi, with canal-lined streets of original architecture. Hagi is also a well-known centre for ceramics. Further up the coast lies impressive Izumo Taisha shrine, one of Japan's top-three spiritual sites. Matsue has a lot to offer including one of the highlights of this tour, the elegant garden of the Adachi Museum of Art, frequently voted Japan's best garden. As you move on to Naoshima Art Island to see its contemporary art installations and galleries will inspire, and finally you end your journey in beautiful Kyoto.


Tour StartsTour EndsPrice
Twin ShareSingle
Southern Japan 18 Days
Tour StartsNagasaki Tour EndsKyoto Twin ShareJPY 398,000 SingleN/A

Duration :

17 Nights 18 Days

Visit :

Nagasaki - Arita/Imari - Yufuin - Beppu - Tsuwano - Hagi - Izumo - Matsue - Okayama - Naoshima - Kyoto

Includes :

17 Nights accommodation, 10 Breakfasts and 4 Dinners, 14 Days Ordinary JR Pass, 2 x half day walking tour in Nagasaki on Day 1 & 2, Half day walking tour in Beppu on Day 7, Half day walking tour in Matsue on Day 12, 7 hours walking tour in Kyoto on Day 17, Welcome Suica (charged 2,000 yen), International SIM card (5GB), Day by day detailed itinerary and Maps

Exclusions :

Local transport (Bus, private train company, ferry, taxi etc), Any entrance fees (temple, shrine, museum etc), Your own drink during the meals, Travel Insurance, International Air Ticket, Luggage forwarding service

Departure Dates



Day 1 (Meals : None)
Welcome to Nagasaki | Nagasaki
Welcome to Nagasaki!
Your 17-Days exciting trip starts from Nagasaki in Kyushu Island.

Walking tour to Ground Zero Peace Memorial Park, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Nagai Takashi Memorial Museum.

Hotel : Hotel Nagasaki Best Western or similar
Day 2 (Meals : B)
In morning, our guide will take you to Suwa Jinja & Spectacle Bridge and Lunch at Chinatown.

In afternoon, you will visit the Glover Sky Road moving walkway up to the Glover Garden on Dutch slopes, Walk down Dutch slopes to Dejima visiting houses & museums. After walking tour, suggest visiting the Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum as well.

Hotel : Hotel Nagasaki Best Western or similar
Day 3 (Meals : B/D)
Nagasaki - Arita
Travel from Nagasaki to Arita by JR trains (about 2 hours).

Explore pottery studio & shop. You can visit Ryuzan Aoki kiln - elegant tea bowls, Sueyama Shrine, ancient ginkgo tree in Izumiyama & Izumiyama quarry.

Hotel : Arita Huis or similar
Day 4 (Meals : B)
Arita & Imari
Day trip to Okawachiyama in Imari where little pottery town with kilns and studio shops in hills.

On the way back to hotel, you can visit to Kyushu ceramic museum too. This art museum is specialized in ceramic ware. Apart from ceramics from the old province Hizen, the museum collects and exhibits ceramic ware from the entire Kyushu region, as well as works by contemporary ceramic artists.

Hotel : Arita Huis or similar
Day 5 (Meals : B/D)
Arita - Yufuin
Today you take train that leads you to Yufuin, an exquisite hot springs resort surrounded by rich variety of nature (about 3.5 hours).

Wander round Yufuin town & enjoy onsen experience. Lake Kirin is worth to see, especially autumn season.

Hotel : Ryokan Yufuin-Ryochiku or similar
Day 6 (Meals : B)
Yufuin - Beppu
Travel from Yufuin to Beppu by JR train (about 90 min).

Explore Japan's hot spring capital.

Hotel : Rex Hotel or similar
Day 7 (Meals : None)
In Morning, you join "The Essential Beppu Tour". This half-day tour highlights the best hells (jigoku) of the town, featuring iconic onsen steam panoramic views and authentic local experience.

Visit Chinoike Jigoku (Blood Pond Hell), Kamado Jigoku (Kamado Hell), Observatory (panorama viewpoint), Umi Jigoku (Sea Hell).

If Afternoon, you can visit Beppu Ropeway to top of Mt Tsurumi or take train to Oita Prefectural Art Museum.

Hotel : Rex Hotel or similar
Day 8 (Meals : D)
Beppu - Tsuwano
Travel from Beppu to Tsuwano by JR train & bullet train (about 4 hours).

Walk through museums and samurai houses to Yomeiji temple.

Hotel : Wataya or similar
Day 9 (Meals : B/D)
Tsuwano - Hagi
Travel from Tsuwano to Hagi by JR train (about 3 hours).

Hagi has historical area where the old cityscape of the Edo period still remains and beautiful nature.

Hotel : Hagi Ichirin or similar
Day 10 (Meals : B)
The Hagi City Circular Hop-on Bus Service is a convenient way to get around the city. The service operates on two routes around Hagi at 30 minute intervals. Hagi is very flat, so renting a bicycle is another great way to get around.

We recommend visit Uragami Museum, Shoin Shrine, Tokoji Temple, Shizuki Park, Castle ruins and Hagi Pottery Museum. Wander through the old town Samurai area.

Hotel : Hagi Ichirin or similar
Day 11 (Meals : B)
Hagi - Matsue
Travel from Hagi to Matsue by JR train (about 4 hours).

You can visit Yushien garden, Shimane open museum etc.

Hotel : Tokyu Hotel Matsue or similar
Day 12 (Meals : B)
In morning, you will join walking tour with our knowledgeable local guide.

The guide will take you to Matsue Castle, Lafcadio Hearn Memorial museum, Samurai house and tea ceremony.

In afternoon, you can visit Izumo Taisha Shrine, one of the most famous and most important shrines in the country.
Hotel : Tokyu Hotel Matsue or similar
Day 13 (Meals : B)
Matsue - Okayama
Travel from Matsue to Yasugi by JR train (30 min).

Visit Adachi Museum of Art and its unique gardens where have been ranked as number one in the "2019 Japanese Garden Ranking", and this marks the 17th consecutive year in the number one spot.

The gardens vary in appearance every day. In fact, we might never see each beautiful moment again, and this is why the whole garden is always full of beauty. The founder Adachi Zenko, with the belief of "the garden is also a picture", devoted himself to gardening until he died at the age of 91. The six gardens, including the Dry Landscape Garden, are about 165,000 square meters in total. They show various seasonal faces, and have good balance with the surrounding natural mountains. Thus, Adachi's gardens are said to be a "living Japanese painting."

Late afternoon, travel to Okayama by JR train (2.5 hours).

Hotel : Mitsui Garden Hotel Okayama or similar
Day 14 (Meals : None)
Okayama - Naoshima
Travel from Okayama to Naoshima by Bullet train, JR train and Ferry (about 2 hours).

Naoshima is an island in the Seto Inland Sea that is known for its modern art museums, architecture and sculptures.

Hotel : Wright Style or similar
Day 15 (Meals : None)
Highlight: Chichu Art Museum has paintings from Monet's "Water Lilies" series. Benesse House Museum shows contemporary sculpture and installations. One of Yayoi Kusama's iconic pumpkin sculptures stands by Miyanoura Port.
Hotel : Wright Style or similar
Day 16 (Meals : None)
Naoshima - Kyoto
Travel from Naoshima to Kyoto by Ferry, JR train and bullet train (about 3.5 hours).

At Kyoto station, enjoy the View of station architecture before taking subway to your hotel.

Hotel : Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo or similar
Day 17 (Meals : None)
In order to closely feel the local atmosphere of Kyoto, our walking tours use public transportation to experience the everyday life of Kyoto. During the 7-hour tour, your private guide will show you around the city covering four major must-see spots taking the appropriate amount of time for each.

Visit Bamboo grove in the Arashiyama area, Rock Garden at Ryoanji Temple, Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle or the Nishiki food market.

Hotel : Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo or similar
Day 18 (Meals : None)
Tour ends
Your pleasant and memorable Japan tour ends today.

Fly home with cherished memories or enjoy your extended stay in Japan.

Hotel : N/A


Tour Operator :
AWL Pitt Australia Pty Ltd
Participants :
Minimum 1
Hotels :
13 nights Western and 4 nights Japanese-style hotels.
Meals :
10 Breakfasts and 4 Dinners
Tour Type :
Tour Season :
Departures :
Any day Accommodations are busy and may charge extra during the following Japanese holiday periods: Golden Week (29 April - 05 May), and O-bon (09 - 17 August). Please enquire for availability and pricing if your trip falls within those dates.
International Flight :
We offer the option of purchasing air inclusive tour packages, or land only tour packages, giving our customers the freedom to source their own flights. However, we are always more than happy to arrange your flights.


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