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Spend 3 Days Exploring Kyushu, Including a Luxurious Stay at the Historic Hirado Castle

Indulge in a well-earned break with this three-day vacation package in Kyushu, less than a two-hour flight from Tokyo or Osaka. This exclusive package features a plush stay at the historic Hirado castle for your next once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Hirado Castle

Explore the scenic depths of the Kyushu region through centuries-old monuments, lavish accommodation, and unforgettable relaxation experiences.

Introduction:

Take a three-day guided tour through the Kyushu region and discover why this part of Japan is renowned for its tranquil activities and natural beauty. Led by an English-speaking guide in a chauffeur-driven private car, you’ll be transported to highlights across several stunning prefectures, including Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, and Oita. 

After each day of sightseeing, with breakfast and dinner included, you’ll be whisked away to your remarkably lavish accommodation, including a rare one-night sleep at the historic Hirado Castle. Making numerous stops to admire the splendid scenery, you’ll get plenty of rest and recuperation in serene locations like the heavenly Yufuin Onsen.

Following the completion of this wonderful three-day adventure, which begins and ends at Fukuoka Airport, you’ll have visited the region’s top destinations and gained insight into its fascinating history.

For travelers arriving in Tokyo, it takes one hour and 50 minutes to Fukuoka Airport by flying with Japan Explorer Pass. For those arriving in Osaka, it takes one hour and 15 minutes to Fukuoka Airport by flying with Japan Explorer Pass.

Explore, Dine, and Relax Your Way across Kyushu’s Spectacular Regions

Soak up the area’s leisurely way of life and indulge in a well-earned break with this special package tour to Hirado and beyond.

Package Inclusions: 

This package includes the following: 

• Length: Three days
• Style: Guided tour with chauffeur-driven private car
• Type of Experience: Culture & History, Wellness
• English-speaking assistance: Available
• Trip Type: Couple
• Accommodation: Two nights included (one-night castle stay and one-night hotel stay)
• Meals: Breakfast and dinner included / Lunch not included
• Transportation: Included
• Recommended Season: Spring, Fall, and Winter

DAY 1

After meeting your guide at Fukuoka Airport, your first destination is the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine – one of the most important monuments of its kind in Japan. When you’re finished roaming the expansive courtyard, you can also stop at Kamado Shrine, located at the top of Mount Hōman. 

Following lunch in the city of Imari, it’s onwards to Hirado. This city is the birthplace of Japanese–European trade, which is explored in great depths at the Hirado Dutch Trading Post. Nearby, the Matsura Historical Museum features heirlooms from the clan that ruled the region for 600 years, including samurai swords and ship diagrams. 

Hirado Dutch Trading Post
Matsura Historical Museum

Then, you’ll make the short trip across the sea to Hirado Castle and your once-in-a-lifetime accommodation. Overlooking the city from its hilltop position, you’ll dine on a full-course meal featuring the best of local ingredients.

Hirado Castle stay, guest room

Then, close out the day in your modern two-story apartment, featuring a wine cellar and unmatched views of Hirado Bridge. As only one group stays in Hirado Castle per night, you and your partner will have this unforgettable experience all to yourselves.

Hirado Castle stay, bed room
Hirado Castle stay, seaview bath room

DAY 2

Hita Mameda area

The second day of this exclusive tour starts with a drive through the countryside to the Hita Mameda area. Nicknamed the ‘Kyoto of Kyushu,’ there are endless similarities found dotted along the historic streets. Meanwhile, this is your chance to find something delicious for lunch. 

Hita lunch

Back on the road, you’ll be driven through the forested hinterland to arrive at Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi. Opened in 2006, this striking 568-foot-high suspension bridge features panoramic valley and waterfall views. Situated in the Aso-Kuju National Park, the distant Kuju mountain range makes for the perfect backdrop.

Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi
Yufuin Tamanoyu Hotel

Heading northeast through the hills, your day concludes in the peaceful surrounds of the Yufuin Onsen. As some of the most famous hot springs in the Oita prefecture, you’ll experience outstanding views of Mount Yufu from your steamy open-air bath.

Yufuin Onsen bath room

Then it’s time to head to your accommodation at Yufuin Tamanoyu for dinner, a charming hotel set amongst a dense 2.5-acre forest.

Yufuin Onsen dinner

DAY 3

Following a tasty breakfast, you'll have time to stroll around the lush grounds of your accommodation, which was once used by Zen priests as a tranquil retreat. Then, the final day of this extravagant tour begins with a 40-minute drive to Umi Jigoku and Chinoike Jigoku in Beppu City. 

Known colloquially as ‘Sea Hell’ and ‘Blood Hell,’ these simmering ponds are part of a wider collection of hot springs that each have their own vibrant colors and thermal activity. 

Beppu Sea Hell
Beppu Blood Hell

After lunch in the attractive bayside city of Beppu, you’ll be transported back to Fukuoka Airport, where the tour reaches its conclusion. Having explored many of the best landmarks in the Kyushu region, you’ll be primed to explore even more incredible destinations across JAL’s vast domestic network.

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