Speak of Japan and places likes Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Takayama spring to mind. All these places are on the main island of Honshu. There is an island in Japan that is steeped in history, has wonderful natural wonders (like volcanoes), is renowned for food & festivals and yet it is less visited. You may have already guessed, I am speaking of Kyushu . Kyushu is the home of our foodies tour to Japan.
Yanagawa, the ‘Venice of Japan’, is something you would not expect. Yanagawa is just over 1 hour from the capital of Kyushu (Fukuoka) near the mouth of the Chikugo-gawa River. You can glide along the river and through the moats of this old castle town on poled boats called "Donko". Some of the oarsmen may even sing for you as they skilfully guide you from one beautiful sight to another.
Nagasaki , about 2.5 hours from Fukuoka is most well known for being the location of the second atom bomb explosion and visitors feel real emotion when they go to the peace park. History in this part of the world is fascinating.
Some of the earliest contact with Westerners was here and the Glover house and gardens are just one of the many enjoyable things in the city. Nagasaki is also the origin of the Japanese favourite ‘champon’ noodle dish.
Kurokawa Onsen is among the most picturesque onsen (hot spring mineral bath) villages in all of Japan (big claim I know, but that’s what I think). The atmosphere is wonderful and the ryokans (Japanese inn) offer their own unique experience. The quaint little shops add to the lasting image of this small must-visit village.
These are just three of the places that Journey to the East will visit on its 2014 Kyushu tour which will run towards the end of 2014. If you would like to be advised when the details of this unique tour are published on the web site, please use our enquiry form and we will email you as soon as it is available.