Upon arrival, will be greeted by our representative and transfer to Nagasaki.
The Nagasaki Peace Park commemorates the atomic bombing of Nagasaki of August 9, 1945, which destroyed wide parts of the city and killed ten thousands of inhabitants. In the park stand the massive Peace Statue as well as various other memorials. A monument around a black pillar marks the atomic explosion’s epicenter in the nearby Hypocenter Park and stores the name list of bomb victims.
Above the park stands the sobering Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.
Glover Garden is an open air museum, exhibiting mansions of former Western residents of Nagasaki. It is located on the hill where Western merchants settled down after the end of Japan’s era of seclusion in the second half of the 19th century. The exhibited buildings include the mansions of British merchants Frederick Ringer and William Alt and the former residence of Thomas Glover, a Scottish merchant. A nice panorama of the city can be enjoyed from the garden.
Nagasaki/Kumamoto/Kumamoto Castle/Suizenji Park/Kumamoto Shochu Museum
Kumamoto Castle is one of the most impressive castles in Japan. With large castle grounds and a variety of buildings, Kumamoto Castle offers its visitors one of the most complete castle experiences in Japan. Only a few structures have survived the centuries since the castle’s construction in 1607 intact.
Suizenji-Jojuen is a spacious, Japanese style landscape garden in Kumamoto, best enjoyed by scrolling along a circular path. It was built by the Hosokawa family in the 17th century.
The garden reproduces the 53 post stations of the Tokaido, the important road, which connected Edo with Kyoto during the Edo Period, in miniature form, including a small Mt. Fuji.
Shochu is Japan’s other indigenous alcoholic beverage, but unlike sake, shochu is distilled. It is made from one of several raw materials (rice, barley, sweet potato to name a few) and each of these gives a very distinctive flavor and aroma profile to the shochu. These profiles run the gamut from smooth and light (rice) to nutty, earthy and lingering (barley). Indeed, the primary ingredient lends a unique flavor in much the same way that the peat and barley of each region in Scotland determine the character of the final scotch whiskey.
Kumamoto/Kagoshima/Sakurajima/Ibusuki Hot Sand Bath
· Visit Sakurajima by ferry (one way), Sakurajima is one of Japan’s most active volcanoes and the symbol of Kagoshima. It smokes constantly, and minor eruptions take place frequently. Sakurajima’s most recent major eruption occurred in 1960. In a strong 1914 eruption, large amounts of lava transformed the former island into a peninsula.
Rain, shine or snow visitors flock to Ibusuki beach. Relax under a thatch canopy or at the water’s edge while buried to the neck in hot volcanic sand. Done a light cotton yukata in the dressing room and, once you’re buried, stay as long as you like. (About 15 minutes is recommended.) A soak in an all natural hot springs will wash any lingering sand when you’re done. Many claim the sand heals even the most wound-up muscles, so prepare to have your tension melt away.
Ibusuki/Mt Aso/Hell Valley/Beppu
Mount Aso is an active volcano in the center of Kyushu. Its ancient caldera ranks among the world’s largest, with a diameter of up to 25 kilometers and a circumference of over 100 kilometers.
Then en-route to Beppu, upon arrival, visits the famous Hell Vally, including the blood pong and the sea pond.
Beppu is one of Japan’s most famous hot spring resorts, producing more hot spring water than any other resort in the country. Beppu offers an unmatched range of baths to be enjoyed, including ordinary hot water baths, mud baths, sand baths and steam baths. In addition, the Hells of Beppu are several spectacular hot springs for viewing rather than bathing.
Beppu/Fukuoka/Tosu Premium Outlet/Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine/Canal City Hakata
Tosu Premium Outlets offers upscale outlet shopping with an impressive collection of designer and name brand outlet stores. Stores include Armani, BCBG, Tommy Hilfiger, Cole Haan, Sisley, and many more. At this outlet it difficult not to buy anything. A place where everyone can find something for themselves.
Dazaifu was established in the late 7th century and served as the administrative center of the entire island of Kyushu for over 500 years. There are a number of temples and shrines, the most famous of which is the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, Tenmangu Shrines are dedicated to the spirit of Sugawara Michizane, a scholar and politician of the Heian Period. Because of his great learning, Michizane has been associated with Tenjin, a Shinto deity of education, and is popular among students.
Canal City Hakata is a large shopping and entertainment complex, calling itself a “city within the city”. Attractions include about 250 shops, cafes and restaurants, a theater, game center, cinemas, two hotels and a canal running through the complex.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Tokyo.
Meet and transfer to Hotel
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Singapore.