they fall in the dreams
of sleeping beauty
Yosa Buson (与謝 蕪村)
1716 – 1784
Simon and Mutsumi were attentive and knowledgeable. Despite having been to Japan many times we benefited greatly from their insider experience. Thanks for always being available and giving us advice during our trip too. Thank you!
Karin Potter & family
(Australia) July 2018
Owned and managed by a Kyushu native who loves her island Kyushu Journeys strives to be a different kind of travel agent.
We want to enable you to find the authentic Japan and avoid the tourist traps.
We aim to operate at all times with honesty and integrity. We won’t be driven by industry discounts or commissions. That’s why we charge everything at cost price and simply add a clear and transparent planning fee.
Expect the highest levels of customer service, specialist local knowledge and unbiased advice. We’ll work with you to plan a personalised itinerary that’s just right for you, your budget and your travelling style.
We’re trying our best to be not just the usual Japanese travel agent.
When do cherry blossoms bloom in Kyushu?
The cherry blossom season in Kyushu is usually the last week of March into the first week of April. However it varies each year. We strongly recommend you contact us before booking your flight. We follow the most up-to-date cherry blossom blooming predictions for this part of Japan. We’ll share the latest sakura forecast information for 2019.
Will I see Cherry Blossoms?
By booking with us you’ll get the very best chance you can of seeing the cherry blossoms bloom. Your trip will be planned by a Kyushu local and we know all the best sakura viewing spots in Kyushu. However we all know that nothing with nature can be guaranteed.
Will I be on a group tour?
No you won’t. You will be traveling with just your family or friends (or perhaps you will come alone).
Will I be with a guide?
No you won’t. You don’t need a guide because we will do detailed route planning and accommodation arrangements in advance.
What if I have a problem while I’m travelling?
We’ll be available throughout your trip by phone or WhatsApp, Skype, or Messenger. We can help in an emergency or if you have a language communication problem.
How long is my tour?
It’s your choice. We’ll plan a trip based around your travel dates.
Which airport should I arrive?
For a trip to Kyushu you should fly into Fukuoka International airport. Major airlines that fly into Fukuoka include Japan Airlines, ANA, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Korean Air, Thai Airways and Cathay Pacific. Budget airlines with flights to Fukuoka include Finn Air, China Eastern, China Airlines, Philippine Air and Vietnam Airlines.
How will I get around?
The best thing is you won’t be packed into a big tour bus. We plan itineraries around Japan’s world-beating rail network. You’ll stroll around too and some short journeys will be by taxi or subway. You may prefer to rent a car and self-drive. We can even arrange 50cc scooter or bicycle rental in Kyushu. The choice is yours.
How much will my tour cost?
This depends on you. We’ll help you choose activities and accommodation based on your budget. Then we add all those costs together + our planning fee to reach the final price.
How much is the Planning Fee?
For our trip planning service we charge ¥27,500 (currency converter here) for a one-week trip. This fee covers the whole group (it’s not per person).
You’ll find that even after paying this planning fee you’ll get a better deal than with other travel agents. All your accommodation, transport and activities will be charged at cost price. We don’t add profit margin to your costs like other travel agents will.
Do I need a visa to enter Japan?
Probably not. Let us know your nationality and we can inform you if you need a visa to enter Japan.
Can I visit other parts of Japan too?
Yes you can. Kyushu is well-connected by plane and fast train.
What’s the next step?
Fill in the form below with your travel plans or questions. There’s no charge for initial enquiries. We’ll reply with everything you need to know to start your Kyushu journey. Don’t forget cherry blossom season is the busiest in Japan. Flight and hotel prices will increase the closer you get to your travelling date. It’s never too early to send your first enquiry.
Without your suggestions and planning, we would have just visited the big towns and missed the smaller destinations. You guys are great and provide excellent advice on travel in Kyushu. Keep up the great work you are doing!
Cindy & Nicholas Lowe
(Malaysia) May 2018
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