Blog and photos of tea and onsen destinations off the beaten path.
We know the best autumn leaves spots in Kyushu. Join our Kyushu autumn tour and see them for yourself.
It’s a magical trip for lovers of Japan with an English-speaking guide and private tour bus. Contact us to request full details, price and itinerary or read the FAQ. Book with confidence with an all-in-one price (no hidden extras). Limited places available.
Update: Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel uncertainty we are taking bookings with no deposit required. If you decide to cancel later there will be nothing for you to pay.
Note: if you prefer a non-guided private trip (self-drive or travel by train) read about our family trip planning service.
Day 1 (Overnight in Beppu)
Tangerine picking in a countryside orchard → Arrive Beppu (Kyushu’s favourite hot-spring town) → Discover the 300-year-old tradition of sulfur crystal growing → Natural lunch of onsen-steamed food → Hot-sand bathing → Sushi dinner → Optional natural hot-spring bathing (onsen)
Day 2 (Overnight in Aso area)
Boat trip to traditional fish market for breakfast → Travel through hand-carved tunnel → Visit 1,300 year-old cliff-face temple → Soba noodles for lunch → Kyushu’s best autumn colours → Countryside dinner and optional onsen bath
Day 3 (Overnight in Takachiho)
Visit Aso volcano crater → Samurai-style BBQ lunch → Autumn colours viewing → Stroll Takachiho Gorge (optional activity: rowing a boat) → See traditional Kagura dance in 1,000 year-old Takachiho shrine
Day 4 (Overnight in Hita)
Sunrise ‘Sea of Clouds’ → Special autumn colours scenic train ride → Riverside stroll to spiritual ‘power spot’ → Seasonal countryside lunch → Overnight stay in wonderful ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) with indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths → Kaiseki-ryōri dinner (multi-course feast)
Day 5 (Overnight in Fukuoka)
Strolling traditional town of Mameda machi → Exquisite display of hand-crafted Japanese dolls → Lunch at specialty eel restaurant → Exceptional display of autumn leaves at 1,300 year-old forested temple → Free and easy evening in Fukuoka for dining, shopping or nightlife
Day 6 (end of program)
Breakfast at the hotel and then checkout. The tour is over but the memories remain. Thanks for trusting Kyushu Journeys for your Japan Autumn Tour.
Owned and managed by a Kyushu local we want to help you find the real Japan and avoid the tourist traps. It’s our mission to introduce you to our amazing island of Kyushu so you can tell the world.
We strive to operate at all times with honesty and integrity. Expect the highest levels of customer service and expert local knowledge.
Kyushu Journeys is a fully registered travel agent with all legal protections in place.
We are proud to bring you this unique and memorable Kyushu Autumn Tour 2021.
Enjoy Kyushu’s best grass-reared beef.
Traditional ‘samurai’ style charcoal BBQ lunch.
Eat like a king with unforgettable kaiseki-ryōri.
Freshest sushi direct from the fishermen.
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Thank you very much for a wonderful and memorable tour. We thoroughly enjoyed it all. You took great care of us!
Japan Autumn Tour FAQS
Read the most common questions here or send us a message. We are waiting for your questions about our Japan Autumn Tour 2021.
WHY BOOK WITH KYUSHU JOURNEYS?
Because we’re Kyushu’s biggest fans! Our company is owned and managed by a Fukuoka local with a deep passion and extensive knowledge of all things Kyushu. We are a fully registered Japanese travel agent with all legal protections in place.
ARE YOU TAKING BOOKINGS DESPITE CORONAVIRUS?
Due to current travel uncertainty caused by coronavirus we are currently accepting reservations (waiting list) without any payment required.
We will make the final decision whether to run this tour 90 days before the start date. Those already on the waiting list will be given first priority. At that time if you want to confirm your place you will be required to pay 20% deposit. The 80% balance should be paid 45 days before the trip begins.
If we are forced to cancel the tour due to a resurgence of coronavirus in Japan we will issue a full refund of any monies you have paid.
WHAT IS THE DETAILED ITINERARY?
ARE THE DATES AND ITINERARY FIXED?
This is a sample program. The first person to book can request changes to the dates and itinerary. After the first person has booked, the dates and itinerary cannot be changed. Please note however autumn foliage has a limited date range.
WHAT KIND OF ACCOMMODATION WILL I STAY?
You will stay in a mix of clean and comfortable city hotels and traditional Japanese ryokan inns with onsen baths. In the city hotels you will be sleeping in western beds. In the Japanese ryokan inns you will be sleeping in a mix of western beds and traditional Japanese-style futon beds on tatami mat flooring.
WHAT KIND OF FOOD CAN I EXPECT ON THIS TOUR?
Your trip planner is a passionate foodie. She has carefully selected every eatery to highlight the quality cuisine that Kyushu is so famous for throughout Japan. If you have any dietary restriction please ask us about alternatives available before booking your tour.
WHAT IS ONSEN (HOT-SPING) BATHING?
Kyushu is known as ‘Onsen Island’ so we have included some quality onsen on this tour. An onsen is a bathing pool using water from natural hot-springs. It’s a wonderful pleasure with many health benefits. As nudity is required, onsen bathing is usually sex-segregated with males in one public bath and females in a different public bath. If you feel uncomfortable being naked you can skip this activity and relax in your room instead. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have about onsen bathing or ask us about options for private family bathing.
HOW WILL I TRAVEL AROUND?
Comfortable private bus.
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN JOIN?
We love small group intimate travel. Maximum participants will be 12 pax.
CAN YOU RUN A PRIVATE TOUR?
IS THIS TRIP SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN?
This is an adult tour with no activities for children. We welcome all participants aged 12 years or older. However on a private tour children of any age can join.
IS THIS TRIP SUITABLE FOR SENIORS?
Yes it is. You will be travelling by private bus and accompanied at all times by an English-speaking tour leader. There are no long hikes on this tour but of course you will need to walk around various attractions. There will be some non-paved paths and steps to climb (especially in shrines or temples). It will be no problem if you prefer to skip any activity and wait for the group on the bus or in a seated area.