Cost-effective Kyushu 'sakura' guided tour. Coronavirus no-risk booking! Details here.
For people who understand that intimacy with local cuisine is an essential part of travel. The best Kyushu dishes and exclusive culinary experiences. Tour designed and guided by a passionate Fukuoka foodie.
Saturday 29 January to Thursday 03 February 2022 (Chinese New Year)
This is a sample tour. The first person to book the tour can change the dates or suggest a different itinerary. We can also run this as private tour if you have a group of 10 or more.
Price not yet finalised. Request details if you want to be the first to know.
Meals, transport, accommodation, English-speaking tour leader
FOOD TOUR FAQS
Read the most common questions here or send us a message. We are waiting for your questions about our Kyushu Food Tour.
WHY BOOK A FOOD TOUR WITH KYUSHU JOURNEYS?
Because we’re Kyushu’s biggest fans! We live in Kyushu and our company is owned and managed by a Kyushu local. She’s a devoted foodie and this tour is her passion-project. You probably already know that Kyushu is known throughout Japan for its exceptional cuisine. We are a fully registered Japanese travel agent with all legal protections in place.
WHAT KIND OF FOOD CAN I EXPECT ON THIS TOUR?
This tour doesn’t focus on expensive ‘gourmet’ restaurants or celebrity chefs. You can find those places on your own using Trip Advisor. Instead you’ll get the chance to eat like the locals eat. Each restaurant on this tour has been carefully chosen to highlight the tastiest Kyushu cuisine using locally-sourced seasonal ingredients wherever possible. You’ll explore a wide variety of local dishes. What they all have in common is a fierce pride in the manner they are prepared and served. If you have any dietary restriction please ask us about alternatives before booking your tour.
HOW ABOUT CORONAVIRUS SITUATION?
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.
WHAT IS THE DETAILED ITINERARY?
ARE THE DATES AND ITINERARY FIXED?
This is a sample tour. 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. Send us a message with your requests or questions.
WHAT KIND OF ACCOMMODATION WILL I STAY?
You will stay in a mix of clean and comfortable city hotels and traditional Japanese ryokan inns. In the city hotels you will be sleeping in western beds. In the Japanese ryokan inns you will be sleeping in western beds or traditional Japanese-style futon beds on tatami mat flooring. If you have any difficulty sleeping on a futon please ask us about alternatives 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 you can skip this activity and relax in your room instead. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have about onsen bathing.
HOW WILL I TRAVEL AROUND?
Comfortable private bus throughout the tour.
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN JOIN THIS TOUR?
We want this to be a small group intimate tour. Maximum participants will be 12 pax.
IS THIS TOUR SUITABLE FOR SENIORS?
Definitely. You will be travelling by private tour 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 the 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.
IS THIS TOUR SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN?
This is an adult tour with no activities for children. We welcome all participants aged 12 years or older. However if you have a group of 10 or more we can run a private tour for you. On a private tour children of any age can join.
CAN YOU RUN A PRIVATE TOUR?
Yes we can. Contact us and we can have an initial chat. We have several options for couples or private groups of family or friends.
HOW DO I SECURE MY BOOKING?
Due to current travel uncertainty caused by coronavirus we are currently accepting reservations (waiting list) on this tour without any payment required. We will make the final decision whether to run this tour on 01 December 2020. Those already on the waiting list will be given first priority. At that time if you want to confirm your place on the tour you will be required to pay 20% deposit. The 80% balance should be paid by 15 January 2021.
WHAT ABOUT CORONAVIRUS CANCELLATION?
If we are forced to cancel the tour due to resurgence of coronavirus we will issue a full refund of any monies you have paid (minus any bank or credit card charges).
WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?
Inform us how many participants may join the tour. We will block your place(s) and send detailed itinerary and Terms & Conditions. Feel free to ask any other questions first. We look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful island of Kyushu.