Oita Hot Spring Village & Kumamoto Fire Country | Departure From Fukuoka

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Soak in the most excellent Japanese hot springs and ponder the Aso volcano in Kyushu. This 2-day tour with a highly-trained Chinese-speaking tour guide offers history, nature and therapy for mind and body. Witness the journey from a fantastic tour van and don’t forget to experience Tenmangu Shrine, walk through Yufuin Village, and the Jigoku hot springs. Explore Nabegataki waterfall, behold the Nakadake Crater and then step back in time at the Kumamoto Castle. This 2-day tour will have you yearning for more!

  • Enjoy a spectacular 2-day tour of Kyushu with many sights!
  • Learn from a wonderful Chinese-speaking coordinator, so there are no communication issues
  • Saunter through the ancient Tenmangu Shrine 
  • Listen to the roar of the majestic Nabegataki waterfall and massive Nakadake crater
  • Ride in a comfortable tourist van, and forget about juggling complicated travel plans

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— What You Can Expect —

Settle into the convenience and comfort of a luxurious tour van as you embark on this unforgettable journey to Kyushu. Experience the ultimate relaxation during this comprehensive 2-day tour, led by an expert Chinese-speaking tour guide. Not only will you engage with the unparalleled beauty of Japan’s hot springs, but you can enjoy many other attractions along the way. 

Take time to explore the charming Tenmangu Shrine, and then stroll through the postcard Yufuin Village, before you rejuvenate your senses at the Jigoku hot springs. The natural beauty of Kyushu doesn’t stop there because the awe-inspiring Nabegataki waterfall awaits you. Tower over the magnificent Nakadake Crater, and then walk through a bygone era while touring the historic Kumamoto Castle.

This remarkable 2-day tour promises to leave you loving Japan even more than before! With endless opportunities for adventure, cultural immersion, and natural beauty, there is no better way to experience the wonders of Japan. Book your tour now and prepare to be amazed!

— Product Details —

  • Tenmangu Shrine 

This shrine is dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, who is revered in Japan as the “Deity of Learning” and the “Deity of Calligraphy”. With a history of over 1,100 years, the shrine is highly respected throughout the country and is considered a sacred place for praying for success. It is believed that as many as 7 million people visit the shrine every year to pray and write down their wishes for success on small wooden boards. The shrine is home to a beautiful plum tree located in the right front of the main hall, which blooms every year in the spring. This plum tree is known as “Tobi-Ume” or the “Flying Plum”, as it is said to have been flown in from Kyoto. Opposite to “Tobi-Ume” is another plum tree, known as the “Empress’s Plum”, which was bestowed by the empress during her visit to the shrine. More than 6,000 plum trees are scattered throughout the shrine, dividing it into various areas and creating beautiful sightseeing spots. The main hall is built in the Momoyama period style and serves as the burial place of Lord Sugawara Michizane. The shrine also houses a hall of treasures where national cultural relics are displayed, and flowers bloom in all seasons. Tenmangu Shrine hosts several sacrificial activities throughout the year, including the Usokae Festival and Onisube Festival during the New Year, the Poetry Composition Ceremony in spring, and the Jinkoshiki Festival in autumn. With its rich history and cultural significance, Tenmangu Shrine is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking an authentic Japanese experience.

  • Yufuin

Enjoy Yufuin which is located in Oita County, Kyushu, Japan. In Showa 30 (1955), Yufuin and Yunohira village were merged and called “Yufuin”. Yufuin Onsen is one of the best hot spring resorts in Kyushu and a famous summer resort, with the third largest flow of springs in Japan.

  •  Kamado Jigoku (Cooking Pot Hell) of Beppu Jigoku

There are many hot springs in the Beppu area, all of which include the name: “Hell” or Jigoku in Japanese, and the most famous are the eight Jigoku hot springs in Beppu: Umi Jigoku (The Sea of Hell), Oniishibouzu Jigoki (Oniishi Bald Monk Hell), Yama Jigoku (The Mountain of Hell), Kamado Jigoku (Cooking Pot Hell), Oniyama Jigoku, Shiraike Jigoku, Chinoike Jigoku (Blood Pond Hell), and Tatsumaki Jigoku (Tornado Hell).

Cooking Pot Hell, also known as the Kamado Jigoku in Japanese, is one of the eight hot springs. According to legend, this hot spring was used to cook food for the annual festivals at the Kamado Hachiman Shrine, a local Shinto shrine. The intense heat and powerful steam from the hot spring can reach temperatures as high as 90 degrees celsius. Hence the name “Cooking Pot Hell.”

  • Umi Jigoku

About 1,200 years ago, in the new year of the ninth year of the Jyogan era (859 AD), one of the hot springs formed during the eruption of Mt. Tsurumi was Umi Jigoku, known as “The Sea of Hell”. The name comes from the fact that the water looks cobalt blue, like the sea. The temperature is about 98 degrees Celsius, and the depth of the spring is said to be more than 200 meters. The reason why the spring quality is acidic and the water surface is blue is because the hot spring contains a large amount of iron sulfate.

  • Nabegataki Waterfall 

Visit the grand waterfall located in the northern part of Kumamoto Prefecture. It is well known nationwide in Japan because of Kirin’s “Namacha” and Itoen’s “Oi Ocha” advertisements. After becoming famous, it has naturally become a popular tourist spot. Its special feature is that people can walk inside of the waterfall to watch and take pictures, just like the “Water Curtain Cave” in Journey to the West.

  • Kumamoto Castle 

Come see one of the three most famous castles in Japan, along with Osaka Castle and Nagoya Castle, which was built when Kiyomasa Kato one of Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s generals, was the lord of Kumamoto Castle. Many sakura trees are planted on both sides of the road leading to Kumamoto Castle, making it a very famous place for cherry blossom viewing. There is the Kumamoto Castle Museum and The Sakura-no-koji Shopping Center as well. The Sakura-no-koji Shopping Center is a reproduction of the castle town during the Edo period.

— Additional Info —

  • The meeting time is at 8:50 am
  • The meeting place is in front of the LAWSON convenience store on the first floor of the Oriental Hotel above Chikushi Exit of JR Hakata Station
  • The departure time is at 9:00 am
  • The return time is 7:00 pm on the 2nd day at JR Hakata Station 
  • The above times are listed as local time in Japan. Depending on the weather and traffic conditions of that day, the return time may be delayed or advanced
  • The largest volcanic group in Kyushu, Mount Aso, had a major eruption 90,000 years ago that completely changed the landscape and even the natural biome of the area. If the air quality near the volcanic vent exceeds the safety standard and it becomes impossible to approach, the itinerary will automatically switch to Daikanbo Lookout or Kusasenri Plateau.


  • Parking fees
  • Attraction ticket
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Tour guide
  • Insurance
  • Toll fees
  • Breakfast on the 2nd day of the tour
  • Lunch on the 2nd day of the tour
  • Dinner
  • Personal expenses
  • Other expenses not mentioned


<span class='tour-time'><strong>Day 1</strong></span>

  • 08:50 Please wait in front of the LAWSON convenience store in the Oriental Hotel

  The staff will be holding an "EasyGo!" flag in front of the meeting place

  The staff will be wearing "EasyGo!" vests

<span class='tour-time'><strong>09:00</strong></span>  Departure is from the Chikushi Exit of JR Hakata Station in Fukuoka. It will depart on time and the guide can not wait for late arrivals

<span class='tour-time'><strong>09:30</strong></span>  Arrive at the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine and stay for about 90 minutes

  The main hall of Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is currently under renovation

<span class='tour-time'><strong>13:00</strong></span>  Arrive at Yufuin and enjoy the quiet and serene town scenery for about 2 hours

<span class='tour-time'><strong>15:40</strong></span>  Visit Umi Jigoku (The Sea Of Hell) of Beppu Jigoku for about 30 minutes

<span class='tour-time'><strong>16:20</strong></span>  Arrive at Kamado Jigoku (Cooking Pot Hell) of Beppu Jigoku and stay for about 30 minutes

  Kamado Jigoku (Cooking Pot Hell) of Beppu Jigoku is one of the hottest hot springs!

  There is a free foot bath, but towels are not included, so please bring your own or purchase locally at your own expense

<span class='tour-time'><strong>17:30</strong></span>  Accommodation is at Beppu Kamenoi Hotel or a similar venue

  • 08:00 Depart from the hotel for day 2 activities

<span class='tour-time'><strong>09:30</strong></span>  Experience the majestic Nabegataki Waterfall for about 1 hour

  Journey behind the Nabegataki waterfall and step into a magical wonderland!

<span class='tour-time'><strong>12:00</strong></span>  The Nakadake Crater of Mt. Aso is a wonderful sight and we will stay for about 40 minutes. Feel the power of nature!

  If the crater's emissions are dangerously high, we will visit Daikanbo Lookout or Kusasenri Plateau instead

  Daikanbo boasts a 360-degree viewing landscape

<span class='tour-time'><strong>13:00</strong></span>  Sit down for some delectable food at Aso Farmland and stay for about 60 minutes

  Enjoy a lovely farm to table meal

<span class='tour-time'><strong>15:30</strong></span>  Arrive at Kumamoto Castle and Josaien and enjoy the architectural beauty of one of Japan's three famous castles for about an hour

  Feel the atmosphere of the Edo period at Sakura-no-koji Shopping Center


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  • Minimum of 6 people are required to book tour. If total number of travelers do not match the minimum requirement for this trip, the tour will be cancelled and you will receive a notification e-mail 3 day(s) prior to departure
  • In the event of a change in itinerary or cancellation due to traffic, weather, or any other unforeseen circumstances, travelers will be informed 1 day(s) (at 12:00 local time) prior to departure by e-mail
  • Cardiac disease, Asthma
  • Meal is not included for children under age 3
  • The bus will depart on time, please arrive at the meeting place no later than 10 minutes before the tour departure time. If you are late due to personal reasons and cannot join the group, no refund will be provided
  • Because the sightseeing bus is on a group itinerary, please be sure to observe the meeting time at each meeting point, so as not to delay the departure and itinerary of other passengers
  • No refund will be provided if the participants leave or abandon the itinerary due to personal reasons
  • This tour uses a carpooling service to shuttle guests to the destination, there will be other guests on the ride, and parking is not allowed outside the scenic spots
  • Please wear light clothes and comfortable shoes for the tour. Please take good care of your personal valuables. In case of a loss of valuables during the journey, there will be no compensation
  • According to the traffic conditions on that day, the end time may be delayed and other emergency circumstances may occur. It is not recommended to take a flight on the last day of this itinerary. We will not bear any responsibility for guests who miss their flight due to tour delays
  • In the case of a small number of people registering, a VIP car will be arranged for a one-day tour
  • There will be underground gas erupting near Mt. Aso Nakadake Crater. Those who with respiratory diseases (asthma, bronchitis, and heart disease) are not recommended to participate in this trip
  • Children under the age of 3 can attend free of charge, but they must share a seat, meal and bed with an adult

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