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!
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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!
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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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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