To Dazaifu Tenmangu, where worshipers come from all over the country. After learning the history of Kyushu, you will be full in the gourmet town of Tenjin!
From Haneda airport to Hakata airport
Arrive at Hakata airport
Proceed to Dazaihu by limousine bus
From Airport to Dazaofu
30min. by bus
Enshrining Sugawara Michizane, or Tenjin, the deity of learning, culture, and the arts, Dazaifu Tenmangu welcomes more than 10 million visitors a year. It is one of Japan’s most important Shinto shrines, the head of 12,000 Tenjin shrines nationwide, and one of the top places to visit in Fukuoka.
Address/4-7-1 Saifu, Dazaifu, Fukuoka 〒818-0117
From Dazaifu Tenmangu to National Museum
10min. by walk
Kyushu National Museum
Located in the historic region of Dazaifu, Kyushu National Museum explores the story of Japan through its history of cultural exchange with Asia, while also playing host to special exhibitions throughout the year.
Data：Kyushu National Museum
Address/ 4-7-2 Ishizaka, Dazaifu, Fukuoka 〒818-0118
From National museum to Dazaifu Station
15min. by walk
From Dazaifu Station to Tenjin Station
35min. by train
After Check-in your hotel, let's hang out in the Tenjin and Nakasu area of Hakata, the largest city in Kyushu.
Located in the center of Fukuoka City, it is the number one downtown area in Kyushu. There are many fashion buildings, and Tenjin Station has a highway bus terminal that connects to various places. The basement of station is a long shopping district.
Address/ Tenjin Chuo-ku, Fukuoka Fukuoka 〒810-0001
From Tenjin area to Nakasu Area
15min. by walk
At night, about 100 stalls with colorful goodwill line up in the Nakasu area. In addition to the standard ramen, you can enjoy a wide variety of original menus such as oden, dumplings, yakitori, and tempura! Let's experience the warmth of Hakata people at the stalls.
Address/Nakasu, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka 〒810-0801
◇Hakata Local cuisine◇
Healthy Motsunabe with plenty of collagen, Mizutaki with rich chicken flavor is a traditional dish that has been eaten for over 100 years. Hakata ramen that has expanded into the world, the blend of pork bone soup and chicken soup is amazing!! Soup are important in Hakata.
From Nakasu to the hotel
15min. by walk
Richmond Hotel Tenjin Nishidori
Richmond Hotel Tenjin Nishidori, which opened in 2019, has excellent access to Hakata, Nakasu, and the airport, making it a convenient location for both sightseeing and business. The twin room has a separate bath and toilet wash basin, so you can stay comfortably without worrying about other people!
Data：Richmond Hotel Tenjin Nishidori
Address/ 2-6-16 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka 〒810-0001
From Fukuoka to Kumamoto. At Kumamoto Castle, which is being restored, you can tour from a special passage 6 meters above the ground.
Departure from the hotel
From Tenjin station to Hakata station
6min. by train
Move to Kumamoto!!
From Hakata station to Kumamoto station
38 min. by Shinkansen
After arriving at Kumamoto, leave your luggage at the hotel and proceed to Kumamoto Castle.
From the station to Kumamoto Castle
20min. by tram
Within the vast grounds and unique architecture of Kumamoto Castle, many historical clues remain about how feudal lords lived during the Edo Period. Throughout Kumamoto you can see many examples of the construction and architecture from those days, built with the latest techniques of the times, under castle master Kato Kiyomasa.
Address/ 1−1 Honmaru, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto Kumamoto〒860-0002
Sakura no Baba Johsaien
Located right next to Kumamoto Castle and with over 20 shops featuring the best food and souvenirs Kumamoto has to offer, Johsaien is the perfect place for the true Kumamoto experience. There is also a tourist information center on the premises, so get information!
Address/ 1-1-1 Ninomaru, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto, Kumamoto 〒860-0008
From Josaien to Suizenji Garden
30min. by tram
Suizenji Garden is a spacious, Japanese style landscape garden in Kumamoto, best enjoyed by strolling along a circular path. The garden reproduces the 53 post stations of the Tokaido, the important road, which connected Edo with Kyoto during the Edo Period, in miniature form, including a small Mt. Fuji.
Address/ 8-1 Suizenjikoen, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto, Kumamoto 〒862-0956
From Suizenji Garden to Kamitori/Shimotori Arcade Town
18 min. by tram
Kamitori/Shimotori Arcade Town
The shopping arcade in Kumamoto is located right next to Kumamoto Castle. It is about 1.5km long, 16m high and 15m wide, and is one of the biggest arcades in Japan. Many clothes and specialty shops, cafes and restaurants are lined up under the arcade. Let’s have dinner!!
Data：Kamitori/Shimotori Arcade Town
Address/ Kamitori/Shimoti, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto, Kumamoto 〒860-0845
◇Kumamoto Local Cuisine◇
Horse meat sashimi called Basashi is a must-try food in Kumamoto. It is a popular local dish that is hard to find in most other prefectures. Ikinari Dango, sweet dumplings made by slicing raw sweet potatoes into thick circular wedges, covering them with sweet red bean paste, and then wrapping them with steamed flour. Kumamoto Ramen is based on pork bones soup. Roasted garlic toppings make it taste great. Taipien is a Kumamoto and China fusion dish. Karashi Renkon consists of boiled lotus root stuffed with spicy mustard and miso, fried in yellow batter.
Back to the hotel
From Kamitori Area to the hotel
20 min. by tram
ANA Crowne Plaza Kumamoto
The ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kumamoto Newsky, situated by the Shirakawa River, stands distinctively sleek and modern in the city’s skyline. This hotel boasts a number of facilities and traditional Japanese hospitality.
Data：ANA Crown Plaza Kumamoto
Address/ 2 Higashiamidajimachi, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto, Kumamoto 〒860-8575
Further south to Kagoshima. While using the railway pass, head to Ibusuki.
If you have plenty of time and love trains, we recommend heading to Kagoshima by local line “Hisatsu Orange Railway”! It is a train trip that takes half a day while having a lunch and looking at the East China Sea.
Departure at the hotel.
Head to Kagoshima!!
From Kumamoto station to Kagoshima Chuo station
47min. by Shinkansen
From Kagoshima Chuo station to Chiran Samurai Residence Gardens
70 min. by bus
Chiran Samurai Residence Gardens
Nicknamed the "Little Kyoto of Satsuma", Chiran is home to more than 500 samurai residences during the late Edo period. The charm lies in the 700m stonewall-lined paths,built with defense purposes in mind, the paths are neither too wide nor too narrow, and there are many corners and bents to reduce visibility of potential invaders.
Data：Chiran Samurai Residence Gardens
ddress/ 13731-1 Kori, Cshirancho,Minami-kyushu, Kagoshima 〒897-0302
From Chiran Samurai Residence Gardens to Ibusuki
70 min. by bus
Arrive at hotel.
After check-in, let’s take a walk around the hotel.
The Satsuma Denshokan, located on the premises of the hotel, is a facility where you can enjoy the history and culture of Satsuma, which brilliantly shined from the end of the Edo period to the Meiji era. Also inside there is a restaurant “Fenice”, which serves authentic Italian cuisine.
Address/ 12131-4 Higashikata, Ibusuki, Kagoshima 〒891-0404
From your hotel to Chirin Island
30 min. by walk
Chirin Island(Chiringashima) is an uninhabited island in Kinko Bay. Known as "the island of mystery" since ancient times, it is connected to the mainland by sand bar when the spring tide is at low tide. The sandbar appears for one to four hours a day only during October from March. It takes about 800m at low tide enabling you to walk across to the island in about 20 minutes.
Address/ Nishikata, Ibusuki, Kagoshima 〒891-0311
From Chirin Island to your hotel
30 min. by walk
指宿温泉 砂むし温泉 指宿白水館
Hakusuikan is surrounded green pine tree and rich nature. Speaking of Ibusuki Onsen is famous for "sand steamed bath". It was got close from Edo era. Recently became clear that the sand bath seems to be effect lead to beauty skin. The open-air bath that you can enter while looking at the stars in the sky is a wonderful luxury.
Address/ 12126-12 Higashigata, Ibusuki, Kagoshima 〒891-0404
On the final day, head to the southernmost station while being watched by Kaimondake. Finally, get on the sightseeing train "Tamatebako"!
Check-out the hotel.
From the hotel to Former Yamagawa Salt Manufacturer
40 min. by bus
Former Yamagawa Salt Manufacturer
In the Ibusuki area, a salt-making business using hot spring heat was being carried out. The place where the salt farms and spring sources at that time still exist, such as the site of the Yamakawa salt factory, is rare, and it is a high-value industrial heritage that conveys the changing times.
Data：Former Yamagawa Salt Manufacturer
Address/ 3339 Yamagawa Fukumoto, Ibusuki, Kagoshima 〒891-0511
From Former Yamagawa Salt Manufacturer to Cape Nagasakibana
10 min. by bus
This cape is protruding from the southernmost tip of the Satsuma Peninsula. It is said that Taro Urashima is a cape that left for Ryugu, and there is also a Ryugu Shrine that enshrines Otohime. Sea turtles come to spawn in the summer!
Address/ Nagasakibana, Yamagawa Okachogamizu, Ibusuki, Kagoshima 〒891-0513
From Cape Nagasakibana to Ryugu Shrine
5 min. by walk
Ryugu Shrine is a shrine dedicated to Otohime in Nagasakibana, the birthplace of the legend of Ryugu. It is cherished as a god of marriage
Address/ 1581-34 Nagasakibana, Yamagawa Okachogamizu, Ibusuki, Kagoshima 〒891-0513
From Ryugu Shrine to Nishi-Oyama Station
10min. by taxi
Nishi-Oyama Station, known as the southernmost station of JR Japan, boasts a wonderful view of Kaimondake volcano in front of it. The post that stands in front of the station is yellow, which is the representative flower of Ibusuki, and is becoming popular as a post that carries happiness.
Address/ 602 Yamakawa Oyama, Ibusuki, Kagoshima 〒891-0514
From Nisioyama Station to Ibusuki Station
Limited Express Ibusuki no Tamatebako
This train was designed with the theme around the folk tale of Dragon's Palace of the Satsuma Peninsula. In addition to the bold monotone exterior and comfortable sofas inside, boarding through white smoke mimics Urashima Taro's treasure box folk tale and is a popular attraction.
From Nishi-Oyama Station to Kagoshima Chuo station
2hour 8 min. by train
From Station to Shiroyama
20 min. by bus
Address/ Shiroyamacho, Kagoshima, KLagoshima 〒892-0853
The park is most famous for its Shiroyama Observatory with spectacular views over downtown Kagoshima, Kagoshima Bay and Sakurajima. The night view is also amazing. Furthermore, the park will hold the interest of travelers interested in Japanese history, as it was the site of the final battle of the Satsuma Rebellion in 1877.
◇Kagoshima Local cuisine◇
Kibinago(Silver-stripe round herring) is an indispensable ingredient for Kagoshima residents' dining table, and so beautiful with a bright silver color.The shaved ice "Shirokuma(Meaning of polar bear)" that originated in Kagoshima can now be found at convenience stores. You can try the original of Shirokuma at Tenmonkan Mujaki Main Store". It's fun to compare eating ramen in Kyushu. Kagoshima ramen is medium-thick straight noodles."Akumaki" , a rice cake has been used as a battle food because it is highly preserved and has a good stomach. It is said that Saigo Takamori was also eaten during the Satsuma Rebellion.
Move to Kagoshima Airport
From Kagoshima city area to airport
45 min. by Limousine bus
Back to Tokyo