Calling all spa enthusiasts and travelers who just want to kick back and relax - this day trip to Beppu Onsen and Yifuin is the one for you. Get your group picked up from your hotel and hop on your private transfer to these renowned spa destinations. The first stop is at Beppu Onsen, one of the most popular hot spring locations in Japan. You'll be viewing the famous Hells of Beppu while in the area, a nationally designated "Place of Scenic Beauty."
When we think of traveling to Japan, we think of the megacities of Tokyo and Osaka. The bright lights, coupled with action, intrigue, and lots of things to do make people want to go to the two cities. Yamaguchi offers a change of pace from all that—and on this trip, you'll travel to and explore some of Yamaguchi's must-visits! Take in the beauty of Tsunoshima Bridge; the scenery, combined by the cobalt blue ocean extending beyond the bridge makes for an ideal spot to take pictures. If you love sushi, you'll enjoy the trip to Karato Market, too. The fish here is really fresh and colorful, so feel free to pile up your tray high with food! Then visit the Motonosumi Inari Shrine, located on the seaside cliff in Nagato city. The long row of bright red gates (called "torii") is one of the most bizarre and unique yet breathtaking sights in Japan. Other must-see attractions you'll visit on this tour are Akama Shrine and Amagase Park. This day trip from Fukuoka definitely has some views you can't miss!
The historically strategic trading port of Hakata is still brimming with the merchant atmosphere of its past. At the Minoshima shopping street, be transported back to the Showa full stop where you will be able to experience the warmth and friendliness of local merchants who own family-run businesses. After you have indulged in traditional snacks and browsed local produce and trinkets, continue onwards to Yanagibashi market which is also known as 'Hakata's Kitchen'. This has been the main source of meat, fish, vegetables and other local produce for restaurants and residents of Fukuoka for over 100 years.
As a historical trading hub, Hakata was once the center of goods being traded all over Japan and internationally. Before the shopping begins, visit locally famed Kushida shrine, the annual summer Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival is dedicated to the shrine and the intricately designed 10 meter high floats are displayed year round. As the traditional manufacturer of Japanese 'Hakata ningyo' dolls, the exhibition of the dolls and other local handicrafts are a must see in Fukuoka. Begin your real shopping expedition at Hakata's Kawabata shopping street - with over 100 stores it's hard to resist the souvenirs on offer.
Among the oldest cities in Japan, Hakata was originally a hub for Chinese merchants to trade their wares. During your three hour tour around the city, you will visit key locations of Hakata's development. Begin at the sakura tea store, a specialist in Yame and Japanese tea wares. Appreciate the craftsmanship before heading to the ancient tomb of Xie Guoming, an influential Chinese merchant in the Song dynasty and hear about his journey to riches. Continue on to two of the area's most ornate Japanese temples, Jotenji and Tochoji and discover hear the fascinating story of how noodles were introduced to Japan from China or marvel at the biggest (10.8
Experience the charm of the city of waterways that is Yanagawa on this trip! Also called the "Venice of Fukuoka", Yanagawa is known for its canals that locals use for agriculture and transportation. It was originally a farming village. On this trip, enjoy the city in a wooden gondola-like boat called "donko", which is powered by a man with a pole. Take in the scenery and listen to the boatman's song on a short cruise known as "kawakudari" (going down the river).
If you're a shopaholic who's on a holiday in Fukuoka, then this is an experience you absolutely can't miss. This is a trip that will take you to the hottest shopping destinations in Kyushu. First, you'll be stopping by the Tosu Premium Outlets, where you can get big discounts from well-known brands that everyone loves. After lunch at your own expenses, you can either keep shopping at Tosu Premium Outlets or opt to kick back and relax at a hot spring.