VISIT | Kagoshima
The southern tip of Kyushu Island is abundant with nature: an active volcano just
outside the city of Kagoshima, hot springs, fields of Japanese tea leaves. The island
has as much to offer the tongue as the eyes with delicious sea food, high-quality
beef, pork, and chicken, and a sweet potato alcohol called “shochu”.
Tokyo (Kansai) - Kagoshima - Ibusuki
Transfer to Tokyo Haneda Airport for a domestic flight of about 2hours to Kagoshima.
Upon arrival, transfer to Kagoshima for a lunch of French cuisine at Top Grill Sky
Lounge in Castle Park Hotel, a restaurant with a splendid view of Sakurajima, the
active volcano that dominates the Kagoshima landscape. After lunch, you will visit
Sengan-en, a beautiful Japanese garden and the former villa of the Shimazu Clan,
rulers of this area during the Edo Period (1600-1868). The tour then continues to
Ibusuki, a hot spring resort that is famous for its sand spa. Your accommodations
this evening will be Ibuskuki Hakusuikan, where you will be able to test a wide
variety of natural hot springs. Dinner will be your choice of Italian cuisine at
Ristorante Fenice di Acqua Pazza, or an authentic Japanese full-course meal served
in any in-house Japanese restaurant. Overnight at Ibuskuki Hakusuikan Ryokan (Japanese
Inn) or selected ryokan.
Ibusuki - Lake Ikeda - Chiran-Kirishima
Free for leisure until check-out. Transfer to Lake Ikeda for a scenic view of the
lake and Mt. Kaimondake. Afterwards, you will visit a green tea orchard in Chiran,
where you can see how natural tea leaves are processed to create Japan’s favorite
drink and enjoy a cup of freshly processed tea yourself. Then there will be a trip
of approximately 3hours to Minami Kirishima Onsen Tenku-no-Mori Private Resort,
an exclusive high-end residence deep in the woods, where you relax as you look out
on the magnificent mountain views. Overnight at Tenku-no-Mori Private Resort.
Kirishima - Tokyo
Start the day with your choice of either a Western or Japanese-style breakfast.
The remainder of the morning will be yours to spend at your leisure until departing
the resort. Transfer to Kagoshima Airport (about 15minutes) for flights to Tokyo-Haneda
Airport (2hours). Upon arrival, transfer to hotel.