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Ultimate Land of Fires Kyushu Walk 9D8N, Private Guided

Ultimate Land of Fires Kyushu Walk 9D8N, Private Guided

Ultimate Land of Fires Kyushu Walk 9D8N, Private Guided

$9,800.00

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Route: Osaka - Beppu - Mt Kuju - Kurokawa Onsen - Mt Aso - Takachiho Gorge - Gokanosho - Kagoshima - Ibusuki

A ultimate journey from Osaka through the Seto Inland Sea to Kyushu. Traverse the majestic volcanic wonderland of Kyushu from volcano ridgeline to Takachiho Gorge, venture into hidden mountain villages where the first Samurai clan warriors lived secluded, you'll witness some of the world's rarest natural spectacles and enjoy the unique black volcanic sand bathing as well as witness Yokagura folklore dances at the sacred Takachiho shrine. Dine and relax each night at the best hotels/ryokans hand-picked along the route. Exotic scenery, fantastic geothermal wonders, gourmet food, and luxurious accommodation are all in one place on this incredible nine day luxury adventure.

Start your journey from the vibrant neon city of Osaka, ride an overnight ferry through the Inland Sea to Kyushu Island. Our local guide will meet and greet you at the ferry terminal and take you on a remarkable private tour to explore the mighty land of Kyushu. The hand-crafted itinerary incorporates some of the best hikes on Kyushu including:

- Hiking Mt Kuju - one of Japan's "100 famous mountains" and also the highest peak on the island of Kyushu;
- Mt Aso loop walk - Japan's most active volcano and one of the world’s largest caldera volcanoes;
- Takachiho Gorge - walk to its famous waterfall, as well as overhanging rocks and sheer walls, formed over 120,000 years ago by a double volcanic eruption;
- Hiking around Onamiike - the highest crater lake in Japan;
- and trekking in the hidden wooded mountains where some of the "Heike" (the first Samurai clan) lived secluded from the outside world.

You'll have plenty of opportunity to explore the history and culture of the island full of myths and transitions. Watch the sacred Yokagura dances at Takachiho shrine, and visit Japanese houses and mountain villages to mingle with the locals. You'll also have a unique opportunity to enjoy a behind-the-scene exclusive visit of Moritaka Hamono, a world-famous Japanese kitchen knife workshop, who normally doesn’t allow any visitors.

The majestic volcanic wonderland of Kyushu not only creates dramatic landscapes and sceneries, but also offers many high quality onsen hot springs for you to relax after each day's adventure. You'll enjoy relaxing dips in their soothing waters, as well as the unique sensory experience of hot sand bathing where you are buried in black volcanic sand.

The luxurious accommodation is hand picked for this package, including some of the best 5 star hotels and boutique Japanese ryokans. You'll be impressive by the natural settings of each accommodation.

Most meals are included for the duration of the tour. You will enjoy authentic and delicious local cuisine. Please refer to the itinerary for the meal inclusion.

The tour includes 8 nights accommodation, ferry from Osaka to Kyushu, meals as mentioned in the itinerary, an English speaking private guide, return transfers to the airports, private car touring on Kyushu island, and all tickets.

This is the ultimate luxury discovery of Kyushu and you will be inspired by its scale, natural beauty and depth of history. You'll return invigorated and inspired with memories that will last a lifetime.

Departure Dates:
Departs daily year round on request.

Dates or itinerary don't fit?
We specialise in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury journeys to Japan. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

Luggage Transfers
This is a private guided tour from Beppu. Your luggages will be transferred by private car once you arrive at Beppu ferry terminal.

This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.

Please contact us for departure dates, availability or a "tailor-made" itinerary. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

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  • FEATURES

    This ultimate luxury adventure takes you traverse through Kyushu - one of Japan's hidden gems with verdant volcanic landscapes and rich history and culture. This third largest island of Japan is full of remarkable geothermal wonders: active volcanic peaks, transparent crater lake, rocky, lush gorge and great onsen (hot springs) virtually everywhere.


    Mt Kuju is one of Japan's "100 famous mountains" and also the highest peak on the island of Kyushu. The majestic volcanic wonderland is filled with luscious greenery, steaming gas vents, and hidden serene lakes.


    Mt Aso is Japan's most active volcano and one of the world’s largest caldera volcanoes in the center of Kyushu.


    Takachiho Gorge was formed over 100,000 years ago after volcanic eruptions. It offers several spectacular waterfalls and boasts incredible colors in autumn. A must-see is the impressive 17 meter high Minainotaki waterfall cascading down to the Gokase River below.


    Onamiike is the highest crater lake in Japan, surrounded by the lush forest. Walking round the oval-shaped lake, you'll be rewarded with the view from the mountaintop with the grandeur.
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  • Accommodation

    You will stay at hand-picked best hotels and luxury Japanese ryokans throughout the trip.

    Hyatt Regency Osaka (5 star)
    Located in the Osaka Bay Area, the Hyatt Regency Osaka neighbours popular local attractions such as the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Universal Studios Japan, and more. Additionally, the hotel offers a free shuttle into the city centre, convenient for travellers who wish to visit Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, and other spectacular destinations in Western Japan.

    Overnight Ferry From Osaka to Beppu
    Spend one night on the ferry in the deluxe cabin through the Inland Sea to Kyushu Island.


    Yamamizuki
    Yamamizuki one of the best Ryokan and onsen in the Kurokawa Onsen. Surrounded by a beautiful natural mountain stream and lush trees, you’ll enjoy the ultimate relaxation at the famous outdoor hot springs.


    Sozankyo
    Gazing at the view of the changing seasons of Aso-Gogaku, Uchinomaki, Sozankyo is a ryokan afloat in elegance. There are a few hot springs and a foot bath at the hotel for you to relax after challenging hike. The water at Uchinomaki Onsen has the reputation of being therapeutic for athletes competing for world events, draining their fatigue and healing their bodies.


    Ryokan Shinsen
    This lovely ryokan is nestled serenely in the rolling hills on the flanks of Mt Aso. Each room has its own unique style and personality, presented with flair, and fitted with the highest quality furnishings and decorated with beautiful art, traditional ceramics and other crafts.

    Heike-so
    A traditional family-run guesthouse offers authentic Japanese mountain village stay experience. The host serves hand-cut soba and locally-grown mountain vegetables and mushrooms as well as locally-sourced meals of mountain trout, wild boar, and raw deer. If you're especially adventurous, you can try basashi (horse sashimi), Kumamoto's specialty.


    Wasure-no-sato Gajoen
    Tucked away in Myoken Onsen, a quiet hot springs town in Kagoshima prefecture, the luxury ryokan offers traditional scenery of the Japanese countryside and allows you to relax both your mind and body. As a member of Relais & Châteaux, Wasure no Sato Gajoen offers you an authentic, delicate and subtly aromatic dinner, prepared from vegetables straight from the kitchen garden.


    Ibusuki Hakusuikan
    Situated in the midst of the rich greenery of pine trees and the deep blue ocean, overlooking Kagoshima Bay, this peaceful holiday resort offers high quality natural hot spring sand bathing and refined cuisine.
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  • Food

    You will have authentic Japanese food during the tour, source from local and surrounding area produce.

    As a general guide:

    Breakfasts: ranges from Japanese style breakfast to buffet breakfast.

    Lunches: at local restaurant or bento picnic lunches


    Dinners: Japanese or western style. Kyushu region is actually the place where best Wagyu is from. You'll taste some of the best Japanese Wagyu beef.

    No alcohol or beverages included.

    Dietary Requirements
    Provided we are advised in advance of your departure we are able to cater for some dietary requirements. Please ensure you discuss your requirements with us well in advance (at least 1 month prior to your trip) to determine whether we can cater for such dietary requirements on your chosen adventure.

    Please note that vegetarian options are available, but limited. Strict vegetarian diets, vegan diets, or gluten free diets will be difficult to accommodate due to the pervasiveness of the fish-based stock dashi and the use of soy sauce and miso in Japanese cuisine. There may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide your own food. We are unable to guarantee a peanut‐free or allergen‐free trip, and therefore, we strongly encourage that travellers with life‐threatening or severe allergies take all necessary medical precautions to prepare for the possibility of exposure. Passengers must travel with all necessary medications for food allergies and be capable of self‐administering these medications.
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  • What's Included

    - 8 nights hand picked luxury accommodation (5 star & luxurious ryokans) mixed with Japanese and Western styles on a twin share basis (single supplement available at addition expense)
    - Enjoy delicious traditional cuisine. 7x breakfasts, 6x lunch, 7x dinners
    - English speaking private guide from Beppu
    - Ferry ticket from Osaka to Beppu in a deluxe cabin with private ensuite
    - A private coach during the trip from Beppu
    - Return transfers to/from airport by private car/taxi
    - All luggage transfers from Beppu. Maximum 1 suitecase per person. Extra luggages can be transferred at additional cost
    - All entry fees and park fees

    Other Activities at Additional Charges:

    We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury journeys to Japan. The following are some of the sample activities that we can offer. Please contact us for more information or a tailor-made itinerary.

    Osaka
    - Full Day Mt Takao Hiking Excursion from Tokyo
    - Full Day Mt. Fuji Trekking Excursion from Tokyo
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  • What's included

    - 8 nights hand picked luxury accommodation (5 star & luxurious ryokans) mixed with Japanese and Western styles on a twin share basis (single supplement available at addition expense)
    - Enjoy delicious traditional cuisine. 7x breakfasts, 6x lunch, 7x dinners
    - English speaking private guide from Beppu
    - Ferry ticket from Osaka to Beppu in a deluxe cabin with private ensuite
    - A private coach during the trip from Beppu
    - Return transfers to/from airport by private car/taxi
    - All luggage transfers from Beppu. Maximum 1 suitecase per person. Extra luggages can be transferred at additional cost
    - All entry fees and park fees
  • walk distance

    Day 1: Arrived in Osaka
    Day 2: Guided half day tour in Osaka & aboard overnight ferry
    Day 3: Guided walk Mt Kuju approx. 9.6 km, 3 - 4 hours
    Day 4: Guided walk Mr Aso approx. 10 - 15 km loop walk
    Day 5: Guided boat rowing & walk Takachiho Gorge approx. 2 km
    Day 6: Guided private coach to Gokanosho
    Day 7: Guided tour option 1: Adventurous hikers, option 2: visit knife & tatami workshop (no walk)
    Day 8: Guided walk Onamiike
    Day 9: Depart to your next destination
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  • Getting There

    - The departure point is Osaka
    - The finish point is Kagoshima. JAL, ANA, Skymark, Solaseed and Jetstar are operating frequent flights from Kagoshima. Kagoshima Airport is a 40-60 minute drive outside of the city center. Kagoshima's main train stations are Kagoshima Chuo Station and Kagoshima Station and serve Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen trains. There are four separate ferry terminals across the Kagoshima Port area for ferries to Sakurajima, Yakushima and Okinawa.
  • Weather and Climate

    Japan's weather and climate features four distinct seasons.

    Spring is from March to May. It's perhaps one of the very best times to visit Japan as temperatures are pleasantly warm without being too hot, with daytime temperatures ranging between 21°C to 26°C. The country is ablaze with beautiful white and pink cherry blossom and plenty festivals to enjoy.

    Summer is from June to August and the country experiences a three to four-week rainy season. It is hot and humid during this time and temperatures are often in the high 30’s. If you plan on visiting Japan during the summer weather, northern areas such as Hokkaido or the mountains of Tohoku or Chubu are the most comfortable places to escape the heat.

    Autumn is from September to November and is characterised by light breezes and cooler temperatures of around 8-10°C. It is also a wonderful time to visit Japan. The country turns into a haven of red and scarlet leaves which contrast strikingly against the deep blue clear skies and almost as impressive as the stunning cherry blossoms.

    Winter is from December to February. It is a magical time to visit as the landscape is turned white with snow. It's the perfect time to go skiing or check out the hot springs, especially venture to the ski slopes of Hokkaido or Nagano. It's Okinawa is a great place to visit during the winter as it is not quite as cold as the rest of Japan’s weather.
  • Other Information

    OCT4 Pty Ltd trading as ONLY LUXE CLUB acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full deposit payment and the signed Booking Form (if required) has been received by ONLYLUXE CLUB.

    A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to ONLYLUXE CLUB. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price. The current surcharge for all credit cards is 3% of the total price.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    General Cancellation Policies
    - Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
    - Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
    - No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
    - We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    Liability
    The participant agrees to indemnify OCT4 PTY LTD, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Not suited for children under the age of 8.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise OCT4 PTY LTD and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. OCT 4 PTY LTD and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

    Cancellation by The Tour Operator
    The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which OCT4 Pty Ltd or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure OCT4 Pty Ltd will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

    Evacuations
    In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

    For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

    Travel Insurance
    In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.
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