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Kyushu - Aso to Amakusa - Walking Holiday

Region: Asia Pacific // Dates: 25 August–07 September 2018 (13 nights)
Kyushu - Aso to Amakusa Walking Holiday

One of the world’s largest calderas, multiple hot springs, Ramsar-listed wetlands and the Amakusa islands feature on this two week tour of central and western Kyushu. After meeting in Kumamoto city, we spend a week exploring the immense Aso caldera. Fifty thousand people live inside this caldera, home to Japan’s largest and most active volcano. We visit the steaming Nakadake crater and take short walks to high meadows, waterfalls, natural springs and unusual stone formations. The caldera is also renowned for its wild grasslands, beef/dairy farming and vegetable production. We meet local Aso farmers, taste the seasonal specialties and stay in traditional ryokan, ending most days with a soak in local onsen/hot springs. In the northern section of Aso-Kuju National Park, we explore the Tadewara and Bogatsuru marshlands. These wetlands are listed under the Ramsar convention and we enjoy some longer walks in this area. To the south west of Kumamoto, Amakusa is home to more than 120 Islands, some of which are linked by historic bridges built by the Dutch. A hidden Christian culture, remote pottery studios, walks to local mountaintops and headlands are part of our 4 day stay in this area. Beef and seafood are a highlight during our local meals. We finish our two week Kyushu immersion with time in Kumamoto and the surrounding mountains, known for citrus production. Meeting the local people is always a feature on our Japanese journeys and Hiroko has ensured another interesting program that reveals the natural and human history of Kyushu.

Overview

One of the world’s largest calderas, multiple hot springs, Ramsar-listed wetlands and the Amakusa islands feature on this two week tour of central and western Kyushu. After meeting in Kumamoto city, we spend a week exploring the immense Aso caldera. Fifty thousand people live inside this caldera, home to Japan’s largest and most active volcano. We visit the steaming Nakadake crater and take short walks to high meadows, waterfalls, natural springs and unusual stone formations. The caldera is also renowned for its wild grasslands, beef/dairy farming and vegetable production. We meet local Aso farmers, taste the seasonal specialties and stay in traditional ryokan, ending most days with a soak in local onsen/hot springs. In the northern section of Aso-Kuju National Park, we explore the Tadewara and Bogatsuru marshlands. These wetlands are listed under the Ramsar convention and we enjoy some longer walks in this area. To the south west of Kumamoto, Amakusa is home to more than 120 Islands, some of which are linked by historic bridges built by the Dutch. A hidden Christian culture, remote pottery studios, walks to local mountaintops and headlands are part of our 4 day stay in this area. Beef and seafood are a highlight during our local meals. We finish our two week Kyushu immersion with time in Kumamoto and the surrounding mountains, known for citrus production. Meeting the local people is always a feature on our Japanese journeys and Hiroko has ensured another interesting program that reveals the natural and human history of Kyushu.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Explore Kyushu’s Kumamoto prefecture on Japan’s third largest island
  • Marvel at the scale & fertility of Aso, one of the world’s largest volcanic calderas
  • Take short walks to waterfalls, meadows, marshlands, gorges & lookout points
  • Soak in one of the 1400 hot springs
  • Meet local farmers, sake & miso makers & taste seasonal delicacies
  • Visit Shinto shrines & remote Buddhist temples
  • Walk to hilltop lookouts & view the sunset across the Amakusa islands
  • Try your hand at paper making and meet local communities for picnics & tea

Details

Details:

25 August–07 September 2018 (13 nights)

Twin share/person (ex Kumamoto)
Advanced Early Bird: A$7,950 until 23/02/18
Early Bird: A$8,150 until 24/04/2018
Regular: A$8,450
Single Supplement: no single supplement available - twinshare only

Minimum Group Size: 10 guests

Special Interest:
Gourmet, Geology, Culture, History

Walk Rating:
Easy: 2–10km per walking days. Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

Tour Itinerary

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Leader

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  • Hiroko Kobayashi

    Hiroko Kobayashi, the designer and leader of this tour is based in Japan for most of the year. She is a lecturer in Ecotourism, International Tourism and Community Tourism Development at Tokai University in Kumamoto. She also consults to tourism bodies, local government and communities to promote ecotourism in both Australia and Japan. Local guides, community leaders and ecotourism students will join sections of this new tour to Kyushu.

  • Lisa Groom

    Lisa Groom is the daughter of IPT founders Tony & Connie Groom and grand-daughter of Binna Burra Mountain Lodge founder Arthur Groom. You could say the great outdoors is in Lisa’s blood! Growing up with the business she commenced working as a tour leader and co-ordinator with interNATIONAL PARKtours (IPT) in 1991, and took over the helm of the company from her parents in 2001. Conducting tours in Australia and Europe, her passion for walking holidays, regional ecotourism, finding local characters and showcasing nature from a different perspective ensures a rewarding journey. 

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