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Kyushu - Aso to Amakusa - Walking Holiday

Region: Asia Pacific // Dates: 31 August - 13 September 2019 (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 25 x 18 kilometre 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. Our tour leader 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 25 x 18 kilometre 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. Our tour leader 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 each evening 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 & meet locals for picnics & tea

Details

Details:

31 August - 13 September 2019 (13 nights)

Twin share/person (starts/ends Kumamoto)
Advanced Early Bird: TBA until 31/11/2018
Early Bird: TBA until 03/05/2019
Regular: TBA
Single Supplement: no single supplement available - twinshare only

Minimum Group Size: 10 guests

Special Interest:
Gourmet, Culture, History, Geology

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.

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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.

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