2017 June: Tour of Kyushu, Hiroshima and Shikoku with School Visits and Home-stay

June 4th

Arrive at Fukuoka Airport at 3:40 PM

Transfer to Hotel in Fukuoka by bus. Check in, shower and relax.

5:30 PM – Meet in front of Cabinas Capsule Hotel. We will transfer to Hakata Station for quick tour and dinner. There are a variety of restaurants to choose from and all price levels.

7:00 PM – Group will meet in front of Hakata Station and return to hotel for rest. Set alarms for 8:00 AM.

*Anyone choosing to skip Hakata Station due to jet lag and sleep must inform tour leader at time of check-in. If you decide not to go with group you must stay in hotel. 

June 5th

8:00 AM – Wake up and get ready for the day. Boys will take breakfast at capsule hotel. Girls will have breakfast at hotel.

9:45 AM – Girls will transfer to boys hotel.

10:00 AM – Entire group meet in front of Cabinas Capsule Hotel. Transfer on foot to Canal City.

Kushida Shrine – We will have an explanation of Shinto religion.  The shrine was founded in the year 757 and is the center of the world famous Hakata Gin Festival.

Japanese Arcade – We will talk a quick walk through a typical Japanese shopping arcade. Great for seeing local food and items. We will not shop but you are free to visit again later in the day. But it is great example of how ordinary Japanese shop.

Canal City – At 11:00 AM we will arrive at Canal City. Canal City is a wonderful shopping area and perfect for lunch. Canal City has the famous Ramen Ally where ramen from all over Japan can be enjoyed.

12:30 – Group will meet in front of fountain at Canal City. We will than transfer to Tenjin at have meeting point at PARCO Department Store. Tenjin is the lifeline of Fukuoka and is filled with many beautiful stores, cafes, and great for people watching. The group has the option to explore Tenjin in groups or proceed to Manga Shop area. Those exploring will meet back in front of PARCO at 2:30. Students going to Manga shop will be escorted to store and will be picked up at 2:15. Meet in front of store and will meet main group.

2:30 – We will meet and make our way back to hotel. On way back we will visit local Buddhist temple.

3:30 – Arrive to hotel for rest and relaxtation.

6:00 – Entire group meet in front of Cabinas Capsule Hotel. Dinner at Hakata Station.

7:30 – Meet in front of Hakata Station and transfer back to hotel for rest. Please set alarms for 7 AM.

June 6th

7:00 AM – Wake up and get ready for the day. Boys will take breakfast at capsule hotel. Girls will have breakfast at hotel.

8:45 AM – Leave luggage at hotel and Cabinas Capsule Hotel.

9:30 AM – Entire group meet in front of Cabinas Capsule. We will transfer to Hiroshima by bus. (10 people stay behind until 1:00pm, after which they will go direct to Hiroshima accommodation.)

Lunch at road station.

1:30 PM – Arrive at Miyajima Island.  Short ferry trip to island for sightseeing.  Miyajima Island is considered the top three tourist destinations in Japan. There is a lot to see a do. This is a great day to explore in groups. The following can be enjoyed:

Great Gate of Miyajima, History Mueseum, Omatesaudo Street, see the making and enjoy Momiji Manjyu, Daisho temple, a local aquarium, and you can climb or hike Mt. Misen.

5:00 PM – Meet at entrance of Miyajima and take ferry back to Hiroshima.

Dinner at road station.

7:00 PM – Check in and explore youth retreat. Make sure you follow all rules and be polite.  Youth Retreat is a great experience in Japan to experience how Japanese school children travel and stay on school trips.

10:00 PM – Lights Out.

June 7th

7:00 AM – Wake up and get ready. Breakfast at youth retreat. 

9:00 AM – We will venture out for day in Hiroshima city.

In the afternoon we will take a look at Hiroshima Castle and visit Hijiyama Park for a look at beautiful Japanese gardens.  Those who missed Miyajima have option of visiting this morning.

Lunch at Okinomimura.

2:00 PM – Group will meet in front of Okonomimura and walk to Bomb Museum.  We will visit ground zero and visit the museum.

2:45 PM – Meet at main entrance of Atomic Bomb Museum. A short walk and we can visit Peace Bell, Children’s Peace Monument, Gates of Peace, and Dome building.

3:30 PM – Group will visit Sunmall and anime/figure shop called Geisuya.

5:00 PM – Meet in front of entrance to Sunmall and transfer to Youth Retreat. 

June 8th

6:00 AM – Wake up and get ready. Breakfast at youth retreat.

7:00 AM – Leave for school visit. 

8:30 PM – Visit local Japanese High School.  Please make sure you are dressed nicely and on best behavior. Again we are in Japan and must follow their school rules and policies.  Only those modestly dressed will be allowed to go to school.

Lunch at school.

 600 PM – Meet host family or depart for Fukuyama youth retreat or Japanese Inn (12 people/night).

June 9th

8:30 AM – Arrive at school for 2nd day of school visit.

Lunch at school.

4:00 PM – Depart for accommodation (home-stay, youth retreat or traditional inn).

June 10th

9:00 AM – Meet at meeting point. Today we will visit Matsuyama, located on Shikoku, with local students.  This will mean you have visited 3 of Japan’s four major islands!

11:30 AM – Arrive in Matsuyama and visit world famous Dogo Onsen. Dogo onsen is one of Japan’s most famous hot springs.  One can enjoy a pleasant bath or wander about and visit local shops.

Meet in front of Dogo Onsen. We will proceed to shopping arcade for lunch and shopping time.

1:30 PM – Meet at entrance of Arcade and visit following places: Dogo Park, Karakuri Clock, Ishiteji Temple, and Isaniwa Temple.

3:30 PM – We will make our way back to Inoshima for a last visit and stay with host family.

Overnight with Japanese students at Youth Retreat or at traditional inn.

June 11th

9:00 AM – We will proceed by bus to the city of Kurashiki with Japanese students. Kurashiki is a wonderful city on a river and is truly breath-taking. It is a famous film location of many samurai movies.

Overnight at Youth Retreat, hotel in Fukuyama city or traditional inn.

June 12th

7:00 AM – Awaken and enjoy breakfast.

Scenic drive to Bihoku Hill Side Historic Village and park.

Lunch at park.

Local sightseeing.

Dinner at accommodation (youth retreat or traditional inn).

June 13th

7:00 AM – Breakfast at accommodation.

9:30 AM – Depart for Yamaguchi Youth Retreat.

Lunch at traditional restaurant.

Local sightseeing on route.

4:30 PM – Arrive at Yamaguchi Youth Retreat.

Dinner.

June 14th

7:00 AM – Awaken and enjoy breakfast at youth retreat.8:45 PM – We will transfer back to Fukuoka. On route we will stop and visit Kita-Kyushu.  While in Kita-Kyushu you can enjoy lunch and visit Kita-Kyushu Castle.3:00 PM – Check in to hotel and relax.6:00 PM – Meet in front of Cabinas Hotel. Dinner at Hakata Station. Free time at Hakata Station Mall.9:00 PM – Meet in front of station. Trasnfer back to hotel. Set alarms for 8:30 AM.

June 15th

8:30 AM – Wake up and get ready for the day. Boys will take breakfast at capsule hotel. Girls will have breakfast at hotel.

10:00 AM – Meet in front of Cabinas Hotel.  Today is a free day in Fukuoka. We will have group meeting and in groups we will decide what we want to do. Each group will have an adult leader and we will enjoy a wonderful day.

Visit Yangawa and Daizaifu Temple. Details to come.

6:00 PM – For extra fee we can visit world famous Zaou Fishing restaurant.  Catch own meal and enjoy!!

8:30 PM – Meet at entrance. Go back to hotel and pack and get ready to leave for Hong Kong. Set alarms for 9:00 AM.

June 16th

9:00 AM – Wake up and get ready for the day. Boys will take breakfast at capsule hotel. Girls will be met by tour leader outside hotel at 9:45. Your tour leader will escort you to Hakata Station where you can take breakfast.

11:00 AM- Meet in front of Cabinas with luggage. We will need to store luggage at hotel or on bus.  We will proceed to Canal City for last minute shopping.

12:49 PM - 12:54PM – Take train to airport (2 stops).

4:40PM – Depart for Hong Kong.